Yankees News, 7/10: Cole explains reason for slump, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar injury update

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Over the last seven games this season for New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, he’s earned a 4.69 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. During that frame, he has allowed 37 hits and 21 earned runs over 40.1 innings.

On the season, Cole features a 2.91 ERA, but the last few games have elevated his numbers significantly, making him look human after an alien-like start to the season. After the MLB banned sticky substances, which helped increase spin-rate and velocity, a number of pitchers began to see their stuff degrade, including Cole and Aroldis Chapman.

“At this point it has nothing to do with the rule enforcement four or five weeks ago. There’s ebbs and flows to your delivery as the game goes on throughout the season and we’ve got to tighten up some stuff and I’m trying to do that here and I’m trying to do that against good teams. So that’s where my focus has been and that’s what we’ve identified as a group as what needs to pick up a little bit.”

While Cole is quite confident he’s simply going through a lull, the timing is ever so conspicuous. We will have to monitor the rest of the season for the ace, but there’s no question his inability to use spider tack has made an impact, as his velocity is down and spin-rate is clearly struggling to a degree.

Injury updates on Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit:

Andujar is dealing with a strained hand and wrist and could be headed toward the injured list in the coming days. Andujar is hitting .253 this season, his best since 2018, over 45 games. Having spent the majority of his time in left field this year, he has smashed six homers and 12 RBIs, featuring a 17.3% strike-out rate. Losing his offensive prowess will undoubtedly have its impact, but the Yankees emerged victorious nonetheless against the Houston Astros on Friday by a score of 4-0.

Miggy could be added to the IL, but skipper Aaron Boone has not yet decided:

“We’ll see,’’ Boone said on Friday before the win over Houston. “We’ll have to make a call after [Friday]. We’ll see if he’s available.”

As for slugger Luke Voit, he recently returned from any injury before being plunked in the hand by a wild pitch. Voit is safe from any serious damage on the HBP but is taking a day off to make sure he doesn’t aggravate his injury.

“He’s gotten a little bit beat up this week, so I just felt like it felt like it was a good day to get Rougned in there,” Boone said. “(Voit) should be good to go for the next two games.”

The Yankees will take on the Astros over the weekend to finish a three-game series. Cole will feature on the mound against Zack Greinke on Saturday night at 7:15 PM.

New York Yankees beat the Angels 11-5, here are the major takeaways from the win

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After a four-game losing streak last night, the New York Yankees delighted fans worldwide with a big 11-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels. They showed fans and detractors alike that they can be the Bronx Bombers of old. The big question is can they maintain that energy and success?

Don’t let Jameson Taillon fool you

Jameson Taillon earned the win last night in the Yankees 11-5 win over the Los Angeles at Yankee Stadium. It was his third win of the season against four losses in fifteen starts. But don’t be fooled. Taillon didn’t win the game the Yankee lineup did. Taillon gave up all the runs the Angels would score. Taillon is still the lousy pitcher he has been all season. With the Yankees only scoring about 3 runs per game, giving up five runs would normally be a loss for any starting pitcher.

Jameson Taillon was a better-than-average pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirate before his series of injuries. He had two Tommy John surgeries. But with him working his way back, the New York Yankees thought they could take a chance on him to be a number three or four starter for their revamped Yankee rotation.  Now halfway through the season for Taillon, that seems like a pipe dream. He has shown some bright spots this season, only to go out and erase them in the next outing.

The good pitching news from last night is not Taillon; it’s Nestor Cortes Jr. that stepped in and saved Taillon last night. Cortes Jr. has proven that he is a dependable option for Aaron Boone whenever he is needed. Last night he pitched 1.2 innings of one-hit ball. In his last 8.1 innings of relief, he has allowed only three hits and no runs. Call-up Albert Abreu closed out the game for the Yankees, pitching two hitless innings.

Yankees score a season-high 11 runs

The New York Yankees that have been playing all season did not show up last night; the “Bronx Bombers” we all know and love performed last night like Yankee fans have not seen all season long. There were several high points last night. One is scoring a season-high 11 runs. Every Yankee scored last night, and the Yankees hit three home runs in the game.

It was a hit fest for the New York Yankees last night. Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Miguel Andujar all hit home runs in the game. In addition, Sanchez, Luke Voit, and Miguel Andujar all had extra-base hits. The Yankees also never let up the pressure on the Angels. LeMahieu, Judge, Andujar, Sanchez, Voit, and Gleyber Torres all had two out RBI’s.

Turnaround or giant tease?

The morning after, many New York Yankee fans wonder if last night finally signaled a turnaround for the Yankees. Others may be wondering if it was just a giant tease that has seen the Yankees take a step forward and then two steps back. The Yankees have, for the most part, have had a roller-coaster season with more downs than ups.

