New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from a clunker Yankee loss

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

After the New York Yankees accomplished an eleventh inning win over the Kansas City Royals yesterday morning in the wee hours, the Yankees went for the series win last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Monday 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. But, unfortunately, the Yankees lost the game 8-4 in a game that the Yankees had a season-high four errors.

Nestor Cortes Jr. was not as sharp

In the absence of Corey Kluber, Nestor Cortes Jr. had been great. However, last night that greatness didn’t shine through. Going into the sixth inning with a career-high number of pitches, Cortes kept the Yankees in the game, although giving up four earned runs. The Yankees had their chances to get those runs back but left too many people on base, missed opportunities, and committed too many errors. Plain and simple, the Royal outplayed the Yankees, stealing bases and producing squeeze plays. In the game, the Yankees went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position while leaving seven on base.

The game started badly for Cortes; 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.

The New York Yankees got one run back on a passed ball. But the Yankees gave up another run in the third and yet another in the sixth even though the Yankees pulled ahead for the lead in the game.

Bullpen fails as Ridings leads the collapse

The real trouble for the Yankees was when Stephen Ridings was called in to replace Cortes, who had pitched a season-high 80 pitches. One must remember that Cortes is actually a reliever, but because of pitching shortages had been pushed into a starter role.  Ridings immediately gave up two runs while only recording two outs. Ridings had previously been lights out for the Yankees, but he just didn’t have it last night. Nick Nelson gave up another run in the eighth. Only Joely Rodriquez had a scoreless inning. All tolled the Yankees bullpen had no strikeouts.

New record for errors in game

Last night was a new record for the Yankees for sloppy play. They recorded a season-high four errors. Two of those errors with throwing errors by backup catcher Kyle Higasioka had only one error in the first half and only four in his entire career. Both of the throws overthrew their targets. After the game, Higgy said it’s just one of those things.

Also, last night Luke Voit showed why Anthony Rizzo is a more competent first baseman. On one down the ling hit, Voit let it roll through his legs as it tipped off his glove for an error. Stephen Ridings committed the fourth error on an infield hit. He threw wide to Voit.

This was a clunker for the New York Yankees, the king of a game that won’t get them into the postseason. The Yankees dropped back another game in the AL East as the Tampa Bay Rays won over the sinking Red Sox.

Today the New York Yankees will go for the win of the series, a rubber game for both teams at 2:10 pm EDT. The Yankees having no pitcher available for the game will likely have a bullpen game using an opener and other relievers to get the win.


Get to know Stephen Ridings, the Yankees’ rookie reliever who impressed against the O’s

The New York Yankees battered the Baltimore Orioles 13-1 on Tuesday night, behind three masterful performances from rookie pitchers and, of course, a majestic offensive performance.

Luis Gil, the Yankees’ number six prospect, threw six scoreless frames and completely shut down the O’s offense with a three-pitch mix highlighted by a triple-digits fastball, a fantastic slider and a good changeup.

He was, undoubtedly, the star of the night for the Yankees. But two relievers combined to retire the other nine Orioles hitters. Stephen Ridings struck out three hitters in the seventh and worked around a Maikel Franco double, while Brody Koerner allowed a single run in a couple of frames.

Ridings, in particular, was thoroughly impressive. He flashed a fastball with ride that sat in the 99-100 mph range, and a wicked slider with sharp, late break. The Yankees, it seems, have a good one.

“It was our first time seeing [Ridings] in person,” Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said to “The stuff was impressive from the side. He had a little strut out there. We were impressed with his demeanor.”

The Yankees’ newest scouting gem?

Ridings has enormous potential should the Yankees give him the opportunity to win a spot. He is a Long Island native and a St. Anthony’s High School grad. According to Minor League Baseball’s official page, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He is a 6’8’’ right-hander, and is 25 years old.

He joined the Yankees in 2020. In 29 innings between the Double-A Somerset Patriots and the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, he has a 1.24 ERA this season, with four walks and 42 strikeouts. He has been flat-out dominant.

His grandmother passed away Monday, the day before his debut with the Yankees.

“To be able to have this moment with my family in the stands was very special,” Ridings said. “In the midst of my family trying to figure out funeral plans and wakes and dealing with all that, getting the call today and having this moment with them was indescribable.”


Can Ridings be the Yankees’ newest scouting gem and stick in the bullpen?

New York Yankees: Takeaways from a new Yankee pitching star

Last night after a sweep of the Miami Marlins and an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, the New York Yankees came roaring back with a season-high scoring 13 runs in which a trio of Yankee pitchers made their major league debut. It was the first time in the last 71 years that the Yankees debuted three pitchers in the same game. Lew Burdette, Dave Madison, and Ernie Nevel against Washington on Sept. 26, 1950.

Do we have a new Yankee star?

