New York Yankees: Mayday, Mayday, who’s coming to the rescue?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees, after losing 5 consecutive games, would normally be looking for reinforcements. However, those are limited by the 28 man roster rule. Normally in September, the Yankees and other teams can expand their rosters to 40 players, but that is not the case this season.

The Yankees could surely use some help to shake up the lineup and reenergize the very worn-out bullpen, but the sad fact is that no one will be coming to the rescue. Here are the latest injury updates and who will make it back to the team in time to be helpful.

James Taillon has today been placed on the 10 day IL because of a right ankle tendon injury. As this is breaking news no further information is available at this time

Aaron Hicks is a goner, out for the season with his wrist surgery.

Darren O’Day is another Yankee that won’t be returning due to his slow-healing hamstring injury.

Tim Locastro’s bad knee injury will prevent him from returning.

Miguel Andujar could return to the team after his wrist injury as early as next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Clint Frazier might return by the end of the season, but his vision and vertigo problems seem to be persisting.

Zack Britton is gone for the season as three specialists have said he shouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. If he elects to have Tommy John surgery for his elbow, he could be out until 2023, when he will be a free agent again.

Luis Severino was supposed to be back to the team in late August or early September, but that has not happened; he has just started throwing off the mound again after his second setback. If he comes back, it will likely only be in a reliever role.

Jonathan Loáisiga was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning with a rotator cuff strain. This was a huge loss to the Yankee bullpen. It is not likely he will return until the last week of the season, if at all. Rotator cuff strains can take a long time to heal.

Domingo German is in a similar situation as Severino; if he returns, it will likely only be as a reliever. Geman has been suffering from shoulder problems.

Michael King and his finger problem may be one of the Yankees that may return to the team in time to be helpful, as a spot starter or reliever. King was injured in a gym accident with weights.

Gerrit Cole was the last Yankee to complain of an injury. Unfortunately, Cole noticed something in his last start and pulled himself from the Blue Jays game. The situation has been described as left hamstring tightness; so far, no MRI has been ordered. At this point, is it unclear if he will miss a start or if it will be resolved quickly? If it turns out to be worse, it could be disastrous for the Yankees.

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees 4th consecutive loss

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After three consecutive losses, the New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the hope of righting the ship with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as the Yankees slipped another game behind in the AL East when they lost their second game against the Toronto Blue Jays. What was even worse, Cole left the game injured. As a result, the Yankees lost the game 5-1.

Gerrit Cole leaves the game with an injury

The New York Yankees tentative pitching situation may have just gotten worse. The Yankees had had a questionable pitching outlook from the beginning of the season when they hired two pitchers for their starting rotation that hadn’t pitched in nearly two years. That has gone pretty well, except for a few bumps along the way. Jameson Taillon started slow but, as time passed, became one of the Yankee’s best pitchers. In addition, the Corey Kluber experiment didn’t go well, with him going to the IL for three months.

The bullpen started as one of the best in baseball, but as the season progressed, they lost members, and the remaining arms tired out. Nevertheless, the Yankees could count on ace Gerrit Cole, but now even that is in question. Cole pulled himself out of a game last night against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning. It was not immediately clear what the problem was. But after his removal, a few innings later, the Yankees announced that he had left the game with left hamstring tightness. So this morning should be telling with just how impactful this will be for the Yankees and their postseason race.

After the game in an interview, Cole did not give any assurances other than we will have to wait and see how this unfolds in the next 24 to 36 hours. After a pitch in the fourth inning, Cole felt something and signaled to the dugout to come out to the mound. Cole reminded questioners that this is not the first time this has happened. “it’s one of those things you go through; hopefully, I will not miss a start.” Cole stated that he took himself out of the game to avoid further injury. Manager Boone was asked if an MRI was ordered, he said no, we would have to see how he is in the morning.

If Cole only misses one start because of needing a little more rest, that will be the upside. However, if the situation is more problematic, it could be devastating for the Yankees and their hope of postseason play.

The Yankees continue the slide as division is slipping away

For a short time after a languid start to the season, things looked pretty rosy for the Yankees as they became the winningest team in baseball, even winning 13 games in a row. But after losing 4 straight, things have turned from joist to worrisome. With only 24 games to go, the Yankees have slipped to 9.5 games behind the AL East Tampa Bay Rays and only one-half game ahead of the Boston Red Sox.

