MLB News: AL All-Stars win the World Series home-field advantage again

Tonight all of baseball, regardless of team affiliation, MLB honored the All-Stars of 2021 at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado, at the annual All-Star game. The game was originally scheduled to occur in Atlanta, Georgia, but when Georgia passed suppressive voting rules, MLB took a stand and moved the game to Colorado, one of the state with the least restrictive voting rights laws. The winner of the game got the home-field advantage in the World Series, and that was the American League for the 8th time in a row..

The pregame led off with a tribute to Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greats who passed away this year. Hank Aaron was one of a kind, a man like Jackie Robinson that paved the way for future black players. During his time in baseball, especially from the beginning, he endured extreme racism, but he did it with grace and professionalism. On  April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record. After that, he started to receive the praise he deserved. Over the decades, he has become a true baseball legend. Unfortunately, Aaron died on January 22nd.

Only New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge was selected to start the All-Star game in the right field in the months-long selection process. In a different selection process Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was selected to pitch in the game, although not as a starter; that honor went to Shohei Ohtani. Also selected was Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman. Following the pregame ceremonies, the team lineups and starting lineups of the American and National League players were individually introduced. That was followed byt a park video again honoring Hank Aaron. Then, Yankee Aaron Judge walked his wife Bille Aaron onto the field to receive an Aaron jersey autographed by every All-Star player.

The national colors were presented with a field-sized American flag unfurled across the field as Hamiton star Christopher Jackson sang the national anthem and a military fly-over.

Then the 91st All-Star game started with Max Scherzer facing Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second base. Scherzer started with a 1-2-3 inning putting down all he faced. Then, a the bottom phenomenon Shohei Ohtani was on the mound as the AL starting pitcher; he faced Fernando Tatis Jr., who flew out to left field. He put down all three players he faced, including Colorado’s favorite Nolan Arenado. No score.

The second inning was led off by New York Yankee Aaron Judge faced Corbin Burnes, and he walked on four pitches. Rafael Devers doubled down the right-field line moving Judge to third base. Semien singled, and Aaron Judge scored for the American League lead in the game. Perez, with two on and no outs, struck out. Hernandez struck out, leaving two on base, but the AL got the one-run lead in the game. At the bottom, Lance Lynn faced Freeman, who rocketed to first for the first out.  Castellanos skied out. Winkler walked. Realmuto went down swinging. AL 1 NL 0.

Mullins led off the third inning against Burnes out for his second inning and struck out. Ohtani ground out for the second time. Gurriel Jr. homered for the 200th home run in All-Star history for the second run for the AL.  Bogaerts singled. Aaron Judge lined out to short, but the AL picked up the two-run lead. At the bottom, Lyle Gibson faced Reynolds, who almost homered, but Aaron Judged reached over the wall and robbed him. Frazier singled. Tatis Jr. flew out to right-center. Muncy popped out. AL 2 NL 0.

The fourth inning was led off by German Marquez, who ground out Devers. Semien ground out to third. Perez struck out swinging. At the bottom, Nathan Eovaldi faced Arenado, who ground out to second. Freeman singled. Castellanos ground into a double play to end the inning. AL 2 NL 0.

Hernandez got a leadoff fifth inning double against Trevor Rogers. Mullins singled with Hernandez going to third. Rogers struck out. Guerrero ground out, but Hernandez scored for the third AL run. Bogaerts singled driving in another run. Judge flew out to end the half. At the bottom, AL pitcher Gregory Soto faced  Winker, who few out. Realmuto homered for the first NL run. Reynold tapped out. Frazier lined out to short. AL 4 NL 1.

Ramirez was led off the sixth inning facing Taijuan Walker; he flew out to far center field. Merrifield struck out. Zunino got the AL’s fifth run. Walsh flew out. At the bottom, Chris Bassitt pitching, Crawford popped out. Turner ground out. Machado singled but advanced to third on an AL error. Cronenworth walked. Soto walked to load the bases with NL players. Bryant at the plate a passed ball allow Machado to score, Bryant ended up striking out. AL 5 NL 2.

