New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees struggle to win over the O’s (video)

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

After a disappointing road trip when the New York Yankees went 5-4 and a day off yesterday, they entered a 3 game series with the Baltimore Orioles last night. With their race to the postseason in jeopardy, the Yankees should win if not sweep a series against a team that will lose 110 games this season. In-game one, the Yankees sent Nestor Cortes Jr. to the mound to face the Orioles, John Means. In a game that should have been won easily, it went into the eleventh inning with Giancarlo Stanton walking off Aaron Judge for the Yankee 4-3 win.

A struggle to beat the worst team in baseball

Last night’s win over the Orioles in the eleventh inning was a joyful event worth celebrating on the field as the Yankees pulled out a walk-off win in the eleventh inning. But looking deeper into the win, the Yankees should be concerned, very concerned. The New York Yankees aren’t just any team; they are a team that was fighting for a win in the AL East, that is now fighting to hold onto a wild card berth just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox.

The bottom line in all of this is that the Yankees must dominate teams they should win over. The Texas Rangers, and yes, the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles are on pace to lose 110 games or more this season. The Yankees have to be more consistent and sweep these teams. For most of the season, the Yankees have blown open games or have gone nearly hitless. Those gone hitless games are why the Yankees are in this desperate situation. Last night against the worst team in baseball, they produced only 3 hits off starter John Means.

You may say, yes, but he is the Oriole’s ace, that’s true, but he is an ace with a losing record. In the next four innings off of three relievers, they could only muster up another hit. The Yankees must do better than this if they want to advance in the postseason, or it will be just another Yankee failed season.

Nestor Cortes Jr. continues to be nasty

One of the brightest memories of this season will arise out of hardship; two-time Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber went on the IL for 3 months suffering from a shoulder strain. Enter Nestor Cortes Jr., a reliever with an ERA of 11.5 in the first two years of his professional career with the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles. General manager Brian Cashman saw something in Cortes and signed him to a minor league contract. The rest is history. Learn more here.

When Kluber went onto the IL, the New York Yankees looked for help; it came in the form of Nestor Cortes Jr. The reliever turned starter has been a Godsend for the Yankees. Although his win-loss record may not be impressive, he has kept the Yankees in the game in seven of his eight starts. He has allowed only 13 runs in those eight starts. Last night was one of his best outings, pitching into the sixth inning only giving up one earned run while striking out seven.

Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankee’s powerhouse

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will fight it out for the New York Yankees named MVP this season, but this piece is not about that; it’s about Stanton’s power. No major league hitter hits the ball harder than Giancarlo Stanton. On October 1, 2017, Stanton had a 122.2 mph single off the Braves’ Max Fried shocking the baseball world with his exit velocity off the bat.

His time with the Yankees may not have been what Yankee fans hoped for, but something that never left him was his power. Through no fault of his own, Stanton has been riddled with injuries during his Yankee career, but this is 2021, a season that he has been mostly healthy and is showing signs of his 2017 NL MVP season. He has hit the Yankee’s eight most powerful hits of the season. He hit a grand slam off the Orioles that exited his bat at 115.1 mph earlier in the season. According to Bryan Hock against the Royals, he duplicated the 2017 feat hitting a ball 122.2 mph for his 2021 record. Stanton owns the record for the three hardest hits in baseball and the eight hardest-hit balls of 2021.

Last night  Stanton blasted a 424′ homer in the fourth to left field off of John Means. But the highlight of the night was in the eleventh inning with Aaron Judge on base. Stanton hit his second hardest (121.1 mph) hit of the season, a single driving-in Judge for the Yankees walk-off win.  It was the hardest walk-off hit since Statcast kept records in 2015.

New York Yankees Recap: Luis Gil shines in his Major League debut, Yankees win 13-1

After losing game one to the Baltimore Orioles and finding that ace Gerrit Cole tested positive for the coronavirus, another blow beset the Yankees with a second Yankee starter testing positive Jordan Montgomery has now been named as the newest addition to the Covid list. Pitching tonight for the Yankees was Luis Gil (Heel) in his major league debut. The Yankees needed to win this game tonight to have any chance at taking the series from the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees blew out the Orioles 13-1.

