New York Yankees 9/18: 3 Major takeaways from a powerful win over the Indians

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

Last night after a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Orioles and falling out of a wild-card berth, the New York Yankees entered a new series with the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees had a new urgency and a mission to get back into wild-card contention; they did that and, in a big way, shutting out the Indians 8-0. The Yankees can take away several positives in the win.

Corey Kluber returning to form?

After not pitching for nearly two years, Corey Kluber got off to a slow start with the Yankees, but gradually got better and better to the point he had a no-hitter, the Yankees first since David Cone’s perfect game 22 years ago. But then Kluber went in the IL with a shoulder strain.

Kluber ended up nursing that shoulder for three months before he returned to the team, missing half of the season. Since his return, he struggled. In his second to the last start, he showed some early improvement. Last night he showed a huge improvement. He looked like an ace, pitching six full innings only allowing 4 hits in his scoreless outing. Last night Kluber showed he could be impactful as a number two starter should the Yankees reach the postseason.

Michael King for two innings and Lucas Luetge were masterful in relief.

The nail-biting disappeared for once

The New York Yankees have been winning games all season long by just a run or two, creating nail-biting win after nail-biting, many not decided until the ninth inning or beyond. The Yankees have won 84 games this season, 72 of them by 1 or two runs.

Last night that changed in a big way; the Yankees shut out the Indians, hitting five home runs in the game; it was the second time in a week that they beat their opponent by five or more runs. This is encouraging as the Yankees are starting to look like the Bronx Bombers again. Last night the hot Brett Gardner homered. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit homers. However, Joey Gallo topped them by hitting two long balls. For Gallo, it was his fifth homer in as many games.

Yankees looking forward to the postseason

Last night the Yankees got back a wild card berth as they won big over the Cleveland Indians while the surging Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Minnesota Twins. This is good news but make no mistake about it; the Yankees have much more to do. The first step is getting back the home-field advantage in the wild card. To do that, they must keep winning games. With only fourteen games left in the regular season, they have to win all of their remaining series at least.

The Yankees have reasons to believe this can happen. First, they have found that ace Gerrit Cole is not injured, and the second starter in the rotation, Corey Kluber, seems to be returning to form. Although still inconsistent, there are signs that the Yankee’s powerful lineup is again becoming powerful. Also, on the pitching front, it appears that ex-ace Luis Severino will be ready to be supportive in the bullpen by the postseason. There are also pitching arms Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt who could help shore up a fatigued bullpen. Jonathan Loaisiga is still a question mark.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Bronx Bombers shut out the Indians 8-0

joey gallo, yankees

The New York Yankees had fallen out of a walk card berth and, tonight, entered a new series, with a new urgency to get back into one of those postseason spots. Tonight the Yankees took on the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium with that goal in mind. Corey Kluber took the mound for the Yankees facing the Indians’ Zach Plesac.

In the first inning, Kluber faced Myles Straw; he flew out to Gallo in left. Brad Zimmer struck out when he couldn’t hold up. Jose Ramirez singled and immediately stole second. Franmil Reyes tapped back to Kluber to end the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off with a single up the middle. Anthony Rizzo flew out to right. Aaron Judge singled to left, moving DJ to second base. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a 4-3-6 double play to strand two batters. No score.

Bobby Bradley led the second inning, who reached on an E3 when the hit tipped off Rizzo’s glove. Harold Ramirez flew out to Judge, and Judge fired in getting Bradley out at first. Two outs. Owen Miller flew out to center to end the half. In the bottom, Joey Gallo led off by hitting his 36th home run of the season into the second deck in right. Gleyber Torres ground out to second. Gio Urshela ground out to first. Brett Gardner ground out to third base. New York Yankees 1 Indians 0.

Leading off the third inning was Robert Perez, who singled to center field. A pitch hit Andres Gimenez. Straw with two on and no outs struck out. Zimmer flew out to Judge in right with the runners, not challenging Judge. Jose Ramirez lined out to second, assisted by Kluber to end the half. At the bottom, Kyle Higashioka led off by going down on strikes. LeMahieu popped out to second. Rizzo flew out to right to end the inning. Yankees 1 Indians 0.

Franmil Reyes led off the fourth by striking out. Bradley struck out. H. Ramirez singled up the middle. Miller popped out to Rizzo to end the half. Aaron Judge led off the bottom and homered the other way for his 35th of the season. Stanton went down on strikes. Gallo, who homered in the second, flew out to left. Torres stuck out swinging, but the Yankees picked up another run off of Judge’s home run. New York Yankees 2 Indians 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Perez, who worked a walk. Gimenez singled up the middle. Straw with two on and no outs hit into a double play with Perez moving to third. Zimmer ground out to second to end the half stranding Perez at third. Urshela led off the bottom of the fifth by singling up the middle. Gardner went down on three pitches. Higashioka gave one a ride, but it was caught at the right-centerfield wall. LeMahieu ground to first to end the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 0.

