New York Yankees: 5 Takeaways from the Yankees 4th consecutive loss

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

After losing three in a row, the New York Yankees hoped to right the ship last night at Angels Stadium. However, the Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, so the Yankees couldn’t afford to lose more games. In the effort, the Yankees sent Jameson Taillon to the mound to face the Angel’s Jaime Barria. The Yankees’ had won Taillon’s last eight starts. But, unfortunately, last night, the Yankees lost their 4th game 6-4.

Yankees returning to their old ways?

For New York Yankees fans, last night was not worth staying up for. It was like watching a game from May or June. The Yankees seemed sluggish and out of focus. At times it looked as if they were going through the motions. They scored just four runs with a satisfactory 10 hits. But, like earlier in the season, the Yankees only went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Also, like the past, and even worse, the Yankees hit into five double plays, just one short of an all-time franchise record.

It brought us back to a time when fans and management alike scratched their heads, saying, what the hell is going on? But, as I said, the Yankees hit into an incredible 5 double plays failing to lift the ball. During the entire 13 game winning streak, the Yankees hit into only 4 double plays across the span.

A good example of this perplexing problem lies with Joey Gallo. On this road trip, the home run hitter hit into his first double play since 2018. Including then, he has hit into 3 double plays; that’s 3 in his last 12 plate appearances. Gallo has only 9 hits into double plays in his 2,288 plate appearances. Last night Gallo’s frustration shown through.

With the Yankee’s 4th consecutive loss, they have also lost their first series since they lost to the Red Sox back in July. If losing 4 games in a row isn’t bad enough, the Yankees are supposedly in a race to the postseason. However, while the Yankees are losing, the rival Tampa Bay Rays are winning. As a result, the Yankees have slipped back to 8 games behind the Rays, with only 29 games left to play in the season.

Is Jameson Taillon tiring?

Jameson Taillon came to the Yankees before the season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees got him on a low-risk, possibly high reward bet. Taillon disappointed early on when he didn’t seem to return to the form the Yankees were hoping for. But soon after, he began to show why the Yankees went after him, to begin with. He started winning. The Yankees won all eight of his starts from mid-July until last night.

But in his last win on August 26th against Oakland, Taillon started to show cracks in the armor. He only lasted 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs. The Yankees picked him up and won that game. Last night he went 4.2 innings giving up 6 earned runs that the Yankees could not recover from. It could be that he is tiring out after not pitching for two years and 5 months into the season. Only time will tell if he can regain his form.

Yankee closer situation just got worse

It is well documented that the New York Yankees have big problems with their normal closer Aroldis Chapman. He has been undependable. Now the situation has worsened. Second, go to closer Zack Britton has elected to have bone chip surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. Manager Aaron Boone relies on Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Albert Abreu. Boone has been afraid to use Chapman to close one-run games.

Boone made a puzzling move

I recently have been praising manager Aaron Boone for many of his moves and decisions that have led to winning games. But last night in the eighth inning, with two on and two outs, Rougie Odor was ready to hit, and Boone held him back, instead choosing pinch hitter Luke Voit. Voit struck out, ending the inning. I was somewhat shocked that with righty Petricka on the mound that Boone would choose Voit over the lefty Odor that has had some big hits for the Yankees.

Not all is bad news

Things are not looking all that good for the New York Yankees after losing 4 straight games, but there is some good news. Corey Kluber, who pitched a no-hitter early in the season, is back with the team. Although his first start wasn’t very good, he is expected to return to form.

Gary Sanchez has been playing better this season than in his last two but has been on a one mouth dought hitting home runs. Last night he hit his 18th home run of the season, signaling he may be back to hitting with power. Anthony Rizzo also hit a homer in the game, his first since August 4th.

This final item goes under the category of this it is good or bad. Friday Gleyber Torres is projected to return to the Yankees. Torres fans will say great; detractors will say, oh no. Torres will be replacing Andrew Velazquez, an excellent defender and has ignited the Yankees with his play. With the return of Voit and Torres, it, for the most part, removes the two sparks (Odor) that have energized the team as they both get less playing time. Are the Yankees returning to that lackluster team of the first half?

