New York Yankees bats fall silent, takeaways from 2nd loss

The New York Yankees went into last night’s game with the Athletics with the hope of taking the series and righting the ship after a loss in the Saturday matinee. But, unfortunately, it was not to be had as the Yankees lost their second game in a row. The final score was the Athletics 3 and the Yankees 1.

Yankee bats are nowhere to be found

Last night it seemed that the Yankees brought out a lineup that was losing games before the All-Star break. It looked all too familiar. Few hits, no home runs, errors committed, and bats that were so silent you could hear a pin drop if it wasn’t for the loud Athletics crowd at the Coliseum.

That being said, you have to give credit to Paul Blackburn for the A’s. He pitched masterfully, holding down the Yankee hitters, inducing ground out after ground out. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Yankees could get a man past first base. The Yankees when 0-4 with men in scoring position.

In the game, Gio Urshela, who had only committed 5 errors all season, had 2 last night in his fourth game returning from the IL.

Yankee hitters fail Montgomery again

If there were a poster boy for the pitcher with the worst luck, his name would be Jordan Montgomery. Last ninth was a microcosm of his entire season.  Jordan Montgomery pitched six innings of one-run ball that should qualify him for a win, but the Yankee hitters could only muster up one hit for him, and it was a single.

Montgomery who is 5-5 with a respectable 3.52 ERA. His stats should be much better. The New York Yankees have won 15 of his starts, although he has only 5 wins. Of all Yankee pitchers, he has gotten the least run support during his outings.

Last night the Yankee’s closer situation was again evident. Chad Green was charged with the job, and he failed, giving up a two-run homer to pinch hitter Kemp, causing the Yankee loss.

Yankees lose ground against the Rays

In the Yankee’s second loss in as many days, It seemed last night that they fell back into their old ways. Not hitting, leaving men in scoring position, and committing errors. Normally losing a game, although not good, it’s no big deal. But two in a row, when the Yankees are fighting the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East, is a huge deal.

I’ve been saying for weeks that the New York Yankees can take the East, but the Tampa Bay Rays had to cooperate in that effort. But, unfortunately, they are not doing that, winning two games while the Yankees lost two. To begin the weekend that Yankees had won 13 consecutive games gaining on the Rays and shrinking to just four behind in the East. But not that has vanished, and the Yankees are back to six games out.

With September just days away, the Yankees only have 31 games to gain 6 on the Rays. Both teams have similar schedules for September, with neither having much of an advantage. The Yankees have some fluff teams, but they also face the Toronto Blue Jays seven times. The Rays face the Blue Jays six times and the Astros for three games. If the Yankees can continue to win at a good clip, the entire season my come down to the last three games with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose and split the series with the Athletics

New York Yankees, Chad Green

The New York Yankees entered the game tonight at Oakland Coliseum; the Yankees were looking to start a new winning streak. Yesterday the Yankees broke their 13 game winning streak with a one-run loss to the Athletics. Tonight they hoped to right the ship with Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees facing the A’s Paul Blackburn. Chad Green allowed a two-run homer in the eight and the Yankees lost 3-1.

The first inning saw DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees; he walked on four pitches. Giancarlo Stanton singled to the middle. Aaron Judge flew out to center, but the runners did not advance. Joey Gallo hit into a double play to end the inning. At the bottom, Josh Harrison faced Jordan Montgomery and ground out to the second base. Marte ground out. Olson hit into the shift to end the inning scoreless. “Monty” got it done with only five pitches.

The second inning was led off by Luke Voit, who struck out. Gary Sanchez flew out to right for the second out. Brett Gardner, with his speed, reached on an infield single to left. Gio Urshela popped out to short to retire the side. Yan Gomes led off the bottom by singling in front of Gardner. Jed Lowrie struck out swinging. Matt Chapman ground out to short. Mark Canha ground out to end the scoreless inning.

Oakland Coliseum is often called Ricky Henderson field. Henderson played 14 seasons with the Athletics with a .288 batting average and with 867 stolen bases. Henderson also played for the New York Yankees during the 1985-89 seasons.

Tyler Wade led off the third inning by walking. Wade was caught stealing for only the fourth time this season. LeMahieu ground out to second. Stanton singled to center. Aaron Judge chopped to third for the Yankee scoreless half. At the bottom, Chad Pinder led off by ground out to third. Elvis Andrus lined out to Voit at first. Harrison singled, but Marte flew out to Judge for the final out. No score.

