New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees’ walk-off win

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

After losing game one, the New York Yankees had an exciting pitching duel yesterday between starting pitchers combined for five Cy Young awards. In the end, they both pitched too well to be involved in the decision. The Yankees won the rain-delayed game 4-3. The name of the game was pitching, as both teams had trouble scoring runs.

An epic pitching duel

After a nearly two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, 2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber took to the mound for the New York Yankees. Previous to being hired by the Yankees, the star pitcher hadn’t pitched for almost two years after being hit by a pitch while with the Cleveland Indians and injuring his shoulder after pitching just one inning for the Texas Rangers. Since his first start with the Yankees, he has been shaking off the rust and getting closer to his winning form. In his last outing against the Detroit Tigers, he went 8 innings allowing no runs and just two hits.

Yesterday, he wasn’t quite that good, pitching 5.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs. For the second game in a row, he threw over 100 pitches, striking out 6 Nationals. He walked 3 batters. He didn’t have his best stuff in a nutshell, and his changeup just wasn’t as sharp. But like any good pitcher, he kept the Yankees in the game.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was truly amazing. The future Hall of Famer pitched into the eighth inning, only allowing a home run to Yankee catcher Kyle Higashioka while striking out 14 Yankees. He only allowed 2 Yankee hits in the game. He was coming off a complete-game win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday. After that win, he had time to go to the hospital and witness the birth of his son Derek.

Yankees hitters struggled, but Gleyber Torres came through in the eleventh inning

Up against one of the best pitchers in baseball, the oft-time struggling Yankee hitters continued to struggle. So far this season, the Yankee hitters have been hot or cold, mostly cold.  Off of Scherzer, they could only muster up two hits in nearly eight innings. Catcher Kyle Higashioka broke out of his mini-slump by hitting the Yankees’ only home run. Miguel Andujar, who was brought up from Scranton to replace Gio Urshela, has gone 0 for 6 in the Nats series.

The New York Yankees played without Gio Urshela, who is not on the IL but is day to day recovering from a knee injury suffered in the last game of the Astros series and igniting hitter Rougned Odor. Most all the hitters struggled against Nationals pitching. The starting three, LeMahieu, Stanton, and Judge, went 3 for 12 at the plate. One hitter, Gleyber Torres, was the star of the game. His single in the ninth inning tied the game at 3 and pushed it into extra innings. At the bottom of the eleventh, with DJ LeMahieu as the ghost runner, Stanton took to the plate, and with Tanner Rainy on the mound, Stanton walked. Judge walked to load the bases with no outs. Gleyber Torres had a 50′ infield single to get the walk-off win.

This was the first walk-off win for the Yankees this season. They are now one game over .500. For complete coverage of the win go here.

Today’s game:

Today at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Yankees will again face the Washington Nationals in the final rubber game of the 3 game set. Today’s game is the most difficult to predict the outcome; much has to do with which Domingo German shows up. German (2-2 ERA 4.32) will face the Nationals’ Joe Ross (2-2 ERA 4.39). Between his 2 starts against the Orioles and Cleveland, German went 12 innings scoreless, but in his last outing, he went only five innings giving up three earned runs; in a game, the Yankees eventually won over the Astros.

Joe Ross has never faced the New York Yankees before and has not experienced Yankee Stadium and its fans. He is 3-2 in interleague games in his career. So far this season, the Nationals had lost 3 of his 5 starts, including his last start against the Atlanta Braves, when he went 5.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 3 and walking 2 Braves. The Sunday matinee will be televised on the YES Network, MASN, and MLB out of market.

 

 

Yankees: Good news and bad news in walk-off win over Washington

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

After a disappointing loss to Washington Nationals on Friday, the New York Yankees bounced back with a walk-off victory in the bottom of the 11th inning on Saturday. Heading into extra innings thanks to a Gleyber Torres single to right field, which drove in DJ LeMahieu, Torres managed to finish off the game once again, reaching on an infield single that drove in the winning run.

The Yankees have now pulled ahead of the .500 win percentage mark and will prepare for one final game against Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

In the victory, the Yankee offense once again struggled to a degree, recording six hits and striking out 17 times. The first four batters in the lineup accounted for nine strikeouts, an astounding number that must be cut down if the Yankees want to emerge victorious against better teams. Washington has struggled this season, but anytime you’re facing off against Max Scherzer, you’re guaranteed to have issues. He collected 14 Ks, as Kyle Higashioka was the only Yankee to record a run against the star pitcher.

Aaron Judge continues to struggle, seeing his average plummet to .245 after starting the season strong. His strike-out issues have ballooned, but Gleyber Torres had a stand-out performance, recording two RBIs and two hits on the afternoon.

As for the pitching, Corey Kluber lasted 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. His performance wasn’t disastrous, but he placed a lot of pressure on the bullpen that had a tough outing on Friday in the defeat. Over 5.1 innings, the relief arms allow just two hits and one run, an adequate performance. Closer Aroldis Chapman gave up his first run of the 2021 season, despite it being un-earned. Thanks to the extra innings rule this year that dictates an automatic runner on second base, Chapman’s streak will come to an end on paper.

In a game that was delayed two hours and 25 minutes due to rain, the Yankees will hopefully start on time at 1:05 PM on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees win a gutsy Cy Young game in the eleventh inning

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Today at the Stadium, the New York Yankees met up with the Washington Nations for game two of a three-game set. The game was delayed, but two and a half-hour rain delay. The game featured 3 time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer against 2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for the New York Yankees. The Nationals won last night’s game 11-4.

With Kluber on the mound to start the first, he faced Trea Turner, who on his first swing of the bat broke his bat, and the majority of it flew into the Nats dugout; no one was hurt. He ended up hitting right back at Kluber for the out. Josh Harrison struck out looking, and Soto bounced one to Kluber for the final out of a 1-2-3 inning for Kluber. At the bottom, with Max Scherzer on the mound, he faced DJ LeMahieu flew out to right. After having his 12 game hitting streak snapped yesterday, Giancarlo Stanton struck out at his first at-bat. Aaron Judge struck out for a fast inning for both pitchers.

At the top of the second, Ryan Zimmerman hit a single just off the glove of Gleyber Torres. Josh Bell struck out. Kyle Schwarber hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres faced Scherzer and struck out. Brett Gardner struck out. Clint Frazier struck out after battling; that was 5 strikeouts in a row for Scherzer.

Starlin Castro led off the third by lining out to LeMahieu. Alex Avila singled to right-center. Victor Robles singled when no Yankee was covering first base. Turner, with two on and one out, singled to right to load the bases. Harrison gound to third. DJ threw home Avila out at home. Soto walked, driving in a run. Zimmerman ground out to Torres, but Kluber got away with giving up just one run, leaving the bases loaded with Nats. At the bottom, Ford stuck out for the sixth strikeout in a row. Higashioka homered to left to tie the game at 1. Wade lined out to left. LeMahieu singled up the middle. Stanton struck out. New York Yankees 1 Nationals 1.

Bell led off the fourth by striking out. Schwarber struck out. Castro walked. Avila walked. Robles went down looking for a no-contact inning. Three strikeouts and two walks. At the bottom of the inning, Aaron Judge led off by striking out. Judge was 1 for 22 with 14 strikeouts. Torres struck out for Scherzer that was 9 strikeouts. Gardner struck out and went down in order. Yankees 1 Nats 1.

Turner at the top of the fifth inning by flying out to Judge. Harrison flew out to left. Soto popped out to Frazier for a quick 1-2-3 inning for Kluber. Frazier started the bottom of the fifth by grounding out to short. Ford flew out to left field. Higashioka struck out for Scherzer’s 11th strikeout of the game. Scored tied at 1.

Zimmerman at the top of the sixth flew out to Brett Gardner. Bell struck out. Schwarber doubled to right. Castro drove in Schwarber with a single. Avila facing Chad Green replacing Kluber struck out Avila, but the Nationals took the lead. At the bottom, Wade ground out to right. LeMahieu struck out swinging. Stanton popped out to the infield to end the inning. Nationals 2 Yankees 1.

Victor Robles led off the seventh by singling to Gardner. Turner hit into a double play. Harrison was called out on strikes to end the half. With Scherzer with 84 pitches was still on the mound. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by grounding out to short. Torres struck out swinging. Gardner struck out for Scherzer’s 14th strikeout, the most ever in the new Yankee Stadium. Nats 2 Yanks 1.

