Report: New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames to be considered for Tigers manager

Reports indicate that New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames will be considered for Detroit Tigers managerial vacancy. Ron Gardenhire was previously the manager of the Tigers, but abruptly retired on Saturday. He was expected to retire after the season, but didn’t feel well in terms of health, leading to him calling it quits early.

Thames played parts of 10 seasons in the MLB. He made his debut in 2002 with the Yankees, before playing the 2003 season for the Rangers. Thames spent six seasons with the Tigers beginning in 2004, then went back to the Yankees in 2010. 2011, his final season, was spent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He finished his career with a .246 average, 115 home runs, and a 1.9 career WAR.

Thames began his coaching career in 2013 with the Yankees as the hitting coach for high-A Tampa. He was promoted to the hitting coach of the AA affiliate Trenton Thunder in 2014, and moved to AAA Scranton in 2015.

In 2016, Thames was named the assistant hitting coach under manager Joe Girardi, and kept that role through 2017. Once Girardi was fired, Thames was named the head hitting coach under current manager Aaron Boone.

Thames has been credited with improving a lot of the Yankees current stars. Under Thames coaching, players like Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Gio Urshela, Clint Frazier, and many others have been huge breakouts with the Yankees. Many of those guys had high potential, but Thames helped them maximize it.

If Thames were to go to Detroit, he would reunite with Austin Romine, the Yankees former backup catcher. Romine spent 2016-2019 as the backup, and bat .281 in 2019, leading to his departure to chase a starting catching job.

If the Yankees were to lose Thames, it would be a devastating loss to the coaching staff.

New York Yankees Suffer Embarrassing Loss Against The Tigers

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Tuesday’s game is a game that the New York Yankees would love to forget about soon.

Despite scoring 11 runs, the Yankees pitching couldn’t get it done along with an early error by Gleyber Torres that was very costly.

For the opening game of the series, the Yankees decided to go with a bullpen game with low leverage relievers. I think that Aaron Boone took the game too lightly, but the pitching still should of been better against a AAA caliber team.

Nestor Cortes Jr. started the game, giving up four runs. Luis Cessa followed and game up three runs, but a lot of runs between the two were due to the Gleyber Torres error. He dropped a ball at second on a double play ball that would of gotten the team out of the inning without a complete mess. The Tigers put up a six spot in the third inning.

It didn’t seem to matter who pitched because everyone seemed to give up runs. Cody Gearrin and Jonathan Loaisiga gave up runs, as well as Adam Ottavino late in the game. Chance Adams pitched the ninth, and gave up a walkoff single to end it.

On offense, the Yankees mashed six home runs. Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner each had a pair of homers, and Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion each had one. Encarnacion is batting .281 since his return from the IL.

Mike Ford had an RBI single, and Tyler Wade drove in two with a triple.

DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge had the night off, while Luke Voit pinch-hit for Wade late.

The Yankees will look to turn it around on Wednesday when CC Sabathia returns off the IL. Domingo German has been moved to the bullpen to limit his workload and will likely follow Sabathia.

Matthew Boyd will be going for the Tigers, arguably their best pitcher this season. We likely should see the Yankees A lineup for the game.

 

New York Yankees Strike Out a Franchise-Record 18 Times in Loss to Detroit

The New York Yankees struck out a total of 18 times, a franchise record for a nine inning game, and only amassed five hits as they dropped the rubber match of the three game series against Detroit 2-1. The Yankees were an ugly 2-4 during their six game homestand, and also lost Troy Tulowitzki to an injury on Wednesday.

Not getting runners on

The New York Yankees had a 2-for-5 completion rate with runners in scoring position. Judge had an RBI single and Torres had a single that didn’t score a run. LeMahieu, Bird, and Frazier each had singles, making it a total of just five hits for the Yanks. Luke Voit got hits in the three games against the Orioles, but went hitless against the Tigers in three games.

The team did draw four walks, but they aren’t getting runners in scoring position. Judge did have a stolen base, but Brett Gardner was caught stealing.

They may be able to get on base more and have more success at the plate if they improved their situational hitting. Every single guy goes up to the plate hoping to smack one into Poughkeepsie. That mindset doesn’t work at all. Through six games they have just five home runs, and if they just try to put it in play, good things could happen.

Maybe Aaron Boone needs to try some small ball, like in the bottom of the order. Get a guy on then have someone like Mike Tauchman or Tyler Wade bunt or do a hit and run to try to get runners in a better position, even if it may cause an out for the batter.

Loaisiga and Sanchez

Jonathan Loaisiga started the game on the mound for the Yankees, and despite the fact he only pitched four innings he did well. The Yankees had no intentions to stretch him out, and was removed after just 70 pitches. He struck out four but issued three walks and only gave up one hit. He gave first pitch strikes to nine of his 16 batters while getting three groundouts and five flyouts.