Garcia led off the seventh inning against Freddie Peralta and struck out. Martinez struck out swinging. Olson also struck out swinging. The bottom of the inning was led off by Narvaez facing new AL pitcher Andrew Kittredge and ground out up the middle. Taylor lined out to third. Albies ground out to first. AL 5 NL 2.

Bischette led off the eighth inning against former Yankee Mark Melancon and struck out. Gallo walked. Alex Reyes took over for Melancon, facing Wendal, who singled for two on and one out. Merrifield ground into a force-out, moving Gallo to third. Zunino ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Trey Turner flew out to right. Justin Turner singled. Escobar singled up the middle to two on and one out for the NL. Cronenworth ground out to short. Soto walked to load the bases for the NL for the second time. Bryant flew out to left leaving the bases loaded. AL 5 NL 2.

At the top of the ninth with Craig Kimbrel on the mound, Jared Walsh flew out to center. Garcia doubled to second. Nelson Cruz with 435 home runs ground out to first. The new pitcher was Zack Wheeler facing Matt Olsen struck out. The NL with the last licks on the line sent Narvaez out to face new AL pitcher Liam Hendriks and singled. Narvaez tried to advance on a passed ball that bounced back to the catcher and he got him out at second. Chris Taylor struck out swinging. Ozzie Albies got a two-out double. Craig Turner ground out to center to end the game and give the American League the home-field advantage in the World Series.

The final score was the American League 5 and the National League 2. The winning pitcher was Shohei Ohtani and the loser was Corbin Burnes. The save went to Liam Hendriks. It was the American Leagues’ 8th All-Star win in a row.  The All-Star MVP was Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

 

Mets Game Preview: (6/15/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-28)

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series after the Mets took the opening matchup. The victory broke the Cubs’ five-game winning streak, and it broke a seven-game losing streak in home games against the Cubs. Game two is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

The Mets starting pitching was already great this season, and David Peterson‘s strong start made them look even better. Their 2.72 ERA, .205 average against, and 26 home runs allowed are the best in all of baseball. Of course, it helps when Jacob deGrom is part of the group, but it takes an entire group to put together the tremendous numbers they have. The whole pitching staff has been even better for home games where they have a 2.01 ERA and allowed just 14 home runs.

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez expects to return to the lineup after missing the last couple of games with a thumb issue. Baez was able to pinch-hit in Monday’s game which gives hope to the rest of the lineup. The Cubs only managed three hits last night, and two of them were home runs. Baez would bring back a power/speed threat the lineup is lacking.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker makes his 12th start of the season and has been brilliant for the Mets. In 61 innings, he has a 2.07 ERA with 60 strikeouts and has allowed just two home runs. Walker had his best start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, where he pitched seven innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. He had his worst start against the Cubs, where he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned), and walked six.

Alec Mills makes a spot start after spending 13 of 14 games as a reliever. Mills has a no-hitter to his name but has struggled in 2021. He has a 6.08 ERA in 23.2 innings, with four home runs allowed. Mills has allowed runs in his last five innings out of the bullpen and has not thrown more than 57 pitches in any game this season.

Matchups To Lookout For

Alec Mills vs. Jose Peraza: 3-for-9 (.333), Double, 3 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Joc Pederson: 7-for-17 (.412), 2 Doubles, Home Run, Walk, 4 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Eric Sogard: 3-for-10 (.300), Walk, Strikeout

Mets Game Preview: (6/14/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-27)

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs begin a very important four-game series for both teams at Citi Field. Both teams took two out of three from the San Diego Padres over the past week, and the Cubs have won five consecutive games. The first pitch for game one is set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Flushing, Queens.

The Mets are almost halfway through the month and have a respectable 6-5 record and have kept their lead in first place. Francisco Lindor is back to playing like a superstar with a .310 batting average and .571 slugging percentage during June. Pete Alonso is also hot at the plate with a .325 average and .575 slugging to lead the offense with Lindor. Sean Reid-Foley is expected to join a suddenly weakened Mets bullpen. He has allowed just three runs in 13.2 innings pitched this season.