At the start of the season, most industry analysts predicted with the Yankee’s strong lineup and newly revamped pitching rotation that they would be the team to beat all the way to the World Series. However, Yankee fans and analysts alike have been totally puzzled by the exact opposite. The Yankees appear to be a lifeless unenergetic team that can’t get out of its own way, often failing on baseball’s basics. If you believe that the Yankees will stop hitting into double plays, stop making running errors. And that the team will all of the sudden start hitting across the lineup, then the Yankees have now turned it around. If you are like so many sports sites, even New York ones, you believe the Yankees are done for it.

Last night New York Yankee general manager Brian Cashman for the first time, threw the Yankees under the bus while showing his continued support of Boone and the coaches.

“I know they urgently want to get on track, but I also know that we suck right now, as bad as you can be,” the general manager said Tuesday. “Trying to knock ourselves out of that is the effort, but until we get online and start playing high again, it’s gonna look bad. It plays bad and it stinks to high heavens. Right now, we gotta own that. I gotta call it like I see it: It’s pretty bad right now.”

Just one week ago, the New York Yankees had crawled back to just four games out of first place, but now a week later, even after last night’s game, the Yankees are back to 7 1/2 games out, with only the Baltimore Orioles playing worse ball. I am not going to join the bandwagon saying that the Yankees are through this season. They still have time to turn it around, but they must start doing it now, and in a big way, anything less will disappoint.

Tonight the New York Yankees will face the pitching and hitting sensation Shohei Ohtani,  that many compare to Babe Ruth. If Domingo German and the Yankees can win this game, it will go a long way to say that a turnaround may be in the offing.

 

 

New York Yankees Recap 6/29: Yankees pummeled the Angels 11-5

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Tonight the New York York Yankees had their second game of the four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels. Last night he lost the first game of the series 5-3, their fourth loss in a row. On the mound for the Yankees tonight was Jameson Taillon and for the Angels Andrew Heaney. The Yankees have been looking to turn things around as they slip further away from the top of the AL East.

Jameson Taillon, the Yankee’s least dependable pitcher, took the mound for the first inning facing the Angel’s David Fletcher, who flew out of left. Shohei Ohtani flew out to Aaron Judge. Anthony Rendon got a two-out double to left-center. Jared Walsh struck out for a good inning for Taillon. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu faced the Angels Andrew Heaney, and he ground out. Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Then, Gary Sanchez hit a long home run into the right-center field stands for his 14th home run of the season. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Luke Voit went down looking, but the Yankees got ahead in the game on Sanchez’s sole shot. New York Yankees 1 Angels 0.

Max Stassi doubled on a bobbled play by Andujar in left. Rengifo hit into the force, with Stassi taking third. Iglesias got a two-run homer to left. Schebler struck out. Taylor Ward, with two outs, flew out to Gardner to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres popped out to short. Gio Urshela walked. Miguel Andujar singled, moving Urshela to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew out to left with Urshela scoring. Andujar moved to second. LeMahieu got a long single to right driving in Andujar for the Yankee lead. Aaron Judge got a two-run homer (434′) into Monument Park. Gary Sanchez flew out. Yankees 5 Angels 2.

Fletcher in the third grounded out to third. Ohtani hit his second home run in as many nights. Rendon singled to left. Walsh hit into the force out. Stassi ground out to end the half. Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom by walking. Luke Voit flew out to deep center field. Torres continued his slump, striking out. Urshela went down looking. Yankees 5 Angels 3.

At the top of the fourth, Renfigo flew out to Judge in right. Iglesias singled. Schebler went down on strikes. Ward flew out to end the half. Miguel Andujar led off the bottom of the fourth by homering to the short porch in right. Gardner walked. With a new pitcher on the mound, LeMahieu faced James Hoyt, and he flew out to right. Aaron Judge flew out to left. Gary Sanchez doubled driving in Gardner from first. Stanton walked. Luke Voit doubled, driving in Sanchez as the Yankees poured it on in the inning. Torres got a two-run single driving in Stanton and Voit as the Yankees went double digits. Urshela struck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 10 Angels 3

Fletcher led off the fifth inning by singling to center. Ohtani hit his second home run in the game and his third home run in the series. Rendon walked. Walsh struck out. Stassi hit into a round-the-horn double play to end the half. Andujar led off the bottom and popped back to the pitcher. Gardner walked. LeMahieu walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Judge walked. Sanchez, with the bases loaded and one out hit into an inning-ending double play.  New York Yankees 10 Angels 5.

