New York Yankees: Yankees strengthen hold on the wild card with win over the Jays (video)

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

With new urgency, last night, the New York Yankees entered the last game of the Toronto Blue Jays series at Roger’s Center in Toronto with a need to win the rubber game of the series. The Yankees won the first game  7-2 but lost the second game in a 6-5 squeaker. The must-win would allow the Yankees to keep the wild card home field advantage even if the Red Sox won their game with the Orioles. Which they didn’t; they lost to the Baltimore Orioles, including the series.

The Yankees relied on Corey Kluber to get the win over the likely Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray. Kluber managed to keep the Yankees in the game at the night’s end as the Jay’s best pitcher Ray failed miserably. Five Yankee homers powered the way to a 6-2 win in the game, giving them even more cushion in the wild card race.

Corey Kluber got the job done

The still building up after coming off the IL, and after not pitching for three months, the New York Yankees sent righty Corey Kluber to the mound to at least keep the Yankees in the game against arguably the best AL pitcher Robbie Ray.  Even though Corey Kluber wasn’t at his best, he kept the Yankees in the game; he limited the Jays to just two runs against the energetic young Jays team. He pitched into the fifth inning, giving up seven hits and the two runs.

When Kluber was taken out of the game after 4.2 innings of work, Michael King entered. King finished off the fifth and pitched the sixth, giving up just one hit. Luis Severino, who has been lights out since his return from Tommy John surgery, pitched a hitless seventh. Chad Green, who has been returning to form lately, struck out three in the eighth. Chapman came in for the ninth in a non save situation and allowed one hit while striking out two and securing the 6-2 lead for the Yankees.

Bronx Bombers power their way to another win

The Toronto Blue Jays sent their best pitcher, the likely 2021 Cy Young award-winner, to shut down the Yankees and give them the series win. But the Bronx Bombers were not going to take any of that silliness; they pummeled the lefty with five home runs in the game. All the Yankee runs were via the home run, including the one other hit in the game.

It started in the first inning after DJ LeMahieu struck out and Anthony Rizzo ground out into the shift. Then, Aaron Judge came to the plate and hit a monster 455′ homer into the Roger’s Center left-field stands. He wouldn’t be denied as he hit his second home run in the sixth inning back to back after Anthony Rizzo hit the 250th homer of his career. Then, Gleyber Torres hit his own home run driving Robbie Ray out of the game. Finally, Brett Gardner tacked on an insurance homer in the top of the ninth inning for a 6-2 win that the Jays couldn’t recover from.

Questions with DJ Lemahieu

The New York Yankees are not done with injuries this year. Shortly before last night’s game, it was announced that the first baseman and DH Luke Voit was put on the 10 day IL with a knee injury. After a strikeout Wednesday night, Voit was seen limping off the field. Possibly of even greater consequence Tyler Wade entered the game to take DJ LeMahieu’s last two at-bats. LeMahieu has been suffering from hip and groin problems. The Yankees, in their usual vagueness, wouldn’t comment on how serious it is, other than he would work through it. Being taken out early last night questions that.

Yankees wild card standing

The New York Yankees strengthened their grip on a wild card berth by holding on to the home-field advantage. The Red Sox, who are behind the Yankees, lost their game against the Baltimore Orioles. Next in line was the Seattle Mariners, who were idle yesterday. The situation caused the Mariners and the Red Sox to have identical records two games out. With the loss last night, the Toronto Blue Jays are one game out for a wild card appearance with only three games left in the season.

In other standings, Dusty Bakers’ Houston Astros clinched the AL West for the fourth time in five years and will face the Chicago White Sox. When the Yankees win the wild card game, they will face the Tampa Bay Rays. The winners of those series will play each other in the AL Championship to determine who goes on to play in the World Series.

Notes: I can’t finish this article without giving a shout-out to Bo Bichette who played his heart out in this series. The little guy did everything he could to make the Blue Jays victorious. He had seven hits including two home runs in the series while striking out only twice.

Tonight at 7:05 pm EDT, the New York Yankees start out their final series of the season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees. The game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, and on MLBN out of market.

