New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lost the game in the first against the Red Sox

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees revived the age-old Yankees Red Sox rivalry tonight at Yankee Stadium with the first game of a 3 game set in the Bronx. This is the first time the two teams have met this season. Compared to the projections early in the season, they have been turned on their heads. The Red Sox are playing well, occupying first place in the East for much of the season, and the powerful Yankee lineup has been languid and is 4.5 games out of first place. The Yankees tonight hoped to right the ship by beating the Sox, but it was not to be had and the Red Sox took game one 5-2.

Michael King took the mound for the Yankees and former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi for the Red Sox in what was sure to be an exciting series. In the first inning, King faced Danny Santan, and he flew out to Urshela at third. Alex Verdugo singled to left. JD Martinez hit it hard to directly to short. Xander Bogaerts chopped to the right side for a single. Rafael Devers’s number one in extra-base hits this season hit a long home run into the bleacher giving the Red Sox the three-run lead. Hunter Renfroe went down looking, but the Sox went ahead by three runs. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu singled to center. Giancarlo Stanton singled, moving LeMahieu to second. Aaron Judge hit into a double play that hasn’t been a stranger to the Yankees this year. Gio Urshela flew out to center, leaving the Yankees empty-handed. Red Sox 3 New York Yankees 0.

Marwin Gonzalez led off the second by flying out to Aaron judge. Christian Vazquez went down looking. Christian Arroyo singled up the middle. Santana, who got his first home run yesterday, ground out to first. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom by grounding out first. Rougie Odor struck out. Clint Frazier struck out swinging to end the inning. Sox 3 Yankees 0.

In the third inning, Verdugo led off by hitting directly to Urshela. Martinez doubled on an off-center throw by Frazier. Bogaerts flew out to center with Martinez going to third. Devers hit back to King to end the half. At the bottom, Gary Sanchez led off and striking out. Brett Gardner hit sharply to first. LeMahieu struck out, giving Eovaldi an easy inning. Red Sox Yankees 0.

Renfroe led off the fourth, striking out. Gonzalez struck out. Arroyo struck for King’s strikeout of the side. Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom of the fourth, and he ground out to short Judge singled to center. Urshela struck out. Torres singled down the left-field line. With two outs and two on, Odor popped out to the infield ending the inning and stranding another two Yankees. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

Christian Arroyo led off the fifth by lining out. Santana flew out to Frazier. Verdugo grounded out for King’s second 1-2-3 inning in a row. The bottom was led off by Clint Frazier, who flew out sharply to right field. Sanchez struck out. Gardner struck out for another scoreless inning for the Yankees. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

The six-inning with led off by Martinez struck out, Bogaerts singled ending Michael King’s night. He was replaced by Lucas Luetage, facing Devers, who flew out to center for the second out. Renfroe got a base hit in front of Frazier in left field. Gonzalez got a two-run double down the left-field line for the Red Sox 5 run advantage. Vazquez flew out to Judge in right, but the Red Sox tacked on two more runs. LeMahieu led off the bottom by singling to center. Stanton hit into a double play. Judge hit a home run to the short porch at the Stadium. Urshela had a single to center. Torres singled to left, moving Urshela to second. Odor singled, Urshela scored, and Torres moved to third. Frazier flew out to center, but the Yankees got two runs in the inning. Red Sox 5 New York Yankees 2.

The seventh inning was led off by Arroyo, who grounded out Santana struck out. Verdugo had a blistering line drive directly at Lemahieu for the final out.  Gary Sanchez led off the bottom of the inning by facing Hirokazu Sawamura; he went down on strikes. Gardner struck out for the second out of the inning. LeMahieu struck out the side. Red Sox 5 Yankees 2.

JD Martinez led off the eighth popped out on the Nestor Cores Jr. pitch. Bogaerts went down on str ikes. Devers, who homered in the first, struck out to end the half. Giancarlo Stanton led off the Yankees, and he walked. Judge struck out. Urahela ground out. At the top of the ninth, the Sox failed to score. At the bottom with last licks in the ninth for the Yankees. Odor struck out. Frazier struck out. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the game for the Red Sox, with Barnes closing it with one out left.

The final score was the Boston Red Sox 5 and the New York Yankees 2. The winning pitcher was Nathan Eovaldi, and the loser was Michael King. The save went to Matt Barnes.



New York Yankees: Preview of the greatest rivalry in baseball, Yanks vs. Red Sox

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankee rivalry with the Boston Red Sox is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in baseball. But for the past two years, as the Sox played poorly, the rivalry drifted into the background and included the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. At the beginning of the season, it looked as if the Red Sox would have an even poorer season this year, but the opposite has happened. Mysteriously they have evolved into one of the best teams in baseball, leading the AL East for most of the season.