The fourth inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who ground out into a double play which has only ground out into double plays 9 times in this career in the fourth single. Voit hit into a double play. Sanchez ground out to third to end the half. At the bottom, Olson flew out to left-center on a running catch by Gardner. Gomes singled to left. Lowrie, with one out and one on, singled in front to Gardner moving Gomes to second base. Chapman singled to load the bases with A’s. A hop caused Urshela to not make a double play. It was Urshela’s second error of the year. Canha, with one out and the bases loaded, hit into a double play to get Monty out of trouble. No score. Upon review, Cana was safe at first, and Gomes scored. Pinder struck out, but the Athletics put a run on the board. Oakland 1 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Gardner, who ground out into the shift. Urshela was grounded out. Wade singled to right. LeMahieu ground out to short to end the half. At the bottom, Andrus ground out to second. Harrison singled to left. Marte singled in front of Judge. Olson lined out to third. Gomes, with two on and two outs, bounced out to second to end the inning. Oakland 1 Yankees 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth and popped out to the infield. Judge ground out to third. Gallo walked. Voit ground out. The bottom of the inning was scoreless for the Athletics.

Gary Sanchez led off the seventh and walked. Gardner struck out. Urshela struck out. A wild pitch advanced Sanchez to second. Anthony Rizzo pinch-hit for Wade and singled to left, driving in Sanchez to tie the game at one apiece as the A’s committed to errors in the same at-bat.  Rizzo went to second on the play. LeMahieu hit out to third to end the half, but the Yankee tied up the game. At the bottom, Pinder faced new Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisgia and singled to center. Andrus bunted out. Harrison flew out to Gallo in left. Marte lined to Urshela, who missed the ball. Pinder went to second. With two on and two outs and the great Ricky Henderson in the stands, Olson walked to load the bases. With four grand slams in his career, Gomes stuck out swinging, leaving the bases loaded and keeping the game tied at 1.

The eighth inning had Giancarlo Stanton at the plate, who lined out to short. Judge ground out to third for the third time on the night. Gallo walked. Voit went down swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Lowrie led off against new pitcher Chad Green and flew out to Gardner in center. Chapman ground out to Velazquez at short. Canha got an extra-base hit just over Gallo’s head in left. Kemp pinch-hitting for Pinder homered for a two-run lead for the A’s. Andrus ground out, but Kemp did the damage with his homer. Oakland 3 Yankees 1.

Gary Sanchez went down on strikes at the ninth, with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees. Gardner went down swinging. Urshela ground out to short to end the game and put the Yankees 6 games behind the Rays.

The final score was the Oakland Athletics 3 and the New York Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Deolis Guerra, and the loser was Chad Green. The save went to Andrew Chaffin.




New York Yankees 4 game series with the dangerous Athletics, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees are coming off 11 straight wins and have gone 28-8 since July 17th, escalated them to just 4.5 games behind the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox are 3 games behind the Yankees and the Blue Jays 8 back from the Yanks. The pitiful Baltimore Orioles will lose over 100 games this season.

During this winning period, the Yankees have faced some pretty tough teams. Late in July, they took a series from the Tampa Bay Rays; they beat the White Sox and Seattle Mariners and swept the Boston Red Sox. They also did what they needed to against the lesser Marlins, Royals, and Orioles. In addition, they are coming off a series win of the number 1 Atlanta Braves. Now tonight, they start a four-game weekend set against the dangerous Oakland Athletics.

Earlier in the month, the New York Yankees were fighting for that second wildcard berth with the Athletics. Since then, the Yankees a gotten the first berth, and the Athletics have slipped 1.5 games behind Boston for the second spot. The Yankees are playing their best baseball of the season, and the Athletics not so much, only going 2-8 in their last ten and losing four in a row.  But because the A’s have not been great recently, the Yankees can’t be complacent; the A’s are a very dangerous team at the Oakland Coliseum.

Tonight, August 26, 9:40 pm

Tonight the Yankees will start Jameson Taillon, who has been the Yankee’s best pitcher during their 28-8 winning streak. The righty is 8-4 with an ERA of 3.94 with 121 strikeouts. The Yankees have won all of his last seven starts. He is coming off his 8th win of the season against the Minnesota Twins, although he gave up three runs in 5.1 innings of work. Tonight is the exact same matchup as when the Yankees met up with the A’s on June 18th. The Yankees lost that game, but Taillon only gave up two runs. Wandy Peralta took the loss when he gave up 3 runs in the sixth inning.

Taillon will face one of the Athletics’ best pitchers in righty James Kaprielian who is 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Kaprielian is coming off three straight wins, two against the Rangers and the most recent against the Giants. Kappy isn’t going to be happy when he sees Joey Gallo as a Yankee. Gallo has 7 at-bats against him, hitting .571. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge have also hit .333 against the righty.

Friday, August 27, 9:40 pm

Friday night, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will be on the mound for his third start since coming off the Covid list. Cole is  12-6 with a 2.92 ERA and an incredible 191 strikeouts. Cole has the second-most strikeouts in the American League. Cole has not faced the Athletics this season. In the past, only Elvis Andrus has hit well off of Cole.

Cole will face lefty Sean Manaea; he is 8-8 with an ERA of 3.77 and 151 strikeouts. Manaea is coming off two losses in a row. In the Rangers loss, he gave up seven earned runs in 5 innings of work.  The last time he faced the Yankees on June 20, he took the loss. Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and Gary Sanchez have pretty much had their way with Manaea all going .333 or better off him.

Saturday, August 28, 4:07 pm

The Saturday matinee will pit Nestor Cortes Jr. against Frankie Montas. Cortes has been a blessing for the Yankees since taking over for the injured Corey Kluber. The Yankees won 6 of his 8 starts as he was stretched from being a reliever to a starter. His last win was against the Twins when he threw 104 pitches, getting seven strikeouts giving up only 2 runs. Half of the A’s have never seen Cortes pitch. Only Matt Olsen has been successful off him.

Cortes will face Frankie Montas, 9-9, with an ERA of 3.84 and 161 strikeouts. Only the ex-Ranger Yankees have faced Montas, Rougie Odor, and Joey Gallo have hit well off of him.  Montes is coming off two straight losses, one against the White Sox and one against the Giants.

Sunday, August 29, 7:08 pm

Sunday evening’s game will feature Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees and Paul Blackburn for the A’s. “Monty” is a lefty that is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.69 and 123 strikeouts. As suggested by his ERA, Monty is a better pitcher than his record. For all Yankee pitchers, he has the misfortune of getting the least run support. The Yankees had won his last four starts, including his most recent won over the Atlanta Braves when he gave up just one run. Josh Lorie and Matt Olson have Montgomery’s number.

Paul Blackburn, a righty, has a limited record of 0-1 with an ERa of 4.09 and 8 strikeouts. Blackburn has only pitched two games for the A’s, losing both of them. Blackburn has an odd baseball history kicking around for 8 years that injuries have marred. He hit the majors 5 years ago with the A’s, but he has only pitched 23 innings in those five years. Only Rougie Odor has seen him pitch; he has a .333 average off him.

Notes: All game times given are Eastern Daylight Time. The Thursday and Friday games are televised on the YES Network and NBCSCA in California. Saturday will be on NBCSCA and in the New York area on WPIX and its affiliates. The Sunday night game will be nationally televised only on ESPN. When the New York Yankees conclude this series they will move on to Los Angeles to play a 3-game series with the Angels, before returning to the Stadium to play the Orioles.

New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton powers the Yankees to their 10th win in a row

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Santon

Tonight the New York Yankees started a short two-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. This after winning nine games in a row and becoming the winningest baseball team in baseball. They are 26-8 since July 17th. Just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Now they face the first-place team in the NL East. The Yankees put Jordan Montgomery on the mound to face the Braves Huascar Ynoa. The Yankees hoped to do quick work out of this series before going on to a west coast swing. The Yankees won their 10th in a row 5-1.

In the first inning, Ynoa faced DJ LeMahieu, who struck out looking. Anthony Rizzo flew out to left field. Aaron Judge singled for his 15th game in a row on base. Judge stole second. The Yankees have more stolen bases in the second half than any team in baseball. Joey Gallo went down on strikes leaving one on base. At the bottom, Ozzie Albies ground out on the first Montgomery pitch. Jorge Soler walked. Freddie Freeman hit into a force out at second. Austin Riley struck out swinging for the final out of the inning. No score.

Giancarlo Stanton led the second, who homered to right field for the early Yankee lead in the game. Gary Sanchez ground out to short Rougie Odor popped out to right-center. Andrew Velazquez went down looking, but the Yankees got a run in the inning. At the bottom, Dansby Swanson got a run tying home run to right. Adam Duvall flew out to Stanton in right. William Contreras walked. Guillermo Heredia flew out to a running Joey Gallo for the second out. Huascar Ynoa struck out swinging. New York Yankees 1 Atlanta Braves 1.

Pitcher Jordan Montgomery led off the third inning by going out swinging. LeMahieu ground out to left. Rizzo went down on strikes for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Braves. Albies flew out to Stanton in right. Soler flew out to a running Judge in center. Freeman ground out to first to end the scoreless inning, a 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Yankees 1 Braves 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Aaron Juge, who ground out to short. Joey Gallo went down swinging. Stanton struck out for a quick inning for Ynoa. At the bottom, Riley ground out to short. Swanson flew out to short. Duvall walked. Contreras struck out. The bottom of the inning was scoreless for the Yankees.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. Jordan Montgomery went five full innings allowing two hits and one run.

At the top of the sixth, LeMahieu singled. Rizzo struck out. Judge flew out to shallow center. Gallo walked bringing up Stanton with two on and two outs; he got a two-run double, scoring LeMahieu and Gallo for the two-run lead by the Yankees. Stanton, with his homer in the second, had scored all the runs in the game. Sanchez struck out swinging, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Riley against Jonathan Loaisgia struck out swinging. Swanson went down on strikes. Duvall singled to left. With one on and two outs, Contreras ground out to Velazques, who flipped to second for the final out. New York Yankees 3 Atlanta Braves 1.

In the seventh inning, Odor led off against new Braves pitcher AJ Minter by going down swinging. Velazquez flew out to the warning track in from of the bullpen. Then, Brett Gardner that replaced Judge in center went down on strikes. Heredia led off the bottom of the seventh by tapping back to Loaisiga. Joc Pederson pinch-hitting for the pitcher tapped into Sanchez’s glove for out number two. Albies struck out swinging. Yankees 3 Braves 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning again Edgar Santana and flew out to center. Rizzo ground out to second. Judge got a base hit to left. Gallo walked. A balk moved the runners up. Luke Voit pinch-hitting for Loaisgia walked the bases loaded for Sanchez. Sanchez facing new Braves pitcher Jessie Chavez and singled to left with the bases loaded and two outs, scoring both Judge and Gallo for the Yankees 4 run lead. Odor flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom Soler with Wandy Peralta on the mound, singled to center. Freeman hit into a 5-6-3 double play. Riley doubled to right-center. Swanson stuck out swinging. New York Yankees 5 Braves 1.

The top of the ninth inning was led off by Velazquez, who lined out to left field. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu walked. Rizzo struck out swinging. At the bottom, with closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Duvall was called out on strikes. Contreras ground out to Velazquez at short for the second out. Heredia ground out to short to end the game and get the Yankees their 10th win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 1. The winning pitcher was Jordan Montgomery, and the loser was Huascar Ynoa.




New York Yankees: All the latest Yankee news in one place

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Yankees to start 10-day road trip

The New York Yankees start a 10-day road trip today after going 9-1 in their last ten games. They have won series after series and are most recently off a series win over the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are the winningest team in baseball after going 26-8 since July 17th.

This will be a tough road trip for the Yankees; first, they face two excellent pitchers for the Atlanta Braves during a short two-game series. Tonight Jordan Montgomery starts against Huascar Ynoa. Tuesday night’s game will pit Andrew Heaney against Yankee killer Charlie Morton. After the Braves series, they will play three games with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to Yankee Stadium and a series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Luis Severino to get checked out again

Luis Severino’s long-awaited return to the Yankees may have to be put on hold again as pitching this season seems less and less likely. Manager Boone has let be known that Luis Severino will reportedly fly across the country to California this week to get an in-person examination from Dr. Neal ElAttrache who is an Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He is also Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Severino, this will be a second opinion.

Severino has been out from the Yankees since his Tommy John surgery at the beginning of 2019, not allow him to play at all in 2019 and 2020. Since then, he has been struggling to get back with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman recently said he expected Severino back with the team by September 1st. But that went down the drain when he strained his groin in a rehab assignment in June. Then, last week he pulled himself from a rehab game due to shoulder tightness. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage, but whether he pitches again this season might be evident after this in-person check out at Cedar Sinai and a clean bill of health.

Anthony Volpe showing off

We all know that Yankee prospect Luis Gil has been showing off for the Yankees in his first few games pitched as a starter. But Gil is not the only Yankee prospect that is shining this season. Anthony Volpe that grew up idolizing shortstop Derek Jeter is making a name for himself with the Hudson Valley Renegades; he has an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 20 homers and 28 steals in the minors this year. That puts himself right up there with Jasson Dominguez as the Yankees’ number one prospect. Some of his success is due to his work during the 2020 season when there were no minor league games.

