New York Yankees: Buckle up buttercup, it’s going to be a tough weekend, here’s the preview

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Tonight, the New York Yankees open a three-game weekend series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. This series not only revisits the oldest rivalry in sports, but it is against a team the has won seven straight games and holds the number one berth in the wild-card race. Unfortunately, the Yankees this season have won only 7 of 16 against the Red Sox.

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock for the last few weeks, the Yankees have slipped in and out of holding one of those berths in a winner take all game, that either ends the season or propels them into the divisional series. Presently they hold the number two spot with the Toronto Blue Jays nipping at their heels.

The Yankees have a gargantuan job holding onto that spot as they play the last nine games of the season with teams that are statistically equal or better than they are. The Seattle Mariners are still in the mix as well, just one game behind the Blue Jays. The Yankees have to do well this weekend, at least taking two games from the Red Sox. Tonight toward that goal, they are pitting Yankee ace, Gerrit Cole against Nathan Eovaldi in that park with the famous green monster.

Tonight, September 24, 7:10 pm EDT:

Tonight the Yankees will put their best foot forward with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Cole is the Yankee ace and has won more games than any other Yankee starter. He is 15-8 with an ERA of 3.03 and an incredible 231 strikeouts on the season. Unfortunately, he is coming off his worst start of the season, a loss to the Cleveland Indians when he gave up seven runs in 5.2 innings of work with two home runs allowed. However, Cole will hope to bounce back and prop up the Yankees for a game one win. Cole is going to have to keep Rafael Devers in check. He has two homers off Cole and five RBIs this season.

Cole will face one of the best Red Sox pitchers in Nathan Eovaldi, a righty that is 10-8 with an ERA of 3.58 and 188 strikeouts. The edge in this game goes to Cole but only for a minimal margin. Eovaldi has faced the Yankees twice this season. On June 5th, he earned the 5-2 win over the Yankees. The flame thrower’s changeups mystified the Yankee hitters. On July 24th, he threw 100 pitches and left the game with a 3-0 advantage, but the Sox bullpen blew it when the Yankees came roaring back in the 8th led by Brett Gardner to win it over the Sox 4-3. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge have had Eovaldis number all season long. Both with batting averages over .368.

Tonight’s game will be televised in the New York area in WPIX and its affiliates, NESN, and nationally on ESPN.

Saturday, September 25, 4:10 pm EDT

Saturday will be another tough matchup when relief pitcher turned starter Nestor Cortes Jr. takes the mound for the Yankees. For the most part, other than a few hiccups along the way, Cortes has been brilliant for the Yankees, much more than his stats would suggest. He is a lefty that is 2-2 with a low 2.79 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He has faced the Red Sox twice this season, both no-decisions. He is coming off three of his best outings in a row also for no-decisions. He achieved a season-high 11 strikeouts in a September 15 game.

Cortez will battle for the win against righty Nick Pivetta who is 9-7 with a 4.63 ERA and 159 strikeouts. His sixth loss of the season was against the New York Yankees on August 18th. Anthony Rizzo has six RBI’s off him, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez have been Pivetta killers. Saturday’s game will be on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of the market.

Sunday, September 26, 7:08 pm EDT

The Yankees will send Jordan Montgomery to the mound for the series finale, and the last time the two teams will meet up in the regular season. “Monty” is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.55 and 155 strikeouts. Montgomery is one of two Yankees pitchers that have gotten the least run support in his starts stunting his record. Montgomery is coming off a win against the Rangers and had a season-high 12 strikeouts against the Orioles. Monty will have to be careful with Xander Bogaerts; he has a .438 average off him in 24 at-bats.

Montgomery will face the Boston Red Sox ace Eduardo Rodriguez who is 11-8 with an ERA of 4.97 and 170 strikeouts. E-Rod has not had the best of seasons due to heart problems that kept him off the field in 2020. He is a force to be dealt with, however. He started the season gangbusters, winning his first 5 games in a row, but he has not been as dependable since then, winning only 5 more games in the next three months. Gleyber Torres has hit 3 homers off him, while Joey Gallo generated two long balls in just six at-bats.