 

New York Yankees Recap: Higashioka and Velazquez power the Yankees to win over the Twins

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka

After sweeping the Boston Red Sox and going 8-2 in their last ten games and overtaking the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, the New York Yankees took on the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a four-game set at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and John Gant for the Twins. The Yankees won the game 7-5.

In the first, Max Kepler led off for the Twins and ground out to Odor at second. Jorge Polanco dunked in for a base hit to no man’s land in center. Josh Donaldson flew out to Stanton in right. Polanco tried to steal second, but Higashioka threw a lazer to second for the final out. At the bottom, Luke Voit leadoff for the Yankees and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out for the second out. Aaron Judge tapped out to the mound for the final out of the inning. No score.

At the second, Luis Arraez flew out to Stanton in right. Miguel Sano went down on strikes. Nick Gordon flew out to Judge in center for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. At the bottom, Joey Gallo struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to center. Rougie Odor went down on strikes to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The third inning was led off by  Ryans Jeffers, who went down on strikes. Jake Cave tapped out to first. Andelton Simmons ground out to Wade at third. At the bottom, Andrew Velazquez had a  leadoff triple. Higashioka got an RBI double scoring Velazquez who was alble to walk home. Tyler Wade worked a walk. Luke Voit hit to far left to get double scoring both Wade and Wade. Anthony Rizzo sac flew out to center with Voit scoring. Aaron Judge, with one out, struck out swinging. Gallo hit into the catcher’s glove. New York Yankees 4 Twins 0.

Max Kepler led off the fourth inning by striking out looking. Polanco struck out. Donaldson ground out to short. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton chopped out to third. Rougie Odor faced the new Twins pitcher Danny Coulombe and flew out to right. Velazquez singled to short. Velazquez stole seond. Kyle Higashioka hit a two-run bomb just inside the left-field foul pole driving in two. Wade ground out. New York Yankees 6 Twins 0.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. The top of the sixth was not good for Taillon or the Yankees as the Minnesota twins racked up 3 runs in the inning. Kepler doubled. Polanco doubled, and Cave homered. The bottom of the sixth was led off by Odor, who ground out. Velazquez went down looking. Higashioka flew out to the right to end the inning. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota 3. What looked like it was going to be a laugher had turned into another close game for the Yankees.

The seventh inning was led off by Sano, who ground out. Gordon struck out swinging. Jeffers popped out at the end of the half. At the bottom, Wade struck out swinging. Voit flew out to right field. Rizzo ground out for a very fast inning for Peralta and Albers. New York Yankees 6 Minnesota Twins 3. Wandy Peralta had an excellent 1.2 innings.

The top of the eight with new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton on the mound, Cave ground out. Simmons reached for a single. Simmons reached second on a wild pitch. Kepler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Then, Polanco got a line-drive single to center, and the Twins picked up another run. It was Polanco’s third hit of the game. Donaldson went down swinging, but the Twin nibbled closer, tacking on another run.

Aaron Judge led the bottom of the eight, who hit it hard but directly to second for the first out of the inning. Gallo struck out for the third time in the game. Stanton homered to the short porch in right field to get an insurance run for the Yankees.  Odor went down on strikes. New York Yankees 7 Minnesota Twins 4.

At the top of the ninth, with the last licks on the line for the Twins, Luis Arraez against the new Yankee pitcher and closer Chad Green flew out to left field. Miguel Sano hit a homer just inside the left-field foul pole. Brent Rooker pinch-hitting for Nick Gordon struck out looking. Ryan Jeffers stuck out swinging for the New York Yankees seventh straight win, a season-high.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Minnesota Twins 5. The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon; the loser was John Gant. The save went to Chad Green (6).

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Yankees enter a 4-game series with the Twins, here’s the preview

The New York Yankees are coming off a series sweep of the Boston Red Sox and going ahead in the AL East. The Yankees are 8-2 in their last ten games and feeling really good for their chances of taking the AL East division. Although there are still some pieces to come back, the Yankees are mostly healthy and playing their best baseball of the season.

