New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees win over the Marlins

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Last night, the New York Yankees went into Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly’s Little Havana neighborhood to face their Miami Marlins. This after winning a series against the upstate Tampa Bay Rays but a devastating shutout of the last game of that series. The Yankees were hoping to put that behind them and turn their season around by sweeping the Marlins over the weekend and advancing further in the AL East. That they did, winning a game filled with just about everything 3-1.

A game with everything

Last night was a night that featured just about everything and was truly exciting. We saw a lineup unlike any the Yankees have put forth. Gleyber Torres led off the game for the first time this season. The Yankees that have been so right-hand heavy had four lefty batters. There were double plays, caught stealing. Tremendous plays and some not-so-good from a veteran player. For the first time in two years, Giancarlo Stanton played in the outfield in a park he is all too familiar with.  It saw players held out of the lineup due to injuries return in the same game to pinch-hit. It saw a Yankee pitcher become a pinch-runner.

A unique thing last night was that both teams had players that had never played for them before. The Marlins had two players making their major league debut, and the Yankees had to veteran trade deadline acquisitions to make their Yankee debut. The game also had a very hometown feel, not only because of the Marlin ower and manager being former Yankees, but the stadium 1,293 miles from Yankee Stadium seemed like the south Bronx with thousands of Yankee fans cheering and donning the pinstripes in the stands of LoanDepot Park.

Taillon becoming the Yankees best pitcher

Jameson Taillon is quickly becoming one of the Yankees’ best pitchers. He pitched a gem last night, going two outs into the sixth inning, giving up five hits while striking out five Marlins. He did not give up a run and raised his record to 7-4.

Taillon has been the Yankees’ winningest pitcher during July. After coming off two Tommy John surgeries and not pitching for nearly two years, Taillon had a slow start to the season, posting a 6.28 ERA in April. He has now lowered that to 4.11. The New York Yankees have now won six of his last seven starts as he picked up four wins in July.

The Yankees new look

In the American League, the New York Yankees were the big trade deadline winners, doing the most to improve their team. The big winner in the National League was the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The New York Yankees garnered a totally new look to their right-hand heavy lineup by adding two proven left-hand veterans to the lineup. They added power hitter Joey Gallo and contact hitter Anthony Rizzo. The Yankees also added three pitchers to their arsenal: Right hand Clay Holmes, lefty Joely Rodriguez, and lefty Andrew Heaney. Rizzo in his Yankee debut got two hits, a home run, and a walk.

But the big news and look are that the Yankees can now put out five lefty hitters in a lineup should it call for it, doubling their left-hand hitting presence. But changes often present new challenges. One of the Yankees’ best and timely hitters now may not play every day. Rougie Odor has been a blessing for the Yankees, but now his everyday job may be sitting on the bench. Many thought Luke Voit would be traded, but in the end, he wasn’t; now the question is what to do with him when he returns from the IL with Rizzo becoming the everyday first baseman. Yankee fan-favorite Brett Gardner may also be spending a lot of time on the bench. However, for the Yankees, these are good problems to have.

New York Yankees Recap: In a game filled with everything the Yankees win 3-1

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The New York Yankees went into tonight’s three-game series with the Miami Marlins, hoping to turn the page after a devastating shutout by the Tampa Bay Rays last night. With a brand new lineup of four lefty hitters, the Yankees were hoping to turn their season around. The Yankees acquired both Joey Gallo from the Rangers and Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs at the trade deadline, plus a couple of new pitchers. Jameson Taillon faced the Marlins Thompson. The Yankees won the game 3-1.

For a change with an exciting new Yankee lineup for the first time, Gleyber Torres led off the lineup for the Yankees, as DJ LeMahieu sat out the game. Torres struck out. Joey Gallo, in his Yankee debut, also struck out. Aaron Judge singled into the outfield with three players unable to catch the ball. Anthony Rizzo, in his Yankee debut, walked. Giancarlo Stanton, back in his old stadium where he hit 59 home runs in 2017 and was the NL MVP, struck out, leaving two on base. At the bottom, Mangneuris Sierra led off by singling to Gallo in right. Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play. Jazz Chisholm reached on a throw that took Rizzo off the plate.  Jesus Aguilar flew out to Stanton playing in left field for the first time this season.  No score.

Rougie Odor led off the second and lined up on the first pitch. Gary Sanchez went down on strikes. Tyler Wade singled to left. Taillon hitting in an NL park ground out softly to second to end the half. At the bottom, Brian Anderson flew out to Judge in center. Alfaro ground out. De La Cruz struck out to end the half.  No score

The third inning was led off by Torres, who flew out. Gallo walked. Judge ground out to second, moving Gallo to second. Rizzo also ground out to second to end the half, leaving Gallon on base. The bottom had Bryan Miller leading off; he flew out to Stanton in left. Zack Thompson flew out to Judge in center. Sierra walked. Rojas singled to left, with Sierra moving to second. Chisholm flew out to Stanton to end the inning.  No score.