The Sunday evening game will be broadcast nationally only on ESPN.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees fall to the Royals in second game

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After the New York Yankees accomplished an eleventh inning win over the Kansas City Royals this morning in the wee hours, the Yankees went for the series win tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Last night’s game was a hard-fought 11th inning win, and hoped for an earlier outcome with Nestor Cortes Jr. on the mound for the Yankees; he faced the Royals, Daniel Lynch. The Yankees lost the game 8-4 in a game that the Yankees had a season-high four errors.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees against Lynch and ground out. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Judge struck out swinging on a high ball. Joey Gallo went down, looking to end the half. At the bottom, Whit Merrifield led off for the Royals and got a centerfield single. Nicky Lopez flew out to Stanton in left. Salvator Perez homered to center to give the Royals an early two-run lead. Carlos Santana ground out to second. Andrew Benintendi doubled to left field. Emmanuel Rivera struck out looking, but the Royals went ahead by two runs. Kansas City 2 Yankees 0.

Luke Voit led off for the Yankees in the second and ground out to third. Rougie Odor struck out. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Lynch. At the bottom, Hunter Dozier skied out to Judge in right. Michael Taylor singled to right. Hanser Alberto flew out to center. Taylor stole second and went to third on an errant throw by Higashioka. With one on and two outs, Merrifield flew out to Davis in center to end the inning. Royals 2 Yankees 0.

Centerfielder Jonathan Davis led off the third inning by tapping back to the pitcher. A. Velaquez hit one to the centerfield wall for a double. LeMahieu flew out to center while Velaquez took third. Stanton with a chance to tie it up with one on and two outs, but Velaquez took advantage of the passed ball and scored. Stanton singled to left. Judge singled to right center, moving Stanton to second. With two on and two outs, Gallo struck out swinging, but the Yankees got on the board. At the bottom, Lopez flew out to Gallo in left. Perez flew out to Judge in right. Santana flew out to center for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes. Royals 2 Yankees 1.

Luke Voit led off the fourth by flying out to center. Odor walked. Higashioka homered to far left (408′) for a two-run shot powering the Yankees to the lead in the game. Davis ground out. Velaquez went out swinging. At the bottom, Benintendi flew out to left. Rivera ground out. Dozier struck out looking. New York Yankees 3 Royals 2.

The top of the Yankees lineup led off the fifth inning. LeMahieu walked. Stanton flew out to right. Judge flew out to left-center. LeMahieu went to second on a passed ball. Gallo walked for two on and two outs, and that was the night for Daniel Lynch. Luke Voit faced a new pitcher Domingo Tapia and walked to load the bases for Odor, who struck out swinging, blowing a chance for the Yankees to blow the game open, leaving three on base. At the bottom, Taylor flew out to Judge in right. Alberto lined out to Davis in center. Merrifield got a two-out double to right-center that split the outfielders. Merrifield took off for third, and Higashioka airmailed one to third, scoring Merrifield for a tied game. Lopez struck out, but the game was tied. Yankees 3 Royals 3.

Kyle Higashioka led off the sixth by striking out. Davis walked. Davis took second on a wild pitch. Velaquez went down looking. LeMahieu, with one on and two outs, lined a single to right, scoring Velaquez ending the night for Tapia. Stanton faced new Royals pitcher Josh Staumont and struck out swinging. At the bottom of the seventh, Perez got his second homer of the game. Santana went down swinging. Benintendi struck out looking. Rivera lined a single to center that ended the night for Nestor Cortes Jr. Dozier faced Stephen Ridings and doubled to left, giving the Royals the lead, but Dozier was out at third. Kansas City 5 New York 4.

Judge led off the seventh inning went down looking. Gallo struck out. Voit lined out to center. At the bottom, Taylor doubled. Alberto had a sac bunt, and a throwing error by Ridings allowed Taylor to score. Merrifield lined out, but Alberto went to third, and that was the night for Ridings. Lopez faced new Yankees pitcher Joely Rodriguez, and the Royals scored on a safety squeeze. Perez singled to left. Santana ground out to short. Kansas City 7 New York 4.

Rougie Odor led off the eighth with the Yankees behind by 3 runs and went down looking. Higashioka flew out to right. Davis flew out to right for a quick inning for the Royals. At the bottom, Benintendi reached on the fourth error on the Yankees as the ball slipped through the feet of Voit. Rivera walked. Dozier flew out to right, Benintendi moved to third. Taylor walked to load the bases for Alberto had a sac fly scoring Benintendi. Merrifield line out but the Royals tacked on. Royals 8 Yankees 4.

At the top of the ninth inning, with the last licks on the line for the Yankees, Andrew Velaquez led off and flew out to left. LeMahieu flew out to right. Stanton went down swinging for the Royals win. The final score was the Kansas City Royals 8 and the New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Josh Staumont, and the loser was Nestor Cortes Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Cortes Jr. and Green masterful for the Yankees as they salvage last game against the Mets

The New York Yankees entered the night game of a day-night doubleheader against the New York Mets after a devastating loss to the Mets (10-5) in the day game. The Yankees also lost the first game of the three-game series at Yankees Stadium. However, the Yankees salvaged the last game with excellent pitching. Yankees 4 Mets 2.

Brandon Nimmo led off against the Yankees Nestor Cortes Jr., who had his first nationally televised major league start. Brandon Nimmo struck out. Francisco Lindor lined out to Rougie Odor. Dominic Smith went down looking as Cortes had a 1-2-3 inning for his first start. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu faced Corey Oswalt and singled. Aaron Judge reached on a force out. Gary Sanchez flew out to Nimmo in center. Giancarlo Stanton ground out for a no-score inning for both teams.

In the second, Pete Alonso led off by popping out. James McCann singled out in front of Gardner in center. Michael Conforto flew out to Gardner. Kevin Pillar lined out to end the half. At the bottom, Luke Voit led off by doubling to center. Rougie Odor avoided the shift and reached. Gio Urshela homered for the Yankee three-run lead. Miguel Andujar walked. Brett Gardner flew out to center field. Andujar was caught stealing. LeMahieu struck out swinging. New York Yankees 3 Mets 0.

The top of the third saw Jonathan Villar at the plate; he struck out. Peraza was out on strikes. Nimmo struck out for another quick inning for Cortes Jr. At the bottom Aaron Judge hit a long out to center. Gary Sanchez went striking out swinging. Finally, Giancarlo Stanton struck out on a foul tip. Yankees 3 Mets 0.

Fransisco Lindor led off the fourth by popping out to Judge. Smith had a one-out double fielded by Aaron Judge, but not in time. Cortes Jr. pitched great and had the longest outing of his season but was replaced by Darren O’Day, who faced Alonso, who two-run homered to the short porch at the Stadium. McCann walked. Conforto back to back walked. Pillar reached on a great catch by Voit but not in time. Villar struck out, but the Mets picked up two runs in the half. At the bottom of the fourth, Luke Voit led off and was called out on strikes. Odor popped out to right-field foul territory. Urshela popped out to first for Oswald’s nine in a row. New York Yankees 3 Mets 2.

Behind one run Jose Peraza led off by striking out swinging to new Yankee pitcher Chad Green. Nimmo struck out for back-to-back strikeouts for Green. Lindor popped back to catcher Sanchez for the final out of the half and gave Green a 1-2-3 inning. Miguel Andujar led off the bottom of the fifth against new pitcher Aaron Loup by grounding out to second base. Gardner walked for the first Yankee baserunner since the second inning. LeMahieu also walked, and that was it for Loup. Judge faced the new Mets pitcher Miguel Castro and ground out to first, but the runners moved up. Gardner scored on a wild pitch. Sanchez struck out on a heater. New York Yankees 4 Mets 2.

The sixth inning was lead off by Smith, who against Chad Green ground out to Odor. Alonso popped out to a charging Luke Voit. McCann, with two outs, struck out as Green puts done six Mets in a row. The bottom was led off by Stanton, who flew out to center. Voit went down on strikes. Odor also struck out. New York Yankees 4 Mets 2.

With last licks on the line for the Mets, Aaron Boone decided to bypass Aroldis Chapman, chose Chad Green to close out the game in the seventh. Michael Conforto was Green’s seventh put-out. Kevin Pillar was his fifth strikeout. Jonathan Villar ended it as Green struck out the side for the save. The final score was the New York Yankees 4 and the Mets 2. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was Corey Oswalt.

The Yankees take the red-eye tonight as they fly out to Seattle for a three-game set against the Mariners after a day off tomorrow.