Tonight they enter a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium in the Bronx. They hope to continue their excellent play and secure their ninth series win in a row. Sweeping a four-game series is really difficult, but the Yankee’s confidence is really high right now. The Yankees are second in the AL East, five games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, winning 8 of their last 10. The Twins are second to last in the AL Central but have been playing better recently, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Tonight, August 19, 7:05 pm:

Tonight the New York Yankees’ best pitcher over the past month, Jameson Taillon, will take on the Minnesota Twins pitcher John Gant in the first game of a 4 game weekend series. Taillon is 7-4 with an ERA of 3.89 and with 116 strikeouts. Taillon is coming off a win over the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees have won his last six starts in a row. Taillon has only gotten better as the season progresses; he has lowered his ERA from 7.56 to 3.89 over the span.

Taillon will face the Twin’s John Gant that is a righty with a 4-6 record and an ERA of 3.49 with 69 strikeouts. Gant started the season as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals but didn’t pitch well and was sent to the bullpen. Now with the Twins, he has pitched in seven games, never going more than 2 innings. Over the span, he has one hold. The only Yankee with significant experience with Gant is Anthony Rizzo, who had bat .500 in 12 at-bats against Gant.

Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports North, and nationally on MLBN out of market.

Friday, August 20, 7:05 pm: 

Friday night Nestor Cortes Jr. will take the mound for the Yankees with the lowest ERA of any Yankee starter. Nestor is a lefty that is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.55 and 53 strikeouts in six games as a starter. He is coming off a six-inning outing win over the White Sox, giving up just one earned run while striking out seven.

Cortes will face the Twin’s Charlie Barns, who has yet to win the Twins. The lefty is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA. Barns has one advantage going into this game; no Yankee has ever seen him pitch except video. Barns is coming off a game the Twins won over the Tampa Bay Rays. He gave up one run, striking out three over five innings of work.

Friday night’s game will be televised on YES and Bally Sports North.

Saturday, August 21, 1:05 pm:

The New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will get his second start after coming off the Covid list. Cole is 11-6 with an ERA of 3.04 and an incredible 185 strikeouts leading all baseball in strikeouts this season. Cole is coming off a win over the Los Angeles Angels when he went 5.2 innings giving up one home run while striking out 9 Angels.

Cole will face Kenta Maeda in the matinee. Maeda is 6-4 with an ERA of 4.41 and 108 strikeouts. This is Kenta’s 21st game of the season. He is coming off his second win in a row. His last win was over the Tampa Bay Rays when he only allowed 3 hits in his scoreless six-inning effort. Most of the Yankees have not seen Maeda pitch, but Joey Gallo has been successful off of him with a .500 average in six at-bats; one was a home run.

Saturday’s matinee will be televised on Bally Sports North and nationally on FS1.

Sunday, August 22, 1:05 pm:

Sunday, Jordan Montgomery will take the mound for the New York Yankees. “Monty” is a lefty with a 4-5 record and a 3.77 ERA with 121 strikeouts. However, Montgomery pitches better than his record would suggest, as he has gotten nearly no run support in the majority of his games. The Yankees have won 12 of his 20 starts this season. The Yankees have won his last two starts, although he was shaky in his last start against the Red Sox, admitting he was tired after coming off the Covid list.

Montgomery will face the Twin’s, Griffin Jax. Jax is a righty that is 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA. Jax is a reliever that has converted to a starting role as the Twins pitching rotation has struggled. The Yankees faced Jax twice in June, two games that the Yankees won. He is coming off 3 games that the Twin have won. His last outing was a six-inning effort where he gave up 7 hits and one home run against the Indians.

Sunday’s game will be on WPIX, its affiliates, and Bally Sports North.

Note: When the Yankees finish this series, they leave Yankee Stadium and move on to Truist Park for two games with the Atlanta Braves. They will then make a west coast trip to face the Angels and the Athletics.