Gary Sanchez already has four errors, and has played just five games. He had another bad throw on a steal attempt, allowing Nick Castellanos to move to third. He really needs to get those throws down and on target.

Another one bites the dust

Troy Tulowitzki was injured in Wednesday’s game against the Tigers with a calf strain and will hit the IL. The team is down another position player, forcing them to call up Thairo Estrada to take Tulo’s place. Estrada has been on the 40 man roster for some time, but hasn’t made his MLB debut.

They need guys like Estrada to step it up during these injuries. It may be early on and generally a low-stress time, but we don’t want these losses to pile up too much.

The Yankees will play the Orioles starting on Thursday at 3:05PM. James Paxton will get the ball for the Yankees against the Orioles’ Alex Cobb.

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman Blows Game in Unusual Form, Losing 3-1 Vs Detroit

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

With the game going to the top of the ninth, New York Yankees hard-throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman was called from the bullpen to get three big outs, even though it wasn’t a save situation.

One problem: he didn’t get the job done.

The Detroit Tigers scored two runs off of Chapman before the Yankees were shut down in the ninth inning, losing 3-1.

After a strikeout to John Hicks, Niko Goodrum walked, then Dustin Peterson followed with a double to score Goodrum. Chapman then retired Grayson Greiner, but gave up a single to Jordy Mercer, which scored Peterson before finally retiring the side.

Dismal offense:

You couldn’t say that the Yankees had trouble hitting with runners in scoring position because there were barely any runners in scoring position. They only had three attempts with runners on second and/or third, and converted zilch.

Their only run came off a sacrifice fly by newly recalled Clint Frazier after DJ LeMahieu singled and new Yankee Mike Tauchman hit a ground rule double down the left field line.

Tauchman got his first career Yankee hit, while back-up catcher Austin Romine and also newly recalled Tyler Wade got their first hits of 2019.

Tanaka did his part for the New York Yankees:

Masahiro Tanaka had his second start of the 2019 season, and though he allowed several well hit balls to deep in the park, he got the job done. He pitched 6 2/3 innings while giving up eight hits, allowing one run, and striking out seven.

The 1-2 punch of the splitter and the slider seemed to work well yet again for the right-hander from Hyogo, Japan, getting most of his strikeouts from it along with a few fastballs. The splitter definitely worked the very best, minimizing contact with that pitch. The hard hit balls were with the slider and the fastball. Jeimer Candelario of the Tigers hit a hard double off of a curveball, one of the few he threw all night.

So despite not having his best stuff, anytime you pitch 6 2/3 innings and only give up run, it means that you are doing something right. Another good start for the righty, I just wish there could be more offense.

The rubber match of the series will be Wednesday late-afternoon with a 4:05PM start time.  Jonathan Loaisiga will take the ball against the Tigers’ Matthew Boyd. The game will be on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

The New York Yankees Beat The Tigers as Gardner and Sanchez Homer

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

In a low scoring affair, New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German threw five solid innings and Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each hit solo home runs to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-1.

Seven combined hits

The Tigers and the Yankees combined for just seven hits all game, and just two came from the Tigers. Both of them happened to come off the bat of Jordy Mercer, who went 2-of-4.

The Yankees had five hits, two of which left the yard. Sanchez and Gardner each had solo shots, and Gardner also added a single in the first.

Greg Bird had a single to left field, but Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart bobbled it and Luke Voit put the wheels on and scored from first after a walk in the third inning.

Judge doubled in the seventh inning, but was stranded there, unable to build on the lead.

Aroldis Chapman came in to lock it down in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout to end it.

The Yankees four big relievers that are healthy right now pitched on Monday, and each did a great job. Chad Green, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman were each scoreless in one inning of work, and Britton was the only one that allowed a hit.

German did what was asked of him

Domingo German went out there on Monday with relatively low expectations, but pitched a solid game. In five innings, he only gave up a hit and a run, the run being charged on another Gary Sanchez throwing error. It did look like Gleyber Torres just missed the catch and Sanchez was just stuck with the error, so it’s not really his fault.

German only threw 77 pitches, but struck out seven while throwing first-pitch strikes 62 percent of the time. He got three of his seven strikeouts on curveballs, two of his seven on sliders, and two of his seven on fastballs. So basically, there was a lot that was working for German.

Though his pitches worked well, his accuracy and composure were poor. He walked five batters on Monday, and a 7:5 strikeout to walk ratio is really bad. He needs to keep practicing his accuracy and find more strategies with Gary Sanchez to get the ball to spots he can hit and the batters can’t.

Game two of the series against the Tigers continues on Tuesday at 6:35PM on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season, while Jordan Zimmerman will do the same for Detroit. Zimmerman was dominant last time out against the Blue Jays, allowing just one hit in seven innings.