New York Yankees: Pitching is Kryptonite So Far

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees are definitely not off to their best start, as they sit 5-7 with a nine game homestand approaching. The Yankees are down just one reliever, but their all-star caliber bullpen has been awful so far.

3.97

That’s the current Yankee bullpen ERA. That’s about two earned runs per nine innings too high. With four all-star level pitchers healthy in Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman, Ottavino has been the only one with success, an ERA of 1.29 in seven innings pitched.

Chad Green is the most worrisome of the four. His ERA is at nine and has already been charged with two losses, including one against Houston.

Zack Britton has an ERA reaching towards five and has a loss too. Chapman is at 3.60, with his velocity still down a bit, but is expected to increase. His accuracy has improved from last year, only issuing one walk in five innings. His K/9 rate is still sky high at almost 13, which is obviously a good sign.

Though not one of their best relievers, Jonathan Holder has struggled, too, with an ERA of 5.40. He is a key guy in their bullpen, normally used in high-leverage situations in middle innings or extra innings.

The only real positive out of the bullpen so far is that Luis Cessa is pitching well. The Yankees are hoping this continues for him and the team. Remember, he is out of options so for him to go to AAA he must clear waivers.

Happ’s ready to bounce back

After a poor start on Wednesday by James Paxton, his ERA dropped to 6.00. Following him in the rotation is another starter whos’ ERA is in the sixes: JA Happ.

In two games, Happ is 0-1 and has pitched just eight and a third innings. This could potentially cause bullpen problems due to them having to pitch more than they should.

Last time out, he gave up five hits and two runs to the Orioles in a personal no decision, but a win for the team.

Friday against the White Sox would be the perfect time to get back on track and put one in his win column, as well as the team’s.

 

New York Yankees: Chad Green Struggles as The Yankees Lose 6-3

New York Yankees reliever Chad Green gave up three runs in the eighth inning as the Yankees lost to the Astros 6-3. The sad part is that they led 3-2, blowing their second lead in as many days.

Bullpen struggles

In five pitched innings on Tuesday, the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs off seven hits. Jonathan Loaisiga only pitched three innings, giving up two runs. He was removed due to throwing 71 pitches in the three innings.

Steven Tarpley relieved Loaisiga and gave up a hit, but threw just nine pitches in the scoreless inning. Luis Cessa got five outs without a score, before the ball was turned over to Jonathan Holder.

With the Yankees up 3-2, Holder gave up a double to new Astro Michael Brantley before being pulled. After, Chad Green came in and got hammered in the eighth, giving up three runs and the Astros took a 6-3 lead.

Again, the Yankees couldn’t recover and went down 1-2-3 in the ninth

Sanchez keeps cookin’

Gary Sanchez kept up his strong play on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 and knocking in two runs on a sixth inning double to put the Yankees up 3-2. His other hit was a single that beat the shift, as the Astros placed three men on the left side.

Luke Voit was responsible for the other run, mashing a solo home run to center field in the first. That was his only hit in four at-bats.

Aaron Judge and Austin Romine were each responsible for a base hit.

Red hot Clint Frazier went hitless on Tuesday night. Not just that, he had a few problems in the field. He dropped a ball on a diving catch attempt, then misplayed a ball a little later.

Brett Gardner also went hitless on Tuesday including being doubled up on a bunt attempt that he didn’t run out. This killed a rally with runners on first and second early in the game.

The Yankees try to salvage the series with the Astros on Wednesday before returning home. Gametime is at 7:40PM (ET) on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. James Paxton gets the ball for the Yankees against Collin McHugh of the Astros.

 

New York Yankees: Clint Frazier’s Late Homer Powers Yankees to Win Over Orioles

Clint Frazier may not have started the game, but he sure helped end it for the New York Yankees. Pinch-hitting for Mike Tauchman in the sixth, Frazier struck out but would remain in the game with him being the only outfielder off the bench. In the eighth inning with two on, Frazier bashed a 2-2 slider to left field with no doubt, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead that would hold for a win.

The Judge with two verdicts

Yankee slugger Aaron Judge finally got on the board with two home runs on Saturday, both to center field.

On his first home run, he swung at a 2-2 fastball that got too much of the zone for a solo shot, putting the Yankees up 1-0 in the first inning.

In the third inning, he put a full-count slider over the wall that was a bit too high in the zone for Oriole pitcher Dylan Bundy. Bundy lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

Aaron Judge’s two home runs and Frazier’s home run accounted for all six Yankee runs.

Happ and Holder struggled

JA Happ didn’t have a great outing in a rematch against the Orioles, and Jonathan Holder sorta made a mess in relief.

Happ pitched just 4 1/3 innings while allowing five hits and two runs while issuing two walks and punching out five. The lefty threw 88 pitches, and had trouble keeping the ball out of the air. He got six fly balls compared to two ground balls. However, Happ gave 12 of his 20 batters he faced a first pitch strike.