His name is Luis Gil (pronounced Heel); last night, seemingly out of nowhere stepped onto the mound and pitched six innings of four-hit scoreless ball while walking just one batter for the Yankees. I say seemingly out of nowhere because all the attention in the last two years has been on prospect Deivi Garcia, who made his major league debut in August 2020. Garcia has been a mixed bag and only pitched two games in the majors this year, both of which he lost. He is presently pitching poorly at Scranton.

Meanwhile, quietly working his way up through the minors was Luis Gil. Gil has been making a name for himself this season between the Somerset Patriots and the Scranton RailRiders. He has a blazing fastball that gives him the confidence to pitch in the majors. So when Gerrit Cole went on the Covid list, the Yankees had to choose between Nestor Cortes Jr. and Luis Gil. The Yankees, in a surprise move, selected Gil even though Cortes has been successful.

You could say that Gil last night said to Yankee fans and the Orioles that I am here throwing a 101 mph first pitch of the game. In his first six innings pitching in the majors, he has two 1-2-3 innings. He was nothing short of masterful. His last pitch of the game (88) was a strikeout. With both Cole and Domingo German now on the Covid list, Gil will surely get another start. The Yankees may have a new pitching star on their hands. Nestor Cortes Jr. will pitch later in the week.

Reinforcements are on the way

There is no question that the New York Yankees are short pitching with two starters on the Covid list and an overused bullpen. But reinforcements are on the way. General Manager Brian Cashman has said the both Luis Severino and Corey Kluber should be back with the club between August 20 and September 1st.

Meanwhile, with an overused bullpen, the Yankees brought up Stephen Ridings and Brody Koener. Ridings took the seventh inning after Gil made his amazing start. Ridings was no less; he struck out the side. At the top of the eight, Boone brought in Koener. Koener pitched the eighth and closed out the game in the ninth. He allowed two hits and one run in his debut. It now appears the Yankees have two other options out of the bullpen.

Yankee hit feast leads to an important win

Last night with the series win with the line, the New York Yankees exploded for 13 runs, and the win causing a rubber game tonight. After losing the first game against the Orioles with only 3 hits, last night, the Yankees erupted with a season tie 15 hits. All but one Yankees took part in the hit fest. Giancarlo Stanton led the charge with four RBIs in 5 plate appearances. He also hit a monster home run, his 17th in the fourth inning. The Yankees knocked starter Alexander Wells out of the game after just 2.1 innings.

Six Yankees had multiple hits, and Torres, LeMahieu, Sanchez, Wade had extra-base hits on the night. As a new New York Yankee, Joey Gallo has yet to heat up; he was the only Yankees last night not to get a hit. Nevertheless, the Yankees played a good game last night on all fronts, including errorless play.


New York Yankees Recap: Luis Gil shines in his Major League debut, Yankees win 13-1

After losing game one to the Baltimore Orioles and finding that ace Gerrit Cole tested positive for the coronavirus, another blow beset the Yankees with a second Yankee starter testing positive Jordan Montgomery has now been named as the newest addition to the Covid list. Pitching tonight for the Yankees was Luis Gil (Heel) in his major league debut. The Yankees needed to win this game tonight to have any chance at taking the series from the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees blew out the Orioles 13-1.

In the first inning, Gil took the mound in his debut and flew out Cedric Mullins. Ramon Urias struck out. Ryan Mountcastle reached on a collision with Rizzo. Anthony Santander flew out to Judge in right to end the half and a good first inning for Gil. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu ground out. Anthony Rizzo flew out to right. Aaron Judge flew out as the Yankees were retired in order. No score.

At the second, Anthony Santander led off against Gil, and he flew out to center. Austin Hays flew out to Torres. Pedro Severino went down looking as Gil had a 1-2-3 inning. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton flew out to center. Joey Gallo went down on strikes. Gary Sanchez got a base hit to right-center. Gleyber Torres got an RBI double that split the centerfielders scoring Sanchez from first. Rougie Odor ground out to second, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. New York Yankees 1 Orioles 0.

Maikel Franco led off the third inning by grounding out to short. Pat Valaika ground out to LeMahieu at second. Mullins struck out swinging for another 1-2-3 inning for Gil. At the bottom, Greg Allen led off for the Yankees and was hit by a pitch and went to first. LeMahieu had an RBI double that split the outfielders, with Allen scoring for the second Yankee run. Rizzo doubled, scoring LeMahieu for the third Yankees run, Judge singled to left. With men on the corners and no outs singled, Stanton drove in Rizzo for the four-run Yankee lead. Gallo went down on strikes. Sanchez doubled to the left-field wall, scoring Judge for the inning’s fifth run, knocking out Wells. Torres faced the new O’s pitcher Adam Plutko flew out to center, but Stanton scored for the sixth run off the inning. Odor struck out swinging, but the Yankees brought nine runners to the base scoring six runs. New York Yankees 6 Orioles 0.