In the first inning, Gil took the mound in his debut and flew out Cedric Mullins. Ramon Urias struck out. Ryan Mountcastle reached on a collision with Rizzo. Anthony Santander flew out to Judge in right to end the half and a good first inning for Gil. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu ground out. Anthony Rizzo flew out to right. Aaron Judge flew out as the Yankees were retired in order. No score.

At the second, Anthony Santander led off against Gil, and he flew out to center. Austin Hays flew out to Torres. Pedro Severino went down looking as Gil had a 1-2-3 inning. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton flew out to center. Joey Gallo went down on strikes. Gary Sanchez got a base hit to right-center. Gleyber Torres got an RBI double that split the centerfielders scoring Sanchez from first. Rougie Odor ground out to second, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. New York Yankees 1 Orioles 0.

Maikel Franco led off the third inning by grounding out to short. Pat Valaika ground out to LeMahieu at second. Mullins struck out swinging for another 1-2-3 inning for Gil. At the bottom, Greg Allen led off for the Yankees and was hit by a pitch and went to first. LeMahieu had an RBI double that split the outfielders, with Allen scoring for the second Yankee run. Rizzo doubled, scoring LeMahieu for the third Yankees run, Judge singled to left. With men on the corners and no outs singled, Stanton drove in Rizzo for the four-run Yankee lead. Gallo went down on strikes. Sanchez doubled to the left-field wall, scoring Judge for the inning’s fifth run, knocking out Wells. Torres faced the new O’s pitcher Adam Plutko flew out to center, but Stanton scored for the sixth run off the inning. Odor struck out swinging, but the Yankees brought nine runners to the base scoring six runs. New York Yankees 6 Orioles 0.

In the fourth inning, Urias popped out to Rizzo. Mountcastle ground out to third. Santander singled to center. Hays singled to right. DJ Stewart died. In the Yankees, half Yankees Stanton homered to drive in three runs for the Yankees. Yankees 9 Orioles 0. It was Stanton’s 17th home run of the season.

The fifth and sixth inning was scoreless for both the Yankees and the Orioles. Luis Gil finished his debut night after the sixth inning, giving up just 4 hits while striking out six Orioles in his scoreless New York Yankee debut. His last pitch of the inning was a strikeout. Gil only walked one Oriole in the game.

At the top of the seventh, Stewart stuck out. Severino struck out. Franco doubled down the left-field line. Valaika struck out. Stephen Ridings had three strikeouts in his relief debut.  At the bottom, Stanton ground out. Gallo flew out to center. Sanchez ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 9 Orioles 0.

The top of the Orioles lineup led off the eighth inning. Mullins against Brody Koener making his debut singled to center. Urias ground out to Wade at third. Mountcastle got an RBI double to let the Oriole on the board. Ryan McKenna ground out. Hays ground out, and Stewart flew out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres led off against Shaun Anderson and singled to left field. Odor singled to right. Grey Allen flew out to the warning track in right. Tyler Wade men on the corners and one out hit a double down the right-field line to score Torres and Odor for the Yankee 10 run lead. Wade, on a passed ball, advanced to third base. Rizzo, who was 2 for 4, ground out to second as Wade scored. Judge homered for a solo shot to the short porch in right. Stanton flew out to center, but the Yankees picked up another four runs. New York Yankees 13 Orioles 1.

At the top of the ninth inning and last licks for the Baltimore Orioles, Severino faced Koener still in the game and popped out to Odor. Franco was hit by a pitch and took first. Valaika hit into a double play to end the game as the Yankees bounced back with 13 runs. The final Score was the New York Yankees 13 and the Baltimore Orioles 1. The winning pitcher was Luis Gil, and the loser was Alexander Wells.