With Lucas Luetge on the mound for the New York Yankees, he lined out Soto. Zimmerman stuck out. Bell flew out to Judge for a perfect 1-2-3 inning for Luetge. At the bottom, Frazier faced Scherzer, and he walked for the first Scherzer walk of the game. Ford flew out to Soto. Daniel Hudson came in to face Higashioka, who went down looking. The Yankees pitch hit Wade with Miguel Andujar, who ground out to second. Nats 2 Yankees 1.

With Luetge still on the mound, Shwarber ground out. Castro lined out to Torres. Avila struck out for six up and six down for Luetge. With the Nationals closer Brad Hand on the mound, DJ LeMahieu took to the plate and walked. Stanton, with the crowd chanting MVP, ground out to third. Aaron Judge, with last licks for the Yankees, singled with DJ going to third. Torres had an RBI single driving in LeMahieu to tie the game. Aaron Hicks struck out. Clint Frazier lined out to second, but the Yankees tied up the game.  Scored tied at 2.

Robles up at the top of the tenth, with Stevenson as the ghost running and Aroldis Chapman on the mound, got a base hit, Stevenson moved to third base. Turner had a sac fly as Stevenson beat out a throw by Judge for the Nationals lead. Turner stole second. Harrison went down on strikes. Chapman walked Soto to face Zimmerman, who struck out to end the half with the Nationals leading 3-2. At the bottom and Clint Frazier as the ghost runner at second, Mike Ford had a sac hit to bring Frazier to tie the game up at 3 apiece. Kyle Finnegan came in to face Kyle Higashioka, who singled into the force at second for the first out of Mike Ford. Andujar popped out to short for the second out. DJ LeMahieu struck out swinging, but the New York Yankees tied it up at 3 apiece.

At the top of the eleventh, Justin Wilson pitched the ninth with Zimmerman on second. Wilson faced Josh Bell, who struck out. Schwarber flew out to Hicks for the second out. Castro went down looking. At the bottom, with DJ LeMahieu as the ghost runner, Stanton took to the plate, and with Tanner Rainy on the mound, Stanton walked. Judge walked to load the bases with no outs. Gleyber Torres had an infield single to have the walk-off win. Two Cy Young Award winners were not involved in the win. The winning pitcher was Justin Wilson, and the loser was Tanner Rainy. The final score was New York Yankees 4 and the Nationals 3.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the day the Yankees couldn’t sweep the Astros (video)

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Last night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees failed to get a sweep to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in what could be best described as a competitive and exciting game that didn’t go the Yankee’s way. The game had just about everything, including how to score from first base on a single. It was a game that the nearly perfect Yankee bullpen failed to hold down the Astros.

All this while some surprising things were going on around the country. One of the most iconic baseball players in the history of baseball turned 90 years old. Willie Mays celebrated the milestone. Many Yankee fans weren’t even alive when Willie hit his 660th home run. President Obama said of Mays and Jackie Robinson; you guys paved the way for me to be president of the United States.

In other stunning news, the Los Angeles Angels released future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, designating him for assignment. Also, this is the first time in ML history that no team at this point of the season (30 games) has accomplished 18 wins or reached .600. By the way, Yankees fans, t The lowly Boston Red Sox, are the number one team in all of baseball. Also, the month of April marked the first time in baseball history that both New York teams (Yankees/Mets) have had the pitcher of the month in their respective leagues.

Gleyber Torres scores from first on a single

The New York Yankees couldn’t complete the sweep of the Astros last night, but for baseball fans, there was some pretty exciting stuff in the game, not all to their liking. One of the most exciting was when Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first base on a single by Aaron Hicks. This can all be summed up by saying the Astros were kicked in the butt by their own right field shift and a myriad of other mistakes.

With Hicks at the plate the Astros put on the shift, Hick smoked one to the third baseman that was near second base. Torres took off for second, Bregman bobbled the ball. Torres saw daylight, no one at third, and took off for third; as he approached third, he saw catcher Maldonado jogging to cover third. Torres rounded third, and Maldonado tried to reverse, and Torres tumbled home ahead of the catcher, bringing the Yankees just one run short of tieing the Astros. The shift and with Maldonado running for third. Bregman froze as he had no one to throw the ball to. Astounded, Pressly the pitcher also froze when he should have been covering home plate.

Ace Gerrit Cole left the game with the lead

After the game in an interview, Aaron Boone stated that Gerrit Cole didn’t have his best stuff but ground through six innings and left the game with the lead. Cole, in his interview, seemed to differ with that explanation, saying that he made some good pitches and was a victim of the home plate umpires tight strike zone. As an observer, I would have to say both statements were true. Cole didn’t seem as comfortable on the mound and was a victim of giving up two home runs in his six innings of work. Cole had the smallest number of strikeouts since he pitched with the Pirates during 2017. He did get an amazing 10 ground outs.

But the bottom line was that Cole was not the problem; the usually almost perfect bullpen totally fell apart trying to keep the New York Yankees in the lead column over the remaining 4 innings. The usually outstanding Chad Green gave up a very disappointing 3 run home run to Jose Altuve, much to the displeasure of Yankee fans. It was the first time in Green’s career that anyone had hit a home run off his high out pitch. Green took the 7-4 loss. In the ninth, Justin Wilson gave a 2 run homer to catcher Maldonado, who hadn’t had an RBI in his last 75 plate appearances.

Other stuff

  • Yankee Giancarlo Stanton continued his torrid play. He hit safely in his 12th straight game. He had a monster home run and leads the team in both home runs and RBI’s.
  • Other than Gleyber Torres’s amazing score caused by Aaron Hicks single, every other run scored was via the home run for both teams.
  • Aaron Hicks has had a plodding start for the 2021 season, keeping him on the interstate (below .200). Last night he went 3 for 3 and increased his batting average to .202.
  • Is the 2020 batting king DJ LeMahieu in a slump? Last night he went 0 for 5. In the Astros three-game series, he has gone 3 for 12.
  • Last night in the eighth inning, star third baseman Gio Urshela made an amazing stop with a diving catch. He landed on his knee; he made a failed throw to first but remained on his knee, apparently in pain. He was removed from the game and sent for an MRI. The outcome of that MRI is unknown at the time of this writing. The Yankees will take a hit if he has to go on the IL, being one of the Yankees’ most productive players. It could be an avenue for Miguel Andujar to return to the team.

Today the New York Yankees start their final series of the homestand against the Washington Nationals at 7:05 pm. The Yankees Jameson Taillon will take on the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from Saturday’s win

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees met up with the Detroit Tigers yesterday for a game two matinee. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and the Tigers, Spencer Turnbull. The Yankees came away with the 6-4 win. Here some major highlights from the win.

Taillon gets his first win

New York Yankees’ pitcher Jameson Taillon got his first win yesterday against the Tigers. This is no small feat for the 29-year-old righty. It was his fifth start of the season. So far, he lost a game against the Orioles, the Blue Jays, and the Indians. He had his best outing in a no-decision on April 20 against the Braves. Now he has won his first game.

Before the start of spring training, the Yankees worked out a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to get the mid-rotation starter who used to pitch with Gerrit Cole when Cole was with the Pirates. What makes this first win so significant is that this guy has been to hell and back. He was cured of testicular cancer and has gone through two Tommy John surgeries. He didn’t know if he would ever pitch again.

Yesterday Taillon pitched like the Yankees always thought he would be able to. He pitched five full innings allowing only 3 hits, one run with 3 walks. He lowered his ERA to 5.24. He hopes this win is just one of many to come. After the game in interviews, Taillon was beaming with excitement and happiness and thanked all his teammates for their support. One of the reasons for his success was his control of his curveball and his high fastball.

No home runs = win

Anyone who follows the New York Yankees knows that they seldom win when they don’t hit home runs in a game. The Yankees are built around the home run. Yesterday they garnered 6 runs without a single home run. What makes it even more significant is that 3 of their best hitters weren’t in the lineup: no Giancarlo Stanton, no Gio Urshela, and no Kyle Higashioka.

There was quite a bit of hitting in the game and several walks. Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres both had 3 RBI’s in the game. Double plays have dogged the Yankees, but yesterday they avoided that for the most part. There were two blemishes in the game, Gary Sanchez had a passed ball, and Clint Frazier lost a ball in the wind and dropped it off the end of his glove. Gleyber Torres that is frequently called out on his sub-par defense, made an amazing behind-the-shoulder catch.

A slight blip for the bullpen

The New York Yankee bullpen has been near perfect in the young season. Last night not so much. Jameson Taillon gave up just a run, but the bullpen allowed 3 runs which is very unusual. Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman both had clean innings. The usually perfect Justin Wilson and Chad Green gave up the three runs. Luckily with the Yankees hitting the runs allowed didn’t cause a loss.

Aroldis Chapman has been amazing this season with his new pitching arsenal. He has added a splitter to his 100 mph fastball and change. Yesterday he had his 19th straight inning with two or more strikeouts per inning. Overall the Yankee pitchers have an ERA of 3.13, the lowest in the American League and lowest for the Yankees since 1981.

New York Yankees Recap: Taillon gets his first win, Yankees 6 Tigers 4

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone, jameson taillon

Today’s New York Yankee game was a matinee at 1:05 pm. They met the Detroit Tigers in the second game of the three-game weekend series. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and Spencer Turnbull for the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. It was a beautiful day for a ball game in the Bronx, New York. It was sunny with a game-time temperature of 58 degrees with only a light breeze.

Jameson Taillon took to the mound to start the game, facing Robbie Grossman, who flew to right, but Clint Frazier dropped the ball, and Grossman went to second on the error. Willi Castro struck out. Miguel Cabrera flew out to Frazier. Frazier threw to third, preventing Grossman from advancing. Jonathan Schoop struck out, getting Taillon out of the inning scoreless. The Yankees took to the plate in the bottom with DJ LeMahieu leading off; he had a slow roller for a single. Aaron Judge flew out to centerfield. Rougie Odor lined out to first. Gleyber Torres ground out to end the inning with no score.

The top of the second was led off by Candelario striking out against Taillon. Akil Baddoo walked. Niko Goodrum struck out. Grayson Greiner flew out to center. At the bottom, Mike Ford led off singling on an E4. Aaron Hicks flew out to shallow right. Gary Sanchez singled into the force with Ford out at second. Clint Frazier ground out to third to end the inning. No score.

JaCoby Jones led off the top of the third inning and ground out to LeMahieu at third. Grossman flew to short center, and Torres made a beautiful scoop catch over his head. Castro struck out for Taillon’s fifth strikeout. At the bottom, Brett Gardner popped out to left. LeMahieu walked. Judge singled, beating out the throw. Odor with two on and only one out popped out to short. Torres shot an RBI single down the middle to score LeMahieu for the New York Yankee lead. Mike Ford worked a walk. Aaron Hicks struck out, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees. Yankees 1 Tigers 0.

Leading off the fourth was Miguel Cabrera, who struck out. Schoop flew out to Brett Gardner, who had to battle the sun to make the play. Candelario hammered a homer into the short porch. Baddoo struck out for Taillon’s seventh strikeout of the game, but the Tigers tied it up. At the bottom, Sanchez ground out to short. Frazier ground out to third. Gardner also ground out for three ground-outs. Yankees 1 Tigers 1.

Goodrum led off the fifth with a single up the middle. Goodrum stole second. Greiner flew out to Frazier, with Frazier firing in, holding Goodrum at second. Jones hit Goodrum running to third for two outs. Grossman walked. Castro walked to load the bases. Cabrera struck out on a Taillon fastball to leave the bases loaded with Tigers. Back to the top of the Yankee lineup at the bottom. LeMahieu singled up the middle. DJ tried to steal second and went to third on a bad throw. Judge doubled to the left-field wall scoring LeMahieu with his double. Odor ground out to first, moving Judge to third. Torres ground out to short for the second out. Ford grounded out softly to end the inning. Yankees 2 Tigers 1.

Jameson Taillon had a good game, but out of the game, Jonathan Loaisiga took over, grounding out Schoop. Candelario singled. Baddoo singled, but Candelario was called out at second. Baddoo stole second. Baddoo went to third on a passed ball by Sanchez. Goodrum walked. Greiner was up with two outs and runners on the corners. Greiner ground out to Ford to end the half and allow Loaisiga to get out of trouble. At the bottom, Hicks was hit by a pitch. Sanchez walked, knocking Turnbull out of the game. The new pitcher was Jose Cisnero facing Frazier, who walked to load the bases with no outs. Gardner popped out to the infield. LeMahieu stuck out. Aaron Judge singled, bringing in two runners. Rougie Odor, with men on the corners and two outs, walked to load the bases again. Torres singled, driving in two more runs knocking Cisnero out in favor of Alex Lange. Mike Ford at the plate, Torres tried to steal second for the last out of the inning. New York Yankees 6 Tigers 1.