Rays Injury news good news for the Yankees

In baseball, you never want to see anyone on any team injured, but that fact remains a deterrent to one team and benefits another. The Rays have reported Right-hander Chris Archer lasted just two innings Sunday in his return from the IL. Archer left the game with hip soreness. He will be checked out by doctors as the Rays are concerned he may have more hip trouble. Although the Rays are in first place they have had pitching concerns ever since ace Tyler Glasnow need Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season.

On top of that, Yankee killer Ji-Man Choi left Sunday’s game with left hamstring tightness. According to Ray’s manager Kevin Cash when he hit a double and getting to second base, it grabbed him and continued to tighten up. Choi was hitting .250 this season with nine home runs in 64 games. Add to that the recently obtained Nelson Cruz has landed on the Covid-19 list. These are critical problems for the Rays as they try to protect their 4.5 game lead ahead of the Yankees.

Yankees latest injury updates

A pitch hit Gardner’s right elbow and forced him out of the game in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Twins on Friday night. On Saturday, he was still out of the lineup. Manager Boone has said that he doesn’t feel it’s too serious and will not be put on the IL. Instead, he will travel with the team on their road trip and likely see action on the west coast.

The Yankees star player Gio Urshela is advancing in his rehab. Yesterday with the Somerset Patriots, he went 3 for 4 with a double and scoring a run. He looked good in rehab from a hamstring injury. A date for his return to the team has not been announced.

Gleyber Torres is advancing in his rehab from an injured thumb caused by a bad slide into second base. On Friday, he took dry swings and did some infield work. No timeline has been given for his return either.

Yankees wild card stock is rising

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row and their tenth series in a row, being the best performing team in baseball. They have gone from nearly 10 games behind in the AL East to just 4.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. From July 17th to the present, they have a 26-8 record. During the span, the Yankees have gone from 3 1/2 out of the second wild-card slot to 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox for the first wild card spot.

Donaldson making an ass out of himself

The New York Post reports that New York Porch Sport, the Donaldson, has blasted the New York Yankees and ace Gerrit Cole. Apparently, he was embarrassed by his play against Cole in the Minnesota Twins series. Earlier in the year, he accused Cole of using sticky stuff. Now he made this statement:

“Yeah of course he’s still using that stuff,” Donaldson said of Cole. “I know my capabilities. The only way to make me look so feeble at the plate is to have a bit of extracurricular help. I’m sending my findings to Manfred soon.”

More playing time has paid off for Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade has always been a useful utility player for the Yankees for the past few years. But with injuries to both Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres, Wade has finally played enough game to show what he is worth to the Yankees. And that is just not his excellent defense in the field, but now playing more games, he has shown that he can hit also. He has raised his batting average from below .200 to .278. He has 15 hits and 4 extra-base hits during August. Saturday against the Twins, Wade started in left field, giving a day of rest to Joey Gallo. He went 2 for 4, one a double, and one RBI. Wade has been one of the best Yankee hitters in this month, going .500 since August 3rd.

New York Yankees: Yankees start a 10-day road trip, here’s the preview

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row fighting some difficult teams like the White Sox, Red Sox, and to a lesser degree, the Minnesota Twins. However, for the Yankees, there won’t be any letup as they face a difficult 10-day road trip. First, today they will start a short two-game series in Atlanta against two outstanding Braves pitchers. Then they will move on to the west coast to face both the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to the Stadium to play the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees have now fallen back to 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East due to not playing yesterday because of hurricane Henri. However, the Rays did play, and they shut out the White Sox, causing the half-game drop back in the standings. Now today, the Yankees will have a big test against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have a comfortable lead in the NL East, going 9-1 in their last ten games, matching the Yankees winning record for the span.  However, the Braves have the edge in this series as the Yankees will face two pitchers with winning records.

Tonight, August 23, 7:20 pm:

Tonight New York Yankees fans will see Jordan Montgomery face the Brave’s Huascar Ynoa at Truist Park in Atlanta. The lefty Montgomery is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.77. The Yankees have won many more games that were pitched by “Monty” than the record shows; he has gotten none to very little run support in his games. The Yankees have won 14 of his starts. Montgomery is coming off three straight Yankees wins against the Rays, Marlins, and Red Sox. No Braves player has ever hit a home run off Jordan.