New York Yankees: 5 Major takeaways from 9-1 series win over the Red Sox

Yankees take first series from the Red Sox

The New York Yankees that have struggled most of this season have had an amazing turnaround in the last two days. Winning two games normally is not a big deal, but for the Yankees to take a series from their rivals in the AL East is certainly a big deal. Previous to this series, the Yankees were 0-7 against the Sox, who seemed unbeatable. What makes these wins even more amazing is that they did it with seemly impossible odds, with several of the big hitters out of the lineup due to Covid. After losing the first game, the Yankees came back in game two 3-1, and last night slammed the Sox 9-1.

Another quality start from Taillon

Last night Jameson Taillon may have proved that his lackluster season may be turning around. For the last three starts, he has gone 18.1 innings giving up just three runs. In his previous three games, he gave up 8 earned runs. Last night he topped off his success in the last three games with a 5.1 inning shut out of the powerful Red Sox lineup. The big difference is that he has found hit put away pitch that has been lacking for most of the season. The Yankees have won five of his last seven starts.

Outfield woes continue despite success

The New York Yankees started out spring training being outfield heavy, but they went through a dramatic loss of players as we got into the regular season. First, it was Aaron Hicks who will likely miss the entire season due to a freak left wrist injury. This led to Brett Gardner that was supposed to be mostly a bench player, into everyday action in centerfield. Tyler Wade, who is mostly an infielder, has rested Gardner.

As the season progressed, Clint Frazier’s struggles at the plate led to him not being used in the outfield. Frazier has been replaced by Andujar, Gardner, Tauchman, who was dealt away. Locastro recently took over left field, but now he has been injured and will likely not return this season. Fast forward, and right fielder and slugger Aaron Judge was one of six players to be put in the Covid 10 day. The Yankees brought up Try Amburgey to replace him; he pulled a hamstring. Ryan LaMaree was brought up to replace him, and last night he crashed into the wall and ended up in a heap, although he remained in the game.

Regardless of all this bad luck, and with all replacement players in the outfield, last night, those same players were responsible for 5 runs in the crushing of the Red Sox in the 9-1 win. So the Yankees now have to decide if they need to bring someone else up or use Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield, who hasn’t played there in two seasons. It may also cause more action by general manager Brian Cashman as the trade deadline approaches.

Rag-tag lineup gets 8 hits

Last night with the Red Sox series on the line, manager Aaron Boone put together the best lineup he could, considering he had no Aaron Judge, no Luke Voit, and no Gio Urshela. Boone inserted Rougie Odor, Trey Amburgey, Grey Allen, and Chris Gittens to round out the lineup. Unfortunately, one of those became injured, and Ryan LaMarre had to replace him.

LaMarre, Gardner, and Allen’s realigned outfield were responsible for five of the Yankees’ runs. They combined to go 4 for 7 with three RBI’s and two aggressively stolen bases. It just may be that the next-man-up thing is working again. So far this season, the Yankees have used 13 different outfielders.

Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a steal, Greg Allen went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a steal, and Gardner added a single to lead off a four-run seventh inning.

Gleyber Torres hits second home run

It appears that Gleyber Torres may be turning his season around. Last night he hit his second home run in as many nights. After hitting 38 homers in 2019, Torres has struggled to find his power. Last year, he hit only 3 home runs, and so far this season, he hit only 3 more before this series. In the second game of the Sox series, he hit his fourth of the season. Last night in the second inning, he hit another home run, this one off Sox starter Martin Perez. This could signal that Torres has found both his stroke and his power once again.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose the first game to the Athletics

Tonight the New York Yankees were back at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to face the first-place team in the AL West, the Oakland Athletics. It was the first time since 2019 that the Yankees were allowed a 100% capacity at the Stadium. The Yankees are coming off a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and hope they can do well against the A’s. Jonathan Taillon faced the A’s, James Kaprielian in game one of the three-game set. The A’s won the game 5-3.