So what’s the problem? The Yankees pitching hasn’t been as good, and the bullpen is horribly overworked. That would be bad enough, but the Yankees have returned to the team that before the All-Star break just not hitting the ball. During the recent skid, the Yankees have not hit an extra-base hit since Sunday. The Yankees have only scored one run in the last 21 innings. It’s the first time since 1962 that the Yankees have not hit an extra-base hit in consecutive games.

It is often said that “how Aaron Judge goes, so do the Yankees.” Judge has gone 0-4 in the Yankees last four games. For the most part, Judge has carried the team throughout the season and now needs his teammates to pick him up, but that is not happening. The Yankees are now 2-8 in their last ten games and are in danger of losing home-field advantage in a wild card game if they reach it at all.

Two big cogs missing as the train stalls

The train had left the station, but some key players were not onboard. The entire team is not hitting, but there are two glaring deficiencies. First, Joey Gallo and Gleyber Torres are missing in action and taking up space in the once-powerful lineup.

Just before the trade deadline, the New York Yankees picked up Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. They knew at the time they would be getting a guy that strikes out a lot but is a home run powerhouse and had a high on-base percentage. But, for the most part, that has not happened. During August, he had only 15 hits. In September, only 1 hit in 19 at-bats, a home run. Also, he has only 3 walks over the span.

After the arrival of Andrew Velazquez and his excellent defense at short, and the spark he added to the team, many Yankee fans weren’t thrilled when Gleyber Torres returned off the IL. Torres for September has only 3 hits, none for extra bases. No home runs and never walking. He also has a career-high error number. Since his return, he has had 2 errors and one bad throw that was not labeled an error but may have cost the Yankees a game.

The bottom line in all of this is that the Yankees will have to take a closer look at both of these players. Using Andrew Velazquez more at short may be part of the answer. Another move the Yankees should make is moving Gallo out of the number two or three slots in the lineup. If these two players continue as they have in the last several games, being in any postseason lineup is in question.

 

 

 

Good news and bad news as Yankees lose Gerrit Cole and drop 4th straight game

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The New York Yankees dropped their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday by a score of 1-5. With ace Gerrit Cole on the mound, this was the team’s best opportunity to get back in the win column, but they continue to plummet down the AL East standings and are slipping away in the Wil Card. Currently, the Bombers are 9.5 games back from the Tampa Bay Rays in the East, and they’re only 0.5 games ahead of Boston, who lost to Tampa on Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays are two games behind the Seattle Mariners in three games.

If the Yankees aren’t careful, they could be in serious danger of losing their WC spot and potentially missing the postseason.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

Another game full of negative takeaways, as Cole removed himself from the loss with a tight hamstring. This is a fear-inducing injury for Yankee fans, and while he hasn’t been ruled out from his next start, he plans to be careful with an injury that has plagued him in the past.

Cole had been performing at an All-Star level the entire season, and losing him is a massive blow to the starting rotation. Boone seemed confident Cole with fight through any discomfort from the hamstring Injury, but Cole was far more cautious, saying he would wait until further evaluations to make any statements.

With the Yankees down 3-1, Cole left the field — there’s no timetable for his hopeful return. Despite skipper Aaron Boone benching both Joey Gallo and Gleyber Torres for their lack of offensive efficiency, the Yankees were still only capable of scoring one run.

If there’s any good news to take away from the loss, it is that reserve shortstop Andrew Velazquez had a phenomenal game, recording two hits on three at-bats and one run, scoring off an Anthony Rizzo single to left field. At this point, Velazquez might’ve earned himself more playing time with Torres struggling defensively and failing to get much going with his bat.

The only other good takeaway has nothing to do with the current Yankees team, but rather Derek Jeter being inducted into the Hall of Fame. That is something we can all celebrate while this team flounders and risks missing the postseason.

New York Yankees Recap: Cole takes himself out of the game as Yankees lose 4th straight

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Tonight, the New York Yankees wanted to leave their three-game losing streak in the rearview mirror with their ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. They hoped to win game two against the Toronto Blue Jays and keep from sliding further down in the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays don’t seem to be losing many games, so the Yankees understood they had to up their game and win against the young, energetic, and talented Blue Jays. The Yankees ended up with their 4th consecutive loss and the Jays beat them 5-1.