Montgomery will face Huascar Ynoa, a righty with a 4-2 record and a low ERA of 2.40. Until last week, Ynoa hadn’t pitched since May 16th, when he exited a game with a fractured right hand that kept him on the shelf for 3 months. He returned to play on August 17th, a game he won against the Miami Marlins, not giving up a run in 5.1 innings of work. Few Yankees have seen Ynoa pitch, but DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo have both hit well off him. Gary Sanchez faced him once, getting homer off the righty. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports South, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, August 24, 7:20 pm:  

Tuesday night Andrew Heaney will face Yankee killer Charlie Morton. Heaney is a lefty that is 8-8 with an elevated 5.51 ERA. Since coming to the Yankees from the Angels, Heany had not pitched well, although he had his best outing on August 18th when he gave up just one run in 7 innings of work against the Boston Red Sox. In his previous game, he gave up seven runs in just five innings against the White Sox. If he has a benefit in this game, it’s that few Braves have seen him pitch.

Heaney will have his hands full trying to outlast the Braves, Charlie Morton. Morton, in his career, has been a Yankee killer for both the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays. With the Braves, he is 12-4 with an ERA of 3.47 and 164 strikeouts this season. He is coming off two straight wins against the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs per game. DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner have been relatively successful off him. Aaron Judge has a .067 batting average against him 15 at-bats. That one hit was a home run.

The Yankees faced Morton on April 20 in a game they won, although Morton only gave up one run. His bullpen failed him. The game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports South, and MLBN out of market.

When the New York Yankees finish this short series, they will fly out west to face the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. The first two night games will be at 9:40 pm EDT at Oakland Coliseum.

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 Recap: Yankees pull out a win in first game of a doubleheader (video)

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

After a series win over the Chicago White Sox and a win in a makeup game with the Los Angeles Angels last night today, the New York Yankees entered what could be a pivotal three-game series. The three-game series could go a long way to who will secure a wild card berth. Today will be a day-night doubleheader; if the Yankees win both, they will be even with the Red Sox in the race. Game one had Jordan Montgomery on the mound in his first game returning from the Covid list. He faced Tanner Houck. The Yankees won it 5-3.

Leading off for the Red Sox was Kiki Hernandez, who ground out on the first pitch. Then, Hunter Renfroe got a base hit to left. Next, Xander Bogaerts went down on strikes. Next, Rafael Devers singled, but Renfroe was tagged out by Velaquez trying to reach third to end the inning. At the bottom, with Tanner Houck on the mound, DJ LeMahieu ground out to third. Brett Gardner also ground out to third, as did Aaron Judge to end the inning with no score.

At the top of the second, JT Martinez went down on strikes. Kyle Schwarber was called out on strikes, but a wild pitch allowed him to get to first, where he was called safe, but on review, he was out. Christian Vázquez flew out to right field. At the bottom, Joey Gallo led off by flying out to center field. Luke Voit was hit by the first pitch he saw. Rougie Odor hit a single to center, moving Voit to second. In his return from the Covid list, Gary Sanchez lined directly to third, holding the runners. Now with two outs, Tyler Wade singled, loading the bases. Andrew Velazquez got two-run single driving in Voit and Odor. LeMahieu popped out to end the inning, but the kid from the Bronx, Velaquez, created his own field of dreams with his family in the stands. New York Yankees 2 Boston Red Sox 0. Velazquez got hugs from third base coach Phil Nevin.

Alex Verdugo led off the third inning by grounding out to second.  Bobby Dalbec singled beyond short. Hernandez walked. Renfroe tapped to Monty for the second out as the runners moved up. Bogaerts got a two-run single, but Bogaerts was out at first as Sanchez fired. New York Yankees 2 Red Sox 2.

At the bottom of the third, Gardner tapped back to Houck. Judge struck out swinging. Gallo flew out to center, keeping the game tied at 2.

Devers led off the fourth inning popped out to Sanchez. Martinez went down on strikes. Schwarber struck out as the Red Sox went down 1-2-3. At the bottom,  Luke Voit struck out. Rougie Odor singled. Sanchez ground out. Tyler Wade singled, and Velaquez flew out to center to end the inning.

Vazquez led the fifth inning, who homed to the left-field stands for a solo shot, putting the Sox up by a run. Verdugo hit a line drive out to Odor. Dalbec struck out. Hernandez walked, and that was the day for Montgomery, as Aaron Boone called in Albert Abreu to face Renfroe, who flew out to Judge to end the half.