With Taillon on the mound, he faced the A’s leadoff man Mark Canha who leads the A’s in triples; he ground out to short. Ramon Laureano struck out swinging. Matt Olsen homered into the stands in right field. Mitch Moreland struck out to end the half. In the bottom, LeMahieu flew out. Aaron Judge struck out. Gleyber Torres went down on strikes for a 1-2-3 inning for Kaprielian. Oakland 1 New York 0.

At the second, Jed Lowrie led off and flew out to Andujar in left. Matt Chapman ground out to Urshela. Sean Murphy ground out for the second 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Gio Urshela struck out swinging. Rougie Odor ground out for Kaprielian’s second 1-2-3 inning. A’s 1 Yankees 0.

At the top of the third, Tony Kemp popped out to Judge. Elvis Andrus doubled to left center. Canha singled up center to drive in Andrus. Laureano flew out to Judge. Olson flew out to end the half. Miguel Andujar led off the bottom by grounding out. Kyle Higashioka flew out to short. Brett Gardner walked for the first Yankee base runner. LeMahieu got a two-run homer to right to tie up the game. Judge went down on strikes—Yankees 2 A’s 2.

Moreland doubled to lead off the fourth, Lowrie ground out. Chapman flew out to Gardner. Murphy was it by a pitch. Kemp popped out to LeMahieu to end the half. Torres led off the bottom by striking out. Stanton ground out to second. Urshela struck out for another quick inning for both pitchers. The game tied at 2.

Andrus led off the fifth and struck out swinging. Canha walked. Laureano went down on strikes. Wandy Peralta replaced Taillon. Olson flew out to Gardner at the center-field wall to end the half. Rougie Odor led off the bottom of the fifth by slamming a homer to right-center. Andujar flew out to right. Higashioka flew out to left. Gardner ground out to first, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. Yankees 3 A’s 2.

The top of the sixth inning was led off by Chad Pinder pinch-hitting for Moreland; he struck out. Lowrie ground out to short. Chapman got a base hit to left. Murphy singled to left for two on and two outs. Kemp hit a three-run homer for the A’s lead. Andrus flew out to Judge, but Kemp’s three-run shot did the damage. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu ground out to first. Judge looped to right for a single. Judge advanced on a wild pitch. Torres flew out to left, and Judge took third. Stanton faced the new A’s pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, and he got a long fly out to left to end the inning. A’s 5 Yankees 3.

Canha led off the seventh singling to center. A pitch hit Laureano. With two on and no outs, Olson popped out. The runners moved up on passed ball by Higgy. Pinder struck out. Lowrie struck out, saving the inning for Luetge. At the bottom, Urshela singled past short. Odor, who homered in the fifth, popped out to third. Andujar flew out to center. Sanchez pinch-hitting for Higashioka popped out to third to end the inning and strand Urshela. A’s 5 Yankees 3.

With Luis Cessa on the mound in the eighth, Chapman popped out to left. Murphy went down on strikes. Kemp hit to Judge at the warning track. Clint Frazier pinch-hitting for Gardner led off the bottom by striking out looking. LeMahieu ground out to second. Judge struck out, taking the game to the ninth inning. A’s 5 Yankees 3.

At the ninth, Andrus ground out to third. Canha went down on strikes. Laureano got a two-out single to left. Olson ground out up the first baseline on a toss from Cessa to LeMahieu to end the half. With last licks on the line, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Gio Urshela ground into a double play to end the game.

The final score was the Oakland Athletics 5 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was James Kaprielian, the loser Wandy Peralta and the save was by Lou Trivino, his 12th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from bounce-back over the Rangers

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

Going into last night, the New York Yankees had lost two games in a row, so they were hoping for a bounce-back win over the Rangers, and boy did they get it. Jameson Taillon struggled again, but the bullpen was stellar, and the offense exploded for change in the Yankees’ 7-4 win in Arlington, Texas.