Gerrit Cole, the Yankees’ winningest pitcher, took the mound in the first facing Corey Dickerson who struck out on a 100 mph fastball. Marcus Semien doubled to left down the line. Vlad Guerrero Jr. ground out to Velazquez at short. Bo Bichette also ground out to Velazquez to end the half. DJ LeMahieu led off against Steven Matz and chopped to short for the first out in the bottom. Aaron Judge battled against Matz but flew out to the wall in right. Anthony Rizzo ground out to end the inning. No score.

The second was led off by Teoscar Hernandez, who struck out swinging. Alejandro Kirk hit a homer to the right-field porch. Loudes Gurriel Jr. ground out. Jake Lamb lined out to Stanton in right to end the half. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton flew out to the far-right. Luke Voit singled. Gio Urshela went down swinging. Brett Gardner singled to left field. Kyle Higashioka flew out to right, leaving two Yankees on base. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

Reese McGuire led off the third and popped out to second. Dickerson singled over the glove of LeMahieu. Semien walked. Guerrero Jr. flew out to Gardner in left. Bichette ground out to LeMahieu to end the half. At the bottom, Andrew Velazquez led off by singling up the middle and then stole second base. LeMahieu struck out swinging. Judge flew out to right, with Velazquez moving to third. Rizzo singled to right, scoring Velazquez to tie the game. Stanton reached with a single to right, moving Rizzo to third base. Voit lined out to third for the final out. New York Yankees 1 Blue Jays 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Hernandez hitting a lead-off single. Kirk singled on a hit going under the glove of LeMahieu, with Hernandez going to third. Gurriel Jr. hit a long sac fly to center, scoring Hernandez and allowed the Blue Jay lead again. Cole was called on a balk, moving Gurriel to second. Lamb walked, and Kirk went to third on a passed ball. McGuire got a sac fly to center scoring Kirk. Cole left the ballgame with an apparent hand issue. Albert Abreu replaced him facing Dickerson, who flew out to Gardner in left to end the half. At the bottom, Urshela ground out. Gardner singled up the middle. Higashioka went down on strikes. Velazquez flew out to the deep right to end the inning. Blue Jays 3 Yankees 1.

Marcus Semiem led off the fifth inning by homering to give the Jays a three-run lead. Guerrero Jr. walked. Bichette ground into a double play for two outs. Hernandez ground out to short. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu led off by grounding out to third. Judge flew out to right. Rizzo singled up the middle. Stanton went down on strikes to end the inning. During the inning, the Yankees announced that Gerrit Cole left the game with left hamstring tightness. Blue Jays 4 Yankees 1.

The sixth inning saw Kirk at the plate; he flew out to Judge in center. Gurriel Jr. walked, initiating a pitching change as the Yankees brought in Joely Rodriguez to face Jake Lamb, who went down swinging with one on and one out. McGuire also went down swinging to end the half. Luke Voit led off the bottom of the inning and flew out to the wall in center. Urshela went down swinging. Gardner went down looking for another scoreless inning for the Yankees. Blue Jays 4 Yankees 1.

Randal Grichuk pinch hit for Corey Dickerson leading off the seventh inning and ground out. Semien ground out. Guerrero Jr. flew out to right for the 1-2-3 half for Rodriguez. After the seventh-inning stretch, Higashioka popped out. Velazquez singled. DJ Lemahieu ground into a double play preventing the Yankees from scoring. Blue Jays 4 Yankees 1.

Clay Holmes took over pitching in the eighth inning facing Bichette, who struck out. Hernandez struck out. Kirk homered off Holmes to make it 5-1 Jays. Gurriel Jr. ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Aaron Judge led off by lining out to right field. Rizzo went down swinging. Stanton ground out to short to end another scoreless inning for the Yankees. Toronto Blue Jays 5 New York Yankees 1.

The ninth inning was led by pinch hitter Jarrod Dyson who faced new Yankee pitcher Andrew Heaney and went down on strikes. McGuire ground out to first with Heaney assisting. Grichuk ground out to short to end the half. At the bottom with last licks for the New York Yankees, Luke Voit led off and flew out on the first pitch he saw. Urshela flew out to the warning track in right. Brett Gardner went down on strikes to end the game and give the Yankees their 4th loss in a row.