New York Yankees 9/29: 4 takeaways from the Yankee win over the Blue Jays

The New York Yankees were in Toronto, Canada, last night for the first game of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that may decide if they go to the postseason or not. The Yankees miraculously swept the Red Sox in a three-game series with their rival. The Yankees have won their lasts six games in a row. Coincidentally ever since Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the Yankees a pet turtle that they named “Bonxie” the Yankees have won. Bronxie or more likely Anthony Rizzo,  Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela led the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. The score was the Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2.

Bad luck for Taillon, but Michael King picks him up

Jameson Taillon has been rehabbing from a strained tendon in his ankle for 22 days missing four of his normal starts. The ankle problem affected his delivery and ability to pitch effectively. But last night, he made his return off the IL to pitch game one of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in this crucial run for the postseason. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for the righty. At the bottom of the third inning, Danny Jansen struck out looking. But after that out, Taillon signaled the medical staff and left the game apparently with another ankle problem. Michael King came into the game to replace him.

So far this morning, the status of that injury is unknown, other than they know he reinjured it. It’s a bad break for Taillon because this late in the season, it has probably ended his pitching for the rest of the season, and should the Yankees reach the postseason. Taillon had so been looking forward to pitching in the postseason.

The Yankee bullpen is stellar

When Jameson Taillon left the game, apparently reinjuring his ankle Michael King was called in to replace him. King pitched the end of the third inning, the fourth and fifth allowing only an additional run. Clay Holmes, Chad Green, and Luis Severino combined for three scoreless innings. At the bottom of the ninth inning, in a non save situation, Wandy Peralta came in to close out the win.

At this point in the season, the New York Yankees need the bullpen to be good if they hope to play in the postseason. The bullpen was stellar, giving up just one run in 6.1 innings. Most encouraging was the close by Peralta. Also, it seems that in recent games, when Chapman pitched, his confidence seemed to be back, and his dominance resurrected. Yankee pitching only allowed 3 hits in the game.

Is there any stopping Giancarlo Stanton?

Obviously, Giancarlo Stanton will not keep hitting a home run in every game, but his August and September had been nothing short of amazing. His recent run can only be described as both shocking and fantastic. Stanton has now hit a home run in every one of his last four games in a row. That has seldom been done in baseball. The only Yankees to hit four or more home runs in consecutive games are Babe Ruth (1930), Lou Gehrig (1931) Joe DiMaggio (1937), Yogi Berra (1956), Roger Maris (1961), Don Mattingly (1987), and Alex Rodriguez (2007). That is some Yankee royalty to join and  Stanton may not be done; he hit 6 straight in 2017 with the Marlins.

In the top of the fifth inning, Anthony Rizzo put the New York Yankees ahead 3-2 with a single driving in Gio Urshela; it would be a lead that the Yankees would not relinquish. Then in the top of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate with two on and crushed one into the second deck of left field at Roger’s Center. It was his fourth homer in four games for Stanton, making him hitting .500, 8 for 16 with 13 RBIs over the span. Stanton also doubled in the game.

Aaron Judge in the third inning also homered for his 37th of the season. When both Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, the Yankees are 17-1. Gio Urshela tacked on a homer of his own at the top of the ninth.

The Yankees advance in the wild card race

With the Yankee win, the Red Sox loss last night, the Yankees are now two games ahead of the Red Sox for the coveted home-field advantage in the one-game winner takes all contest. But there is a new wrinkle to be considered. Well, not really I have been reporting on it for the last ten days. The Seattle Mariners have been creeping up in the standings. With their win last night, they are now just a half-game behind the Boston Red Sox.

While the Red Sox have gone 6-4 in their last ten games, the Mariners have gone 9-1. The Yankees in the same period have gone 8-2 and have won their last seven in a row. With the loss last night, the Toronto Blue Jays are now one half-game behind the Mariners, with two more games against the Yankees.

Notes: Tonight, Yankee ace Gerrit Cole looking for his 17th win of the season, will face Jose Berrios in game two of the Toronto series. Corey Kluber will face Toronto co-ace Robbie Ray in the finale. Tonight’s game will be televised on SNET in Canada, WPIX and its affiliates in the New York area, and ESPN out of market only.

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton can’t be stopped as Yankees win against the Jays

The New York Yankees were in Toronto, Canada, tonight for the first game of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series that may decide if they go to the postseason or not. The Yankees miraculously swept the Red Sox in a three-game series with their rival. The Yankees have won their lasts six games in a row. Coincidentally ever since Nestor Cortes Jr. bought the Yankees a pet turtle that they named “Bonxie” the Yankees have won. Bronxie or more likely Giancarlo Stanton led the Yankees to their seventh win in a row. The score was the Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2.