Giancarlo Stanton started off the fourth inning by grounding out to third. Odor walked. Sanchez had a long out to left at the wall. Wade had a failed bunt to the pitcher to end the half. At the bottom, Jesus Aguilar led off by tipping into the glove of Sanchez. Anderson singled. Alfaro went down on strikes. De La Cruz struck out for Taillon’s fourth strikeout of the game. No score.

Yankee pitcher Taillon led off the fifth inning, and he walked on four pitches. Torres hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Gallo gave it a run to the warning track in center to end the half. Miller led off the bottom by getting his first major league single. A wild pitch moved Miller to second. Thompson struck out. Sierra lofted one to Stanton in left. Rojas ground to short to end the inning. No score.

Aaron Judge led off the sixth inning by striking out swinging. Rizzo then got his first home run (449′) as a Yankee to center field. Stanton ground out to short. Odor faced new Marlins pitcher Ross Detwiler and got hit by a pitch. Sanchez struck out to end the half, but Rizzo put the Yankees ahead in the game. Chisholm led off the bottom by grounding to first. Aguilar ground out to Wade at third. Anderson walked, and that was the night for Jameson Taillon, who had another quality start. He was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga facing Alfaro, who reached on a booted ball by Odor. De La Cruz ground out to Torres at short, who made a beautiful play tossing to Odor for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 1 Marlins 0.

Tyler Wade led off the seventh against new Marlins pitcher Anthony Bender and walked. Wade was caught stealing. Greg Allen went down looking. Torres was called out on strikes on a ball that was clearly out of the strike zone by a mile. Torres said something and was thrown out of the game. At the bottom, Miller struck out. Lewin Diaz flew out to Allen in left. Sierra singled just in front of Judge. Rojas struck out, ending the inning. New York Yankees 1 Marlins 0.

The eighth inning was led off by Gallo, who struck out. Judge was hit by a pitch and took first. Rizzo singled to left with Judge stopping at second. Gio Urshela pinch-hitting for the pitcher Loaisiga faced new pitcher Zach Pop and singled, moving Judge to third. Pitcher Nestor Cortes was brought in to pinch-run for Urshela, who has hamstring issues. Odor singled bring in Judge and Rizzo for the Yankees three-run lead. Sanchez, with two on and one out, hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Chisholm faced new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton and had a lead-off single to center. Aguilar singled to right, with Chisholm moving to third. Anderson, with two on and no outs, hit into a double play with Chisholm scoring. Alfaro struck out to end the inning, but the Marlins got on the board. Yankees 3 Marlins 0.

Tyler Wade led off the ninth inning and against Austin Pruitt and flew out to center. Greg Allen got a good bunt, but Alfaro fired a missile to first to get him out. DJ LeMahieu got a base hit right up the middle. Gallo hit out directly to the first baseman. With last licks on the line for the Marlins, Aroldis Chapman came in to close it out for the Yankees. De La Cruz led off by flying out to Gallo in right. Lewis Brinson pinch-hitting ground out to third.  Joe Panik pinch-hitting got plunked. With one on, Sierra struck out with the Yankees winning the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Miami Marlins 1. The winner was Jameson Taillon, and the loser, Zach Thompson, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (21).




New York Yankees: Preview of the weekend Miami Marlins series

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The New York Yankees start a three-game weekend series with Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins tonight at LoanDepot Park, a retractable roof stadium located in little Havana just two miles west of downtown Miami. It is the smallest MLB park by capacity. The Yankees have great ties with the Marlins, its manager is the former Yankee star Don Mattingly, and Derek Jeter is the team’s Chief Executive officer.

The Marlins this season sit at the bottom of the National League East with a 44-58 record and coming off losing 6 of their last ten games. The New York Yankees are in third place in the AL East 8.5 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox. However, they are 6-4 in their last ten games.

The Yankees will have a new look tonight with acquisition Joey Gallo somewhere in the middle of the lineup. It is not known if Anthony Rizzo will be available for tonight’s game. They will also have reinforcements in the bullpen with new pitcher Clay Holmes who made his scoreless relief debut last night for the Yankees. Joining him in the bullpen will be Joely Rodríguez, who came to the Yankees in the Gallo trade. J-Rod is a lefty that is 1-3 with an ERA of 5.93 with the Rangers in 31 games.

Tonight, July 30, 7:10 pm:

Jameson Taillon will take the mound tonight in Miami, facing right Zach Thompson. Taillon, all season long, has been one of the Yankee’s least dependable pitchers but has improved recently. Taillon is 6-4 with an ERA of 4.36 and 93 strikeouts. He is coming off one of his best wins of the season against the Boston Red Sox in a Yankee 4-3 win. He has won the last two of his starts. Jesus Aguilar has given Taillon the most trouble hitting .357 against him with 2 home runs in 14 at-bats.