The final Score was the Toronto Blue Jays 5 and the New York Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Steven Matz, and the loser was Gerrit Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Breaking: Gerrit Cole pulls himself out of Blue Jays game

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The New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pulled himself out of his pitching assignment against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning. It was not immediately apparent why but he was replaced by Albert Abreu. Later in the game in the fifth inning, the Yankees announced that Cole left the game with hamstring tightness. When more information is available EmpireSportsMedia.com will have it.

The New York Yankees enter a difficult 4 game series with the Jays, here’s the preview

The New York Yankees after an embarrassing series loss to the worst team in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles, things get even more serious in their march to the postseason as they face the young and energetic Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays are coming into the series hot, winning 7 of their last 10 games and shutting out the Oakland Athletics 8-0 yesterday. The Yankees have lost 6 of ten and two series losses in a row.

It is challenging to win a four-game series for any team, but with the Yankees wild card berth in jeopardy, the Yankees are going to have to put their best foot forward, pitch well, and hit well to put down a team that has nothing to lose as they are out of the postseason this year. The Yankees are just 1/2 a game ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card standings. Next is the Seattle Mariners surging recently with a 5 game winning streak.

Today, September 6, 1:05 pm EDT

On this Labor Day, the New York Yankees will start Jameson Taillon in the matinee game at Yankee Stadium. Taillon has been one of the most winning pitchers for the Yankees lately. The righty is 8-5 with an ERA of 4.44 and 131 strikeouts. However, he is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, giving up six runs in the Yankee loss to the Angels. However, before that, the Yankees won his last eight starts. Taillon will have to be very careful with Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. They have both hit .667 off him.

Taillon will face the Blue Jays ace Hyun Jin Ryu a lefty that is 12-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 121 strikeouts. Ryu is the Jays winningest pitcher. Nevertheless, he has not pitched well with the Jays losing three of his last four starts. Also, he has not gone deep into games in his last two starts, giving up 10 earned runs in the two losses. Anthony Rizzo and Luke Voit have Ryu’s number, both hitting .500 off him in 6 at-bats.

Tuesday, September 7, 7:05 pm EDT

Tuesday night, the Yankees will have ace Gerrit Cole on the mound facing the Jays’ Steven Matz. In his second season with the New York Yankees, Cole has, for the most part, been everything the Yankees could have asked for. The righty is 14-6 with an ERA of 2.73 and an incredible 215 strikeouts, being the most strikeouts for any MLB player this season. Few Blue Jays have been successful off Cole, but Vlad Guerrero Jr. has a .308 batting average off him.

Cole will face Steven Matz, a lefty that is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.80 and 116 strikeouts in 25 starts. Matz is coming off a win against the Baltimore Orioles, but prior he has two losses, both against the Detroit Tigers. Matz started the season hot winning his first four games, but he has been spotty since then. His last recorded win was on August 15th against the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton has a .333 batting average off him with 2 home runs in 15 at-bats.

Wednesday, September 8, 7:05 pm EDT

The New York Yankees have not announced a pitcher for this game, although it will probably be Nestor Cortes Jr. or Luis Gil.

Whoever the Yankees choose, he will face the Jays’ Alek Manoah, a righty that is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.63 and 88 strikeouts in 15 starts. He is coming off a game the Jays won, but he gave up 6 earned runs in five innings of work. Although six Yankees have at-bats against him, none have gotten hits. He shut out the Yankees when he last faced them on May 27th.

Thursday, September 9, 7:05 pm EDT

Again the Yankees have not announced a starter for this game either; however, if they follow the normal rotation, it will be Jordan Montgomery or whoever doesn’t pitch in Wednesday.

Jose Berrios will start this game for the Blue Jays. The righty is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.55 and 169 strikeouts. It will be his 28th start of the season. He is coming off his tenth win of the season against the Oakland Athletics. However, the Jays have lost six of his last eight starts previously. Aaron Judge has his number hitting .600 off him in 5 at-bats. He has not faced the Yankees this season.