Rengifo flew out to open the sixth. Iglesias singled to left, and that was the night for Jameson Taillon. He was replaced by Nestor Cortes Jr. Schebler was pinch-hit for by Gosellin, who struck out. Ward singled but got run down at second to end the inning. Stanton led off the bottom and struck out. Voit ground out to third. Torres singled to center. Urshela faced the new pitcher Jose Quintana and singled, moving Torres to second. Torres stole third. Andujar with men on the corners and two out doubled going 3 for 4 in the game. Torres scored. Gardner struck out to end the inning. Yankees 11 Angels 5.

The seventh inning was led off by Fletcher, who struck out. Ohtani, who has homered twice in the game, flew out to Gardner in center. Rendon struck out to end the half. At the bottom, LeMahieu ground out to right. Aaron Judge ground out to short. Gary Sanchez popped up to the catcher to end the scoreless inning.

At the top of the eighth, with Albert Abreu on the mound, Walsh walked. Stassi struck out swinging. Rengifo flew out to Judge. Iglesias hit Abreu, but he recovered and fired for the out. At the bottom, Stanton, against new Angel pitcher Alex Claudio flew out. Voit flew out to left. Torres walked. Urshela struck out. Another fast scoreless inning.

With last licks on the line for the Los Angeles Angels, Gosselin took to the plate and ground out to Torres at short. Ward went to first on a hit by pitch. Fletcher sent a bullet down, first caught by Voit. Ohtani ground out to Voit to end the game. The final score was 11-5. The winner was Jameson Taillon, and the loser was Andrew Heaney. With the win, the Yankees broke their four-game losing streak.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from home run powered win

Last night in Minnesota, the New York Yankees entered a second game against the twins after taking game one 8-4. They hoped with Yankee ace Gerrit Cole on the mound; they could take the series from the Twins. At the end of the night, they got the 9-6 win, but it wasn’t always pretty. The Yankees hit four home runs in the game.

Cole made a statement while under allegations

New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole took the mound in Minneapolis last night after being accused of using stick stuff to aid his spin rate and get out more batters. The allegations came from the Twins’ own Josh Donaldson, who talked about pitchers using pitching aids and particularly named Cole in that conversation.

Cole let his pitching do the speaking for him. When Donaldson came up second in the lineup, Cole swiftly struck him out. Donaldson struck out for the second time against Cole. In the sixth inning, still facing Cole, Donaldson flew out to right field. Although Cole said nothing but the obvious stare in at Donaldson each time he stuck out spoke volumes. Donaldson ended up the night going 0 for 5.

Cole seemed more comfortable on the mound last night. He went six innings using 94 pitches, 66 of them strikes. He gave up five hits, two earned runs, striking out 9 Twins hitters, and walking no one.

The win wasn’t the prettiest this season, even though they scored 9 runs. The usually solid Yankee bullpen again faltered in the game. However, Luis Cessa did his job pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Gerrit Cole. With the Yankees ahead 9 to 2 in the ninth, Brooks Kriske took over for Cessa and allowed four earned runs to finish off the game.

Yankee hitting comes alive big time

The Yankee hitting that has often been lacking in most games came alive for the second night in a row. The Yankees got 15 hits in the game, four of them home runs. It was the first time this season that the Yankees got double-digit hits three games in a row.

Giancarlo Stanton was last night’s MVP hitting two long balls in the game. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar also homered in the game. It was the tenth time that both Stanton and Judge homered in the same game. Stanton and Judge also doubled in the game. Brett Gardner and Rougie Odor also had extra-base hits. Meanwhile, DJ LeMahieu had another unproductive night going 0 for 4.

Giancarlo Stanton heating up again

At the beginning of the season, the hottest hitter was Giancarlo Stanton; then, he injured his quad. He was out for 13 games. Upon his return, it appeared that Stanton had lost his timing. Manager Aaron Boone was easing him back into the lineup, causing him to miss every other game.

But, now in his last two games in a row, it seems his magic is back. He had two hits on Tuesday and exploded last night with two home runs and a single driving in five runs. It speaks well of the Yankee hitting when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are together. Even with his time in the IL, Stanton has a .267 batting average with 11 home runs and 29 driving in.

 

Yankees’ Miguel Andujar is showing his best version offensively

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

By now, it’s becoming clear that Miguel Andujar wasn’t fully healthy in 2020. His strength hadn’t come all the way back after 2019 labrum surgery, as the New York Yankees’ infielder/outfielder wasn’t hitting the ball hard at all, both in average and max exit velocity.

The evidence suggests that now, Andujar is back to feeling like his 2018 self, at least regarding his ability to hit the ball hard. His average and max exit velocities in 2021 (89.8 mph, 110.2 mph) are right in line with his 2018 marks of 89.1 mph and 110.4 mph, respectively.

We don’t need to remind Yankees fans that Andujar was the 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up by hitting .297 with 27 homers and 76 extra-base hits.