Taillon will face Zach Thompson, a righty with a 2-3 record with an ERA of 2.45 in 8 starts this season. The Marlins have lost his last three starts. No Yankee has ever seen Thompson pitch except in videos.

As of this writing, the Marlins have not announced their starters for the last two games of the weekend series. Tonight’s game will be televised in the New York area on WPIX and its affiliates. In Miami on Bally Sports Florida.

Saturday, July 31, 6:10 pm:

Game two of the series on Saturday night will feature Domingo German on the mound for the Yankees against a yet to be announced Marlins pitcher. German has been a mixed bag for the Yankees this season. After bombing out in his first start, he was sent down to Scranton to figure it out. Upon his return, the Yankees won his next six starts. Most recently, he has not gone deep into games and has struggled. He pitched seven innings losing to the Boston Red Sox in his last outing, only giving up 1 run and striking out a season-high 10 Boston players. Which German shows up for game two is anyone’s guess. Watch in the YES Network and Bally Sports Florida.

Sunday, August 1, 1:10 pm:
The final game of the series, a Sunday Matinee, will be started by Jordan Montgomery, a lefty that is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.78 and 100 strikeouts. Montgomery has been one of the Yankee’s best pitchers this season but has gotten nearly no run support in his starts. The Yankees have lost 5 of his last 6 starts but only scored 12 runs across those starts. He is coming off a five-inning 102 pitch scoreless outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sunday’s matinee is on the YES Network and Bally Sports Florida.

New York Yankees: Yankees enter critical series with the Red Sox – Preview

Under impossible odds, the New York Yankees are trying to pull themselves out of a self-created hole they have made for themselves in the AL East. In that effort, they have now won four straight games. They took a series from the Red Sox and most recently swept the Philadelphia Phillies with a walk-off win in the tenth inning last night when call-up Ryan LeMarre singled, initiating the win.

What makes this recent turnaround so incredible is that the Yankees have won with 18 players injured or on the Covid list. Some of the biggest names on that list are slugger Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ most productive player, and Gold Glove-like consistent hitter Gio Urshela. Luke Voit is also out of the lineup with a knee injury. They are also without starters Corey Kluber, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Michael King. The Yankees have called up player after player from the minors and have performed admirably for the most part. In some cases, a replacement has replaced another replacement at the same position. None on the Covid list will return to the team during the Boston series.

Regardless of the recent success, the Yankees have only advanced one game in the East and have much work to do to turn their sour season around completely. Tonight they enter a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. This is a crucial series where the Yankees can really move up in the East standings or possibly shut the door on any rebound. With the recent success, they are now 7 games behind the East-leading Red Sox and six games behind the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. All of their next seven games are between these two teams.

Tonight, July 22, 7:10 pm:

Jordan Montgomery will take to the mound tonight in game one against the Red Sox. The lefty is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.18 and 99 strikeouts. Montgomery has gotten very little run support in his games; in fact, in his last four games, he has gotten no run support at all. Nevertheless, the Yankees have won 11 of his 18 starts. The Yankees hope Monty can go deep into the game after using 11 relievers in the last two days. Monty will have to be careful with Xander Bogaerts; he has a .474 batting average off him in 19 at-bats.

Montgomery will face the Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck. He is a righty that is 0-2 with an ERA of 3.38. Houck has pitched in only 4 games this season, 2 as a starter. His last game was a save for the Red Sox against the Yankees when he came in in the seventh inning to finish off the Yankees in game one of the last series. While most Yankees were hitless off of Houck, Tyler Wade and callup Greg Allen got a hit off of him.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of market.