The Cubs have gone 8-4 during June, and Craig Kimbrel has been a significant reason for their success this season. Kimbrel is back to being the game’s best closer by striking out 45 in 27.1 innings and has allowed just two earned runs all season. He has also severely limited his walks to just three per nine innings pitched. Patrick Wisdom has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs. Over 19 games, he has a .327 batting average and eight home runs. Before 2021, Wisdom had four career home runs in 43 games.

Pitching Matchup

David Peterson looks to wipe the slate from an ugly season. He has struggled severely over his last two starts by allowing nine runs in just three innings pitched. Overall, Peterson has a 6.32 ERA, and 1.51 WHIP over 11 starts this season. The Cubs gave him trouble earlier this season when they put up six runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings.

Jake Arrieta faces a familiar foe as he takes on the Mets for the 18th time in his career. He was great in his last outing against the Padres where he held them to one run over five innings. Arrieta did the same thing against the Mets earlier this season and has a 3.03 career ERA against them.

Matchups To Lookout For

Jake Arrieta vs. Dominic Smith: 7-for-16 (.438), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Jake Arrieta vs. Kevin Pillar: 6-for-15 (.400), 2 Doubles, Walk, 2 Strikeouts

deGrom Shows No Rust in Mets 3-1 Win Over Rockies

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets desperately needed healthy bodies to return from the injured list, and Jacob deGrom was the first of hopefully many to come back. deGrom looked fresh as ever by leading the Mets to a much-needed 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

deGrom came out firing from the beginning of his start, consistently throwing his fastball in the 100-101 range. He only got to throw 63 pitches, but it was enough to pitch five terrific innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. The only blemish on his line was a Ryan McMahon home run in the second inning. Of course, no deGrom start is complete without the theatrics of his bat. He recorded another hit to push his average to .471, and it would have been a double if he did not leave the bag on his slide.

Catcher Collab

The Mets offense was not anything special but did enough to support deGrom. The terrific pitching allows the offense to put up enough runs to survive. The catcher combination of James McCann and Tomas Nido got the job done by driving in all three runs. McCann did it early in the first inning with a ground out, and Nido continued his hot hitting with a two-run homer to put the Mets in the lead. Jonathan Villar and Dominic Smith were the two Mets to record multi-hit games.

The bullpen was tremendous following deGrom. Miguel Castro (2), Trevor May (1), and Edwin Diaz (1) combined for four hitless innings with six strikeouts to secure the victory. The Rockies had just one at-bat with runners in scoring position, which was the exact amount they had the previous night. The win keeps the Mets in first place and improves them to 12-5 at home this season.

Wednesday night features a pitchers duel between German Marquez and Marcus Stroman. The first pitch from Citi Field is another 7:10 p.m. ET start.

New York Yankees chasing enormous sweep over title contender

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

When the New York Yankees welcomed the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series, Yankee fans knew that it’d be an important series. The White Sox entered the series with a 26-16 record, one of the best in MLB and as the favorite to win the AL Central division. So far, the series has gone exactly according to plan for the Yankees, winning both games and allowing just one total run.

Friday’s victory over the White Sox was an early contender for the game of the season for the Yankees. Gleyber Torres drove in both runs, including a ninth-inning walk-off single and a home run earlier in the game. Jordan Montgomery fired seven shutout innings for the Yankees, and the team even turned an around-the-horn 5-4-3 triple play.

On Saturday, Gleyber Torres continued his post-COVID-19 diagnosis tear. Torres drove in four of the Yankees’ seven runs while going 3-for-4. After a terrible start to the season, Torres has elevated his average up to .268 with a .708 OPS. Gerrit Cole shoved, pitching seven scoreless innings and punching out seven.

This sets the Yankees up for a sweep opportunity on Sunday. However, the Yankees have Jameson Taillon on the mound, the one starter who hasn’t quite hit his stride yet. Taillon has a 5.73 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in eight starts. He does, however, have a 3.00 ERA at home, so that could potentially play a factor in Sunday’s game.