Jameson Taillon struggles again

Jameson Taillon certainly didn’t have his best stuff last night as his 2021 season struggles continued. Over 4.1 innings, he gave up 4 earned runs. Although he got through the first two innings relatively clean, the third inning was his demise. Johan Heim split the center fielders for a double. Willie Calhoun skied to left. Heim was called safe at second. Solak got an RBI single to give the Rangers the early lead. Lowe walked. Gallo walked to load the bases with two outs. Garcia singled, driving in two Ranger runs. Garcia stole second without a throw. Dahl, with two on struct out, but the Rangers scored three. Taillon gave up another run in the fourth, throwing 76 pitches.

Taillon was rescued from the loss by a stellar job by the bullpen. Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Chad Green combined for 3.2 innings of no-hit ball. At the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman was called in to close for the Yankees. He allowed a double but struck out three in the half to get his 10th save of the season. His last strikeout was a 103mph fastball.

An exploding offense under the dome

The exploding offense may be a bit of an exaggeration, but 13 hits seemed like an avalanche of hits compared to recent days. It was enough to shore up Jameson Taillon’s struggles. What made this display of hitting so cool was that it was done without a home run in the Yankee win. Aaron Judge, Rougie Odor, Miguel Andujar, and Mike Ford all got 2 hits in the game that featured a hit from everyone in the lineup except for Ryan LaMarre.

Injuries: Now it’s Gary Sanchez?

The New York Yankees have been plagued with injuries of late. First, Gleyber Torres tested positive for the Covid virus and went on the 10 day Covid list. Then it was centerfielder Aaron Hicks who tore a tendon in his wrist. He was put on the 10 day IL and made his way back to New York to be evaluated by the team doctor to determine if he will need surgery. Up next was Giancarlo Stanton, who is no stranger to injuries. He injured his left quad. Manager Aaron Boone in his usual positive posture, said he just needed rest. But after two days, he was put on the 10 day.

Last night in the seventh inning Gary Sanchez was taken out of the game with hamstring cramps. He was seen flexing his leg as he exited the game. Boone, again being positive, said he didn’t believe it was anything serious and that Kyle Higashioka would be catching Corey Kluber tomorrow (today). The days’ rest should have him ready to pitch in Thursday’s matinee. We surely hope so; the Yankee don’t need any more injuries. Sanchez has a history of groin and hamstring issues that have caused him multiple times on the IL.

 

 

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 Analysis: “The Big Three,” Cole, Kluber, and Taillon

By now, all New York Yankee fans know that the Yankees have completely revamped the starting rotation. For those more casual fans who don’t know, the Yankees let the bulk of the pitchers walk into free agency and made no known offers to retain any of them at the end of the season. Masahiro Tanaka is now pitching in Korea, James Paxton is back with the Seattle Mariners, and J.A. Happ is with the Minnesota Twins.

During the 2019/20 offseason, the New York Yankees went to California and lured arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Gerrit Cole, to become a Yankee. This offseason, they contracted two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and traded with the Indians for Jameson Taillon, another top of the heap starter. (Taillon is pronounced TIEown)

Just like the “core 4” was really the core 5 with Bernie Williams, the “Big Three” may also be a misnomer because, in addition to the three, the Yankees also have holdovers Jordan Montgomery, Domingo German, and eventually Luis Severino. Before we get too cheery about this rotation, there is a bugaboo involved, that being Kluber and Taillon’s health. They both have had health issues in the past two years. Kluber was hit by a pitch in 2019 and only pitched one inning last year, suffering a should issue. Taillon is coming back from his second Tommy John surgery.

So far, the health issues seem to be in the past, and both of these guys seem entirely healthy in spring training; hopefully, the fact that they haven’t pitched in the past two years won’t be an issue, and they will return to their previous form. If that is the case, the Yankees could have one of the most feared starting rotations in baseball.

With the season’s Opening Day just a few days away, two of the best performing pitchers are not in the “Big Three.” German leads the entire pack, pitching 9 innings without allowing a run while striking out 13 opponents. Montgomery has the second-lowest ERA, a tiny 0.90. As of today, the Yankee pitching rotation has the 4th lowest ERA in all of baseball.