At the top, with Justin Wilson on the mound, Jones walked, which was followed by a Grossman walk. Castro struck out. Cabrera ground out, and the runners moved up. Schoop singled, driving in two runs for the Tigers. Candelario singled, driving Wilson out of the game. Chad Green faced Baddo two on, and two outs and was overpowered by Green on three pitches. Ford led off the bottom by grounding out to first. Hicks singled to right. A passed ball allowed Hicks to go to second. Gary Sanchez struck out looking. Frazier went down on strikes. Yankees 6 Tigers 3.

Goodrum led off the eighth with a towering homer into the second deck of the right-field stands. Greiner ground out to LeMahieu. Jones struck out. Grossman flew out to center, but the Tigers picked up another run. At the bottom, Derek Holland took over for the Tigers against Gardner, who walked. LeMahieu flew out to right. Judge struck out. Odor ground out to end the inning. Yankees 6 Tigers 4.

Aroldis Chapman came out to close it out for the Yankees in the top of the ninth. He faced Willie Castro that struck out on a 101 mph Chapman fastball. Cabrera ground out to first. Schoop stuck out, giving Jameson Taillon the win, the loss went to Turnbull, and the save belonged to Aroldis Chapman. The final score was New York Yankees 4 and the Detroit Tigers 4.

New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres finally heating up after slow start

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

After a dismal start to the season, New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is finally trending in the right direction. Torres’s average was just .182 after the Yankees’ April 20th win over the Atlanta Braves, but now, he’s raised it to over .230.

Over the last nine games, Torres has hit .306 with three RBIs, three walks, and just four strikeouts. He has three extra-base hits in that span, including a two-strike, two-out double in the ninth inning on Thursday against the Orioles to tie the game. Although the team eventually lost in extra innings, Torres’s hit was likely the most clutch hit of the young season and a huge confidence boost for the fourth-year player.

Torres has also shown improvement on defense as he’s raised his dWAR up to 0.5 with three defensive runs saved through 24 games at shortstop. Earlier in the season, Torres had negative numbers in both categories, so this is a welcome sign that he can succeed at shortstop down the road.

The only cause of concern that remains with Torres right now is his lack of power numbers. His OPS just surpassed the .600 mark against the Orioles, and he still has a lot of work to raise it to near his career average of .816. Torres still hasn’t hit a home run this season, and this comes after a 2020 campaign with just three home runs. However, Torres is slugging more doubles of late, so it seems that some home runs could be coming soon. The Yankees return home for nine games beginning tonight against the Detroit Tigers, so Yankee Stadium would be a great place to start putting the ball over the wall.

It’s great to see that Gleyber Torres is headed back in the right direction. Unfortunately, players like Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier are still struggling, but maybe Torres’s improved play can spark a fire for some of the other guys.

 

Yankees: Gleyber Torres’ defense seems to be settling after rocky start to the season

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

It’s not a secret to anybody that Gleyber Torres, the New York Yankees’ shortstop, hasn’t been very good on offense or with the glove right out of the gate. And while his bat remains dormant with a .208 average, no homers and only two RBI, his defense has improved after a few early-season miscues.

Yankees’ infield coach Carlos Mendoza knows that the season is long and Torres still has some work to do to gain the consistency he wants to showcase, but said he thinks Gleyber has made strides and it’s because he has been working hard to improve.

“He seems like he’s settling in now and being more steady making the routine plays,” Mendoza said to the Yankees official site. “We’d like for him to continue to trust the work, continue to trust his preparation in going out there and playing his game — having fun and making sure that he is showing his ability. It goes back to trusting the work and having that aggressive mindset of making plays.”

Gleyber’s most evident talent is hitting, and that part of the game should eventually come. But defense has been a challenge for him in his young career, not being viewed as a plus shortstop at any point.

The Yankees hope Gleyber can be at least an average shortstop

However, the Yankees hope he can be at least average out there, with work, discipline, and reps. After a rocky first few games to open the campaign, he seems more comfortable making the routine plays.