Jose Ramirez was at the plate for the sixth inning with Kluber still on the mound and walked. Reyes hit into a double play. Bradley flew out to Gallo to end the half. At the bottom, Rizzo ground out to first. Judge struck out. Stanton tipped back into the catcher’s glove, and that was it for the sixth. Yankees 2 Indians 0.

Harold Ramirez led off the seventh by facing new Yankee pitcher Michael King and went down on strikes. Miller ground out to third. Perez lined out directly to Torres at second. At the bottom, Gallo led off by singling to first. Torres walked. Urshela singled to center field, scoring Joey Gallo for the Yankee’s three run lead. With one in, two on, and no outs, Gardner hit a two-run homer to the short porch at the stadium. Higashioka struck out. LeMahieu ground out to center. Rizzo was out on a slow roller to second. New York Yankees 6 Indians 0.

The eighth inning was led off by Gimenez going down looking. Straw struck out. Zimmer flew out to Gardner, almost having a collision with Gallo. At the bottom, Judge led off by flying out to the warning track in right. Stanton homered into the left-field stands. Then Gallo had a back-to-back home run to right-center into the bullpen. Torres singled to center. Urshela, with still only one out, flew out to center. Gardner walked. Higashioka went down on strikes. New York Yankees 8 and the Cleveland Indians 0.

With the last licks on the line for the Indians in the top of the ninth, the Indian’s best player took to the plate and ground out to Urshela. Reyes flew out to Gallo in left. Yu Chang pinch-hitting for Bradley struck out to give the Yankees the shut out.

The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Cleveland Indians 0. The winning pitcher was Corey Kluber, and the loser was Zach Plesac.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees powerhouse win over the Orioles

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Baltimore Orioles with an urgency to win over a team they should win over. The Yankees have a relatively easy next 9 games with the O’s, the Indians, and the Rangers. These are all games the Yankees should win before facing a difficult end of the season against the Red Sox, Jays, and Rays. They need to at least win these 3 upcoming series to stay in contention for a wild-card berth. Last night they took the first step toward that goal by besting the Orioles 7-2.

Gerrit Cole wasn’t great, but it didn’t matter

New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole’s night did not start well. Cole had the luxury of first stepping to the mound with a two-run lead, but he almost blew it. Cedrick Mullins faced Cole and doubled to the left-field wall. Ryan Mountcastle popped out to first. Anthony Santander ground out, but Mullins advanced. Trey Mancini, with two outs and a man on third, walked. Austin Hays walked to load the bases. Ramon Urias struck out to get Cole out of a bases-loaded jam. New York Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

It was evident from the start that Cole did not have his best stuff working. After the first inning, Cole was pretty much what a Yankee ace is supposed to be. Cole managed five innings of shaky ball, giving up just one run, walking three while striking out seven Oriole’s batters. He lowered his ERA and got the win in the game. The only thing he didn’t accomplish was helping out the bullpen by going deep into the game. He had 108 pitches, 62 for strikes in his 5 innings of work.

The real Yankee pitching hero of the night was Michael King. With Cole only going 5 innings, it might have taken four or five relievers from an already overworked bullpen to close out the game. But King came in and pitched a brilliant three innings in relief, not allowing a single hit. Some might question why Aaron Boone did not allow King to close out the game as he was a stretched-out reliever with only 47 pitches. Boone brought in Sal Romano, who only lasted one out, giving up a run on two hits, requiring Boone to bring in Aroldis Chapman to close out the game.

Home runs power the Yankees

1-2-3-4-5, count ’em five home runs power the Yankees to a win in the first game of a 3 game set against the Baltimore Orioles. Aaron Judge started the power assault with a two-run homer in the first inning, driving in DJ LeMahieu. The third inning was devastating for Orioles’ starter Alexander Wells. Giancarlo Stanton stepped to the mound and crushed one into the left-field stands, scoring another two runs. To add insult to injury, Luke Voit then got a solo back-to-back shot, putting Wells into a five-run hole.

But the New York Yankees were not done. In the eighth inning, Joey Gallo got his 34th homer of the season. Finally, in the top of the ninth, DJ LeMahieu deposited a long ball into the left-field stands for his 10th homer of the season and giving the Yankees nine players with double-digit home runs.

Torres moved, but the same result

The New York Yankees rearranged the entire infield for one player, Gleyber Torres. The main reason was to relieve stress on Torres that they thought his excessive errors at short might be affecting his poor hitting behind the plate. Manager Boone even announced that the change would be for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, the experiment didn’t work. Torres possibly made his worst performance error at his new position when he bobbled an easy double-play ball.