At the bottom, with Garrett Whitlock on the mound, LeMahieu struck out. Gardner walked. Judge walked. With Gallo coming up, Cora went with Josh Taylor; Gallo walked the bases loaded. With the bases loaded and one out, Voit got a bloop single to center, scoring Gardner and Judge as the Yankees took the lead in the game. Giancarlo Stanton pinch-hitting for Odor with men on the corners and one out singled to center, driving in Gallo. Jonathan Davis was brought in to pinch-run for Stanton. Cora again went to the bullpen for Hansel Robles to face Gary Sanchez, who struck out. Tyler Wade, with two on and two outs, walked. Velaquez struck out to finally end the inning, but the Yankees picked up 3 runs in the half to go ahead in the game. New York Yankees 5 Red Sox 3.

In the sixth inning, with Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound, Bogaerts struck out. Devers ground out to short, and Martinez lined out to Velaquez at short. At the bottom, it was the top of the order for the Yankees. LeMahieu against Robles singled to left. Gardner walked with LeMahieu taking second. Judge struck out. Again Cora went to the bullpen to have lefty Austin Davis face lefty Joey Gallo. Gallo struck out for the second out of the inning. Then the lefty had to face the righty Luke Voit who walked to load the bases for the Yankees again. Jonathan Davis brought in as a pinch-runner struck out, leaving the bases loaded. Yankees 5 Red Sox 3.

Schwarber led off the seventh and final inning of the game with Jonathan Loaisgia in for the close and singled to short. Vazquez singled to Judge in right, with Schwarber stopping at second. Arauz pinch ran for Vazquez. Verdugo singled, loading the bases with no outs in the seventh. Travis Shaw pinch-hitting flew out to Gardner, but Gardner’s arm held the runners. Hernandez struck out. Renfroe struck out to get Loaisiga out of the inning unscathed. The Yankees win!!!

Nothing comes easy for the New York Yankees, but they get the win. The final score was New York Yankees 5 and the Boston Red Sox 3. The winning pitcher was Albert Abreu, the loser was Whitlock, and the save went to Jonathan Loaisiga (5). The video below is Velazquez’s two-run shot in the second.



New York Yankees: Two teams, four games, here’s the preview

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

Today was supposed to be a much-needed day off for the New York Yankees, but today they will play a makeup game with the Los Angeles Angels. The game was made necessary due to a rainout when they last met in June at the Stadium. Tomorrow the Yankees will start a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. The Angels are 12 1/2 out in the AL West, and the Yankees are 5.5 games out in the AL East; every game is important, but if the Yankees can sweep the Red Sox, they will take over second place in the East division.

Tonight, August 16, 7:05 pm:

Tonight, at Yankee Stadium, we will see the return off the Covid list of Yankee ace Gerrit Cole. Cole had not pitched since July 29th, when he lost to the Tampa Bay Rays. While on the Covid list, although he hasn’t pitched, he could throw the ball at home during his time away. This season he is 10-6  with a 3.11 ERA and an incredible 176 strikeouts. The Yankees hope Cole will return to form in tonight’s game.

Cole will be facing the Angels Jose Suarez, a lefty that is 5-5 with a 3.90 ERA for the Angels in 15 games. He is coming off a loss on the 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays. Suarez typically gives up a lot of run and home runs as well. The Angels have lost 8 of his starts. DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton have hit well off Suarez.

Tuesday, August 17, 1:05 pm., game one:

On Tuesday, the first game of a day-night doubleheader will feature pitching sensation prospect Luis Gil on the mound for the Yankees. The righty is 1-0 with a Zero ERA and 14 strikeouts in two starts against the Orioles and Mariners. Gil has been the replacement for Gerrit Cole while he was on the Covid list. He has given the Yankees more than they could have asked for and now earns another start.

The Red Sox has not announced a starter for the game. The game will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, August 17, 7:05 pm., game two:

The night installment of the doubleheader will see the return of Jordan Montgomery from the Covid list. The lefty is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.69 and 115 strikeouts. “Monty” pitches much better than the record would suggest. He has gotten very little run support in most of his games. The Yankees hope the rest will allow Montgomery to have a good start tomorrow night. He is coming off of two wins, one against the Rays and one against the Marlins.

The Red Sox have not announced a starter for this game either. The game will be televised by WPIX and its affiliates in the New York area, NESN, and MLBN out of market.

Wednesday, August 18, 7:05 pm:

In this game, the tables are turned on the Red Sox as they have announced their starter, but the Yankees haven’t. This is largely because the Yankees don’t have a reliable starter for the game. It would normally be Andrew Heaney’s start, but that will likely not be the case with how poorly he has pitched. So instead, it could end up being a bullpen game started by either Lucas Luetge or Wandy Peralta. For both, it would be their second start.