The Yankees infield coach also said that he thinks Torres was trying to do too much on the field, trying to be perfect at all times instead of letting the game flow naturally. But he is still working on things.

“Once we get our lineup from the other team, he’s going over the plus runners, potential stolen bases, guys that are going to be running balls out of the box,” Mendoza said. “As a shortstop, you’re pretty much involved in every play, every pitch — especially if there’s runners on base. Those are the little things that we’re working on.”

Yankees’ Gleyber Torres has much-awaited breakout game: ‘Finally, I could do something for my team’

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees had lost six of their last seven contests ahead of Thursday’s game against Cleveland. However, with a gutty performance from starter Domingo German and a breakthrough game from struggling shortstop Gleyber Torres, they were able to defeat their foe 6-3.

German was battered early, but held on to allow three runs (two earned) in six innings in his first outing after he was recalled from the alternate training site. But Torres was the story of the game.

In his first at-bat, the Yankees’ star infielder chased a high pitch from starter Aaron Civale to strike out, and everything seemed to be off with him, just like it has happened all season. However, he started to heat up as the night went on and finished with a three-hit performance.

“I’m really happy,” Torres told the press after the game. “It’s difficult to be patient when you don’t do anything for your team. That is the hard part of this game; be patient, believe in yourself and try to do the things you can control. Finally, I could do something tonight for my team.”

The Yankees need Torres to step up

After failing to run a grounder on Wednesday, Torres earned a private chat with Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone. Whatever thing they talked about seemed to work on Thursday night.

“I’m proud of the guys,” Boone said. “That first inning, with what we’ve been going through, they didn’t let it snowball. We really did a lot of good things the rest of the way. What started out very rough turned into a really good night.”

Torres was also in the center of the action as the Yankees went ahead in the seventh inning, stroking a single with outs that preceded a walk to load the bases earned by Aaron Hicks. Rougned Odor then hit a run-scoring single and the Bombers were ahead for good.

“That’s who we are,” Boone said. “And that’s who we have to be.”

New York Yankees: 4 major takeaways from Yankees 6-3 win over the Indians

New York Yankees, Domingo German

German shakes the rust off

The New York Yankees nurtured Domingo German after not pitching for over a year. He played great in spring training but failed in his first two starts of the new season. The Yankees sent him down to Scranton to figure it out. Yes, he had a bad first inning last night but then pitched five scoreless innings, keeping the Yankees in the game. Other than that first inning, German impressed the Yankee management.

In addition to German’s good start, the New York Yankee bullpen was again great, not allowing another run in the game. Aroldis Chapman on the season has now pitched a record with 16 straight innings with 2 strikeouts or more per inning.

Torres learned his lesson

Gleyber Torres is an amazing Yankee player that hasn’t put his all into the last two seasons. After not running hard in the loss to the Braves, he was called into the manager’s office. Manager Aaron Boone expressed to him that he has to do better.  The result was that Torres played the game last night with new aggressiveness and energy, getting three hits in five at-bats. Last night Torres had his first two-hit game of the season.

Odor again rescues the Yankees

Rougned Odor was again a Yankee hero breaking the game tie wide open with this two-run single. Although his batting average is not all that good Odor has been keen on being a great situational hitter. The Yankees have won only seven of 18 games, and that is partially due to Odor, he provided the deciding run in two of those wins.

What’s new with Yankee hitting?

The New York Yankee hitting wasn’t wonderful in last night’s game, but it was a big improvement over the last few games. The Yankees behind Domingo German seemed to have more energy in the game and showed it with several hitters hitting better than they have recently.

The Yankees had more hits in this game than the last two series with 8 hits. But the Yankees had several walks and still left 8 on base, going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. That means if they had more situational hitting, they could have driven in more runs, but in a 162 game season, it was a good start.

Kyle Higashioka is becoming the Yankee premium catcher.

At the beginning of the season, the manager made it known that Gerrit Cole would not have a personal catcher in Kyle Higashioka, much to fans’ surprise. Since then, he has done nothing but impress. Aaron Judge has more home runs on the season, but actually, the best Yankee home run hitter is Kyle Higashiona, who has three home runs in just five games.

Tomorrow’s game will be a battle of the aces. Gerrit Cole will face Shane Bieber. The two are probably the best two pitchers in the American League. The can’t miss game will be at 7:10 pm.