Bronxie accompanied the team to the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park and was with them tonight at Roger’s Center in Canada. It may be superstition, but the Yankees players hoped that Bronxie would give them the same luck they had at Fenway Park. Whatever the case, the Yankees had to play their best to beat the Blue Jays co-ace Hyun Jin Ryu. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees in his return from the IL due to an ankle injury. Unfortunately, the ankle caused him to leave the game early, possibly ending his season.

Ryu had to face DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees, who ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo singled up the middle. Aaron Judge doubled to right, with Rizzo going to third. Giancarlo, the Red Sox hero, tipped into the catcher’s glove for the second out. Joey Gallo popped out to the infield to allow Ryu to get in and out of trouble. In the bottom with Jameson Taillon on the mound, George Springer led off and walked on four straight balls from Taillon. Springer stole second. Marcus Semien struck out, Vlad Guerrero flew out to center. Bo Bichette singled driving in Springer as the Blue Jays got on the board first. Bichette then stole second. Teoscar Hernandez flew out to Judge in right to end the inning. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The second inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who flew out to right. Gary Sanchez singled through the shift in left. Brett Gardner hit into a force out with Sanchez out. Gio Urshela went down swinging to end the half. At the bottom, Lourdes Gurriel led off and ground out to third. Cory Dickerson flew out to Judge right in front of the wall in right field. Santiago Espinal flew out to Gallo in left for the 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

The top of the lineup for the Yankees led off for the Yankees in the top of the third. LeMahieu flew out to center. Rizzo lined out to Bichette at short. Judge with nobody on and two outs hit a homer over the right-field wall. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to end the inning, but the Yankees tied the game up with Judge’s home run. At the bottom, Danny Jansen struck out looking. But after that out, Taillon left the game apparently with another ankle problem. Michael King took over for Taillon. King faced Springer, who went down on strikes. Semien walked. Guerrero ground out to first to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Blue Jays 1.

Joey Gallo led off the fourth inning and popped out to left. Torres was called out on strikes. Sanchez flew out to far left to end the half. Bichette led off the bottom by singling in front of Gallo in left. Hernandez ground out to Torres, but Bichette made it to second. Gurriel ground out to short, with Bichette advancing to third. Dickerson got an RBI double down the right-field line scoring Bichette for the Jays lead. Espinal flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning, but the Blue Jays regained the one-run lead.  Blue Jays 2 Yankees 1.

The fifth inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who ground out into the shift. Urshela singled to right field. LeMahieu worked a walk. Rizzo singled, driving in the tying run as Urshela scored. Judge faced the new pitcher Adam Cimber and got a sac fly scoring LeMahieu for the Yankee first lead in the game. Stanton ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up a run. At the bottom, Jansen, with King still on the mound, ground out to first. Springer flew out to Judge. Semien flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning. New York Yankees 3 Blue Jays 2.

The sixth inning was led off by Gallo facing new pitcher Nate Pearson and stuck out. Torres ground out up the middle. Sanchez walked. Gardner, with one on and two outs, went down on a 100mph fastball. At the bottom, Guerrero facing new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes walked. Bichette ground into a force out. A wild pitch from Holmes allowed Bichette to get to second. Another pitch that got away from Sanchez, but firing to third, he got Bichette trying to reach. Hernandez walked. Another wild pitched allowed Guerrero to go to second. Gurriel struck out to end the inning.  New York Yankees 3 Yankees 2.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning against new pitcher Trevor Richards and flew out to right field. LeMahieu singled to right. Rizzo popped out to right-center. Judge walked, moving LeMahieu to second. Stanton, with two outs and two on, hit a monster home run driving in three runs. Gallo facing Jullian Merryweather, struck out swinging. At the bottom, Dickerson facing Chad Green lined out to LeMahieu at third. Espinal flew out to Judge in right. Jansen struck out in order against Green. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.

At the top of the eighth, Torres singled. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play, and Gardner struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Luis Severino, Springer struck out swinging. Semien ground out to LeMahieu. Guerrero flew out to Judge in right for the 1-2-3 inning for Severino. New York Yankees 6 Blue Jays 2.