The Red Sox will start Nick Pivetta, one of their best starters. He is a righty with a 9-5 record, an ERA of 4.20, and 139 strikeouts. He is coming off a six-inning outing win against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees have not faced Pivetta this season. DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton have both hit well off of Pivetta in the past. Wednesday night’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN. It will also be on the YES Network and NESN.

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees sweep of Miami

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game in Miami against the Marlins, hoping for a sweep after only being able to sweep four of ten possibilities. Instead, they got that sweep as they head into long homestand tonight. The Yankees won the first game 3-1, the second 4-2, and last night Jordan Montgomery led the Yankees in another 3-1 win to complete the sweep. The Yankees are now 56-48, 7 games behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. They have won 6 of their last 10 games and are 2.5 games out of the second wild-card slot.

Will Yankee fans show the love?

By the trade deadline, most industry analysts believe that the New York Yankees were the AL winners in improving their team by the deadline. This deadline is different from previous years, where teams could still trade after the deadline to acquire players off of waivers. However, that is not the case this year; the team they have at the deadline is the team they will live with for the rest of the season.

The Yankees picked up three new pitchers and two lefty hitters to add to the lineup. As a result, the Yankees can now produce a lineup with five lefty hitters, should the need arise. Two of those new Yankees are Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. Gallo, who the Yankees got from the Rangers, has had a solid defensive start for the Yankees, but only last night did he get his first hit, a double in the seventh that almost topped the centerfield wall for a homer.

The other new New York Yankee hitter is Anthony Rizzo; he has been nothing short of amazing, almost single handily winning all three Marlin games for the Yankees in his Yankee debut weekend. He homered in the first game, homered in the second game, going five for five at the plate, and last night although not homering, he, with the Yankees scoreless to start the eighth inning, supplied the go-ahead run for the Yankee lead that they would not relinquish.

Today the New York Yankees return to Yankees Stadium in the Bronx to face the Baltimore Orioles. Yankee fans are some of the toughest fans in baseball, showing their disappointment when the team or a particular player is not playing well, but at the same time, they are not shy of showing their love. So when Anthony Rizzo takes to the field at first base, he will surely be welcomed; the only question is how loud a welcome he gets when he walks to the plate at the bottom of the first inning.

Montgomery has another good outing

Poor Jordan Montgomery struggled to find his way in the first inning, giving up a run, but then settled in and gave the Yankees a shot at winning the game. He pitched well as he found his curveball. In the end, he went five innings giving up just that one run while striking out six. But again, he got no runs support at all. The Yankees didn’t score until the eighth inning.

Montgomery has now given up 10 runs in his last 32.5 innings with absolutely no run support at all. Over the span, he has a .057 ERA. Last night, new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez (J-Rod) got the won after throwing just one pitch for the Yankees to add insult to injury. Life isn’t fair.

Yankees lose a starter to the IL

Last night it was announced that Yankee starter Domingo German was being put on the 10 IL for right shoulder inflammation. Manager Aaron Boone said German would get an MRI exam in New York on Monday. After the Yankees did not make any significant pitching upgrades by the trade deadline, this is just another blow to the rotation this season. However, this type of injury is not totally unexpected as pitchers all over baseball adjust to playing a 162 game season after only going 60 games last season.

New New York Yankee starter Andrew Heaney, a lefty with a 6-7 record with an ERA of 5.27 and 113 strikeouts, will start tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. German’s next scheduled start is for the first game at the Stadium against the Seattle Mariners; on August 5, Nestor Cortes Jr will most likely be started.

Yankees made the plays

Although the Yankees did not score until the eighth, mostly due to Sandy Alcantara’s superb pitching, the scoreless innings still supplied some excitement. Although Brett Gardner was overshadowed by the play of Tyler Wad and Anthony Rizzo, Gardner has an excellent game; he ran down fly balls and even climbed the wall once getting an out. He also led off the rally in the eighth that eventually got the win for the Yankees.

At times during the night, Tyler Wade and Anthony Rizzo put on a show, making challenging plays. Tyler Wade, who is not a natural third baseman, completed an almost impossible play that a Gold Glove third baseman might not make. At the Marlins, half of the eighth Chisholm hit into a double play to end the inning. Rizzo made a spectacular scoop, fired to second, and made the catch to complete the double play. Rizzo is the real deal.

In the pitching department, Aroldis Chapman got his 22nd save of the season.