Torres’s move to second also meant that Gold Glover DJ LeMahieu was moved off of second base to the hot corner. That move caused stellar third baseman Gio Urshela to move to shortstop. Both of these players proved earlier that they could handle their new positions. In the remaining days of the season, we will have to see how this experiment works out, but it didn’t look good for Torres last night.

Notes: Sal Romano earlier yesterday was awarded a Major League contract from the Yankees. The contract was worth $583K after earning just $47K in 2020. Luckily for the Yankees, the contract is for only one year. Last night on the first night of that contract Boone called him out to close the game, he pitched horribly lasting only 1/3 of an inning, requiring Chapman to close out the game.

Tonight the Yankees will face off with the Orioles in game two at Camden Yards. Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees and John Means for the Orioles. The 7:05 pm EDT game will be televised on the YES Network and MASN.

New York Yankees Recap: Homers are king as Yankees win over the Orioles

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees entered a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Camden Yards in Baltimore. After a win against the Minnesota Twins last night, the Yankees hoped to continue with another win tonight. The Yankees had a dramatic come-from-behind win, and that same energy was hoped to propel them to another winning streak against the Orioles, who will lose at least 110 games this season. Gerrit Cole was on the mound for the Yankees and Alexander Wells for the Orioles. The Yankees homered their way to a 7-2 win over the Orioles.

DJ LeMahieu led off the first with Wells on the mound and singled to left. Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer for his 34th of the year. Anthoney Rizzo singled to center. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. Luke Voit lined out to short. Joey Gallo flew out to left, but the Yankees picked up two runs in the half. At the bottom, Cedrick Mullins faced Cole and doubled to the left-field wall. Ryan Mountcastle popped out to first. Anthony Santander ground out, but Mullins advanced. Trey Mancini, with two outs and a man on third, walked. Austin Hays walked to load the bases. Ramon Urias struck out to get Cole out of a bases-loaded jam. New York Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

At the top of the second inning, Gleyber Torres stuck out. Gio Urshela singled to right. Gary Sanchez flew out to right-center. Higashioka ground out to second. LeMahieu flew out to Mullins. At the bottom, Pedro Severino ground out. Pat Valaika ground out. The bottom was scoreless off of Cole. New York Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

In the third inning, Stanton, with one on, hit a two-run homer to left. Luke Voit followed him with a homer of his own, a solo shot for his 10th of the season. At the bottom, the Baltimore Orioles remained scoreless. New York Yankees 5 Orioles 0.

The Yankees had a scoreless fourth inning. DJ Stewart ground out to lead off the fourth inning. Austin Hays stuck out. Urias singled to Stanton in left field. Urias struck out. Pedro Severino ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Orioles 0.

Stanton, against new pitcher Erick Handhold in the fifth inning, singled up the middle. Voit ground out for a double play to left. . Joey Gallo ground out to center. Cole at the bottom faced Valaika, who got a single in front of Stanton in left. Gutierrez popped out to center. Mullins went down swinging. Mountcastle doubled down the left-field line to drive in Valaika, getting the Baltimore Orioles on the scoreboard. Santander walked on Cole’s 103rdd pitch. Stewart, with two on and two outs, stuck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Orioles 1.

The sixth inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who ground out to short. Urshela singled up the middle. Higashioka singled to right field. LeMahieu hit into a double play to end the half. Austin Hays led off the bottom against new Yankee pitcher Michael King and walked. Urias singled. Hay made second on a double bobble from Torres and Urshela. With two on and no outs, Severino hit into the double play with Hays moving to third. Valaika flew out to Stanton in left to keep the Orioles scoreless in the sixth. Yankees, 5 Orioles 1.

Aaron Judge led off the seventh inning by walking. Rizzo hit into a double play. Stanton walked. Brett Gardner was brought in to pinch-run for Stanton. Voit struck out on the 10th pitch at-bat. At the bottom, Gutierrez flew out to Gardner in left. Mullins lined out directly to Judge. Mountcastle went down swinging. Yankees 5 Orioles 1.

The eighth inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who homered to right-center. Torres gound out. Urshela flew out to right field. Higashioka flew out to left field to end the half. Anthony Santander led off the bottom by flying out to a running Aaron Judge in right. Stewart flew out to Gardner in left field. Hays struck out looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Michael King. Yankees 6 Orioles 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the ninth inning for the Yankees and homered into the left-field stands. Judge ground out to third. Rizzo singled up the middle. After taking over for Stanton at left, Brett Gardner flew out to the warning track at center in his first at-bat. Voit flew out to right-center to end the half, but the Yankees picked up another run. At the bottom, with the last licks on the line, Urias facing Sal Romano foul tipped into Higashioka’s glove. Austin Wynns singled to right. Valaika walked. Gutierrez singled off Romano’s bare hand with two on and one out as Wynns scored, knocking Romano out of the game with an injured finger. Aroldis Chapman came in to face Mullins with one out and two on; he struck out. A wild pitch advanced the runners. Mountcastle struck out swinging.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Baltimore Orioles 6. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole, and the loser was Alexander Wells.