Holder was quite wild in relief of Happ. He only had one first pitch strike against eight batters. After a clean start, Holder hit Cedric Mullins with a pitch and allowed Jonathan Villar to single in the seventh inning.

A fielders choice hit by Chris Davis and a sacrifice fly by Rio Ruiz scored those runs. It seemed that Aaron Boone tried to stretch Holder too far. (Side note: Davis hasn’t gotten a hit in 40 consecutive at-bats)

Ottavino came in after for five outs, and despite only one strikeout he got the job done. It took Chad Green 16 pitches to get the final out of the eighth after an error by DJ LeMahieu.

Aroldis Chapman came in and got the save in the ninth. He looked good, but he isn’t quite at his 100-102 MPH fastball. He was maxing out at about 97 MPH.

The Yankees and the Orioles conclude their series on Sunday at 1:05PM. Domingo German will get the ball for the Yankees against the Orioles’ David Hess. The game will be on YES Network, Fox Sports Go, ESPN+, and out of market on MASN.

 

Andujar with missed opportunities as Yankees drop first game of season

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

In his first start as a Yankee, southpaw James Paxton pitched well, giving up two runs (one earned) off of four hits with five strikeouts. However, he was credited with a loss as the Yankees couldn’t get much going on offense, dropping the second game against the Orioles by a score of 5 to 3.

Despite having 10 hits, the Yankees only managed to score three runs while going 3-of-9 with runners in scoring position. Their defense sure didn’t help any, having three errors on the game.

The little offense they had:

In the fourth inning, DJ LeMahieu punched one up the middle, barely strong enough to get through, scoring Gleyber Torres.

In the sixth inning, the Orioles put up two runs off a single by Dwight Smith and a throwing error by Gary Sanchez on a double steal attempt. With runners on first and second, Sanchez threw to second on the steal attempt. The throw was in plenty of time, just off target. This would knock Paxton out of the game.

An inning later, Baltimore got one more, this time off of Chad Green. Rio Ruiz doubled, then later scored off a single by Jesus Sucre. Sucre led the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

In the ninth inning, Yankee reliever Jonathan Holder made a mess, starting after an error by DJ LeMahieu. With runners on the corners with one out, Sucre knocked one down the left field line, stopping at second and clearing the bases while making the score 5 to 1.

The Yankees sure tried to come back in the bottom of the ninth. Troy Tulowitzki led off with an opposite field home run, then LeMahieu followed with a double. Gardner hit a hard liner to center that was caught for the first out, however Aaron Judge kept it going with a hard single. After a full count strikeout by Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit hit a high fly ball that barely dropped in with the outfield playing back. That scored a run making it 5 to 3, but Miguel Andujar struck out on a 1-2 slider to end the game.

Andujar ruined their two biggest opportunities

Way back in the first inning, Baltimore starting pitcher Nate Karns was in no mood to deal with the big boys. After Gardner was retired to start the inning, Karns walked Judge, Stanton, and Voit to load the bases. After taking a low fastball for a ball, Andujar hit it back to Karns who threw it to Sucre behind the plate, then Trey Mancini at first for a 1-2-3 double-play.

Now in the ninth inning, the Yankees had Judge on third and Voit on first with Andujar up to bat. After swinging at a 95 MPH fastball for strike one, Oriole reliever Mike Wright threw three straight sliders. Andujar laid off the first one but swung at the next two to end the game.

Andujar finished 1-for-5 with two strikeouts on the afternoon.

The Yankees finish the series with the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at 1:05PM in the Bronx. The game will be televised on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

 

New York Yankees Player Preview: Jonathan Holder

Jonathan Holder is the youngest guy in the New York Yankees’ bullpen. He has shown over the past two seasons that he has the potential to be a dominate reliever in the major leagues. Holder is a nice player to have in the bullpen as he is young and can definitely handle pressure situations. Holder has the benefit of being in a bullpen with a lot of veterans who can be valuable teachers to him .

Holder’s numbers last season:

3.89 ERA, 40 K, 8 BB, 2 SV

Background:

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Holder attended Gulfport High School in Gulport, Mississippi where he was born. Holder enrolled at Mississippi State University where he was a star reliever for the bulldogs. Holder in his career at Mississippi 11-2, had a 1.59 ERA, 191 K and 37 SV. His 37 saves are a school record. Holder was selected by the Yankees in the 6th round of the 2014 draft.

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Holder was promoted quickly through the Yankees minor leagues. He made his debut in 2016 with the Yankees on September 2. Holder pitched in eight games in the 2016 season.

Holder was called up on July 8th last season and was moved back and forth between Scranton and the Yankees.

2018 Season Outlook

Holder beat out Domingo German for the final spot in the bullpen for the the Yankees opening day roster. He acquires a fastball, cutter, curve and changeup that he uses to get batters out. He will probably be moved back and forth again between Scranton ,but if he is dominate he might make it hard for the Yankees to send him back down.