Friday, July 23, 7:10 pm:
New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will start in game two on Friday night. Cole is 10-4 on the season with an ERA of 2.63. He leads all of baseball with 158 strikeouts. Cole is coming off two consecutive wins, one a complete game with a career-high 129 pitches against the Houston Astros, the other a 96 pitch win over the Red Sox on July 17. When the Sox take the field, Cole had better hope that Danny Santana isn’t standing at first base. Santana has a .643 batting average off Cole in 14 at-bats.
Cole will face the Boston ace Eduardo Rodriguez a lefty who is 7-5 with an ERA of 5.19 and 112 strikeouts. E-Rod has faced the Yankees three times this season, winning all of his starts, the most recent was a shutout of the Yankees on July 16th. Rougie Odor has E-Rods number; he has a .374 batting average off him in 9 at-bats.
Friday night’s game will be televised on WPIX and its affiliates, NESN, and MLBN out of market.
Saturday, July 24, 4:10 pm:
Saturday’s later afternoon game will feature Jameson Taillon pitching for the New York Yankees. Taillon is a righty that is 5-4 with an ERA of 4.60. Taillon is not a strikeout pitcher but relies on ground ball-outs. He and Domingo German have been the Yankees’ most undependable starters, although he has pitched better in his last two outings. Taillon is coming off a win against these very Red Sox when he pitched 5.1 shutout innings. Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfro have been Yankees killers with Taillon on the mound.
Taillon will face the righty former Yankee pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi for the Red Sox is 9-5 with an ERA of 4.60, he like Taillon is also not a strikeout pitcher; he has only 89 on the season. He is coming off two straight losses, one against the Angels and one against the Yankees on July 17. He was the loser in that rain-shortened game. Over his career with the Red Sox, only DJ LeMahieu and Greg Allen have been successful off him with batting averages of .338 and .500.
Saturday’s game will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and FS1.
Sunday, July 25, 1:10 pm:
Sunday’s matinee will pit Domingo German against Martin Perez. German has been a puzzle this season for the Yankees. He is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.71. Near the beginning of the season, the Yankees won six of his starts in a row. But more recently, the Yankees have lost 3 or his last 5 starts.  The Yankees don’t know what they will get with German; he could be lights out but more frequently struggles. German puzzles some Sox, Bogaerts hits well off on him, while Devers has a .133 average off him in 15 at-bats.
Geman will face Martin Perez, a lefty that is 7-6 with an ERA of 4.16. Perez is coming off of two losses, one against the Phillies and one against the Yankees on July 18th. He has been dogged all season long by not going deeper into games. In the Yankees 9-1 win, he went only 4 innings giving up 3 earned runs. Several Yankees hit well against him in Stanton, LeMahieu, and Odor.
Sunday’s finale will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and on TBS out of market.
In the next month, both of these teams will see the return of important pitchers to their rotation. Ace Chris Sales will return to the Boston Red Sox first, with Luis Severino returning some near the end of August. The New York Yankees are also expecting the return of Corey Kluber in September.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take the series from the Red Sox

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Tonight the New York Yankees faced the Boston Red Sox in the final game of a three-game set, of which both teams have won one game making this the rubber game. If the Yankee could win the game, it would be both the second win of the season against their long-time rivals and the first series win since 2020. The Yankees won over the Red Sox and won their first series against the Boston Red Sox this season.

Enriques Hernandez started the game against Jameson Taillon by flying to left field. Alex Verdugo, who was the center of a player fan conflict last night, struck out. JD Martinez lined out to LeMahieu at third for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. At the bottom, DJ Lemahieu rolled out to second. Giancarlo Stanton for the fifth time in the series. Gary Sanchez also stuck out for another 1-2-3 half. No score.

At the top of the second inning, Xander Bogaerts led off by grounding out to Torres at short. Rafael Devers walked. Hunter Renfro flew out to Odor. Jerran Duran flew out to MaMarre in left. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres hit his second home run in as many nights. Chris Gittens struck out. Trey Amburgey, in his second major league game, stuck out. Rougie Odor ground out to first, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. New York Yankees 1 Boston Red Sox 0.

Christian Vazquez led off the third inning by sharply hitting to Torres for the first out. Christian Arroyo hit to first for the second out. Hernandez flew out to Amburgey in right to end the half. At the bottom, Ryan LaMarre stuck out swinging. Greg Allen singled to left field. LeMahieu singled for runners on the corner and one out. Stanton reached on a force out with Allen scoring,  Sanchez flew out to right, but the Yankees picked up another run. New York Yankees 2 the Boston Red Sox 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Verdugo, who flew out to Amburgey. Martinez popped out to short. Bogaerts doubled to left. Devers walked. Renfro popped out to Odor to end the half and stranded two Sox runners. The bottom was led off by Gleyber Torres, who got the only home run; he walked. Gittens flew out to right. Amburgey hit into a double play and appeared to injury his hamstring.

Duran led off the fifth by striking out swinging. Vazquez doubled to LaMarre, who hit the wall and crumbled to the ground but was able to stay in the game. Dalbec in for the injured Arroyo flew out to Gittens with Vazquez going to third. Hernandez flew out to left to end the half. The bottom of the fifth saw Odor at the plate who singled in the infield. LaMarre doubled, with Odor going to third. Allen faced new pitcher Gerret Whitlock, and sac flew to center to drive in Odor for the third Yankee run. LeMahieu struck out. Stanton chopped out to the infield for the final out, but the Yankees picked up another run. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 0.

In the sixth, Verdugo chased for the first out. JD Martinez singled to right. Bogaerts doubled, moving Martinez to third with just one out. Chad Green came in to replace Taillon facing Devers and struck him out. Renfro lined out to LeMahieu at third to end the threat. At the bottom, Sanchez hopped one to short for the first out. Torres, who homered and walked, struck out swinging. Gittens struck out for a no-score inning for both teams.