But this weekend at Yankee Stadium, that near century-old rivalry will take front and center as the Yankees face the Red Sox for the first time this year in a 3 game evening set. Not only do the Yankees not like the Red Sox, but they also hate their new manager Alex Cora who was involved in the Astros cheating scandal that may have cost the Yankees a World Series appearance in 2017 and possibly beyond.

Look for the series to be intense and exciting as Yankees fans at the Stadium in the Bronx will be fully engaged. The weather, although hot, should not be an issue for the Saturday and Sunday evening games; it could be an issue tonight when thunderstorms will be in the area. It appears at this writing the storms should pass by game-time, but if they slow, it could delay the game, but the game will likely be played. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network and in New England on NESN. Saturday’s game will be on FOX and Sunday’s game on ESPN.

Tonight: 7:05 pm:

Tonight the New York Yankees will send Michael King to the mound to face the Red Sox at the Stadium. With the injured Corey Kluber, the Yankees called up King and Deivi Garcia to replace him. They lost both games so far. King had seven relief appearances before his first start against the Detroit Tigers. In that game, he gave up 2 earned runs and only pitched into the third inning. The Yankees hope tonight that he can go deeper and get a win over the Sox. Although King has not won a game, his ERA is low at 2.86

King will face Nathan Eovaldi, who is a former Yankee (2015-16). In his career, he has been dominant over the Yankees right-handed heavy lineup. Only Gio Urshela (.429) and Giancarlo Stanton (.300) have hit well off Eovaldi. Eovaldi is coming off a win against the Miami Marlins when he went 5.1 innings of scoreless ball. If Eovaldi has a weak spot in his eleven games, he has gone into the seventh inning only once. He has more gound ball-induced outs than strikeouts. He is 6-2 with an ERA of 4.01.

Saturday, June 4th, 7:15 pm:

Saturday evening’s game will have Jameson Taillon on the mound for the Yankees. Taillon is the New York Yankees’ least successful starting pitcher. He is 1-4 with an ERA of 5.10. He is 0-2 in his past five starts after showing signs of rebounding from his two Tommy John surgeries. He gives up too many walks. Taillon had only faced the Red Sox when with the Pirates; once in 2017, he went seven scoreless innings.

The Red Sox will have their own problems with pitching in this game. Their ace Eduardo Rodriguez will take the mound after going 1-4 with an ERA of 7.28 in May. He is presently 5-4 with an ERA of 5.64 on the season. He is coming off four straight losses, the last one to the Houston Astros when he gave up 6 earned runs in only 4.2 innings of work.

Sunday, June 5th, 7:08 pm: 

On Sunday, the Yankees will send out Domingo German to face the Red Sox Garrett Richards. German, in his last five starts, has been pretty lights out. During that period, the Yankees have won 4 of his starts, and he has pitched to an ERA of 2.40 over the span. In addition, he has pitched relatively deep into games. In his last outing, he got the 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Red Sox will pit Garrett Richards against German. Richards is 4-4 with an ERA of 3.75. He is 4-2 in his last seven starts. He is coming off two losses in a  row, one against the Braves and one against the Astros. The biggest problem for this pitcher is that he has never won a game at Yankee Stadium in his eleven-year career. He has had five career starts at the Stadium and has gone 0-4 with an ERA of 7.43.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from the sweep by the Tigers

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees suffered an embarrassing sweep by the second-worst AL team, the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees not only lost the game, but the Tigers swept the Yankees in all three games.

Yesterday the starting and relief pitching failed, and those pitchers got no support from the non-hitting lineup. The Yankees have lacked hitting in all but a few games this season. The only reason they are not at the bottom of the AL is that the starting pitching before this weekend has been, for the most part, stellar, led by New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole. A discouraging takeaway from yesterday’s game was not only did the team fail from poor pitching and hitting, but they also made several errors playing like a team without a focus on winning.

Michael King went only 2.1 innings

With the loss of 2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber with a shoulder injury that will keep him from pitching for as long as two months, the Yankees brought up Deivi Garcia and Michael King to aid in the starting pitching. Garcia started Saturday’s game, pitched poorly, and prevented the Yankees from any chance of taking the series from the Detroit Tigers. Yesterday King took the mound and pitched even worse. He allowed four runs in 2.1 innings before Aaron Boone had seen enough.