 

 

 

 

 

Yankees place starting pitcher on injured list, call up utility infielder

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are going through their yearly injury struggles, and this time around, they lost another starting pitcher in Michael King.

According to the Yankees’ PR department:

  • Placed RHP Michael King on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to 7/5) with a right middle finger contusion.
  • Recalled INF/OF Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

King was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger contusion. An interesting injury that will hopefully only keep him out for a short period of time. The Yankees will have to supplement his loss in some way over the next two weeks or so.

At 26 years old, King has made 14 appearances this season, picking up four losses on the year. He currently holds a 3.72 ERA with an 8.75 strikeout per nine ratio. While King has looked better as the season progresses, he hasn’t represented an above-average talent who the Yankees can rely on with superior confidence.

As for Tyler Wade, the Yankees are looking to add a bit more speed to the batting order, and with the acquisition of Tim Locastro, they have done just that. Wade has appeared in 52 games this year, hosting a .224 average with 14 runs and two RBIs. He currently features his highest strikeout rate since the 2018 season at 26.4%.

With injuries beginning to pile up, general manager Brian Cashman must be planning a few big moves at the trade deadline, otherwise, the team will be squandering for healthy players when they desperately need to extract victories if they want their playoff hopes to remain alive.

New York Yankees Recap: Mets say who’s your mama to the Yankees in first game

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

Today, after a postponement last night, the New York Yankees faced their cross-town rival New York Mets at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the first game of three-game 4th of July weekend in series. Both teams had been struggling recently, going 4-6 in their last tens games. The Yankees are 9.5 games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox that won their game last night against the Athletics. The Mets were in first place in the NL East. Best friends Gio Urshela and Francisco Lindor played in their first game together this season. The Yankees lost the game 8-3.

The postponement messed up the pitching rotation for the Yankees. Last night’s starter Jordan Montgomery started today’s game. Gerrit Cole was moved up to pitch in one of the day-night doubleheaders caused by the postponement. The other Sunday game will be pitched by either Nestor Cortes Jr. or Michael King.

To open the game, Jordan Montgomery faced the Met’s Brandon Mimmo, who got a base hit over the head of the jumping DJ LeMahieu. Francisco Lindor singled. Dominic Smith, the Met’s best hitter, struck out swinging. Pete Alonso flew out to a charging Brett Gardner. James McCann made the final out of the half. DJ LaMahieu led off against Taijuan Walker and ground out to second. Aaron Judge flew out to right field. Gary Sanchez went down looking for a 1-2-3 half for Walker.

The second inning was led off by Michael Conforto, who ground out to Voit at first. Kevin Pillar flew out to dueling players caught by Aaron Judge. Jeff McNeil walked. Jose Peraza struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom by going down looking. Luke Voit popped out to second. Gleyber Torres walked. Gio Urshela went down looking for another quick inning for Walker. No score.

The top of the third saw the top of the lineup for the Mets. Nimmo flew out to Andujar in left field. Lindor blast one to left, Andujar fired in, keeping him with a single. Smith singled, and Lindor chose not to challenge Judge’s arm and stopped at second. Alonso at the plate Sanchez booted the ball with Lindor going to third. Alonso struck out on a Monty fastball. McCann went down looking, and Monty got out of a jam. At the bottom, Miguel Andujar led off and ground out to first. Brett Gardner hit a long one to left, but Pillar ran it down. LeMahieu worked a walk. Judge flew out to right for another scoreless inning for both teams.

At the top of the fourth, with Monty on the mound, he faced Conforto, who struck out. Pillar flew out to Gardner in center. McNeil flew out to short for a 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Sanchez at the bottom flew out to right. Stanton went down on strikes for the second time in the game. Voit lined out to third base for another scoreless inning as both teams struggle to hit the ball.

Jose Peraza led off the fifth by flying out to Gardner near the warning track. Nimmo singled up the middle. Lindor singled in front of Gardner, moving Nimmo to second. Smith got an outfield single driving in the first Mets run. Alonso walked, ending Montgomery’s start. Lucas Luetge came in with the bases loaded, facing McCann, who had a broken-bat single scoring another Met’s run. Conforto, with the bases, still loaded, flew out to left. Smith scored on another passed ball by Sanchez. Pillar ground out, but the Mets went ahead by three runs.