The seventh inning opened with Duran at the plate; he stuck out. Vazquez walked. Dalbec struck out swinging. Hernandez flew out to Gardner in center. Brett Gardner led off the bottom by singling. Rougie Odor followed with a two-run homer to center for the Yankees five-run lead. LaMarre walked. Greg Allen walked. LeMahieu faced new pitcher Brandon Workman with two on and no outs and flew out to right for the first out. Stanton flew out to center, and LeMarre went to third base. Allen stole second. Sanchez walked to load the bases. Gleyber Torres, with the bases loaded and two outs, walked to bring in a Yankee run. Chris Gittens, the ninth batter of the inning, walked in another run for the 46th pitch of the inning. Brett Gardner ground out to first to finally end the inning, but the Yankees tacked on another four runs. New York Yankees 7 Red Sox 0.

In the eighth inning, Zack Britton entered the game facing Verdugo, who struck out. Martinez walked. Chavis struck out.  Devers walked. Renfro faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and singles driving in the first Red Sox run. With runners on the corners, Duran ground out to end the half. At the bottom of the eighth, Rougie Odor faced the new Sox pitcher Yucksel  Rios, and he walked. LaMarre homered to drive in 2 more Yankee runs. Allen flew out to right. LeMahieu ground out to center. Stanton ground out to third.

With last licks in the ninth and against Yankee pitcher Aroldis Chapman came in and closed out the game for the Yankee win and the series win for the New York Yankees. The final score was the Yankees 9 and the Red Sox 1. The winning pitcher was Jameson Taillon, and the loser was Martin Perez.


New York Yankees: Weekend preview and all you need to know about your Yankees

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With a pivotal weekend matchup with the Boston Red Sox, here are some New York Yankees previews and notes to keep Yankee fans informed.

Yankees announce weekend pitchers

Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will face Nathan Eovaldi in Saturday evening’s game broadcast on the Fox Network. Cole is 9-4 with an ERA of 2.68 and an amazing 147 strikeouts. He is coming off a complete-game win against the Astros. Eovaldi is 9-5  with an ERA of 3.66. He has won both of his starts against the Yankees this season.

Sunday evening’s game broadcast on ESPN will feature Jamison Taillon against the Red Sox Michael Perez. Taillon is 4-4 with a 4.90 ERA and is the Yankees’ most undependable starter. Perez 7-5 with a .4.04 ERA.  Perez is coming off an 11-2 loss against the Phillies, giving up 3 runs in 3.2 innings of work.

Yankees lose six players to the Covid virus

The New York Yankees and the entire sports world got a harsh reminder that the coronavirus is not behind up. This week, the Yankees had to put six players on the covid list showing that they are not fully protected even though they may have been vaccinated. Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta, and catcher Kyle Higashioka all went on the 10 day Covid list. The loss of these players makes a challenging turnaround for the Yankees even more challenging.

Montgomery gets no run support

Jordan Montgomery is a poor boy when it comes to getting run support in this starts. Montgomery lost another game last night, getting zero run support. Montgomery is now tied with 6 other Yankees throughout history for going the most games without any run support.

Domingo German scoreless in relief

After a few rocky starts, Domingo German was scheduled to start Thursday night’s game that ended up being postponed when several Yankees test positive for the coronavirus. Manager Boone decided on Jordan Montgomery to start last night’s game, but German got a chance to pitch. He came in in the 7th inning in relief of Montgomery. He pitched a scoreless inning giving up on hit and no walk, an encouraging sign for manager Boone.

Minor Leaguers make Major League debuts

The New York Yankees’ lack of players caused by the coronavirus allowed Yankee minor leaguers to make their Major League debuts. Outfield Trey Amburgey was called up to replace Aaron Judge in right field, where he played flawlessly but struck out in his first two at-bats. Hoy Jun Park also made his debut pinch-hitting. The Yankees also called up Chris Gittens to replace Luke Voit at first.

Michael King hopeful for return

Starter reliever Micheal King injured his middle finger while working with weights on July 5th and has been away from the team. He said he is feeling better now, throwing and catching. He is hoping to be reactive as early as this weekend, for the Yankees, that will be not too soon as they have lost three relievers to the coronavirus.

Luke Voit is back on the IL

Luke Voit, who has proven he can play through almost anything, must be crushed as he has gone o the IL for the third time this season, this time with a badly bruised knee impeding his running. Voit last season was the baseball’s home run leader, but this year hasn’t played long enough stretches to get his stroke and power back.

The next 11 days will be crucial

The New York Yankees are 9 games back in the AL East behind the Red Sox, Tampa Bay, and the Toronto Blue Jays. They are 5 games out of a second wild card slot. The Yankees must play well in the next 11 days if they have any chance of turning their season around. Unfortunately, they play mostly against teams that they have not been victorious over. They have six games against the Red Sox, three games against the Tampa Bay Rays, with two against the Phillies sandwiched in. So far, they have lost all seven games they have played against the Sox. With so many regular players on the Covid list, a challenging turnaround becomes even more difficult.