Also called up, Nestor Cortes Jr. replaced King. Cortes Jr. went 3.2 innings giving up another two runs and putting the game out of reach for the Yankees. Nick Nelson replaced him, pitching a scoreless inning, but it was too late. Both King and Cortes Jr. seemed to have no command of their pitches, and the Tiger hitters took advantage of it, scoring six runs against Yankee pitching.

The Yankees continue to lack timely hitting

The Yankees have been dogged by a lack of hitting in most games this season, and this weekend was a perfect example of it. A slight difference was that the Yankees did get 9 hits but continued their lack of timely hitting, not bringing those runners home. Over the three games, the New York Yankees were 2-25, with runners in scoring position. The Yankees left the bases full with no outs in the game. According to the YES Network’s Michael Kay, the last time the team played this badly was  11 straight games in July of 1991. The team also hit into their 51st baseball leading ground ball double play.

The Detroit Tigers have not swept the Yankees in the last 21 years. The Yankees did come alive in the eighth, scoring two runs, but it was too little too late as the Yankees lost the game 6-2. Playing this badly against a team they should have swept does not spell well for the upcoming two series at Yankee Stadium when they play the best two teams in the AL East. The Yankees will have to find a way to pitch well and hit well as this upcoming week could be a turning point that will not allow the Yankees to recover. As of yesterday, the Yankees have scored 2 or fewer runs in 20 games.

The Yankees can’t have sloppy play

Yesterday was the Yankees’ poorest display of professional ball this season. The team officially made three errors that allowed four runs to score. Gleyber Torres made two of those errors in the same inning and showed his frustrating by beating up the dugout at the end of the inning.

But beyond the official errors, the Yankees made several mistakes that were not errors. The Yankees also got caught up in this 26th baserunning mistake that leads all of baseball. In the eighth inning. In a bonehead move, Gary Sanchez, getting a grounding single, the Tigers threw the return beyond the first baseman. Sanchez decided to go for two, then turned back to first and yet another turn to second like a dear in the headlights; he finally made a run for it and was called out at second.


New York Yankees Recap: Yankees swept by the second worst team in the AL

New York Yankees, Michael King

This afternoon the New York Yankees faced the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a three-game set. The Yankees lost the first two games preventing a series win, but hoped to at least salvage the final game before returning to New York to face the formidable Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Today the Yankees’ Michael King faced the Tigers’ Tarik Skubal at Comerica Park. In the end, the Yankees pitched and played very poorly and were swept by the Tigers. The final score was the Tigers 6 and the Yankees 2.

Leading off for the Yankees against Skubal was DJ LeMahieu; he dropped one into center field for a single. Giancarlo Stanton walked. With two on and no outs, Aaron Judge hit into the Yankees 51st double play, the most in baseball. Gio Urshela ground out to short to waste another scoring possibility. At the bottom, Nicko Goodrum reached when Urshela threw the ball away. Jelmer Candelario flew out to Urshela at the left-field foul fence. Miguel Cabrera took first on a hit ball. Jonathan Schoop, with two on and one out, struck out. Nomar Mazara ended up on third base on a long single to left, scoring two Tigers. Eric Haase flew out to Andujar. Detroit Tigers 2 New York Yankees 0.

At the top of the second, Gleyber Torres walked. Gary Sanchez popped out to shallow center. Miguel Andujar struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt. Clint Frazier singled on a comebacker to Skubal. Tyler Wade, with two on and two outs, struck out. Victor Reyes led off the bottom and hit back to King for the out. Zack Short hit a single to left. Willi Castro was hit by a pitch putting two on with one out. Goodrum struck out. Candelario walked, loading the bases for Cabrera ground leaving the bases loaded. Tigers 2 Yankees 0.

DJ LeMahieu led off the third by grounding out to left. Stanton struck out swinging. Judge also struck out for a quick inning for Skubal. At the bottom, Schoop walked on King’s 56th pitch. Mazara lined out to Wade in center. Hasse reached on an E5 by Urshela that was avoiding a flying broken bat. Reyes faced the new Yankee pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. and reached on an error by Torres scoring a run. Short walked to load the bases. Castro hit into a bases-clearing double diving in another three runs. Goodrum single on a bobbled ball by Torres. Cabrera ground out to finally end the inning. Tigers 6 Yankees 0.

At the top of the fourth, Urshela struck out. Torres flew out deep to center field. Gary Sanchez walked. Andujar went down on strikes. Schoop singled, Mazara reached on a fielder’s choice. Haase hit into a double play to end the inning. Tigers 6 Yankees 0.