At the bottom, Torres led off and reached first on an E5. Urshela flew out to the warning track in right. Andujar popped to the infield. Gardner hit to left, but for the second time in a row, Pillar robbed him from a big hit. New York Mets 3 New York Yankees 0, and hitless.

The sixth inning saw Justin Wilson on the mound facing McNeil, who got a base hit to no man’s land in left-center. Peraza singled, making it first and second with no outs for the Mets. Nimmo singled, loading the bases for Lindor, who walked in a run. Smith doubled, driving in two more runs as the Mets poured it on. Alonso faced new Yankee pitcher Micheal King and with two on and still no outs, he struck out. McCann went down swinging. Conforto walked to re-load the bases with two outs. Pillar finally ended the half flying out to Andujar, but the Mets picked up five runs in the inning. Every Mets player came to the plate in the inning.

The bottom of the sixth was led off by LeMahieu, who struck out looking. Judge got the first hit for the Yankees, a homer into the short porch in right. Sanchez flew out to right-center. Stanton singled for the second Yankee hit. Walker did his job allowing only two Yankee hits.  Luke Voit faced the new Met’s pitcher Miguel Castro and walked on a hit by pitch. Torres walked to load the bases with Yankees. Urshela hit a two-run single driving in Stanton and Voit. Castro was taken out of the game and replaced by Jeurys Familia facing Andujar, who struck out, but the Yankees scored three runs in the inning. Mets 8 New York Yankees 3.

Jose Peraza, with King still on the mound, singled beyond short. Nimmo ground out. Lindor was called out on strikes, and Smith struck out swinging. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the seventh by grounding out. LeMahieu struck out. Judge went down on strikes. Mets 8 New York Yankees 3.

To start the eighth inning, Alonso struck out. McCann reached on a throwing error by Gleyber Torres. Conforto went down looking. Pillar flew out to Voit in foul territory. At the bottom Gary Sanchez led off against new pitcher Drew Smith; he flew out to right. Stanton popped back to the catcher. Voit stuck out swinging to end the inning. Mets 8 Yankees 3.

McNeil led off the top of the ninth with Michael King still on the mound for the Yankees singled to the opposite field. Peraza went down on strikes for King’s seventh strikeout in relief. Nimmo struck out. Lindor also struck out for King’s ninth strikeout in four innings. With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres lined out to right. Gio Urshela went down swinging. Miguel Andujar ground out to second to end the game and the Yankees sixth loss in their last seven games.

The final score was the New York Mets 8 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Taijuan Walker and the loser Jordan Montgomery.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees 4th loss in a row

New York Yankees

After a disastrous series with the Boston Red Sox that saw the New York Yankees get swept for the second time by their age-old rival, the Yankees were hoping to right the ship last night. They opened a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels at the Stadium in the Bronx, but that ship kept going in the wrong direction; the Yankees lost their fourth game in a row 5-3.

Michael King still searching for his first win

Michael King has now had 12 starts but hasn’t notched up a win to his name. Last night against the Los Angeles Angels, he used 77 pitches to go 4.1 innings into the game, giving up a homer and two earned runs. The 77 pitches was season-high for King. King is now 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA.

With starter Corey Kluber on the shelf for at least another month, the Yankees called on Deivi Garcia to fill in, but he failed badly. The next option was King being that Clarke Schmidt is also on the IL. Unfortunately, the New York Yankees are out of options, so King will make at least another few starts as General Manager Brian Cashman scours the trade market. King’s primary problem is also his best pitch. King relies on his sinker to get hitters out, but he gets walloped when that sinker fails to sink. As a result, the Yankees have lost 9 of his 12 starts this season.

Hitting consistency still missing

The Yankees have been plagued all season long by not hitting or not hitting when it counts. Last night was no different. The Yankees could only get six hits on the night and never got a runner into scoring position after the second inning. They were hitless in the eighth inning, and with the game on the line at the bottom of the ninth, they struck out three times.

Two of the three runs scored came from home runs by Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton. For homers to be impactful, there have to be runners on base. This season the Yankee home runs are down, and most are solo shots causing fewer runs to be driven in and ultimately leads to fewer wins. At the beginning of the season, most industry analysts felt the Yankees could get at least 95 wins, with some projecting a 100 game winning season. If the Yankees continue to lose games at the present pace, they will probably win only 80-85 games, and that will not get them into the postseason. The Yankees, three games from the halfway mark, have only 40 wins.

Super star Shohei Ohtani

Many New York Yankee fans were at least curious to see this baseball player that has been compared to the likes of Babe Ruth. Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Angel pitcher. What makes him unique, it that he is one of the team’s best hitters as well. If any fans wanted to see just how talented this young 26-year-old Japanese player was, they didn’t have to wait long. Last night in his first at-bat, he homered into the centerfield bleachers for his 26th home run of the season. He has tied for the most home runs with Vlad Guerrero Jr., a pitcher that can hit this well has caused his nickname of “Shotime.” Some call him a freak of nature.