Notes: All of these games will be televised on the YES Network and SNET in Canada. The Wednesday and Thursday games will also be on MLBN out of market. After this four-game series, the Yankees will move to Citi Field to play a three-game set with the crosstown New York Mets.

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from Cole’s brilliant win ending the skid

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The New York Yankees entered last night’s final game with the Los Angeles Angels after losing four straight games with the hope of righting the ship with Yankee ace Gerrit Cole on the mound facing the inexperienced Packy Naughton. Instead, to the delight of Yankee fans everywhere, Cole had one of his best games since becoming a Yankee getting a season-high 15 strikeouts and winning the game 4-1 to stop the Yankee slid.

Cole wins with a season-high 15 strikeouts

Yankee ace Gerrit Cole took to the mound last night, seemingly with a chip on his shoulder. He was immediately dominant with all of his pitches working. At the end of seven innings of work, he amassed 15 strikeouts, a season-high and only for the fourth time in his career. He got 32 swings and misses as he stopped the Yankee’s skid of losing four games in a row for the 4-1 win, his 14th of the season.

For Cole, it was a homecoming of sorts; it was the first time as a Yankee that he returned home to pitch a game. Cole grew up just 15 miles north of Angel’s statement. Reports are the Cole even drove his beat-up 2006 Toyota Tacoma to the stadium. With a multitude of ticket requests from family and friends, the stands were filled with familiars to impress, and that he did.

“It’s a special day,” Cole said. “It’s always a nice time to come out and see some people back where you’re from. Any player, any person can relate to that. There was a little bit of intensity, trying not to get swept on the road. To do it in front of my family is a cherry on top.”

After his seven innings of work Cole let loose of his game face, banged his fist in his glove, and pointed approvingly to his personal catcher Kyle Higashioka. The last out of the night was a perfect slider that he blew past the Angel’s Max Stassi. Cole in the game permitted just one run without a walk in the game for his highest strikeout total since being acquired by the Yankees in December of 2019.

Cole was helped out in the game by Luke Voit’s two-run single and further supported by Brett Gardner’s run-scoring hit that knocked out Angel starter Packy Naughton from the game. Later in the game, the very hot Aaron Judge racked up some insurance with his 30th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning.

Is the winning slid over?

The New York Yankee fans have been perplexed by the team’s recent play. The Yankees, after a poor start of the season in the first half, had become baseball’s most winning team since July 17th winning and winning more, at one point 13 straight wins, but then a disappointing 4 game losing stretch that set them back in the AL East. During the consecutive wins, the Tampa Bay Rays only lost 2 games. With the Yankees losing 4 in a row, the Yankees actually dropped two games in the East. Now with the Rays losing last night and the Yankees win, the Yankees picked up a game.

Today is a day of rest for the Yankees, but tomorrow they start a weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles, a team they should do well over, if not sweeping them. They will then move on to a tough series with the Blue Jays; then it gets easier playing the New York Mets and the Orioles again. Again, the Yankees should do well over this stretch. Meanwhile, the Rays face the Twins, Boston again, and the Detroit Tigers, so the standings probably won’t change much.

What are the upcoming roster moves?

As of yesterday, the New York Yankees and all MLB teams could add an additional 2 players to their rosters. However, those moves for the Yankees remain unclear. So let’s get this out of the way right away; the Yankees will likely not see the return of Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, Daren O’Day, Zack Britton, or Domingo German during the remains of this season.

Beyond then, there are only questions. We do know that Gleyber Torres will be returning to the team for the Orioles series. Going into the postseason, the Yankees will need pitching. With Albert Abreu sent down to Scranton, the Yankees will most likely look to Michael King or Luis Gil to fill a spot, maybe both. If Luis Severino returns even in a bullpen position, it will likely be the last we see of shortstop Andrew Velazquez. Everything remains fluid.

 

 

Yankees News, 9/2: Gerrit Cole snaps losing streak, Aaron Judge on impressive hitting streak

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The New York Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday evening. With starting pitcher Gerrit Cole on the mound, the Yankees were in better hands, as he lasted 7.0 innings, allowing four hits and just one run.

More impressively, Cole tossed 116 pitches, striking out 15 batters. Racking up a season-high in the category, he pitched an absolute gem to help the Yankees extract a victory and change their momentum. He currently holds a 2.73 ERA on the season, and thanks to a few small ball runs in earlier innings, the Bombers headed into the eighth with a two-run lead. Slugger Aaron Judge decided to give them a bit more cushion, launching his 30th home run of the season and elevating his average to .299.