It’s important to realize that these are spring training numbers and may not translate to the regular season. Pitchers often try out new pitches and make adjustments that can affect their stats in spring training. Many pitchers such as Gerrit Cole have always pitched better during the regular season than the spring stats. Spring training is just a snippet of what might happen in the regular season. Wins and losses mean nothing.

Domingo German:

Domingo German, who did not pitch at all last year due to suspension, has by far been the New York Yankees’ best pitcher in spring training. He looks good, looks confident, and is healthy. In three starts and 9 innings pitched, he has a zero ERA. He has allowed 5 hits while being a strikeout machine, striking out 13. He has had excellent control walking only one across the span. These numbers are also too good to be believed and probably won’t continue, but if his spring performance is any indication, he could very well be the season’s best pitcher. In 2019 he was 18-4 and could have had a 20 game season had it not be cut short.

Jordan Montgomery:

At one point, many in the know thought that Jordan Montgomery could be the next great Yankees pitcher, which has never come to fruition, mostly because of his Tommy John surgery which greatly held him back. Now two years removed from the surgery, “Monty” is this spring’s second-best performing pitcher.  His ERA is 0.90 in three games for a total of 10 innings. He has allowed only 4 hits. He needs to tune up his command; he has allowed walks to 3 batters. This could be Montgomery’s break-out year.

Jameson Taillon:

Taillon holds down the number 3 spot for spring training performance and a solid one at that. Since his second Tommy John surgery, Taillon has made adjustments to his delivery to ease up arm strain. So far during the spring, he has looked great. Very strong and very confident. His ERA is a tiny 1.08. He has pitched 8.1 innings allowing 9 hits, but at the same time striking out more batters than any Yankee pitcher (14) other than Gerrit Cole. Taillon will probably be the number three starter for the Yankees. How he ends up is anyone’s guess. The trio of German, Montgomery, and Taillon has not allowed a home run this spring.

Corey Kluber:

Kluber will be the number two starter by most reports. He also has the second worse ERA of any of the starters, sitting at 1.86. Please make no mistake, we use the word worse very loosely, and an ERA of 1.86 at the end of the season would make what the Yankees paid for him worth at least twice that amount. Over 9.2 innings, he has allowed 9 hits, 2 earned runs while striking out 9. What is most important with Kluber is that he feels great and is healthy. If he stays that way, he could have a Cy Young season.

Gerrit Cole:

Gerrit Cole could be best described as a work in progress. Cole is known for trying out new things and refining others in spring training. He has had his last start of the spring and is easily the New York Yankee’s worst-performing starter. But that being said, if he continued at his present rate, the Yankees would be tickled with a 2.45 ERA over the season.

His biggest problem in the spring has been giving up the long ball (3) only second to Deivi Garcia demoted to the minors. The big difference between the two is that Cole has the most strikeouts of any starter (24). However, it concerns that those home runs dog him. Surely something he will look to fix in the regular season. With Cole’s 3.19 career ERA, the Yankees are certainly not worried about how Cole will perform in the regular season.

Although this article is about the Yankees starters, it would not be fair not to mention the big three Yankee reliever standouts. Jonathan Loaisiga has been a huge bright spot for the Yankees during the spring. He has pitched in six games with the most innings of any reliever and has an ERA of 1.36. He has allowed only 6 hits across 13.1 innings while striking out 10 and walking only 2. If any Yankee starter becomes injured, the Yankees will surely consider Loaisiga as a replacement.

Lucas Luetge was picked up over the offseason. He has been terrific for the Yankees. He has struck out more hitters than any reliever (18). His ERA is 1.74, and if it weren’t for one game, he would not have any ERA, but in one outing, he gave up two home runs. Nick Nelson is another standout this spring. Nelson has an ERA of 1.04, has not given up a home run, and has struck out 9 batters.

The Yankees going into the regular season have never looked so good since they acquired CC Sabathia. That was 2009 the last time the Yankees won a World Series. One huge thing missing from this article is that no starter or reliever mentioned has an ERA over 2.45. This is enormous for the New York Yankees; if they can maintain this and stay healthy, the Yankees have a great chance to be on their way to a 28th World Championship.