As a pitcher, the young man has a career record of 42-15 with an ERA of 2.52. This year he is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.58. As a hitter, he has a .270 batting average. And get this, he only makes just over $4 million a year; I’d say that’s quite a bargain for the man that just may be the next Babe Ruth. Tonight he will pitch for the Angels facing Domingo German.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose their fourth straight game dropping another game in the East

New York Yankees, Michael King

After being swept by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, the New York Yankees were back at Yankee Stadium tonight to start a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Michael King was on the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. This is an important series for the Yankees as they try to right the ship and turn things around before they distance themselves further from the top of the AL East. Unfortunately, it was not to be as the Yankee lost to the Angels 5-3.

Michael King was on the mound facing the Angels David Fletcher, who struck out. Shohei Ohtani hit a monster home run to center, his 26th of the season. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh doubled driving in another run for the Angels. Max Stassi ground out. Scott Schebler went done swinging, but the Angels got two runs in the first inning. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu singled beyond short. Aaron Judge hit a double to the left-field wall moving DJ to third. Gary Sanchez ground out to short, but DJ scored. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to right, but Judge remained at second. Luke Voit flew out, and the Yankees were 3 for four with runners in scoring position. Angels 2 Yankees 1.

Jose Iglesias led off for the Angels in the second and grounded out to short. Luis Rengifo ground out, and Lagares ground out for a one-two-three inning for King. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres ground out to third. Gio Urshela hit a massive home run into the left-field stands to tie the game for the Yankees. Miguel Andujar singled to short. Brett Gardner hit into a double play. LeMahieu, with a runner on second, the trainer comes out to check on Bundy, who was removed from the game and was replaced by Jose Suarez. LeMahieu ends the inning with a ground out Angels 2 Yankees 2.

At the top of the third inning, Fletcher grounded out, and Ohiani flew out to center. Rendon walked. Walsh had an infield single. Stassi struck out, leaving two men on base. At the bottom, Judge worked a walk. Gary Sanchez flew out, and Giancarlo Stanton ground into a double play for a fast inning for both pitches. Angels two and the New York Yankees 1.

At the fourth Schebler ground out. Iglesias flew out. Rengifo singled. Lagares singled for two men on the corners. Fletcher struck out, and the game was tied at two.  At the top of the fifth, Ohtani went down swinging. Rendon doubled off the wall. Walsh hit to LeMahieu, who got an error not catching the ball. Stassi hit into the force out at second. Schebler ground out to end the half. Andujar led off the bottom. Suarez struck out Andujar. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu lined out to short for the last out. Angels 3 Yankees 2.

Iglesias led off the sixth, singling to left. Rengifo lined out to Judge in left for the double play. Lagares hit a homer to right to lead the Yankees by two runs. Fletcher doubled to left. New Yankee pitcher Chad Green faced Ohtani; he struck out looking. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by popping out to first. Sanchez went down on strikes. Stanton hit a monster solo home run (426′) into the left-field stands. Luke Voit ground out, but the Yankees picked up a run. Angels 4 Yankees 3.

Rendon led off the seventh by flying out to center fielder Brett Gardner. Walsh struck out swinging. Stassi also struck out. To lead off the bottom, Torres was called out on strikes. Urshela singled. Andujar hit into a force out. Clint Frazier is pinch-hitting for Gardner; he was stuck out swinging.  Angels 4 New York Yankees 3.

The eighth was led off by Schebler, who singled to left. Iglesias tripled to third, and Schebler scored. Rengifo hit sharply to first for one out. Lagares popped out, and Fletcher ground out to Green to limit the damage. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the New York Yankees. LeMahieu lined out to center. Judge flew out to center. Sanchez struck out for a quick inning for Steve Ciscek as he put down the Yankees 1-2-3. Angels 5 Yankees 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Nestor Cortes Jr. faced Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second. Rendon grounded out to Urshela at third. Walsh struck out swinging. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate; he with Raisel Iglesias on the mound stuck out. Luke Voit went down on strikes. Gleyber Torres was the Yankees’ last hope; he stuck out as Iglesias struck out the side ending the game with another Yankee loss.

The winning pitcher was Jose Suarez, and the loser was Michael King. The save went to Raisel Iglesias. The Yankees dropped to 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox as they lost their fourth game in a row.