A horrific start of the 2021 campaign is still dragging Andujar’s line, which is currently .247/.256/.393 with four homers. But the truth is he is, besides Gary Sanchez, the hottest hitter in the New York Yankees’ roster.

Andujar is hitting .296/.321/.741 with four homers since May 31. That’s about what he can offer as a major leaguer: a solid average and some power, but with a low OBP.

The Yankees have a flawed, but talented player in Andujar

Andujar has many flaws as a baseball player. He is slow, he doesn’t play good defense anywhere on the diamond (and Giancarlo Stanton is clearly the starting designated hitter) and he doesn’t draw walks.

However, if he regains his 2018 form at the plate, which is seemingly happening, he may have his use on an injury-riddled Yankees team that has been struggling offensively and could use all the hot bats there are, even if it means playing Andujar in left field and first base with some regularity.

As long as Andujar keeps hitting and producing, the Yankees will likely find at-bats for him even if it means sacrificing defense. And that appears to be the case right now.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from the Yankees huge win over the Twins

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The New York Yankees went into last night’s game in Minnesota after losing four straight games against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red with the hope of turning it around with Jordan Montgomery on the mound at Target Field. Instead, after being nearly dead for days, the Yankees lineup exploded, scoring eight runs. The final score was the Yankees 8 and the Twins 4.

Montgomery kept the Yankees in the game

Jordan Montgomery has had a strange season so far this year. He often seems to struggle, and more often than not, he doesn’t get the decision in a game. Last night was no different, he went 5.2 innings, but Jonathan Loaisiga got the win. However, so far, he is the Yankees’ second most successful pitcher. The New York Yankees have won 9 of his 12 starts.

Last night in the bottom of the first, Kyle Garlick led off, and he struck out. Josh Donaldson lined to third, Urshela knocked it down but couldn’t make the play. Polanco skied to Gardner. Miguel Sano singled to right, moving Donaldson to third. Ryan Jeffers lined down the left-field line for a two-run lead in the game. Trevor Larnach struck out, but the Twins took the lead Minnesota Twins 2 the New York Yankees 0.

The score remained that way through the end of the fifth inning as Montgomery settled in. But in the sixth, with two outs, ex-Yankee Rob Refsynder came to the plate, drawing a mound visit from Aaron Boone, but Boone left Montgomery in, and Refsynder hit a home to run into the left-field stands, and that was the end of the night for Montgomery.

Yankee hitters erupt, but all is not good

The New York Yankees will take a win any way they can get it. Last night they got it with an eruption from the Yankee lineup that has been so quiet in recent games and through most of the season so far. As a result, the Yankees are at the very bottom of baseball, scoring only 11.6% of the time. This is the lowest figure since the 1969 expansion San Diego Padres.

The Yankees are certainly happy to score those eight runs, but some of the things they have suffered from all season were present last night as well. At one point, the opposing pitcher Michael Pineda put down eleven straight Yankees. Then, in the fifth inning last night, the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs and could bring in only one run when Aaron Judge walked. They also went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position. So although they scored a lot of runs, they could have scored many more with more timely hitting.

The good news is that two of the struggling Yankee hitters had home runs last night. Gary Sanchez led the charge with a 449′ dinger to left, and Miguel Andujar followed with a home run of his own. This could signal that the two players are getting hot. Another good sign is that the underperforming DJ LeMahieu doubled in the game for the first extra-base hit for last year’s batting champ.

Sticky situation for Gerrit Cole again

Here we go again. Gerrit Cole has again been criticized for using sticky substances to increase the spin rate. Going into a 3 game series with the Minnesota Twins, Twins Josh Donaldson has suggested that Cole is suspect with sticky stuff. He cited how Cole’s spin rate dropped considerably after an AP story stated that four minor leaguers were suspended for using foreign substances.  Manager Aaron Boone responded to the allegation.

“I don’t make much of it, Gerrit, as well all of our staff members, I believe are mostly above board and will be able to handle this situation in the right kind of way,’’ Boone said. “And it’s not gonna affect the kind of pitchers they are.”

MLB owners met last week and agreed on the need to crack down pitchers that potentially increase their spin rate with greater revolutions using illegal and prohibited foreign substances. So tonight in Minnesota, Gerrit Cole will face Donaldson. Of interest when Cole was asked about it, he didn’t deny it he simply said I don’t know how to answer that.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees explode in win against the Twins

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Last night the New York Yankees started a 3 game series with the Central division Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. Going into the series, the Yankees were 31-29 and hoping for a win to turn things around against the last place in the Central Twins. Jordan Montgomery faced the ex-Yankee Michael Pineda in the contest. The game-time temperature was 95 with cloudy skies. The Twins had a huge crowd at Target Field.