Taillon also has a lot of pressure on him built up by the other Yankee pitchers. Yankee starting pitching hasn’t allowed a run since Tuesday, which was the last time that Taillon pitched. He’d love the continue the streak of scoreless outings, but he’ll have to overcome the elevated pressure.

And finally, this game is incredibly important for the Yankees’ position in the AL East. The team has won five games in a row, however, the Rays have countered it with a nine-game winning streak and the Red Sox have as well with a four-game winning streak.

The Yankees have had a difficult time sweeping series this season, however, they have a great opportunity to finally do so on Sunday.

MLB: Where is baseball going, does baseball know?

MLB, the New York Yankees, and all of baseball are in transition. It could be called a war between MLB and the Players Union (MLBPA) or a war between the newbie analyticals and the baseball traditionalist. Sometimes, conflict is in the background, sometimes right up front when MLB changes that rock the baseball world.  This is a complicated situation, to say the least. This is for sure because baseball today is not the same game it was in the ’20s and ’30s, and comparisons can’t be made. Baseball is evolving, and there will be no stopping it, like it or not.

Anyone that does not believe this wait until December 1, 2021, when the present baseball collective bargaining agreement ends and will be taken up again. These two entities no longer work together, they work against each other, and there is a 50/50 chance these issues at hand will not be resolved without the first baseball strike since August of 1994 that led into the 1995 season.

Aside from the collective bargaining agreement, the last several years have seen many changes in the game we all love. Because of the lack of trust between the owners and players, the 2020 pandemic season could not be resolved to lead Commissioner Rob Manfred had to dictate a 60 game season. They did resolve some issues, and they lead to a host of changes in the game, some that the fans like and most that they don’t. The universal DH, the man on second after the ninth inning, the seven-inning doubleheaders, the relief pitcher having to face 3 hitters, and others. The only one not to remain in the 2021 season is that the NL has gone back to pitchers hitting. At some point, this has to become universal across both leagues.

Some changes in the game have just happened without the powers to be having their hands in it, and those changes will cause even more changes. A good example of this is in the past few years, pitchers have gotten better, a whole lot better at a disproportionate rate than hitters getting better. In years past, pitchers used to be encouraged to complete games; today, that is a rarity; managers across baseball actually discourage pitchers from finishing games. Today the relief pitcher is every bit as important if not more important than the starters. Starting pitchers now pitch differently than they did in years past. Years ago, when pitchers were expected to see the opposition lineup three times or more, they saved some of their best pitches to use later in the game. Today knowing that he is only expected to five or six innings, he puts it all out there, maybe even in the first inning.

Across baseball, hitting is down, and for a good reason. Better starting pitchers that go five or six innings, and then the hitters face flame-throwing relief pitchers in each inning that follows. When you have to face a new pitcher every time you come to the plate, you are at an automatic disadvantage. Less hitting and fewer runs scored creates less excitement in a game that most fans already feel is too long and tedious. Some of the changes already installed have addressed this issue, some see them as successful, and some are annoyed by them. By having a relief pitcher face, three hitters, you are reducing the number of relievers used in a game, encouraging starters to go deeper into games. The man on second rule has shortened the length of games; you aren’t going to see many games that go over 12 innings.

Like the drug era, all the changes that have happened will make comparing stats even more difficult. How successful would Babe Ruth have been hitting with a robot umpire? How successful would Mickey Mantle have been hitting today’s starters and the arsenal of one inning flame throwers? MLB in the minors is experimenting with several new changes to satisfy the issues of the day. Robots to make umpiring more accurate, moving the pitching mound back a bit to give the hitters a better chance to see the ball a bit longer and improve hitting, and a host of other changes to the game. Whether the traditionalists like it or not, the game will continue to change. The trick will be balancing it to satisfy the most people and ensure the game’s growth that has seen a slide over the last few decades. The future of baseball is on the line.

 

 

New York Yankees: Four prospects to watch as Minor League Baseball begins

New York Yankees, Austin Wells

After taking the 2020 season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minor League Baseball is finally set to resume play. In the 18+ months since the last MiLB action, the entire farm system structure has changed, including a few affiliates being swapped for the New York Yankees. Scranton remains the Triple-A affiliate for the team, however, the Double-A affiliate is now the Somerset Patriots. Tampa has dropped down to Low-A, while the Hudson Valley Renegades have filled their spot as the High-A affiliate.