New York Yankees to face the Angels in four-game series, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are back at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx after being swept by the Boston Red Sox for the second time this season. Tonight they start a series with the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees are six games out from the East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Angels are also in fourth place but in the AL West. The Angels are coming off a loss to the Detroit Tigers, being swept by the San Francisco Giants and losing three out of four against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Most industry sources consider Mike Trout as one of the best players in baseball. Luckily for the Yankees and in reverse for the Angels, the Yankees won’t be seeing Trout in this series. He has been on the IL since May 17th with a right calf strain. While Angels fans would like to see Trout back in the lineup, they will have to wait a bit longer. Of the Angel’s 75 games, Trout has only been able to play in 35 of them.  But the Angels are not without talent; Shohei Ohtani is also thought to be at the top of his game. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of 2.58; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball.

Tonight, June 28th, 7:05 pm:

This is going to be on hot series, not only do the Yankees have to win games, but they will have to do it in all games at the Stadium under sweltering conditions with very high humidity. At the start of each game, the field temperature will be near or above 100 degrees. There is little chance of any inclement weather throughout the series.

Michael King will take the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. King has been the replacement for Corey Kluber, who has been nursing a cranky shoulder. King is still looking for his first major league win this season. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 4.05 in his eleven starts. He is coming off two games that the Yankees won. King’s primary problems are not pitching deep into games and giving up too many walks. However, his last two games have shown improvement and have been his best games of the season. Only two Angel hitters have seen King pitch.

Dylan Bundy is a righty that is 1-7 with an elevated 6.68 ERA. Bundy, like King, doesn’t go deep into games. He is coming off two losses, one to the Oakland A’s and most recently a loss to the Detroit Tigers. He will come to the mound tonight on 8 games of rest. Bundy gives up an average of one home run per game. He also walks a player and a half per game. All of the New York Yankees have appeared before Bundy before. The 14-year veteran Brett Gardner has faced the 8-year veteran Bundy the most (28) and has a .286 average off of him. Gary Sanchez has been most successful, getting 4 RBIs off him. Aaron Judge also has 4 RBI’s off him. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, June 29th, 7:05 pm:

Tuesday night Jameson Taillon will face the Angel’s, Andrew Heaney. Taillon has been the Yankee’s least dependable pitcher.  Taillon is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.18. He had pitched inconsistently but is coming off his best game of the season, a win against the Kansas City Royals on June 24th, when he gave up just 1 run pitching into the seventh inning.

Heaney, a lefty, is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.72 with 85 strikeouts in 13 starts. He is coming off two losses, one to the Giants and one to the Athletics. Heaney gives up few home runs and has struck out 10 twice this season. He has also pitched seven shutout innings twice. Tuesday night’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Wednesday, June 30th, 7:05 pm:

Wednesday night’s game will feature a matchup of Domingo German against the standout pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani.  German, one of the Yankee’s best pitchers this season, is coming off three poorly pitched games against the Phillies, Oakland, and most recently against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees eventually won the game against Oakland, but he gave up 7 earned runs in the Phillies loss. In all three games, he didn’t make it past the fifth inning. On the other hand, German could be totally dominant. Fans will have to wait and see which German shows up. Geman is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.32.

Ohtani is a baseball sensation being a more than competent pitcher and hitter. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of .258; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball. It is doubtful that with his talent that the Angels will use a DH in the Yankees American league park. Ohtani on the season is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 82 strikeouts. His last loss was on May 28th against Oakland. The game will be televised only on the YES Network and Bally Sports West.

Thursday, July 1st, 1:05 pm:

The final game of the series will be a matinee on Thursday. Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound for the Yankees and Griffin Canning for the Angels. Montgomery has started more games that the Yankees have won than any other Yankee pitcher. His record is 3-2 with an ERA of 4.06 and with 80 strikeouts. He is coming off a 4-2 loss against the Red Sox, but the Yankees won his previous six games.

Griffin Canning is 5-4 with a somewhat elevated ERA of 4.95. Canning is coming off two straight losses, one to the Athletics and most recently to the Tampa Bay Rays,  going 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs per game. This will be Canning’s 14th start of the season. The New York Yankees will have to study the videos as only Rougned Odor has faced Canning. He had five at-bats resulting in two RBI’s. Thursday’s game will be on YES, Bally and MLB out of market.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees win over KC with a Luke Voit walk-off win

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The New York Yankees met up with the Kansas City Royals for game two of a 3 game set after losing to the Royals last night in a 6-5 game. It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx. The game-time temperature was 74, and the game was started under sunny skies. The Yankees Michael King faced the Royals, Danny Duffy.

In the first inning, King faced Whit Merrifield hit to second, and the call on the field was safe, and on review, he was found to be out. Carlos Santana flew out to left. Salvatore Perez doubled to the left-field wall. Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run homer to the right-field porch for a two-run lead in the first inning. Jorge Soler struck out to end the half, but the Royals went ahead 2-0. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu against Danny Duffy, and he went down on strikes. Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Gary Sanchez flew out to shallow left for the final out of the inning. Kansas City Royals 2 New York Yankees 0.