In the first inning Pineda face the Yankee’s DJ LeMahieu, he doubled to center off the wall. Aaron Judge lined out to third. Gleyber Torres ground out to third. Giancarlo Stanton tapped out to the infield, fielded by the catcher to end the half. At the bottom, the Twins face Montgomery. Kyle Garlick led off, and he struck out. Josh Donaldson lined to third, Urshela knocked it down but couldn’t make the play. Polanco skied to Gardner. Miguel Sano singled to right, moving Donaldson to third. Ryan Jeffers lined down the left-field line for a two-run lead in the game. Trevor Larnach struck out, but the Twins took the lead Minnesota Twins 2 the New York Yankees 0.

At the top of the second, Sanchez lined out. Odor flew out to short. Miguel Andujar lined out for a quick inning for the Yankees. Ex-Yankees Rob Refsnyder singled. Willians Astrudillo flew out. Andrelton Simmons lined out to Judge in right. Garlick was lined out, and Donaldson was called out on strikes for a quick inning. Twins 2 and Yankees 0.

The top of the third showed Undujar getting sharply out at third. Gardner also lined drive to third. LeMahieu struck out for Pineda’s ninth put down of the Yankees in a row. At the bottom, Jorge Polanco ground out to LeMahieu. Sano lined out to Judge. Jeffers singled to right in front of Judge. Larnach ground out to second to end the inning at the Twin 2 and New York Yankees 0.

At the top of the fourth, Judge stuck out swinging. Gleyber Torres popped out to short. Stanton singled to left. Urshela reached on an E1 that Pineda could not handle. Sanchez hit a sharp on directly to the shortstop, end the half and leave two Yankees on base. The bottom saw ex-Yankees Rob Refsynder at the plate; he ground out to third. Astudillo popped out to short, and Simmons ground out to short to end the inning. Twins 2 Yankees 0.

Roughie Odor led off the fifth, and he ground into the shift for out number one. Andujar drew a walk. Gardner hit a blooper to center, moving Andujar to second. Lemahieu singled to left to load the bases for Aaron Judge. Judge drew a walk to drive in the first Yankees run. Torres is facing the new Twin pitcher Jorge Alcala and the bases are still loaded. A wild pitch scored Gardner for a game-tying ground out. Torres lined out to short. Stanton also ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up two runs Tyings the game. The Yankees picked up another run in the sixth, and the Twin answered with one for themselves, tying it up again at 3 apiece.

Montgomery pitched into the sixth inning for the Yankees. Then, at the top of the eighth inning, the Yankees came up big with two more runs. First, Frazier pinch-hitting singled getting the Yankees started. Then, Andujar singled, a sac fly put two on for the Yankees, an infield ball put the Yankees up 5 to 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees scored 3 more runs. It was a big inning for the Yankees. Gary Sanchez (449′) and Miguel Andujar both homered in the inning. Sanchez’s homer was a two-run smash. At the end of the inning, it was the New York Yankees 8 and the Minnesota Twins 3.

At the bottom of the ninth, the Twins picked up a run on a Yankee throwing error, but they ground out to end the inning and break the Yankee’s four-game losing streak. This was the largest win for the Yankees since mid-May and the first time they hit multi-homers in the same inning. The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Twins 4. The Yankee bullpen pitched 3.1 innings of one-run ball. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisiga, and the loser was Tyler Rogers.

Tomorrow at 8:10 pm, the New York Yankees will send out their ace Gerrit Cole to face the Twins ex-Yankees J.A. Happ, looking for their second win and a series win over the Twins.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Sanchez, Andujar and all the Yankee news in one place

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New York Yankees start at 3 game series with the Minnesota Twins

With the New York Yankees‘ disastrous homestand going 2-5, they have dug themselves into a hole that is becoming increasingly more difficult to climb out of. If the Yankees can climb out, each new series becomes even more important that they take that series. One-third of the season’s games have already been played, and the Yankees after this homestand have slipped back to fourth place 6 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.

The New York Yankees are 31-29 in fourth place in the AL East. The Minnesota Twins are 24-35, sharing the bottom of the AL Central with the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees suffer from underperforming hitters; the Twins suffer from everything, nagging injuries, and the worst bullpen in baseball.

Today at 8:10 pm, the Yankees will meet the Twins at Target Field in Minnesota with Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees. He is 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA over 11 games this season with a strikeout per inning. Montgomery will face Michael Pineda, who was with the Yankees from 2014  to 2017. Pineda is 3-3 with an ERA  of .3.40 ERA. He is coming off on June 1st, when he lasted only three innings, giving up five runs. 

Wednesday night Gerrit Cole will face the Twins’ Randy Dobnak, a righty 1-5 with an elevated 6.19 ERA. Then, on Thursday, a yet-to-be-announced Yankee pitcher will face ex-Yankee in J.A. Happ, 3-2 with an ERA of 5.61. Happ was with the Yankees for three seasons, including last year when the Yankees did not offer to keep him in pinstripes.