With Minor League Baseball resuming, that means that there will be plenty of prospects to keep an eye on throughout the season. Here is one prospect to watch for on each Yankees’ affiliate.

Low-A: Austin Wells (C)

2021 1st round draft pick Austin Wells will make his minor league debut with the Tampa Tarpons this week. Wells, 21, impressed throughout Spring Training and is a likely candidate to replace Gary Sanchez in the future.

That being said, Wells’s progression is something to keep an eye on throughout the season. If Wells performs well in 2021, he could potentially make it to Double-A come September, putting him in a position where he could be MLB ready by the end of the 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

High-A: Luis Medina (RHP)

Ranked 7th in the Yankees orgamization, Luis Medina is looking for a breakout season in the minors in 2021. He struggled in 2018 and 2019 in A-Ball, however, he’s two years older now and has had a ton of time to develop. The Yankees are very high on him and he could be an arm in the MLB rotation in a few seasons.

With prospects Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia already proving themselves as MLB quality pitchers, Medina is essentially the No. 2 pitching prospect in the organization, only behind Luis Gil. If Medina starts off strong in 2021, he could quickly see a promotion to Double-A.

Double-A: Estevan Florial (CF)

Despite making his MLB debut in 2020, Estevan Florial finds himself in Double-A to begin the 2021 season. Currently the Yankees No. 2 outfield prospect behind Jasson Dominguez, Florial could potentially be an impact player for the Yankees this season. The team hasn’t had much production out of outfielders Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, meaning Florial could potentially be in the mix.

If Florial were to make the MLB roster at some point, a strong performance for him is key to his Yankee future. With Dominguez likely MLB ready in 2023, Florial would like to show that he belongs on the Yankees’ roster and that Dominguez’s route to the majors isn’t as easy as it’s hyped to be.

Triple-A: Deivi Garcia (RP)

Picking Deivi Garcia as the player to watch for this season in Triple-A is a difficult one. Many players on the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders are either MLB veterans or lower-ranked prospects who have already made MLB appearances. However, with the expectation that Garcia will start games next season with the Yankees, we’ll go with Garcia.

2021 will likely see Garcia jump back-and-forth between the Triple-A and MLB roster, but he should hopefully get 25ish starts between the two teams. If Garcia can succeed at both levels this season, then it’ll put him in great shape to have a permanent MLB roster spot in 2022.

Mets Offense Hits New Low and Wastes deGrom’s Start in 1-0 Loss

Just when you think the New York Mets offense cannot get any worse, they laugh in your face and waste another three hours of your time. To make matters worse, they wasted another terrific start from Jacob deGrom to allow the Boston Red Sox to steal a 1-0 victory.

By no means should this discredit the great Red Sox pitching but every hitter in the lineup looks like they barely belong at the big league level. From the flailing swings to barely hitting the ball out of the infield, it looks like deGrom is pitching against them every night. Red Sox pitching held the Mets to just two hits after their best scoring opportunity in the first inning.

Nick Pivetta struggled with walks to start the season and continued the trend by walking Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor to start the game. In usual fashion, the following three batters all made outs without driving in a run. For the rest of the game, they were lucky to put the bat on the ball. Pivetta hurled five, one-hit innings with seven strikeouts. Garrett Whitlock followed with a very impressive two innings and struck out four. Adam Ottavino made it look easy in the eighth, and Matt Barnes struck out the side in the ninth to put the Mets to bed.

Same Old S…..

deGrom relived the nightmare scenario he has become so accustomed to. He was not at his best but still managed to strike out nine in six innings and hold the Red Sox to one run. Unfortunately, deGrom was just as cold as the rest of the offense as he went 0-for-2. Lately, the rest of the pitching staff has gotten the same treatment, and at some point, it needs to end.