Clint Frazier led off the fifth by striking out swinging. Tyler Wade ground out to second base. LeMahieu flew out to Goodrum in center. Reyes led off the bottom by grounding out to second. Short walked, and Castro hit into a double play. Tigers 6 Yankees 0.

Stanton ground out to start the sixth. Judge ground into a ground-rule double. Urshela flew out to right, and Torres flew out to right. At the bottom, Goodrum led off by grounding out. Candelario walked. Cabrera struck out. Schoop singled for two on and two outs. Mazara walked on a bad call to load the bases. Haase struck out to leave the bases loaded. Tigers 6 Yankees 0.

Sanchez led off the seventh by singling to right. Andujar flew out to right. Frazier had a towering fly out to center. Wade struck out to end the half. A the bottom, with new pitcher Nick Nelson on the mound, Reyes ground out. Short struck out. Castro walked. Goodrum ground out to end the seventh inning. Tigers 6 Yankees 0.

LeMahieu led off the eighth inning by singling to right. Stanton flew out to right. Judge walked, moving LeMahieu to second. Urshela struck out. The runners moved up on a wild pitch. Torres singled, scoring Judge for the first run in the game for the Yankees. Sanchez faced the new pitcher Michael Fulmer and singled but on an errant throw, he got caught up in a run down and was out. An inexcusable mistake when down four runs. Tigers 6 and Yankees 2.

At the bottom of the eighth, Candelario went down on strikes. Cabrera ground out. Schoop walked. A passed ball allowed Schoop to advance. Mazara flew out to Frazier in left. With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar singled to center. Clint Frazier singled, moving Andujar to third base. Tyler Wade, with two on and no outs, went down on strikes. LeMahieu flew out to foul territory in right. Giancarlo Stanton walked on four pitches, bring up Aaron Judge to the plate. Judge with the bases loaded went down looking, and the Tigers swept the Yankees. The final score was the Tigers 6 and the Yankees 2. The winner was Tarik Skubal, and the loser, Michael King.






New York Yankees Recap: Yankees fail to get the sweep of the O’s in a slugfest

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

This afternoon the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in the finale of a 3 games set, with the Yankees looking for the sweep.

DJ LeMahieu led off against Adam Plutko and walked. Luke Voit followed with a single moving DJ to second base. Aaron Judge singled to load the bases with no outs, the first-inning duplicate from last night. Gio Urshela hit into a double play, but DJ scored. Gary Sanchez homered to far left, pushing in two more runs. Clint Frazer followed with back to a back homer of his own. Miguel Andujar hit a long to the center-field warning track for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 4 Orioles 0.

Cedric Mullins led off the bottom of the first against Jordan Montgomery; he ground out to Wade. Austin Hays ground out to Wade. Trey Mancini walked. Mountcastle doubled driving in Mancini from first. Pedro Severino singled driving in Mountcastle. Maikel Franco singled. Galvis struck out for the final out of the 30-minute inning. The O’s came roaring back with two runs of their own. Yankees 4 O’s 2.

The recent call up to replace Aaron Hicks, Ryan LaMerre ground out to third. Tyler Wade ground out to first. LeMahieu ground out for fast half for Zimmermann. At the bottom, Valaika popped out to Andujar. McKenna struck out. Mullins struck out for the 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. Yankees 4 O’s 2.

Luke Voit started the third inning by grounding out to left. Judge had a solo 443′ home run to make him #1 for home runs in the 2021 season. Urshela ground out to short. Sanchez popped out to first. At the bottom, Hays doubled down the left-field line. Mancini walked for men on the corners with no outs. Mountcastle had a sac fly to drive in Hays. Severino struck out swinging. Mancini advanced on a wild pitch. Franco doubled driving in Mancini. Galvis singled driving in Franco, and that tied up the game. Valaika flew out to Andujar. Yankees 5 O’s 5.

The fourth inning was led off by Clint Frazier, who struck out swinging. Andujar ground out to right-center. LaMarre struck out. At the bottom of the fourth, with Michael King replacing Montgomery, he faced McKenna, who grounded out to Urshela. Mullins sent one to the right-field wall for a double over Frazier’s head. Hays ground out to left. Mancini doubled on another ball Frazier couldn’t catch and another run batted in. Mountcastle flew out to Frazier. Orioles 6 Yankees 5.

Tyler Wade led off the fifth by striking out swinging. LeMahieu walked. Voit struck out. Judge ground out softly to short. At the bottom, Severino walked to lead off. Franco ground out to LeMahieu. Galvis popped out to Urshela in the infield. Severino advanced to second on a wild pitch. Valaika ground out to end the inning. Orioles 6 Yankees 5.