Cole, who pitched the final game of the winning streak before the Yankees embarked on a four-game losing streak, did his team a major favor on Monday. Cole didn’t walk a single batter after driving his first ever car to the stadium in Los Angeles — a 2006 Toyota, and given he just signed a $324 million contract, Cole could’ve bought 500 of those cars without blinking an eye.

“I was just sitting out there in the outfield, (thinking), ‘Thank goodness he’s wearing his away jersey right now and not a white-and-red jersey,'” the slugger said with a smile. “He’s that good. He’s a guy that can change a team, change a franchise, and we’re just happy to have him.”

Whether it was a bit of nostalgia that spurred one of his most dominant performances since putting on the pinstripes or just his natural desire to win games, the Yankees are clearly happy they made him one of the highest-paid players in baseball.

With Judge also looking like one of the best sluggers in the game, his payday will likely be coming sooner rather than later. Staying healthy has always been his kryptonite, but when on the field consistently, he is a dependable hitter that can be the difference between winning and losing. In fact, Judge has reached base in 22 of his last 23 games, including multiple hits in eight of his last nine contests.

New York Yankees Recap: Cole brilliant, stops the skid with 15 strikeouts

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After losing four games in a row, the New York Yankees were desperate to win a game. Tonight was the final game against the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees already had lost the first series since they lost a series against the Red Sox in July. Tonight they hoped to salvage the last game of the series with Yankee Ace Gerrit Cole on the mound against the inexperienced Packy Naughton. Naughton had only pitched 5 innings in the majors, two games both lost by the Angels. The  Yankees won the game 4-1, with a brilliant 15 strikeout night for Gerrit Cole.

In the first inning, Naughton faced DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees; he had a lead-off single up the middle. Anthony Rizzo hit into a double play after the Yankees had five hits into double plays last night. Aaron Judge singled to left. Luke Voit flew out to Judge in right. Gerrit Cole took the mound at the bottom, David Fletcher tapped back to Cole. Shohei Ohtani stuck out swinging. Phil Gosselin struck out for the 1-2-3 inning for Cole. No score.

In the second inning, Joey Gallo led off by towering out to second. Kyle Higashioka struck out. Rougie Odor struck out swinging to end the half. Jared Walsh led off the bottom by doubling to the center-field wall. Justin Upton struck out. Brandon Marsh ground out with Walsh moving to third. Max Stassi ground out to short to end the inning. No score.

Andrew Velazquez led off the third by grounding out to second. Brett Gardner ground out to first. LeMahieu walked. Rizzo up with two outs singled, moving LeMahieu to third base. Judge walked, loading the bases. Voit singled, driving in two Yankees runs. Gallo ground out. Adell in the bottom ground out to third. Jack Mayfield struck out swinging. Fletcher got a single to center. Ohtani struck out on a Cole fastball. New York Yankees 2 Angels 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Higashioka, who struck out. Odor got on base with a drag bunt. Velazquez ground out with Odor taking second base. Gardner singled to center, driving in Odor for another Yankee run. LeMahieu faced new Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz and ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up a run. At the bottom, Gosselin stuck out. Walsh struck out. Upton struck out for a strikeout of the side for Cole. Yankees 3 Angels 0.

Anthony Rizzo led off the fifth by flying out to left field. Judge struck out swinging. A pitch hit Voit. Gallo faced the new Angels pitcher Jose Quijada ground out to first. In the bottom, Marsh struck out for Cole’s fifth straight strikeout. Stassi struck out. Adell flew out to Gardner in center. New York Yankees 3 Angels 0.

Kyle Higashioka led off the sixth inning by going down on strikes. Odor ground out to short. Velazquez went down swinging. At the bottom Mayfield single just out of the reach of Gallo in left. Fletcher doubled to left-center, driving in Mayfield for the first Angel run. Ohtani, with a man on second and no outs, struck out swinging. Gosselin struck out. Walsh struck out. Yankees 3 Angels 1. Fletcher drove in the only Angel run.

