New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from major Yankee comeback

The New York Yankees entered yesterday’s game after losing two straight to the Red Sox. In the seventh inning, it looked as though this would be another loss with only four outs left in the game. However, the Yankees erupted in the eighth with 5 straight hits and the 4-3 win. The Yankees now have a chance at splitting the series with Domingo German on the mound for the 1:05 pm game.

Jameson Taillon was economical

Last night Jameson Taillon set up the bullpen beautifully. He went seven innings, only giving on one earned run as he was economical from the start. Unfortunately, he was saddled with two unearned runs early. But that didn’t put him down; he remained aggressive, using all of his pitches mystifying the Red Sox hitters. The Red Sox remained scoreless after the third inning.

Taillon, who is still recovering from not pitching for nearly two years, has pitched really well during July, better than the stats show. Now that he is using his two-seamer and curve more, he is getting quality start after quality start. After going seven, Jonathan Loaisiga, who hadn’t pitched in two weeks, came in and pitched a scoreless eighth. Then, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in and closed it out for the Yankees.

Yankees explode in the eight

In the first seven innings of yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees could only get five meaningless hits off of Nathan Eovaldi; they seemed lifeless, almost like they were going through the motions. They went 0-7 with men in scoring position. The Yankee fans in the stands at Fenway Park were saying; here we go again. But in the eighth inning Estevan Florial and Brett Gardner sparked the lineup that would see the Yankees come back from 3 behind with 4 outs to go, for the first time since August 2020.

Estevan Florial led off the eighth inning and got a lead-off double. Brantly popped out to third. LeMahieu flew out to Duran in center. Gardner got an RBI single to easily drive in Florial the get the Yankees on the board. That hit knocked Eovaldi out of the game. The Yankees are now 10-71, with runners in scoring position this season against the Red Sox. Stanton faced another ex-Yankee in reliever Adam Ottavino, and he got a ground-rule double as the ball bounced into the right-field fans, moving Gardner to third base.

After Stanton’s double, Tyler Wade came in to pinch run for Stanton. Odor doubled off the green monster scoring two to tie up the game at 3. Torres singled, driving in Odor to give the Yankees the lead in the game for the first time. Torres stole second. Allen got plunked and went to first. Gittens tapped in front of the plate for the final out as the lineup turned over, but the Yankees picked up four runs in the half. New York Yankees 4 Boston Red Sox 3.

Sit tight; help is on the way

The New York Yankees have had their share of injuries this season. That was exacerbated recently by the Covid outbreak that put six Yankees players on the Covid list. Since then, the Yankees have had a ragtag lineup. But help is finally one the way. Yesterday Jonathan Loaisiga returned and played an integral part in holding back the Red Sox. Today star third baseman Gio Ushela is scheduled to be in the lineup.

Beyond that, for the Tampa Bay series next week, all of the remaining Covid list players should be returning. In addition, just days from August, the Yankees are also hoping for the return of two starting pitchers, Corey Kluber and Luis Severino. With the Yankees sit in the running for a wild card slot, these additions to the team will be significant.

Notes: Chris Gittens left the game with an ankle sprain. After one major league start, Asher Wojciechowski was immediately designated for assignment to make room for Jonathan Loaisiga on the roster. He rejected the assignment to Scranton and has elected for free agency.

New York Yankees beat the Angels 11-5, here are the major takeaways from the win

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

After a four-game losing streak last night, the New York Yankees delighted fans worldwide with a big 11-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels. They showed fans and detractors alike that they can be the Bronx Bombers of old. The big question is can they maintain that energy and success?

Don’t let Jameson Taillon fool you

Jameson Taillon earned the win last night in the Yankees 11-5 win over the Los Angeles at Yankee Stadium. It was his third win of the season against four losses in fifteen starts. But don’t be fooled. Taillon didn’t win the game the Yankee lineup did. Taillon gave up all the runs the Angels would score. Taillon is still the lousy pitcher he has been all season. With the Yankees only scoring about 3 runs per game, giving up five runs would normally be a loss for any starting pitcher.

Jameson Taillon was a better-than-average pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirate before his series of injuries. He had two Tommy John surgeries. But with him working his way back, the New York Yankees thought they could take a chance on him to be a number three or four starter for their revamped Yankee rotation.  Now halfway through the season for Taillon, that seems like a pipe dream. He has shown some bright spots this season, only to go out and erase them in the next outing.

The good pitching news from last night is not Taillon; it’s Nestor Cortes Jr. that stepped in and saved Taillon last night. Cortes Jr. has proven that he is a dependable option for Aaron Boone whenever he is needed. Last night he pitched 1.2 innings of one-hit ball. In his last 8.1 innings of relief, he has allowed only three hits and no runs. Call-up Albert Abreu closed out the game for the Yankees, pitching two hitless innings.

Yankees score a season-high 11 runs

The New York Yankees that have been playing all season did not show up last night; the “Bronx Bombers” we all know and love performed last night like Yankee fans have not seen all season long. There were several high points last night. One is scoring a season-high 11 runs. Every Yankee scored last night, and the Yankees hit three home runs in the game.