Gio Urshela led off the sixth inning by grounding out. Gary Sanchez popped out to right-center. Clint Frazier was called out on strikes. McKenna led off the bottom by popping out. Mullins ground out to second. Hays flew out to LaMarre in center. Orioles 6 New York Yankees 5.

The seventh was led off, with Miguel Andujar striking out. Ryan LaMarre ground out to center. Tyler Wade base hit up the left-field line, and that did it for Zimmermann. The new pitcher Tanner Scott faced LeMahieu, who had the final out of the half. At the bottom, Mancini faced Wandy Peralta and flew out to a diving Clint Frazier, who broke his sunglasses in the play. Mountcastle grounded out. Severino walked. Franco got a two-run homer to left. Galvis ground out to end the inning. Orioles 8 Yankees 5.

At the top of the eighth, the Yankees had just six outs to get the lead in the game. The eighth inning was led off by Luke Voit, who singled up the center. Aaron Judge walked. Urshela faced the new O’s pitcher Paul Fry and hit into a double play for two outs in the inning. Gary Sanchez went down looking. At the bottom, Valaika facing Luis Cessa, flew out to Frazier. McKenna lined in front of Andujar for a base hit. Mullins ground into a force out for the second out. Hays walked. Mancini walked. Mountcastle got a two-run single up the center. Severino struck out. Orioles 10 Yankees 5.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees and the bottom of the lineup coming up, they would face the O’s closer, Cesar Valdez. Clint Frazier singled out to left. Miguel Andujar followed with a base hit to left. Brett Gardner pinch-hitting popped out to left field. Mike Ford pinch-hitting struck out. DJ LeMahieu singled driving in Frazier. Luke Voit struck out to end the day for the Yankees as they can’t get the sweep. The Yankees are now 1-7 when trying for sweeps this season.

Final Score Baltimore Orioles 10 and the New York Yankees 6. The winning pitcher was Bruce Zimmermann, and the loser was Michael King.





New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from finale loss to the Rays

New York Yankees, Michael King

Last night the New York Yankees wanted to celebrate the cheerfulness of putting a bow on the series with the Tampa Bay Rays by completing the sweep of the series. That was not to be as the Rays pummeled the Yankees last night. The Yankees can take some solace, though; it’s the first time the Yankees have won a series against the Ray since the Rays swept a two-game series from the Yankees back on September 24-25, 2019. The Yankees’ last time they swept a series over the Rays at Tropicana Field was in April of 2015.

Taillon had command problems

Jameson Taillon just didn’t have his good stuff in the 9-1 rout of the New York Yankees. He got in immediate trouble in the first inning, giving up two runs, he gave up another two runs in the third inning, and his day was done after just 4.2 innings and 95 pitches thrown.

The odd thing about Taillon’s outing is that he had command one minute but not the next. He struck out 9 Rays on the day but didn’t have any consistency with his pitches. The Yankee’s pitching coach Matt Blake has been encouraging the Yankees’ pitchers to increase their use of the changeup, which they have been doing successfully. However, Taillon is the one pitcher that has not made that increase, and the reason is that it just isn’t very good.

Bullpen surprisingly fails big time

After Jameson Taillon gave up four runs, manager Aaron Boone turned the game over to his usually stellar bullpen. Unfortunately, last night that made things worse. Michael King has been good for the Yankees going several innings of scoreless relief; that was not the case last night. He gave up 3 runs in just 2.1 innings of work. Justin Wilson sealed the deal for the Yankees by giving up 2 runs in the ninth inning.

The Yankees still aren’t hitting

The New York Yankees are under tremendous pressure not to give up runs in games because across most of this season’s games; the Yankee hitters aren’t scoring. Under normal circumstances, if the starting pitching isn’t as good as expected, the hitters can pick it up for him by scoring runs. For the most part, this season, that is not happening. It’s been that the pitchers have made up for the poor hitting.

Last night the Yankees only had five hits in the game. Those few hits seldom win games. This has been a problem that has dogged the Yankees all season. Although the front of the lineup has improved considerably since the beginning of the season, the bottom of the lineup has been failing miserably. Last night Mike Ford, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, and Brett Gardner combined for 9 strikeouts and no hits. Their combined batting average is just 104.5. This basically means the Yankees are operating with only half a lineup.

Excellent pitching in the first two games led the New York Yankees to win those games. However, based on industry norms, the Yankees shouldn’t have won those games either. In the entire three-game series, the Yankees only scored five runs.