Aroldis Chapman still hasn’t got it figured out

The New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and his new splitter went 18 games at the beginning of the season without allowing a run. Since then, his 0.00 ERA has risen to 4.55. Regardless of his splitter, his missile fastball is his put-away pitch, and he has lost control over it. In his last four games, he has given up 9 runs, allowing walks and home runs. In his last two games, his ERA is 13.50. He has pitched so badly that manager Aaron Boone has been afraid to use him, sitting him for ten games.

Last night in a no-pressure situation, Boone decided to send him out in the ninth with the Yankees behind by four runs. Chapman got out of the inning without giving up a run but obviously struggled. He walked one while taking 23 pitches to get out of the inning. Unfortunately, he did not gain any more trust from Aaron Boone. Boone also has fewer options with Nestor Cortes Jr., Wandy Peralta, and his best reliever Jonathan Loaisiga on the Covid list.

Stay with for all the latest Yankees news and updates. ESM’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow him on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from Yankees stunning loss to the Astros

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The New York Yankees went into last night’s game at Minute Maid Park in Houston hoping for the sweep of the Astros after shutting them out in the first two games. Instead, what they got was a kick in the butt in the last inning of the series. They lost that game when their hated rival had a walk-off 8-7 win.

Yankees pitch well through eight

Following Jameson Taillon‘s best outing of the season yesterday, he again pitched well. He again had good control of his pitches, allowing only three hits over six innings of work. However, something that still dogs him is giving up home runs. Of the three hits allowed, two were for home runs—one to Maldonado in the third inning and one to Tucker in the sixth inning.

When Taillon’s night was done, Boone made an unusual move bringing in starter Domingo German. The Yankees entered the eighth inning with a tight 4-2 lead. With DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge on board, Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer to left to give the Yankees a five-run lead. At the bottom with that lead, German was masterful in getting a 1-2-3 inning and protecting that lead.

With the New York Yankees almost assured with the sweep of the Astros, everything went south for the Yankees. The Houston Astros that only scored two runs in 24 innings of the series erupted for six runs for the walk-off win. German gave up two runs, and he was replaced by Chad Green still with the lead; he gave up four runs for the complete collapse of the Yankee closers.

Yankees missed multiple opportunities

After shutting out the Houston Astros in the first two games, the Yankees in the eighth inning of last night’s game looked to be on the threshold of a complete three-game sweep of the Astros. But that was not to be as the Astros would score six runs for a stunning walk-off win. But that didn’t have to happen. Something that has dogged the Yankees all season long is the lack of timely hitting. That lack of hitting was evident again last night as the Yankees missed several opportunities to score far more runs. The Yankees went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Although the Yankees had plenty of traffic on the bases, they got 8 hits and a season-high 14 walks off of Astros pitching.

The New York Yankees have a closer problem

The New York Yankees have had plenty of problems this season with starting pitching and a lineup that most of the time fails to hit, causing the Yankees to lose games. But now, an even bigger problem may be emerging. The Yankees don’t have a dependable closer.

Aroldis Chapman, after a strong start to the season, not giving up a run in his first 18 games, he’s given up a whopping 14 earned runs over his last 5 2/3 innings for a 22.24 ERA. It’s not a question of his “Cuban Missile” power; it’s still there, but he no longer has consistent command over his blazing fastball, and the results have been disastrous. In his last four attempts to save, he has given up 9 runs while walking 8 and only recording 5 strikeouts.

In a huge implosion against the New York Mets, he gave up 3 runs in the ninth inning of the first game of a 7 inning doubleheader on July 4th. Then, on July 6th against the Seattle Mariners, he gave up a hit and walked two with an eleven-run lead. He got out of the inning, but it took 24 pitches to register 3 strikeouts. Since then, Boone has been afraid to send him out onto to mound in save situations.  The next possible closer is Zack Britton, but; he has been on the IL with a hamstring injury and is not ready to return. Next in line is Chad Green, who can be lights-out but isn’t consistent, as seen in last night’s game when he gave up three runs and took the loss. The Yankees have to find out what’s causing Chapman’s dilemma and get it fixed sooner than later.

New York Yankees Recap: Astros shock the Yankees with walk-off win

New York Yankees, Chad Green

After the New York Yankees shut out the hated Houston Astros in the first two games of the series, the Yankees looked for the sweep. Jameson Taillon coming off his best start of the season, was to face the Astros’ Framber Valdez. With Gerrit Cole’s complete-game shutout last night, the bullpen was completely rested.