Gary Sanchez inching his way back?

After an abysmal start to the season, the always controversial Gary Sanchez lost his starting catcher position in what was called a shared start with Kyle Higashioka. In 26 games since Aaron Boone called the team’s catching situation “a day-by-day thing” and said Kyle Higashioka had “earned more playing time,” Gary Sanchez has improved by simplifying his hitting approach. He has five doubles, four homers, and an OPS of .781. This performance, although not ideal, is something the Yankees can deal with.

At the same time aiding Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka’s performance at the plate has dramatically dropped since April 27; he is 6-for-51 with three extra-base hits and an OPS of .426. His power has also seemed to disappear. At one point, he had the most home runs per game. Instead, slugger Aaron Judge has taken over that stat.

Yankees targeting Rangers’ Joey Gallo?

With the New York Yankees in dire need of a permanent centerfield with the loss of Aaron Hicks for the year with wrist surgery, there are all kinds of talks about trades before or at the trade deadline. One name that keeps popping up is the Texas Ranger’s, Joey Gallo. Being a left-hand hitter makes him the perfect fit for the Yankees.

Gallo was a Gold Glover last season and, in 2018, an All-Star. He had hit 40 home runs in 2017 and 2018. The downside to Gallo is that he is more of the same for the Yankees. Although he hits home runs, he leads the AL with 79 strikeouts and has a lousy batting average of just  .207, which is pretty much in line with his career batting average of .208. However, he is a patient hitter and is tied for the most walks (45) in all of baseball. He also has 10 homers on the season.

Oswald Peraza promoted

Another Yankee getting closer to playing a game at Yankee Stadium is the possible future shortstop Oswald Peraza. He is considered one of the top New York Yankee prospects. In 127 plate appearances with High-A Hudson Valley, Peraza leads the team with a .917 OPS. As far as his defense is concerned, he is stellar.

Yesterday Peraza announced that he had been promoted to the Double-A Somerset Patriots. Still very young, he will turn 21 this month and was the youngest Yankees during spring training.

Alex Rogriguez voiced what’s wrong with the Yankees

With the Yankees playing so poorly of late, many opinions are expressed as to what is wrong with the Yankees. They are 31-29, fourth in the American League East, and have been swept in each of the last two weekend series: first in Detroit to the rebuilding Tigers, and then in the Bronx to surprising Red Sox. On Sunday night, they struck out 11 times and left 12 runners on base in another loss.

After Sunday night’s loss Aaron Judge had this to say: “We’ve still got about 100 games left in this season, that’s what we’ve got to focus on, is the bigger picture. We can’t sit here and listen to outside noise telling us we’re this and that.”

Also, Sunday night, former Yankee and ESPN broadcaster Alex Rodriguez added to the noise. Rodriguez, no longer a Yankees adviser, knows the team and management really will after spending 12 seasons with the team and was unsparing in his criticism of the roster. It was refreshing candor from Rodriguez, whose knowledge of the game is undeniable, despite his tangled history within it. In so many words, he said the team must diversify and separately needs life-handed bats.

“Sticky” issue again names Gerrit Cole

Here we go again. Gerrit Cole has again been criticized for using sticky substances to increase the spin rate. Going into a 3 game series with the Minnesota Twins, the Twins Josh Donaldson has suggested that Cole is suspect with sticky stuff. He cited how Cole’s spin rate dropped considerably after an AP story stated that four minor leaguers were suspended for using foreign substances.  Manager Aaron Boone responded to the allegation.

“I don’t make much of it, Gerrit, as well all of our staff members, I believe are mostly above board and will be able to handle this situation in the right kind of way,’’ Boone said. “And it’s not gonna affect the kind of pitchers they are.”

MLB owners met last week and agreed on the need to crack done on pitchers that potentially increase their spin rate with greater revolutions using illegal and prohibited foreign substances.

New York Yankee expectations turn on their head

This season, now a third of the way completed, has been full of surprises. One of the biggest of those surprises is that the New York Yankees are not the team that was projected to be the team to beat on their way to an inevitable World Series appearance. However, now it appears if they continue to play the way they have so far, they might not only lose the division, but they could lose it badly.

Fast forward two months, and New York is looking up in the standings at the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays, the surprising Boston Red Sox, and even the Toronto Blue Jays. The only team worse in the East is the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankee pitching rotation and bullpen have been more than adequate. The problem is that the lineup projected to be the team’s strength is nothing short of lousy.

Those projections at the beginning of the season have been turned on their head. The opposite has played out at home and away. New York ranks among the lowest-scoring teams in the majors and has had to lean heavily on its starting pitching to win any games. At the same time, the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays have been playing better than their projections, and the Yankees don’t seem to be able to win against the teams they are trailing. The Yankees have given no one in baseball any reason to believe that will change.