New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from German’s win over the Orioles

Last night the New York Yankees had their third game of a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and came away with their second win in a row. Domino German pitched brilliantly in the game, and the Yankees bats were alive with 12 hits, 3 of them long balls as the Yankees improved their record in the AL East. They are now just two games under .500.

German was lights out through seven innings.

There isn’t a lot to say about Domingo German‘s third regular-season start other than he was brilliant. Domingo German pitched awesomely in spring training, but when the regular season came alone, his first start was a disaster on April 4th. He gave up three runs in three innings for the Yankee’s loss. The Yankees sent him down to the alternate site to figure things out. He remained there until April 22, when he returned to the majors for his second start. It wasn’t great, but he kept the team in the game for a win for the New York Yankees.

Last night no one knew what to expect from German, but after putting down the Baltimore side in the first inning, it seemed like he had command of his pitches. As the game progressed get got only better. He had a no-hitter through four innings. He ended up pitching seven complete innings with 92 pitches, 63 of which were strikes. His record for the game included giving up just 3 hits without a walk in a shoutout outing.

The hitting dead are rising up.

For the most part, the New York Yankees hitters have been dead at the plate with only a few exceptions, puzzling everyone as to why the most powerful lineup in baseball couldn’t hit the ball. That is beginning to change. DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Glyber Torres seem to be heating up. Gio Urshela has been relatively constant in the season continues to get even better.

Last night the Yankee hitters again had 12 hits, 3 of them home runs. Mike Ford, Gio Urshela, and Clint Frazier had long balls. Clint Frazier that has been hitting very poorly hit his first home run of the season. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it when the Yankees hit home runs, they win games; when they don’t, they usually lose.

Kyle Higashioka turning heads

Kyle Higashioka didn’t hit a home run last night, but he does lead the team in home runs per game played. Last night he worked seamlessly with Domingo German for the Yankee’s second win in a row. He also caught Corey Kluber’s first win on the season. He will next catch Gerrit Cole’s start against the Detroit Tigers. “Higgy” is quickly showing that he is the better catcher behind the plate than Gary Sanchez.

Higashioka has always been a good defensive catcher, but he seems to have only gotten better over the last two seasons. He is becoming a framing expert and works better with the pitchers, which translates into wins. The Yankees have always stuck by Sanchez because of his pop at the plate. The big difference now is that short term anyway, Higgy is the one with a better batting average and more consistent power than Sanchez. All manager Aaron Boone has said is that Higgy will get plenty of playing time.


New York Yankees: Tampa Bay Rays series preview (update)

New York Yankees, Nick Nelson

The New York Yankees will meet up with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 7:05 pm for their second series between the two teams that really don’t like each other, this time at Yankee Stadium.  The dislike between these two teams has been building for the last few years, and there is no reason to believe that will be going away any time soon. During the last meeting at the Trop, Yankee pitchers hit several Rays without any retaliation in those three games. They may think that our pitchers stink, and it wasn’t on purpose.

If they think our pitchers stink, they have good reason too, if your name isn’t Gerrit Cole or Jordan Montgomery, the moniker applies to you. So far in the young season, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Domingo German have fared quite poorly. Luckily the bullpen has been nearly perfect. It is anyone’s guess how long that will last if they continue to be overused.

Going into spring training, the Yankees thought their major competitor this season would be the Toronto Blue Jays as the Tampa Bay Rays seemed to be greatly diminished after trading their Ace Blake Snell to the Padres and letting Charlie Morton walk to the Braves. However, it now appears the Yankees will have their hands full with both teams. Tyler Glasnow has emerged as the new Ray’s ace. This season, in his first three starts, he is pitching better than Snell ever did. He has an ERA of .046.

Game one today:

Tonight a yet-to-be-named New York Yankee pitcher will face the Tampa Bay Rays’ Michael Wacha. That may be good news for the Yankees because he is the only Ray pitcher that did not pitch well against the Yankees. In his first appearance, he gave up three runs in four innings of work.

This week the Yankees optioned Albert Abreu to Scranton without making a corresponding move. It would seem likely that they will bring up Michael King to at least start tonight’s game. King came in relief of Domingo German when he bombed against the Blue Jays and pitched six solid shut-out innings in the Yankee win. However, the Yankees have other options for tonight’s game, including Deivi Garcia.

The Yankees will be celebrating Jackie Robinson Day tonight. The game tonight will be at 7:05 pm and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun in Florida and the New York area on the YES Network. The game will also be on MLBN out of market.

UPDATE: In a last-minute move the Yankees are starting Nick Nelson tonight. The start is quite surprising as he has been the worst Yankee reliever giving up 5 earned runs in 3 games and 4 innings pitched.

Game two Saturday:

Game two will feature the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery against a yet-to-be-announced Rays Pitcher. Montgomery in his first outing against Baltimore was impressive, but in his last outing against the Rays, he did not fare as well; he gave up four runs in 5 innings of work. He also had the distinction of bonking Austin Meadows twice in the same game, causing the umpires to warn both sides.

The likely starter for the Rays is Tyler Glasnow, the Yankee killer. The Yankees did not fare well against him last season, and so far this year, his ERA is .046. He typically throws a 100 mph fastball and a knee-buckling curveball, and that’s not the end of his pitching arsenal. If it is Glasnow, the Yankees will have their hands full, especially if Montgomery is not at his best.

The Saturday matinee will be at 1:05 pm and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Sun in Florida and the New York area on the YES Network. The game will also be on MLBN out of market.

Game three Sunday:

Sunday will be the best chance for a New York Yankee win. Ace Gerrit Cole will be on the mound. He will face another yet-to-be-announced Rays starter. Although not official, it will probably be Ryan Yarbrough who will give the Yankees a totally different look. Yarbrough is a junk baller whose fastball might reach 88 miles per hour. However, he is a premium soft contact pitcher.

Gerrit Cole has been near brilliant in his three starts. He is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.47. Cole is also the only Yankee pitcher that has been friendly to the bullpen by pitching over an average of six innings in his three starts.

The 1:05 pm Sunday game will be televised in Florida on Bally Sports Sun in the New York area on WPIX and in CT on CW20. The game will also be free to Amazon Prime members in CT, NY, NJ, and eastern PA.

Series predictions:

Today’s game between a Yankee opener and the Ray’s Wacha, it’s a toss-up who might win the contest. On Saturday, the Yankee’s hitting better be alive, or they will have no chance against Glasnow. With Cole on the mound on Sunday, the Yankees will have their best of a win. Although the Yankees would like to sweep the Rays, they will likely be thrilled to win 2 out of 3.

All pitchers are probable.’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam



New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from Yankees Easter loss

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees faced the Toronto Blue Jays on Easter Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the three-game set rubber game. The Jays won the first game, the Yankees took the second game, and the Jays took the rubber game 3-1. The Yankee record after just three games is 1-2.  At his first start of the season, Domingo German completely bombed, and the Yankee hitting just wasn’t there. Here are three major takeaways from the game.

Micheal King sparkled in relief

The big story in the game is not German’s failure; it is the fact that Michael King relieved German in the fourth inning and closed out the game, saving the Yankee bullpen for the Baltimore series. King, in six innings, only gave up one hit and one walk while striking out 3 Blue Jays. He put down sixteen Jay hitters.

King’s outing must have turned some heads in the front office of the Yankees. According to Jack Curry, his outing today was the first time a Yankee reliever went six innings without allowing a run in the last 35 years. With stretching out King to 68 pitches, they can now use him as a starter if needed. Should a starter become injured, they now have two pitchers to look to, Jonathan Loaisiga and Michael King.

Domingo German bombed in his first start

Today was a bit of a surprise to New York Yankees fans, as I am sure it was for management. German was the Yankee’s best starter in the spring. He gave up 2 runs in 13 innings while striking out 11.8 hitters per nine innings.  The Yankees probably thought that German would give them the best start in the Jays series, but as it turned out, he was the worst.

In Sunday’s game, he gave up 3 earned runs in 3 innings, two of them home runs. The command that German exhibited in spring training just wasn’t there yesterday as he threw many balls right down the middle. I am sure their Yankees aren’t worried as one bad game does not make a season, especially since it was his first major league start in over a year.

Yankee hitting goes silent again

I have spoken to this issue before. The Yankees, in general, are just not hitting, and they must, or they will get behind the eight ball early in the season. I reported previously that the Yankees in their last dozen spring training games only scored 3.1 runs per game, which is not enough to win games. Last season the Yankees scored 5.39 runs per game and didn’t win the division.

In the three Toronto Blue Jays games, the Yankees scored 2.6 runs per game. At the end of last season and in the postseason, the Yankee bats went silent as well. Manager Aaron Boone was questioned after the game if he was concerned that the Yankee hitter wasn’t hitting. He said no, they would get their timing and start hitting. As a Yankee fan myself, I hope they do. Nevertheless, long stretches of not hitting will not win a 28th World championship.

New York Yankees Recap: Domingo German bombed in Yankee loss

New York Yankees, Domingo German

On this Easter Sunday, the New York Yankees had the rubber game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Game 1 was won by the Jays the Yankees took game Game 2. The Yankees started their best pitcher in spring, training Domingo German. The Blue Jays started T.J. Zeuch, who also pitched very well during the spring. After not pitching for an entire year, German showed no rust after his 2019 season when he went 18-4. The Yankees lost this one 3-1.

It was another beautiful day for baseball in the Bronx, sunny approaching 60 degrees during the game. Almost 11,000 fans were in the stands for the game.

German took to the mound shortly after 1:05 pm and faced Marcus Semien. Semien flew out to Hicks. Biggio also flew out to Hicks. Bichette doubled off a ball that bounced off the right-field wall. Hernandez struck out to end the half. Zeuch faced LeMahieu at the bottom, and he flew out to center. Aaron Judge lined out, and Aaron Hicks ground out to second. No score.

German allowed a home run to Guerrero Jr. well into the stands in right-center.  Gurriel Jr. single over short. Gurriel Jr. advanced to second on a passed ball. Grichuk hit a homer, driving in two runs. Panik struck out. Kirk walked. Back to the top of the lineup, Semien singled, but Kirk was called out at second. Biggio flew out to Gardner to end the half, but the Jays went up 3 runs.

Starting at the bottom of the first, the Yankees had to climb out of a 3 run deficit. Gleyber Torres ground out to second. Jay Bruce singled to right. Gary Sanchez flew out to left. Clint Frazier struck out, leaving on one base. After two innings, Jays 3 Yankees 0.

At the top of the 3rd, Bo Bichette flew out to Hicks on the warning track. Hernandez flew out to Gardner. Geurrero Jr. singled on a grounder to Torres that Jay Bruce couldn’t catch at first. Gurriel Jr. flew out to center. At the bottom, Gio Urshela lined out to short. Brett Gardner singled past third. LeMahieu singled to right, moving Gardner to second. Two men on with one out. Judge ground into a double play. Jays 3 Yankees 0.

Michael King replaced German at the fourth; he allowed a walk to Grichuk followed by a single to Panik for two on with no outs. Kirk flew out to Frazier; he fired in holding the runners. Semien flew out to Frazier. Baggio reached on catcher interference to load the bases. Bichette ground out to first, leaving the bases loaded. At the bottom, Hicks popped out to right. Torres flew out two the warning track in center. Bruce walked with two outs. Sanchez ground out to end the Yankees’ fourth scoreless inning.

Guerrero Jr. struck out, Gurriel Jr. ground out, and Grichuk ground out for the Yankees’ first fast inning. At the bottom, Frazier got a hustled double as the ball fell in shallow right field. Urshela flew out, but Frazier made it to third. Gardner out, but Frazier scored to get the Yankees on the board. LeMahieu walked. Judge flew out to right, but the Yankees got a manufactured run by Frazier. Jays 3 Yankees 1.

Michael King went 1-2-3 at the top of the sixth, putting down Grichuk, Panik, and Kirk on just four pitches. At the bottom of the inning, Hicks ground out second. Torres doubled off the base of the left-field wall.  That hit knocked reliever Thornton out of the game in favor of Borucki. Bruce ground out, but Torres went to third. Sanchez popped out, failing to bring Torres home. Jays 3 Yankees 1.

Semien against King flew out to Gardner. Baggio ground out to short. Bichette also ground out to short. King had pitched four shutout innings. Phelps was on the mound in the bottom facing Frazier, who popped out to first. Urshela struck out. Gardner struck out for a fast inning for both pitchers.

At the top of the eighth, King again returned to the mound struck out Hernandez on three pitches. Guerrero Jr. ground out to second. Gurriel Jr. struck out. King retired 13 Jays in a row. LeMahieu led off the bottom and grounded to short. Judge ground to third. Hick struck out. Jays 3 Yankees 1.

King came back out in the ninth to save the Yankee bullpen for the Baltimore series. Grichuk struck out. Panik ground out. Kirk popped to LeMahieu. King retired 16 Jays in the row; it was the first time in 35 years that a Yankee reliever had pitched six scoreless innings according to Jack Curry. Bruce flew out to left. Gary Sanchez flew out, popped out, and ground out, struck out again, ending the game. Final score Jays 3 Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Borucki, the loser German, and the save went to Merryweather.  The Yankee lost the rubber game; in both losses, the Yankee hitters just didn’t hit.