The seven-inning was scoreless for both teams. The Yankees Gerrit Cole went a full seven-inning with 116 pitches. He allowed four hits, and one earned run with a season-high 15 strikeouts in the game and no walks. At the top of the eighth inning, Aaron Judge led off with a monster solo home run into the left-field stands. New York Yankees 4 Los Angeles Angels 1.

Andrew Velazquez led off the ninth inning by grounding out to second base. Gardner flew way out to the left-center at the wall. DJ LeMahieu ground out to short, going down in order. At the bottom, Ohtani led off against the New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and flew out to shallow center for the first out of the inning. Gosselin ground out to second. With the last licks on the line for the Angels, Walsh ground out softly to short to end the game and stop the Yankee’s skid.

The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Los Angeles Angels 1. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole, his 14th of the season. The loser was Packy Naughton. Aroldis Chapman got his 25th save of the season. This game was all about Gerrit Cole and his dominant performance and 15 strikeouts in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Yankees to have 3 games at Angels Stadium, here’s the preview

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Tonight the New York Yankees will start a 3 game set with the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. The Yankees, after winning 13 consecutive games, are coming off of two losses in a row against the Athletics. The Angels, who have lost six of their last eight, will see the return of Corey Kluber to the mound for the Yankees. Kluber for the Yankees had a no-hitter before going in the IL with shoulder stiffness.

The Yankees are in a tight race with the Tampa Bay Rays for the lead in the AL East. The Yankees have slipped back to 6 games behind the Rays. They will hope for a series sweep of the Angels to prevent further slipping away and hoping for a gain in the standings.

Monday, August 30, 9:38 pm EDT

Tonight will see the return of Corey Kluber to the mound for the Yankees after missing three months of the season with a troublesome shoulder. Kluber never stopped throwing the ball but has had a slow rehab. He is coming off a Yankee win with the Somerset Patriots. Kluber bounced back from a two-run first inning in which he allowed three straight singles to start the outing. In 3 2/3 innings pitched, Kluber scattered two runs on five hits while striking out four, walking one, and hitting another on 60 pitches (39 strikes). Kluber, who had a no-hitter before hitting the IL, is 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA. Tonight’s start will be his twelfth of the season.

Kluber will likely not throw many more than 70 pitches in the game as he continues to build up. Manager Aaron Boone has let it be known that he will tandem Kluber with Andrew Heaney during his return to pitching complete games.

The Los Angeles Angels have not announced a starter for the game. The game will be televised on the YES Network and Bally Sports West.

Tuesday, August 31, 9:38 pm EDT

Tuesday night Jameson Taillon will take the mound for the Yankees, facing the pitching and hitting sensation Shohei Ohtani. The righty Taillon has been pitching well for the Yankees recently. He is 8-4 with an ERA of 4.18 and 125 strikeouts. It will be his 26th start of the season. The Yankees have won his last eight starts in a row. Taillon will have to watch out for Jose Iglesias; he has hit .750 off him in 8 at-bats.

Ohtani is 8-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 127 strikeouts. Although nearly having a lock on baseball’s MVP, Ohtani did not fare well against the Yankees when he faced them on June 30th. He lasted two outs giving up 7 earned runs to the Yankees. Other than that game that he would like to forget, he has pitched very well for the Angels. He is coming off a loss to the Orioles, but previously he won four straight. His record and ERA speak for itself. Because he only lasted 2/3 of an inning, few Yankees have faced him.

Wednesday, September 1, 7:07 pm EDT

Wednesday evening, the New York Yankees will have their righty ace on the mound, Gerrit Cole. Cole is 13-6 with an ERA of 2.80 with an incredible 200 strikeouts. Cole leads baseball in wins and is second in strikeouts 4 behind Zack Wheeler of the Phillies. Cole is coming off his 13th win in a contest with the Athletics; he struck out 9 in the game.

Cole will face Jaime Barria, a righty that is 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA. Barria has been both a starter and reliever for the Angels this season. They have lost his last four games. He has not gotten a win since July 30th. Many Yankees have not seen him pitch, but Joey Gallo spending most of his time in the same division as the Angels, has faced Barria 15 times, hitting just .133. Aaron Judge has faced him twice, getting hits each time; one was a home run. This game, like the others, will be on the YES Network, Bally Sports West; this one will also be on MLBN out of market.