DJ LeMahieu led off the game by walking against Valdez. LeMahieu, on a passed ball, tried to advance all the way to third but was called out. Aaron Judge also walked. Gary Sanchez flew out to left field. Giancarlo Stanton chopped over the first baseman for a single, with Judge moving to third. Luke Voit struck out swinging, stranded two. At the bottom, Jose Altuve flew out to Locastro in left. Michael Brantley singled in front of Gardner in center. Yordan Alverez popped out to Urshela. Yuli Gurriel lined out to short to end the inning scoreless.

The top of the second was led off by Gleyber Torres who flew out to right. Gio Urshela singled on a late throw by Altuve. Tim Locastro flew out to right. Brett Gardner got a two-out single to left with Gio holding at second. LeMahieu bounced out to short. At the bottom, Kyle Tucker led off by tapping into the shift. Chas McCormick got hit by a pitch for a free pass. Abe Toro popped out to first. Robel Garcia struck out swinging for another scoreless inning.

Aaron Judge led off the third, striking out. Sanchez walked. Stanton struck out, but Sanchez advanced on a passed ball. Voit walked. Torres lined to left, scoring Sanchez from second. Urshela, with two still on and two outs, struck out, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. Martin Maldonado led off the bottom by homering to right field. Altuve struck out. Brantley flew out to Locastro. Alverez ground out to DJ. Game tied at 1.

Locastro led off the fourth inning, and he provided the Yankees with their second home run. Gardner ground out to Altuve. LeMahieu walked. Judge ground out to short. Sanchez struck out, but the Yankees regained the lead. At the bottom, Gurriel ground out. Tucker walked.  McCormick struck out swinging. Tucker stole second. Toro walked. Tucker stole third.  Toro stole second. Garcia struck out, getting Taillon out of a jam. New York Yankees 2 Astros 1.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the fifth inning by singling to center. Voit walked again. With no outs and two on, Torres singled to left, scoring Stanton for the Yankees’ two-run lead, and that knocked Valdez out of the game. Urshela faced the new Astros pitcher Andre Scrubb and flew out to left, holding the runners. Locastro struck out for the second out. Gardner chased on for the final out of half and stranding two. At the bottom, Maldonado flew out to left. Altuve also flew out to left. Brantley popped out to center for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. New York Yankees 3 Astros 1.

LeMahieu led off the sixth against new pitcher Joe Smith and flew out to right. Judge smoked on but right to Altuve. Sanchez struck out swinging for a quick inning for Smith. At the bottom, with Taillon still on the mound, Alverez flew out Gardner in left-center. Gurriel flew out to Judge. Tucker deposited one deep into the right-field stands. Then, McCormick flew out to Judge at the wall.

The seventh inning was led off by Stanton, who faced the Astros’ fourth pitcher Brian Abreu drove on to the warning track in right for the first out. Voit struck out. Torres walked and stole second to get into scoring position. Urshela doubled to center, and Torres scored. Locastro ground out to second, but the Yankees picked up an insurance run. At the bottom, against Domingo, German Toro struck out. Garcia flew out to center. Maldonado struck out for a 1-2-3 inning for German out of the pen. Yankees 4 Astros 2.

Brett Gardner led off the eighth inning, and facing the fifth, Astros pitcher Blake Taylor tapped back to the mound for the first out. LeMahieu walked. DJ moved to second on a passed ball. Judge walked. Sanchez sent a three-run bomb into the upper seats in left. Stanton walked. Voit walked for the third walk of the inning, knocking out Taylor. Torres faced the sixth Astros pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. and struck out. Urshela got another walk. Locastro with the bases loaded and two outs struck out, leaving the bases loaded. At the bottom, with German on for a second inning, Altuve ground out. Brantley singled. Alverez hit into a double play. New York Yankees 7 Astros 2.

Brett Gardner led off the ninth by walking for the Yankees thirteens walk of the game. LeMahieu walked for the fourth time. Judge struck out. Sanchez ground into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Astros, Gurriel, with German in for the close, singled on a slow roller in the infield. Tucker doubled with Locastro slamming into the left-field wall. McCormick faced reliever Chad Green and got a two-run double off of Green. Toro doubled to Judge, and another run scored. Still, with no outs, Garcia singled to center. Maldonado ground out to short. Altuve hit a home run, driving in three runs, and the Yankees lost the game.

The final score was the Houston Astros 8 New York Yankees 7. The winning pitcher was Ralph Garza Jr., and the loser was Chad Green.



New York Yankees: Bad blood continues tonight in Houston, series preview

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve

Last night the New York Yankees traveled to Houston to meet up with the Houston Astros in a three-game set. If there are two teams in baseball that don’t like each other, it’s the Yankees and Astros. It was proven that the Houston Astros cheated in the 2017 season and postseason. That cheating may have cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series and Aaron Judge an MVP award that instead went to the Astros Jose Altuve.