Gio Urshela led off the ninth inning for the Yankees and hit a homer into the left-field stands. LeMahieu flew out to right-center. Rizzo popped up to the infield for the second out. Judge walked. Judge was on base all four times. Stanton doubled, moving Judge to third base. With two on and two outs, Gallo struck out, but the Yankees tacked on another run. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette faced Wandy Peralta and went down on strikes. Hernandez flew out to Gardner. Gurriel ground out to end the game and give the Yankees their seventh win in a row.

The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Blue Jays 2. The winning pitcher was Michael King, and the loser was Hyun Jin Ryu.

 

 

 

 

 

Yankees: Just how great has Michael King been in the bullpen?

New York Yankees, Michael King

When you think of the Yankees, you think of the bullpen. For years the Yankees have boasted an elite bullpen, and this year is no different. In spite of injuries, they’ve put together another solid unit, and there are a lot of people to give credit to. The first that comes to mind is the brilliant Jonathan Loaisiga, with his supporting cast of Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Aroldis Chapman, Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes, and Joely Rodriguez.

Oftentimes disregarded in bullpen discussions and breakouts is the sudden emergence of RHP Michael King. This isn’t a case like Albert Abreu, where he’s shown flashes but hasn’t put it together. This isn’t a case like Wandy Peralta, where he’s just had a nice run.

Michael King has been elite out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and I think it’s time we acknowledge that.

On a Whole New Level

Michael King in 2020 was putrid, posting some of the worst numbers for any pitcher in the shortened season. A 7.76 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 5.09 xFIP, and 4.59 SIERA are all below average for a pitcher. His biggest problem was his command, walking over 9% of all batters faced despite being a control artist in the minors. He shined in a six-inning 0 run performance against the Blue Jays early in the season and then took off from there.

While as a starter for the Yankees, Michael King has been mediocre, as a reliever, he’s been elite.

Michael King: 1.64 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 3.44 xFIP, 3.21 SIERA, 20.3% K-BB%
Garrett Whitlock: 1.99 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 3.28 xFIP, 3.10 SIERA, 21.0% K-BB%

While Whitlock obviously has more volume out of the bullpen this year and is the more valuable pitcher, Michael King, on a per-rate basis, matches up well with him. He’s been really good as a reliever, but what changed from 2020 to 2021?

Michael King Sharpened His Sinker

In 2020, Michael King’s sinker posted a 6 Run Value, making it the 10th worst Sinker in the sport in that metric. In 2021? His sinker has posted a -5 Run Value, which ranks 38th among 348 qualified pitchers. His primary pitch was that sinker, and so for it to go from putrid to great obviously has factored heavily in his progression, but how did the pitch develop so rapidly?

Well, in 2020, his sinker induced a .411 wOBA against, for context, Fernando Tatis Jr. has a .408 wOBA on the season. This meant that hitters would put up Fernando Tatis-like numbers against his sinker. In 2021? He’s got a .303 wOBA against on the pitch, which is the same wOBA as Gleyber Torres this year.

The difference between the wOBA output is the location of the pitch.

That’s because Michael King uses his sinker lower in the zone, and it has generated a 1-degree launch angle against in 2021 compared to an 8-degree launch angle in 2020. He’s getting more groundballs on his sinker, and it’s allowed him to avoid giving up bad contact and will enable him to elevate with the fastball for a whiff or go down and away with a breaking ball. The sinker has opened up the door for Michael King’s success, so what should be his role going forward?

High Leverage Michael King?

Michael King’s role this season could very well come into shape in the postseason more than the regular season. The utter dominance of his most recent bullpen stretch and the length he provides as a 2-4 inning arm allows the Yankees to deploy him in multiple ways. 6th and 7th inning outings can be wrapped into one and save an arm in a tight series. He could come into a one-run game, and I’d be fine with it.

He may not be the most recognizable guy, but King has earned a high leverage role. Every time he pitches in relief, he dazzles, so maybe he’s a new late-inning guy. Maybe the Yankees keep his role fluid, and that’s the best way to operate. The sky is the limit for Michael King, and the Yankees know this.

Whatever path the Yankees lead him on, he will shine. He might not have the recognition of Chapman, the talent of Loaisiga, or the dominance of Holmes, but he can be a long-relief option with high upside.

He’s the king.

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.