It was a hit fest for the New York Yankees last night. Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Miguel Andujar all hit home runs in the game. In addition, Sanchez, Luke Voit, and Miguel Andujar all had extra-base hits. The Yankees also never let up the pressure on the Angels. LeMahieu, Judge, Andujar, Sanchez, Voit, and Gleyber Torres all had two out RBI’s.

Turnaround or giant tease?

The morning after, many New York Yankee fans wonder if last night finally signaled a turnaround for the Yankees. Others may be wondering if it was just a giant tease that has seen the Yankees take a step forward and then two steps back. The Yankees have, for the most part, have had a roller-coaster season with more downs than ups.

At the start of the season, most industry analysts predicted with the Yankee’s strong lineup and newly revamped pitching rotation that they would be the team to beat all the way to the World Series. However, Yankee fans and analysts alike have been totally puzzled by the exact opposite. The Yankees appear to be a lifeless unenergetic team that can’t get out of its own way, often failing on baseball’s basics. If you believe that the Yankees will stop hitting into double plays, stop making running errors. And that the team will all of the sudden start hitting across the lineup, then the Yankees have now turned it around. If you are like so many sports sites, even New York ones, you believe the Yankees are done for it.

Last night New York Yankee general manager Brian Cashman for the first time, threw the Yankees under the bus while showing his continued support of Boone and the coaches.

“I know they urgently want to get on track, but I also know that we suck right now, as bad as you can be,” the general manager said Tuesday. “Trying to knock ourselves out of that is the effort, but until we get online and start playing high again, it’s gonna look bad. It plays bad and it stinks to high heavens. Right now, we gotta own that. I gotta call it like I see it: It’s pretty bad right now.”

Just one week ago, the New York Yankees had crawled back to just four games out of first place, but now a week later, even after last night’s game, the Yankees are back to 7 1/2 games out, with only the Baltimore Orioles playing worse ball. I am not going to join the bandwagon saying that the Yankees are through this season. They still have time to turn it around, but they must start doing it now, and in a big way, anything less will disappoint.

Tonight the New York Yankees will face the pitching and hitting sensation Shohei Ohtani,  that many compare to Babe Ruth. If Domingo German and the Yankees can win this game, it will go a long way to say that a turnaround may be in the offing.

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from series win over the Royals

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Last night the New York Yankees faced the Kansas City Royals on a top 10 weather day at Yankee Stadium. It was an absolutely lovely day for the rubber game, determining who would win the series. It was a day that drew celebrities to watch the Yankees. Ex-manager Joe Torre was on hand, as well as Yankee pitcher Jose Contreras, Godzilla Hideki Matsui, and all-time best Yankee fan Paul Simon. The Yankees won the game in an 8-1 laugher.

Taillon has his best outing of the season

Jameson Taillon came to the New York Yankees in a trade just before spring training in a trade with the Pittsburg Pirates. Taillon hadn’t pitched in almost two years due to two Tommy John surgeries. The Yankees hoped in this risky move that Taillon could return to his previous form and become a solid number three starter for the team.

So far this season, Taillon has become somewhat of a disappointment as he hasn’t returned to that form they hoped for. He has had problems with his command and has mostly failed to put hitters away after two outs. Although he has shown a few bright spots, he has been inconsistent at best. However, last night at the Stadium, he showed that he could pitch deep and put players away. The Yankees hope this is a turning point for Taillon and build on a strong showing. Catcher Gary Sanchez said after the game that Taillon had good command of his pitches and changed up his pitch selection. Taillon got his second win of the season, going 6.1 innings, allowing only one run while striking out six Royals.

Sanchez and Judge on fire again

The oft-criticized catcher Gary Sanchez has done a remarkable turnaround in the last two weeks or so. After nursing a batting average under .200, he now seems like the star he was in 2017. It may be that a minor tweak by hitting coach Marcus Thames in Sanchez’s leg kick may have done the trick. He has seven home runs in his last thirteen games and a now respectable .240 batting average. Also, the good news for the Yankees is that this is not just a few good games; it appears he has found his stride and that it will continue.

Slugger Aaron Judge is a completely different story; he has had a better than average season leading the team in home runs and hitting for contact. But for the last ten days, he has gone into a mini-slump striking out a lot and not hitting for power. Last night that all changed; Judge was on base all five times. Breaking out of that slump last night, he in his first at-bat, he homered into the short porch at Yankee Stadium. He doubled, hit two singles, and also walked on the night. Judge, Sanchez, and Luke Voit all homered in the game.

Torres, Gardner, and Frazier still struggle

The New York Yankees have really turned things around of late, winning seven of their last nine games. This is mostly because the top five in the lineup have been hitting. In this series, the Yankee top five have gone 10 for 22 with four home runs, a double, and eight RBI’s, but all the players haven’t joined the party. Of the top five, only Torres has continued to struggle. The addition of the returning Luke Voit has also added power to the lineup.

Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier haven’t been able to pull it all together this season. Gardner, the 37-year-old veteran holdover from the 2009 World Series team, is batting just .201, with only 2 home runs on the season and a lowly 8 RBI’s. Clint Frazier hoping to add to his 2020 performance, is still playing good defense but is hitting a poultry .188 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s. His poor play has cost him to lose his starting position in left field that he now shares with Miguel Andujar.