Kevin Gutierrez led off the second by flying out to center to Aaron Judge. Hunter Dozier ripped one to left, which Andujar caught. Michael Taylor lined out directly to Urshela at third for the 1-2-3 inning for King. The bottom was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who worked a walk on six pitches. Luke Voit, who homered last night, struck out. Gleyber Torres, who was in a terrible slump, walked for the second walk of the inning. Miguel Andujar, with two on and one out, flew out to left field. Clint Frazier, who now has the worst batting average on the team, also walked to load the bases with the Yankees. Rougie Odor struck out, leaving the bases loaded as the Yankees have done so many times this season. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

Nicky Lopez led off the third inning by swinging out. Merrifield chopped to short for the second out of the inning. Santana hit on a bouncing ball to Andujar, who held it at a singer. Perez struck out to end the half. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu faced the second Royals pitcher Kyle Zimmer, and the bounced past short for a single. Aaron Judge flew out to right. Gary Sanchez ended the inning but hitting into a double play. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

O’Hearn led off the fourth and struck out swinging. Soler ground out. Gutierrez struck out to end the half. The Yankees Stanton walked for the second time in the game. Voit struck out. Andujar flew out to center. Torres walked for the second walk in the inning. Frazier hit a two-run double to the center-field wall to knot up the game at two apiece. Odor walked for the third walk of the inning. LeMahieu, with two on and two outs, flew out to center, but the Yankees tied up the game. New York Yankees 2 Kansas City Royals 2.

Taylor led off the fifth inning by struck out swinging. Lopez walked. Merrifield flew out to Judge in center for the second out. Lopez took second on a wild pitch. Santana was intentionally walked. Sebastian Rivero was hit by a pitch, and that was the night for King. He was replaced by Chad Green, who faced O’Hearn, who flew out to leave the bases loaded with Royals. At the bottom, Judge struck out on another low call. Sanchez grounded out to short. Stanton flew out on the eleven pitch at-bat. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

Jorge Soler led off the sixth against Chat Green and flew out to Andujar in left. Gutierrez flew out to Frazier in right. Dozier went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Green. At the bottom, Luke Voit led off for the Yankees, and facing Josh Staumont; he ground out to short. Torres struck out swinging. Andujar got a base hit to left past the third baseman. Frazier flew out to the warning track in right to end the inning. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

Michael Taylor led off the top of the seventh inning and flew out to Judge in center. Nicky Lopez ground out to short. Merrifield popped out to Voit in foul territory as Green put down all seven hitters he faced. After the stretch, Rougie Odor flew out to left field. LeMahieu worked a walk. With the new pitcher Scott Barlow on the mound, Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Gary Sanchez walked. Stanton walked for their ninth walk in the game. Luke Voit at the plate struck out, and the Yankees left the bases loaded again. Yankees 2 Royals 2.

The top of the eighth saw Carlos Santana at the plate against the new Yankee pitcher Zack Britton. Santana hit one into the left-field bleachers for the Royals lead in the game.  Rivero, still looking for his first major league hit, struck out. O’Hearn struck out. Soler doubled over the head of Judge in center. Gutierrez chopped out to short, but the Royals took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Torres against Jake Brentz, he walked. Andujar hit into a double play with Torres tagged running the bases. Frazier walked. Odor hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field as the New York Yankee took the lead in the game. LeMahieu ground out to third for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 4 the Kansas City Royals 3.

Aroldis Chapman on the mound for the Yankees faced Dozier, who struck out on a Chapman slider. Taylor hit past the diving Torres for a single. Hanser Alberto pinch-hitting struck out. Merrifield singled to Judge in right as Taylor took third. Santana was intentionally walked. Chapman faced the rookie Rivero who walked the game tied.  O’Hearn rolled to third, and the Royals scored for the lead in the game in the ninth inning. With the bases still loaded, Dyson grounded out to second, but the Royals took the lead in the game 5-4.

At the bottom of the ninth, with the New York Yankees behind by one run, Aaron Judge took to the plate against Royal’s closer Greg Holland and struck out for an 0 for 5 on the night. Gary Sanchez, who was 0 for 3 on the night, hit a huge home run into the left-field stands to tie up the game at 5. Giancarlo Stanton singled to right. Tyler Wade pinch ran for Stanton. Wade took second on a wild pitch. Luke Voit hit one to the left-field wall as Wade scored for the Yankees win of the game.

The final score was New York Yankees 6 and the Kansas City Royals 5. The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, who blew the save, and the loser was Greg Holland.