The cheating was finally confirmed in 2019. Although the manager and general manager were suspended for a year by MLB, no player was ever held responsible and the Astros were not required to turn in their rings or have their championship overturned. This infuriated the Yankees fans even more. With the short 2020 season, the two teams did not meet up. But this year the Astros traveled to Yankee Stadium where they were loudly booed there were loads of signs in the stands saying “you cheated.”

The New York Yankees, Yankee players, and fans will not soon forget. Presently the Houston Astro sit atop the AL West at 54-34 winning six of their last ten. The Yankees are 9 games out of first place in the AL East and have lost six of their last ten, including being shut out last night in Seattle.

Today, July 9th, 8:10 pm EDT:

Tonight in game one of the series the New York Yankees will face Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi is a righty that is 3-3 with an ERA of 3.70 on the season. He will be making his eleventh start of the season. He missed a few starts in May due to injury. He is coming off a win against the Indians in which he only allowed one earned run. The Yankees are very familiar with Odorizzi from his time with the Rays and the Twins.  Miguel Andujar and Aaron Judge have been very successful off of Odorizzi. Rougie Odor in 9 at-bats against him has a .333 batting average.

The Astros will face Nestor Cortes Jr. When Corey Kluber went on the IL, Michael King was called up to replace him. King is on the IL. Nestor Cortes Jr. has filled in very adequately. He is a lefty that is 0-0 with an ERA of 1.29 over 24 innings of work. He last pitched against the Mets on July 4th when he gave up one run in 3.2 innings. The Astros have little experience against Cortes. Jose Altuve has faced him 3 times without a hit. The game will be televised on the YES Network, ATTSportsNet, and MLBN out of market.

Saturday, July 10th, 7:15 pm EDT:

Saturday night’s game looks like the game not to miss. It will feature two aces, Gerrit Cole for the Yankees and Zack Greinke for the Astros. Greinke has inherited the ace standing as the Astros still wait for Justin Verlander to return to the team from Tommy John surgery. Greinke who is 8-2 with an ERA of 3.64 has faced the Yankees several times including in the postseason. DJ Lemahieu has pretty well had Greinke’s number, in 35 at-bats he has hit .371. Giancarlo Stanton is the only Yankee to hit a home run off of Greinke.

Greinke will face the New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole that has had some rough luck of late losing his last three starts. He is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.91 and an incredible 135 strikeouts. For Cole, it will be a reunion of sorts and he will be pitching to his old team before coming to the Yankees. Martin Maldanado has seen him the most and in 7 at-bats he has a .429 batting average. Yordan Alverez has two homers off Cole in 3 at-bats. Saturday night’s matchup will be nationally televised o the Fox Network.

Sunday, July 11th, 2:10 pm EDT:
Sunday’s Matinee will feature the Astros Framber Valdez a lefty that is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.86, against the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon with is 4-4 with an ERA of 5.05. Taillon is coming off his best start of the season against the Seattle Mariners, Taillon went eight innings giving up just one run in the Yankee’s 12-1 victory. Valdez is coming off two wins one against Cleveland and one against the Athletics. He gave up five earned runs in the Oakland victory. The only Yankees with extensive experience with Valdez is Rougie Odor who in 5 at-bats hit .400 off of him. Sunday’s game will be televised on WPIX and its affiliates, ATTSportsNet, and nationally on TBS.



Yankees’ Jameson Taillon throws much-needed gem

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees started their week on the right foot by pummeling what could be a direct rival in the quest for the second Wild Card spot, the Seattle Mariners. The offense finally woke up and put 12 runs on the scoreboard against just one by the M’s.

The offensive explosion was nice to see, but Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone is even happier that much-criticized right-hander Jameson Taillon was able to finally throw a gem from the mound.

He completed seven innings and surpassed the 100-pitch threshold for the first time in the season. He only conceded a single run on four hits and a walk, while fanning nine Mariners.

“That was a big pick-me-up,” the Yankees’ skipper told Betelhem Ashame of “I thought he was probably as good as he’s been. And the mix of pitches, the quality of really all his pitches … pounding the strike zone but mixing up his looks all the time. I just thought that was an exciting outing. He was in complete control out there. We definitely needed it.”

The Yankees’ pitcher had everything working

The offensive performance gave Taillon an early lead and the opportunity to calmly work his way through the Mariners’ order. According to the league’s site, the righty used his entire repertoire last night: his fastball (44 pitches), curveball (22), slider (17), sinker (10) and changeup (8).

“We had everything working tonight,” Taillon said. “We used the heater up, we used it down, we got ahead in a lot of counts with curveballs. I was able to throw my better curveball later in counts for the finish. There were a few good changeups. … When I have those pitches going, it takes some pressure off my slider; I don’t have to be quite as perfect or as nasty with it. So I thought everything just coupled together and paired really well.”

It was a night the Yankees and Taillon needed, as he has a 5.05 ERA for the season.