Miguel Andujar heating up for the Yankees

Miguel Andujar has been living in no man’s land ever since his surgery on his shoulder. His everyday position at third base has been lost to Gio Urshela. While he spent time at the alternate site, the Yankees have struggled to find a place for him on the team where he could contribute. So they tried him at third and first base and in the outfield.

Injuries and underperformance forced the Yankees to give him some playing time. Most of it was in the outfield when Aaron Hicks went down to wrist surgery. With some significant time in left field, Andújar seems to be settling in. The problem, he wasn’t hitting. However, he seems more comfortable at the plate in the past week and appears to be heating up. Andujar was one of the team leaders before his surgery. Last Monday, he hit an exit velocity 102.2 mph home run; he also hit a single in the game. On Tuesday, he hit another hard-hit home run. On Wednesday, a single. On Thursday, he had a 110.2 mph groundout.

On Saturday, he went hitless, but on Sunday, he hit a double. So far, for the season in 85 at-bats, he has 20 hits and 3 home runs, two of them last week. His is hitting just .235, but he appears to be trending up. If he can return to form, it will be big for the Yankees that direly need hitting.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees slaughtered in an attempt to take the Rays series

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka, gerrit cole

The New York Yankees on Monday went into a 4 game series against their nemesis Tampa Bay Rays. Over the past two years, the Yankees have had a losing record against the Rays, and this year has been no different. They went into Monday’s game 2-6 against them this season. Unfortunately, the Rays won Monday’s game 3-1. But the Yankees have managed to take the last two games, opening up the possibility of taking the second series in a row from the Rays. Back on May 13th, the Yankees won their first series against the Rays in the last two years. If they can do that again, it will be the first time they have accomplished that in the last four years.

In the first inning, with Gerrit Cole on the mound, he faced Randy Arozarena to start the game; he flew out to Andujar in left. Yandy Diaz hit into a force out at second. Austin Meadows tapped back to Cole for the final out of the half, bringing up the Yankees. DJ LeMahieu faced Ryan Yarbrough and singled to right field. Gleyber Torres had a sac push bunt moving LeMahieu to second. Aaron Judge flew out to right. Gio Urshela, with two out and one on, went down looking, stranding LeMahieu. No score.

The second inning was led off by Manuel Margot, who flew out to Gardner in right-center. Joey Wendle flew out to Andujar in left. Mike Zunino went down on strikes to end the half. At the bottom, Rougie Odor ground out to first. Clint Frazier struck out. Miguel Andujar towered out to center for the final out. No Score.

Taylor Walls led off the top of the third inning by striking out. Kevin Kiermaier ground back to Cole but beat him to the bag for the out. Arozarena flew out to Gardner. Kyle Higashioka ground out to third. Gardner hit a homer to right. LeMahieu ground out to short. Torres flew out to center to end the inning, but the Yankees got on the board with Gardner’s first home run of the season. New York Yankees 1 Rays 0.

At the top of the fourth inning, Brandon Lowe walked. Diaz went down looking. Meadows got a two-run homer into the Yankee bullpen as the Rays pulled ahead of the Yankees. Margot popped out to second. Wendle struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Judge got a base hit to center. Urshela lined to left for a double, moving Judge to third base to set up the Yankees in the fourth with no outs. Odor flew out to foul territory in right, holding the runners. Frazier, with one out and two on, went down looking. Andujar struck out stranding two. Tampa Bay Rays 2 Yankees 1.

Mike Zunino led off the top of the fifth inning by walking. I seldom say this, but it seems that Cole is not getting the benefit of the calls afforded to Yarbrough. Walls went down looking. Kiermairer running to first went outside the baseline to avoid a tag but was still called safe. Arozarena went down swinging. Lowe doubled driving in Zunino.  Diaz singled, driving in two more runs. Meadows flew out to left, but the Rays tacked on 3 more runs. At the bottom, Higashioka popped out to second. Brett Gardner, who has scored the only Yankees run, doubled. LeMahieu was tagged out going to first with Gardner moving to third with two outs. Torres ground out to short stranding Gardner. Tampa 5 Yankees 1.

With Nick Nelson on the mound at the top of the sixth, Margot ground out. Wendle went down on strikes. Zunino was plunked by a pitch and advanced to first. Walls struck out swinging to end the top. At the bottom, with Yarbrough still pitching, Aaron Judge flew out to right. Urshela chopped out to third. Odor popped out to third. Tampa 5 Yankees 1.

With Nelson still on the mound in the seventh, he struck out Kiermaier. Arozarena hit a single off Nelson that bounced into the outfield. Arozarena stole second. Lowe walked. Diaz walked to load the bases with Rays. Meadows hit a bases-clearing double. Margot ground out to Urshela. Wendle singled driving in Meadows. That was Nelson’s day replaced by Luis Cessa got the final out. At the bottom, ground out to short. Andujar homered into the left-field stands. Higashioka flew out to far left. Gardner hit it on screws directly to Lowe for the final out. Tampa Bay Rays 9 Yankees 2. Aaron Boone was thrown out of the game when he pointed back at the home plate umpire when he returned to the dugout after replacing Nelson.

In the eighth inning, with Cessa on the mound, he got to Walls to fly out to center. Kiermaier ground out to second. Phillips got a two-out double. Lowe flew out to the left-field was with an excellently executed catch by Andujar. Yarbrough, with 92 pitches, was still on the mound, and he struck out LeMahieu on a questionable call causing LeMahieu to slam his helmet on the floor of the dugout.  Torres flew out. Judge popped out to first. Tampa Bay 9 New York Yankees 2.

Brooks Kriske took the mound for the Yankees in the ninth and got Brosseau to ground out to Urshela. Meadows ground out. Margot reached on a tip off the glove of Odor. Wendle ground out to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Yankees and with Yarbrough still on the mound with 103 pitches, Gio Urshela took to the plate and struck out. Odor flew out to the right field warning track. Frazier flew out to left to end the game.

The New York Yankees split the four-game series. The final score was the Tampa Bay Rays 9 and the New York Yankees 2. The losing pitcher was Gerrit Cole and the winning Ryan Yarbrough with a 113 pitch complete game.

 

New York Yankees Recap: First game of the doubleheader went to the Jays

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees faced the Toronto Blue Jays twice today in two 7 inning games caused by the rain postponement of last night’s game. The doubleheader had Domingo German going for the Yankees and Alek Manoah in his major league debut. The second game featured the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery vs. the Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray. Going into this doubleheader, the Jays were 5-2 against the Yankees.

Game one:

In the first inning, Jordan Montgomery faced Marcus Semien, who flew out on the first pitch to Torres. Bo Bichette flew out to Gardner in center. Vlad Guerrero Jr., the Yankee killer, struck out to catcher Higashioka for a quick 1-2-3 inning for German. At the bottom, Alek Manoah made his major league debut against DJ LeMahieu, who walked on four pitches. Rougie Odor went down swinging. Aaron Judge went down on strikes. Gleyber Torres flew out to center to end the inning scoreless.

At the top of the second, Teoscar Hernandez sharply lined out to Torres at short. Randal Grichuk went down on strikes.  Rowdy Tellez walked. Lourdes Gurriel flew out to foul territory on a Frazier catch to end the half. At the bottom, the first baseman Mike Ford struck out. Clint Frazier flew out to center. Miguel Andujar singled to short center. Brett Gardner ground out to second for another scoreless inning.

The third inning was led off by Joe Panik, who popped out to Odor. Reese McGuire flew out to Andujar in left. Semien hit a bullet to the left-field stands to put the Jays ahead in the game.  Bichette followed with a back-to-back dinger almost into the same spot as Semien.  A pitch hit Guerrero. Hernandez went down on strikes, but the Jays picked up two runs in the inning. At the bottom, Higashioka flew out to right. LeMahieu struck out. Odor struck out swinging. Toronto Blue Jays 2 New York Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was started out by Grichuk, who popped out to the pitcher Higashioka. Tellez ground out to Odor. Gurriel flew out to Frazier on the track as German bounced back with the Jays going down in order. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by grounding out to third. Torres also ground to third. Ford flew out to left. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Joe Panik led off the fifth, grounding out to German. McGuire ground out directly to Ford at first. Semien walked. Bichette ground out to Torres. At the bottom, Clint Frazier popped out to second. Andujar, who has had the only Yankee hit in the game, had another hit to right-center. Gardner struck out. Higashioka also struck out for Manoah’s seventh strikeout against one walk. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Guerrero led off the sixth inning, who struck out on a German curveball in the dirt. Hernandez also went down on strikes. Grichuk singled against the shift, and that was the game for German. He was replaced by Lucas Luetge, facing Tellez, who got a base hit moving Grichuk to third. Gurriel struck out stranded two Jays. At the bottom, with the debuting Manoah still on the mound, he faced LeMahieu, who popped out to short center. Odor walked. Judge flew out to centerfield. Torres ground out to short. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The last inning of the first game of the doubleheader was led off by Joe Panik ground out to third. McGuire struck out. Semien struck out. With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Mike Ford took to the bat and struck for the third time in the game. Clint Frazier broke his bat with a lineout to short. Miguel Andujar ground out to end the game.

The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 2 and the New York Yankees 0. The winning pitcher was Alek Manoah, and the loser was Domingo German.