From the beginning, it looks like the Mets are a team lacking the energy needed to win. It makes it tough to get going when Lindor cannot get himself going either. The Mets will move how he does, and as long as he remains cold, the rest of the team will. There may be the light at the end of the tunnel as Lindor lined out on a terrific leaping play by Marwin Gonzalez in his last at-bat. Hopefully, this is something Lindor can build upon as he moves forward.

After an off-day Thursday, the Mets head to Philadelphia to begin a three-game weekend series with the Phillies. Marcus Stroman will face off against Chase Anderson in game one of the series from Citizens Bank Park.

 

 

Mets Game Preview: (4/22/21) @ Chicago Cubs (8-9)

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

The New York Mets look to rebound from their 16-4 loss against the Chicago Cubs and take the final game of the three-game series at Wrigley Field. After making four errors on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas opts to add defense into the lineup for Thursday night’s game.

Luis Guillorme takes over the leadoff spot as Brandon Nimmo is still nursing a hip injury. Guillorme also gets the start at third base, which is a major upgrade from the defense of J.D. Davis. Jeff McNeil also gets a night off for the switch-hitting Jonathan Villar, who is playing second base. With Kevin Pillar in center field, this is a major upgrade for their team defense, especially with a contact pitcher on the mound.

The Mets also made a move before the game to bring up Sean Reid-Foley and send Trevor Hildenberger to the alternate site. Hildenberger allowed a grand slam to Javier Baez during last night’s loss. We should not expect to see Reid-Foley unless another blowout occurs in tonight’s game.

Pitching Matchups

Joey Lucchesi makes his second start with the Mets after a bumpy first start in Colorado. Lucchesi allowed three runs in the same amount of innings and was limited in the number of pitches he was allowed to throw. After burning through their bullpen in the first two games, Lucchesi should get more of a leash from Rojas tonight.

Trevor Williams takes the mound for the Cubs and has sandwiched one bad start between two good ones. He held the Atlanta Braves to just one run in five innings pitched and worked around seven base runners. Williams comes into the night with a 5.02 ERA in 14.1 innings during the young season.

Matchups To Lookout For

Joey Lucchesi vs. Javier Baez: 5-for-6 (.833), 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs

Joey Lucchesi vs. David Bote: 4-for-5 (.800), 2 Doubles, Strikeout

Trevor Williams vs. Michael Conforto: 4-for-11 (.364), Double, Home Run, Walk, Strikeout

Yankees: Good news and bad news in disappointing loss to Toronto

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees have started off the 2021 season by failing to produce in categories they normally dominate in. For example, they have only hit 13 home runs, while the Cincinnati Reds have hit 20 and ranked first in the MLB. Normally, the Yankees get off to a hard start, especially with the long ball, which is a big part of their run production.

However, the starting pitching has also been problematic, as Corey Kluber gave up three earned runs and two homers over just four innings of work on Wednesday afternoon. He currently hosts a 6.10 ERA, and while the bullpen has been solid for the most part, Chad Green blew a tie game in the ninth inning, allowing a walk-off home run by Bo Bichette.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The Yankees have a long road ahead of them to break out of this current funk, but there are a few positives to harp on, including Aaron Judge hitting two home runs against Toronto in the loss. He is currently hitting .308 on the season. He was the only Yankee to have more than one hit on the afternoon, he simply can’t win games alone, despite his best efforts.

The only other Yankees to get on base via a hit were Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, and Gary Sanchez. Currently, the batting order is inconsistent, as the Yankees miss the presence of Luke Voit at first base. Bruce has been a liability defensively and has been awful in the batter’s box, striking out twice in the defeat.

Aaron Judge said it best, the Yankees’ situational hitting is awful, and it’s something they need to work on together.

“Just inconsistent. That’s the word that I keep coming back to,” Judge said after the game. “Just not consistently having quality at-bats, putting the ball in play when we need to, situational hitting. Tie all that together and it isn’t a good recipe.”

Despite Judge earning his second three-hit performance of the season, the offense is flat, and the defense has been inconsistent as well. Torres remains a liability at shortstop, and Jay Bruce has had his fair share of struggles filling it at first base. Add in Clint Frazier and his inability to hit lately, and the Yankees have a recipe for disaster.