In the fourth inning, Urias popped out to Rizzo. Mountcastle ground out to third. Santander singled to center. Hays singled to right. DJ Stewart died. In the Yankees, half Yankees Stanton homered to drive in three runs for the Yankees. Yankees 9 Orioles 0. It was Stanton’s 17th home run of the season.

The fifth and sixth inning was scoreless for both the Yankees and the Orioles. Luis Gil finished his debut night after the sixth inning, giving up just 4 hits while striking out six Orioles in his scoreless New York Yankee debut. His last pitch of the inning was a strikeout. Gil only walked one Oriole in the game.

At the top of the seventh, Stewart stuck out. Severino struck out. Franco doubled down the left-field line. Valaika struck out. Stephen Ridings had three strikeouts in his relief debut.  At the bottom, Stanton ground out. Gallo flew out to center. Sanchez ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 9 Orioles 0.

The top of the Orioles lineup led off the eighth inning. Mullins against Brody Koener making his debut singled to center. Urias ground out to Wade at third. Mountcastle got an RBI double to let the Oriole on the board. Ryan McKenna ground out. Hays ground out, and Stewart flew out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres led off against Shaun Anderson and singled to left field. Odor singled to right. Grey Allen flew out to the warning track in right. Tyler Wade men on the corners and one out hit a double down the right-field line to score Torres and Odor for the Yankee 10 run lead. Wade, on a passed ball, advanced to third base. Rizzo, who was 2 for 4, ground out to second as Wade scored. Judge homered for a solo shot to the short porch in right. Stanton flew out to center, but the Yankees picked up another four runs. New York Yankees 13 Orioles 1.

At the top of the ninth inning and last licks for the Baltimore Orioles, Severino faced Koener still in the game and popped out to Odor. Franco was hit by a pitch and took first. Valaika hit into a double play to end the game as the Yankees bounced back with 13 runs. The final Score was the New York Yankees 13 and the Baltimore Orioles 1. The winning pitcher was Luis Gil, and the loser was Alexander Wells.


New York Yankees: What have the Yankees actually done this offseason?

We all know what the New York Yankees lost after the season’s end. They lost Masahiro Tanaka, that is still a free agent; they lost James Paxton, who is drawing interest from the Giants, J.A. Happ, who has signed with the Twins, and Tommy Kahnle, who has signed with the Dodgers. But the Yankees holding out waiting for DJ LeMahieu to sign; what have they really done this offseason to stock the organization with players that can help this year and in the future?

11/17/20: Yankees sign free agent OF Michael Beltre to a minor league contract. Has played 6 years in the minors, last year with AA Lookouts.

11/20/20:   Yankees selected the contract of RHP Alexander Vizcaino from Tampa Tarpons, selected the contract of RHP Yoendrys Gomez from Charleston RiverDogs, selected the contract of RHP Roansy Contreras from Tampa Tarpons, and selected the contract of SS Oswald Peraza from Charleston RiverDogs.

12/11/20: Yankees signed free agent LHP Lucas Luetge to a minor league contract.

12/12/20: Yankees signed free agent OF Ryan LaMarre, to a minor league contract and signed free agent C Rob Brantly to a minor league contract.

12/13/20: Yankees signed free agent OF Thomas Milone to a minor league contract.

12/14/20: Yankees signed free agent C Kellin Deglan to a minor league contract and signed free agent RHP Matt Bowman to a minor league contract.

12/15/20: Yankees signed free agent RHP Adam Warren to a minor league contract. This will be Warren’s third stint with the Yankees, previously going 20-20 with an ERA of 3.18 during seven years with the Yankees.

01/04/21: Yankees signed free agent LHP Nestor Cortes to a minor league contract. Cortes Jr. was with the Yankees during 2019 when he was 5-1 with a 5.67 ERA. With the Seattle Mariners last year, he had an ERA of 15.26.

01/05/21: Yankees signed free agent 3B Andrew Velazquez to a minor league contract.

01/06/21: The New York Yankees signed free agent LHP Tyler Lyons to a minor league contract. Lyons was with the Yankees in both 2019 and 2020. He pitched in 12 games over the span with an ERA of 6.97, signed free agent P Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract, signed free agent RF Socrates Brito to a minor league contract, and traded P James Reeves to San Diego Padres for CF Greg Allen.

01/15/21: Yankees accomplish their number one priority with the resigning of second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Yankees sign two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to a one year $11 million contract.

01/18/21: Yankees signed free agent RHP Stephen Ridings to a minor league contract. Ridings is a monster of a pitcher; he is 6′ 8″ and 220 pounds from Huntington, New York.

If you happen to think these are a lot of transactions, it’s not; actually, it’s among the fewest moves made by any MLB team. The Los Angeles Dodgers that arguably have the best team in all of baseball, have made as many moves as the New York Yankees in just one day. The Yankees have accomplished their main desires, re-signing LeMahieu and getting a number two starter behind Gerrit Cole. But the Yankees still have needs, possibly another starting pitcher and bullpen help.

The image accompanying this article is of Stephen Ridings.’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam