New York Yankee Profiles: Tyler Wade shows his true worth in Yankee’s push to the postseason

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Every year the New York Yankees feel that this will be his breakout year, but Tyler Wade has disappointed.  In 2019 he started big on opening day. He probably would have started the season at the alternate sight, but replacing DJ LeMahieu started the season at second base against the Washington Nationals. He had a career day.

He led off the third inning by working the count full against Max Scherzer and taking a cutter out of the zone for a walk. From there, Wade was inside Scherzer’s head. He made three pickoff attempts while facing Aaron Hicks, and then he left a fastball in the middle of the zone for Judge to pull down the line. Wade was able to score from first to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately for Wade, he struggled through most of the season. In 88 at-bats, he had only 15 hits for a season batting average of .170, just ahead of the struggling Gary Sanchez. If the New York Yankees can re-sign DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees will not have a lot of need for Wade. The team has kept him mostly for his speed and replacement as a utility player off the bench.

2020 was not a good year for Wade as it wasn’t for many players in the coronavirus season. But if you were told that the following season Wade would have the second-highest batting average on the team for those playing at least 80 games, you would have been told in your wildest dreams. Well, that dream has come true. If there is one player on the team that doesn’t get the credit he deserves it is Tyler Wade.

This writer has always felt that Tyler Wade could be a much better player if given more playing time. This season (2021), he has proved that out. He has played in 80 games so far and has excelled beyond what is his usual skills. Of course, wade’s problem has always been his hitting or lack thereof. But this year gave a chance he is hitting .278, the second-highest batting average on the team, only below Aaron Judge.

But Tyler Wade’s value is far more than that batting average; it’s in the stats that you don’t see. The Yankees have won 34 of their last 45 games. Some of those wins can be attributed to Wade either directly or indirectly. But, wade is so much better than his stats show. His speed, ability to steal bases, quick thinking, and excellent defense in multiple locations make him a complete player.

Like in so many games, Wade is invaluable. Last night not playing in the game; he was called in in the top of the ninth inning to pinch run for Giancarlo Stanton. He stole second and reached third on an errant throw. Aaron Judge singled, and Wade scored the winning run.

Let’s take a look at Wade’s journey to the Yankees.

The Yankees Tyler Dean Wade was born on November 24, 1994, in San Diego, California. He played baseball as a boy and was a Yankee and Derek Jeter fan from the age of ten. He played ball for Murrieta Valley High School in California, where he developed into a shortstop, who played several times at second base. Yankees scouts took notice of Wade and particularly liked his athleticism. They thought so much of him that they selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB draft when he was just eighteen.

He had committed to play college baseball for San Diego State University but chose to forgo his commitment and sign with the Yankees. He made his pro debut in the rookie Gulf Coast League. At the end of the season, he batted .309 with 12 RBI’s, and the Yankees promoted him to the Staten Island Yankees. In the same year, he also played at the Charleston River Dogs and for the Trenton Thunder. He ended playing in 129 games for an average of .273 with 51 RBI’s.

He started 2015 with the Tampa A team but ended the season back with the Thunder. He played in 127 games between the two teams for an average of .262 with 31 RBI’s and three home runs. He was an invitee to 2016 spring training but spent the season with the Thunder. He began the 2017 season with Scranton Wilkes/Bare but was called up to the Stadium on June 27. He ended up taking the shuttle between the Rail Riders and the Yankees multiple times. He was finally called up for the rest of the season on the 4th of September. He batted .310 for the Rail Riders but .155 for the New York Yankees in just 30 games. During the 2018 season, he was back and forth between the teams again. He played in the Arizona fall league during the winter, where he worked on his outfield skills.

In 2019 he started his season with the Rail Riders but had been up and down again. While at Scranton, Wade has been honing his outfield skills while his natural position is shortstop. As it turns out, Wade is a pretty good utility player, even playing second base, although he isn’t the greatest hitter. He is still young at 26, and still developing. Wade was again called up when the roster expanded and made some exciting catches in left field.

Wade is the super-utility player that can take over if Gleyber Torres falters as the shortstop.  He can play at second and in the outfield with better than average fielding percentages. In addition, he can score from first or second on a hit or sac fly with his team-leading speed on the bases.  Yankee manager Aaron Boone recently sung the praises of Wade.

“Tyler can be that really valuable super-utility guy, rule change or not. He has an ability to defend the middle of the diamond, in the infield, and we have seen just how good an outfielder he can be when we have put him in that situation. For him, it’s about continuing to progress offensively and we think he can be a very valuable player for us, he is always (trying to improve) his offensive game, and looking to take advantage of his speed, laying down a bunt, and working on that line-drive swing. He’s got a pretty good understanding of the strike zone and hopefully, with more reps and opportunities, we can start to see that at this level.” That according to manager Aaron Boone.

Wade is not married, and there are no scandals attached to his name. In the offseason, he lives in southern California. He has an older brother Kyle. Tyler attributes his hard-working style to his military father. He became a New York Yankee fan at the age of ten when going on a family trip to Cooperstown; he got to see a Yankee game at the Old Stadium. In that game, he got to see Derek Jeter do his famous jump throw.

When he returned home, he practiced that throw in backyard Whiffle ball games. Wade carries a tattoo behind his left wrist the says, “Confidence is key” For female fans, he is a bit of a heartthrob with his good looks.

The video below shows Tyler Wade’s speed and agility.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Yankees Takeaways from 12th win while blowing a 6 run lead

After winning 11 games in a row, the New York Yankees entered the Oakland Coliseum to face the Athletics with the hope of getting their 12th consecutive win. But at the same time, they also knew that they hadn’t played well at the massive coliseum, winning one game of their last then there. Nevertheless, they went on to blow a six-run lead but still score that 12th win.

A game filled with firsts

Let’ start with the second inning; with Joey Gallo at the plate, home plate umpire Todd Tichenor called Gallo out on strike, on one of the worst calls I’ve seen recently. It was so bad the usually calm Gallo argued. Manager Boone darted from the dugout to save his slugger from getting thrown out, only to get thrown out himself. Again, the call was egregious, being clearly six inches inside in the computer graphic.

The New York Yankees, although blowing a six to nothing lead in the top of the third inning, still found a way to win the game in the ninth inning via pinch-runner Tyler Wade, who scored on an Aaron Judge single that held up. It was the first time the Yankees have won 12 games in a row since 1961. It was also the first time they won 71 games by a 1 or 2 run margin at this point of the season.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, shaky or not, Aroldis Chapman got the 300th save of his career.

Yankees blow a 6 run lead

By the top of the third inning, the New York Yankees had amassed a six-run lead going 6-0 against the Oakland Athletics. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner homered in the second inning. Then, in the third inning, Joey Gallo hit a three-run bomb giving the Yankees the 6 run lead.

But in the third inning starter, Jameson Taillon, who has been stellar, recently gave up back-to-back home runs. Then loaded the bases causing Taillon to be yanked after just 3.2 innings. Walks will usually bit a pitcher in the butt. Taillon got bit and then walked a run in. The usually dependable Albert Abreu came in and reloaded the bases. Starling Marte ground out to second to end the inning and get Abreu out of the jam.

Clay Holmes just off the Covid list, and Jonathan Loaisiga combined for three scoreless innings before the Yankees called in Aroldis Chapman to close it out.

Aroldis Chapman gets the job done

With the score of 6-5 at the top of the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton hit a single; he was replaced on the bases by the fast Tyler Wade as a pinch-runner. Wade stole second and, on an errant throw, went to third. Aaron Judge singled to center, scoring Wade for the one-run lead in what was to be the winning run. Fans in the stands and at home saw both Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman warming up. With the fan’s nerves on edge, it turned out to be Chapman who would close. Chapman has been unreliable in close games.

Andrus flew out to Gardner in center. Canha struck out. Marte singled and stole second. Finally, Olsen who had 32 home runs on the season, ground out to second, and Yankee fans could exhale. It was the Yankee’s 12th win in a row, the most since 1961.

Note: Tonight at 9:40 pm EDT, New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Yankees and will face Sean Manaea, as the Yankees got for their 13th win in a row. The game will be televised on the YES Network and NBCSCA.

New York Yankees: All the latest Yankee news in one place

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Yankees to start 10-day road trip

The New York Yankees start a 10-day road trip today after going 9-1 in their last ten games. They have won series after series and are most recently off a series win over the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees are the winningest team in baseball after going 26-8 since July 17th.

This will be a tough road trip for the Yankees; first, they face two excellent pitchers for the Atlanta Braves during a short two-game series. Tonight Jordan Montgomery starts against Huascar Ynoa. Tuesday night’s game will pit Andrew Heaney against Yankee killer Charlie Morton. After the Braves series, they will play three games with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels before returning to Yankee Stadium and a series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Luis Severino to get checked out again

Luis Severino’s long-awaited return to the Yankees may have to be put on hold again as pitching this season seems less and less likely. Manager Boone has let be known that Luis Severino will reportedly fly across the country to California this week to get an in-person examination from Dr. Neal ElAttrache who is an Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He is also Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Severino, this will be a second opinion.

Severino has been out from the Yankees since his Tommy John surgery at the beginning of 2019, not allow him to play at all in 2019 and 2020. Since then, he has been struggling to get back with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman recently said he expected Severino back with the team by September 1st. But that went down the drain when he strained his groin in a rehab assignment in June. Then, last week he pulled himself from a rehab game due to shoulder tightness. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage, but whether he pitches again this season might be evident after this in-person check out at Cedar Sinai and a clean bill of health.

Anthony Volpe showing off

We all know that Yankee prospect Luis Gil has been showing off for the Yankees in his first few games pitched as a starter. But Gil is not the only Yankee prospect that is shining this season. Anthony Volpe that grew up idolizing shortstop Derek Jeter is making a name for himself with the Hudson Valley Renegades; he has an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 20 homers and 28 steals in the minors this year. That puts himself right up there with Jasson Dominguez as the Yankees’ number one prospect. Some of his success is due to his work during the 2020 season when there were no minor league games.

Rays Injury news good news for the Yankees

In baseball, you never want to see anyone on any team injured, but that fact remains a deterrent to one team and benefits another. The Rays have reported Right-hander Chris Archer lasted just two innings Sunday in his return from the IL. Archer left the game with hip soreness. He will be checked out by doctors as the Rays are concerned he may have more hip trouble. Although the Rays are in first place they have had pitching concerns ever since ace Tyler Glasnow need Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season.

On top of that, Yankee killer Ji-Man Choi left Sunday’s game with left hamstring tightness. According to Ray’s manager Kevin Cash when he hit a double and getting to second base, it grabbed him and continued to tighten up. Choi was hitting .250 this season with nine home runs in 64 games. Add to that the recently obtained Nelson Cruz has landed on the Covid-19 list. These are critical problems for the Rays as they try to protect their 4.5 game lead ahead of the Yankees.

Yankees latest injury updates

A pitch hit Gardner’s right elbow and forced him out of the game in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Twins on Friday night. On Saturday, he was still out of the lineup. Manager Boone has said that he doesn’t feel it’s too serious and will not be put on the IL. Instead, he will travel with the team on their road trip and likely see action on the west coast.

The Yankees star player Gio Urshela is advancing in his rehab. Yesterday with the Somerset Patriots, he went 3 for 4 with a double and scoring a run. He looked good in rehab from a hamstring injury. A date for his return to the team has not been announced.

Gleyber Torres is advancing in his rehab from an injured thumb caused by a bad slide into second base. On Friday, he took dry swings and did some infield work. No timeline has been given for his return either.

Yankees wild card stock is rising

The New York Yankees have won 9 games in a row and their tenth series in a row, being the best performing team in baseball. They have gone from nearly 10 games behind in the AL East to just 4.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. From July 17th to the present, they have a 26-8 record. During the span, the Yankees have gone from 3 1/2 out of the second wild-card slot to 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox for the first wild card spot.

Donaldson making an ass out of himself

The New York Post reports that New York Porch Sport, the Donaldson, has blasted the New York Yankees and ace Gerrit Cole. Apparently, he was embarrassed by his play against Cole in the Minnesota Twins series. Earlier in the year, he accused Cole of using sticky stuff. Now he made this statement:

“Yeah of course he’s still using that stuff,” Donaldson said of Cole. “I know my capabilities. The only way to make me look so feeble at the plate is to have a bit of extracurricular help. I’m sending my findings to Manfred soon.”

More playing time has paid off for Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade has always been a useful utility player for the Yankees for the past few years. But with injuries to both Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres, Wade has finally played enough game to show what he is worth to the Yankees. And that is just not his excellent defense in the field, but now playing more games, he has shown that he can hit also. He has raised his batting average from below .200 to .278. He has 15 hits and 4 extra-base hits during August. Saturday against the Twins, Wade started in left field, giving a day of rest to Joey Gallo. He went 2 for 4, one a double, and one RBI. Wade has been one of the best Yankee hitters in this month, going .500 since August 3rd.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from heartbreaking Field of Dreams loss

Last night the long-awaited Field of Dreams game took place in Dyersville, Iowa. The New York Yankees faced the Chicago White Sox in that epic game. Yesterday I predicted that the Yankees would lose that game because both the pitching and lineup stats comparison said so. What I didn’t predict was that it would be a ninth-inning heartbreaker.

Nevertheless, disregarding the outcome, it was a wonderful game in a beautiful iconic setting in the cornfields of Iowa that will not be soon forgotten by any of the players who played in it or those in the stands or watching television.

Andrew Heaney hung out to dry

Since acquiring him, Andrew Heaney, who has not pitched well for the New York Yankees, was the only pitcher available to pitch last night’s game. In addition, both Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery are on the Covid list, and Domingo German is nursing a sore shoulder. Add to that Corey Kluber and Luis Severino are not yet ready to return to the rotation.

With his 5.45 ERA, Heaney had to face the White Sox’s best pitcher, Lance Lynn, with his 2.26 ERA and not having allowed more than three runs in any game in July and August. Heaney gave up five runs in the first four innings, which would usually be the end for a starting pitcher, but manager Boone brought him out again in the fifth inning to save the already overworked bullpen for the rest of the series; he gave up another two earned runs.

Ninth inning heartbreaking loss

After Andrew Heaney gave up seven runs in the game and the Yankees average of fewer than four runs per game, it looked pretty dismal for the Yankees. They carried a three-run deficit into the ninth inning. But in the ninth, Tyler Wade, who has been playing great ball, led off by hitting the first pitch for a single. LeMahieu struck out. Gardner struck out. Aaron Judge, with one out, left for the Yankees and one on, hit his second home run of the game, bringing the Yankees within one. Joey Gallo walked. Giancarlo Stanton homered for his 18th of the year, and just like that the New York Yankees took the lead.

At the bottom of the ninth, Zack Britton was charged with holding the White Sox down and winning for the Yankees. Danny Mendick led off and ground out to second. Zavala walked. Anderson hit a homer crushing the Yankees for a walk-off loss. It was a tear-jerking loss for the Yankees.

It must be mentioned that the Yankees did have opportunities in the game to blow it open but failed to do so. The Yankees were 1 for 7 with men in scoring position and only got 8 hits in the game. Gardner in the game went 2 for 5 with a home run. Judge went 2 for 4 with two homers, Stanton 1 for 5 with a home run, and Wade went 2 for 4. Both Voit and Gallo were hitless in the game.

Joey Gallo continues to struggle as a Yankee

Before the trade deadline, the Yankees acquired the power-hitting Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. But after two weeks, Gallo has failed to make his mark as a Yankee.

“I’m still, like, kind of getting used to it. You know, sometimes I’ll see like a sign that says ‘Yankees.’ Oh Yankees, I’m on the Yankees. You spend so much time with one organization that you kind of forget sometimes, but it’s just crazy. It’s crazy when people say I’m a part of the New York Yankees. And when they’re doing the lineup, I’m in the same lineup with Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and Giancarlo Stanton, all those guys, it’s like, you know, it’s crazy. It’s like a dream.”

So far, with the New York Yankees, Joey Gallo is hitting .140 in fourteen games with one home run, and 23 strikeouts in his nightmare start with the Yankees. In the Field of Dreams game, he went 0-3 with two walks.

New York Yankees Recap: Tyler Wade powers the Yankees to the series win over the Royals

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Today the New York Yankees went for the win of the series, a rubber game for both teams at 2:10 pm EDT. The Yankees had no pitcher available for the game, so they put together a bullpen game led by Lucas Luetge as an opener in his first-ever major league start and other relievers to get the win. Before the game, the Yankees announced that yet another Yankee, Clay Holmes, was put on the Covid list. The Yankees won the series and today’s game 5-2.

As in many games, DJ LeMahieu headed up a lineup missing several regular players, including newly acquired Anthony Rizzo. Brady Singer was on the mound for the Royals facing LeMahieu, who walked on five pitches. Brett Gardner struck out. Aaron Judge singled to centerfield. Joey Gallo walked to load the bases with Yankees. Luke Voit singled to right center, scoring LeMahieu and Judge. With men on the corners and still only one out, Odor lined out to left, scoring Gallo. Andrew Velaquez ground into a double play, but the Yankees got the 3 run early lead.

At the bottom of the first inning, Lucas Luetge started his first major league game by facing Whit Merrifield, who singled up the middle. Merrifield stole second for his 33rd straight stolen base. Nicky Lopez flew out to Tyler Wade playing in left field. Salvador Perez ground out with Merrifield scoring. Andrew Benintendi struck out swinging. New York Yankees 3 Kansas City Royals 1.

The second inning was led off by Tyler Wade, who struck out swinging. Rob Brantly singled up the middle. LeMahieu singled to left, moving Brantly to second with one out. Gardner, who has had a .380 OBP of late, flew out to the warning track in center with LeMahieu moving to third base. Judge popped out to second the end the half leaving two on base. At the bottom, Hunter Dozier singled off Velaquez’s glove at short. Ryan O’Hearn flew out to left. Michael Taylor flew out to right. Hunter Dozier stole second. Emmanuel Rivera flew out to left. Yankees 3 Royals 1.

Joey Gallo led off the third inning for the Yankees and walked. Voit followed by hitting into a 6-4-3 double play. Odor doubled to the left-field wall. Velaquez ground out to first. The bottom saw the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu facing Cam Galagher, who struck out looking. Merrifield singled again, this one to left. The Yankees were watching for him to steal again. However, Abreu balked with Merrifield moving to second. Lopez ground out to short, Merrifield advanced to third. Perez struck out swinging. Yankees 3 Royals 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Tyler Wade, who had a lead-off stand-up double to right. Brantly flew out to right. Wade stole third base. LeMahieu went up the middle, scoring Wade. Gardner ripped one to the center, moving LeMahieu to second. Judge hit one to center, scoring Brandly with Gardner being called out at third. That was the end of it for starter Singer. Next, Richard Lovelady faced Gallo, who made a sky-high out to shallow center.

At the bottom of the fourth, with Abreu still on the mound, Benintendi ground out. Dozier singled in front of Gardner in the center. O’Hearn singled to center. Taylor, with two on and one out, went down swinging. Rivera went down swinging and leaving two Royals on base. New York Yankees 5 Kansas City 1.

Luke Voit led off the fifth by striking out. Odor had an infield pop out. Velaquez singled through the left field and attempted to steal second, made it, but over slid the base for the final out. At the bottom, Gallagher got a lead-off double down the left-field line against Abreu. Merrifield flew out to left, but Wade made the diving catch. Gallagher moved to third. Joely Rodriguez replaced Abreu and faced Lopez, who reached on an E6 with Gallagher scoring. Perez hit into a double play ending the inning. Yankees 5 Royals 2.

Tyler Wade led off the sixth inning against Domingo Tapia and walked. Brantly skied to left for the first out. Wade stole second and reached third on an E2. LeMahieu struck out, and Gardner lined out directly to first base. Benintendi led off the bottom and walked against J-Rod, ending his day. Dozier faced Chad Green and struck out swinging. O’Hearn struck out looking. Taylor popped out to Voit. Yankees 5 Royals 2.

The seventh inning was led off by Aaron Judge against Jake Brentz and went down on strikes. Gallo flew out to left. Voit went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Brentz. At the bottom, Rivera popped out to second. Gallagher reached on a throwing error by Odor overthrowing Voit. Merrifield singled before Wade in left. Gallagher went to third on the play. On his 34th stolen base attempt, Merrifield was called out by Velaquez, which was upheld upon review. Lopez went down swinging. New York Yankees 5 Royals 2.

With Greg Holland on the mound for the eighth, Odor flew out to center. Velaquez popped out. Wade doubled for the second time in the game. Brantly ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Perez against Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yankee’s fifth pitcher, ground out to Wade, then playing third. Benintendi ground out to second. Dozier struck out swinging as Loaisiga put down the Royals in order. New York Yankees 5 Royals 2.

At the top of the ninth, it was the top of the lineup for the Yankees. LeMahieu faced Ervin Santana and ground out to short. Gardner flew out to the centerfield wall. Judge ground out to third to end the half. Zack Britton came for the Yankees to close it out. O’Hearn got hit in the back by Britton. Taylor with O’Hearn on first singled, but O’Hearn was out at second. Rivera reached on another Yankee error the third of the game an E5 on Odor. Santana hit into a double play bringing the Yankees another series win, their eleventh off the Royals.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Kansas City Royals 2. The winning pitcher was Chad Green; the loser was Brady Singer. Zack Britton got his first save of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees sweep of Miami

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game in Miami against the Marlins, hoping for a sweep after only being able to sweep four of ten possibilities. Instead, they got that sweep as they head into long homestand tonight. The Yankees won the first game 3-1, the second 4-2, and last night Jordan Montgomery led the Yankees in another 3-1 win to complete the sweep. The Yankees are now 56-48, 7 games behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. They have won 6 of their last 10 games and are 2.5 games out of the second wild-card slot.

Will Yankee fans show the love?

By the trade deadline, most industry analysts believe that the New York Yankees were the AL winners in improving their team by the deadline. This deadline is different from previous years, where teams could still trade after the deadline to acquire players off of waivers. However, that is not the case this year; the team they have at the deadline is the team they will live with for the rest of the season.

The Yankees picked up three new pitchers and two lefty hitters to add to the lineup. As a result, the Yankees can now produce a lineup with five lefty hitters, should the need arise. Two of those new Yankees are Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. Gallo, who the Yankees got from the Rangers, has had a solid defensive start for the Yankees, but only last night did he get his first hit, a double in the seventh that almost topped the centerfield wall for a homer.

The other new New York Yankee hitter is Anthony Rizzo; he has been nothing short of amazing, almost single handily winning all three Marlin games for the Yankees in his Yankee debut weekend. He homered in the first game, homered in the second game, going five for five at the plate, and last night although not homering, he, with the Yankees scoreless to start the eighth inning, supplied the go-ahead run for the Yankee lead that they would not relinquish.

Today the New York Yankees return to Yankees Stadium in the Bronx to face the Baltimore Orioles. Yankee fans are some of the toughest fans in baseball, showing their disappointment when the team or a particular player is not playing well, but at the same time, they are not shy of showing their love. So when Anthony Rizzo takes to the field at first base, he will surely be welcomed; the only question is how loud a welcome he gets when he walks to the plate at the bottom of the first inning.

Montgomery has another good outing

Poor Jordan Montgomery struggled to find his way in the first inning, giving up a run, but then settled in and gave the Yankees a shot at winning the game. He pitched well as he found his curveball. In the end, he went five innings giving up just that one run while striking out six. But again, he got no runs support at all. The Yankees didn’t score until the eighth inning.

Montgomery has now given up 10 runs in his last 32.5 innings with absolutely no run support at all. Over the span, he has a .057 ERA. Last night, new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez (J-Rod) got the won after throwing just one pitch for the Yankees to add insult to injury. Life isn’t fair.

Yankees lose a starter to the IL

Last night it was announced that Yankee starter Domingo German was being put on the 10 IL for right shoulder inflammation. Manager Aaron Boone said German would get an MRI exam in New York on Monday. After the Yankees did not make any significant pitching upgrades by the trade deadline, this is just another blow to the rotation this season. However, this type of injury is not totally unexpected as pitchers all over baseball adjust to playing a 162 game season after only going 60 games last season.

New New York Yankee starter Andrew Heaney, a lefty with a 6-7 record with an ERA of 5.27 and 113 strikeouts, will start tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. German’s next scheduled start is for the first game at the Stadium against the Seattle Mariners; on August 5, Nestor Cortes Jr will most likely be started.

Yankees made the plays

Although the Yankees did not score until the eighth, mostly due to Sandy Alcantara’s superb pitching, the scoreless innings still supplied some excitement. Although Brett Gardner was overshadowed by the play of Tyler Wad and Anthony Rizzo, Gardner has an excellent game; he ran down fly balls and even climbed the wall once getting an out. He also led off the rally in the eighth that eventually got the win for the Yankees.

At times during the night, Tyler Wade and Anthony Rizzo put on a show, making challenging plays. Tyler Wade, who is not a natural third baseman, completed an almost impossible play that a Gold Glove third baseman might not make. At the Marlins, half of the eighth Chisholm hit into a double play to end the inning. Rizzo made a spectacular scoop, fired to second, and made the catch to complete the double play. Rizzo is the real deal.

In the pitching department, Aroldis Chapman got his 22nd save of the season.

Yankees place starting pitcher on injured list, call up utility infielder

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are going through their yearly injury struggles, and this time around, they lost another starting pitcher in Michael King.

According to the Yankees’ PR department:

  • Placed RHP Michael King on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to 7/5) with a right middle finger contusion.
  • Recalled INF/OF Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

King was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger contusion. An interesting injury that will hopefully only keep him out for a short period of time. The Yankees will have to supplement his loss in some way over the next two weeks or so.

At 26 years old, King has made 14 appearances this season, picking up four losses on the year. He currently holds a 3.72 ERA with an 8.75 strikeout per nine ratio. While King has looked better as the season progresses, he hasn’t represented an above-average talent who the Yankees can rely on with superior confidence.

As for Tyler Wade, the Yankees are looking to add a bit more speed to the batting order, and with the acquisition of Tim Locastro, they have done just that. Wade has appeared in 52 games this year, hosting a .224 average with 14 runs and two RBIs. He currently features his highest strikeout rate since the 2018 season at 26.4%.

With injuries beginning to pile up, general manager Brian Cashman must be planning a few big moves at the trade deadline, otherwise, the team will be squandering for healthy players when they desperately need to extract victories if they want their playoff hopes to remain alive.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from Yankees finale loss to the Orioles

The New York Yankees met the Baltimore Orioles yesterday in the series finale of the four-game set. The Orioles came out with the win, with the two teams splitting the series in Baltimore. The Orioles won the first game, the Yankees took the middle two, and the Orioles took the last game in a 10 inning win. Jordan Montgomery got the start for the Yankees with Gary Sanchez catching, and Jorge Lopez started for the O’s. Neither pitcher was involved in the outcome of the game. The Yankees could have won the game if it wasn’t for some bad luck in the ninth when Gleyber Torres hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the stands, tieing the game but not allowing DJ LeMahieu to score.

Darren O’ Day let Montgomery down

Jordan Montgomery didn’t have his best of games, but I wasn’t bad either. He pitched five full innings allowing 2 earn runs. His command wasn’t as good as his last outing, and he only stuck out one batter over the span. But he didn’t let the game get away from the Yankees. Things were still looking good when Chad Green came to the game to replace Montgomery; he pitched two scoreless innings striking out 4 Orioles.

In the eighth inning Darren O’Day, who was stellar, came into the game to replace Chad Green; he gave up an earned run and couldn’t strike out anybody. Aroldis Chapman with the Yankees tied in the ninth and struck out the side. In the bottom of the 10th, the usually perfect Jonathan Loaisiga gave up the winning run. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it when the Yankees don’t hit home runs; they don’t win games.

Giancarlo Stanton is hot

Without a doubt, Giancarlo Stanton is the hottest of the Yankee hitters. He leads the team in home runs (6) and shares the most RBI’s (15) with Gio Urshela. Last night although not hitting a home run, he went 3 for 5. In the previous game, he also went 3 for 5 with a home run. In just two games, he has brought his batting average from .162 to .250. These performances show that if Stanton can remain healthy, he can be an MVP.

Tyler Wade instead of Mike Tauchman, really?

Before yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees traded Mike Tauchman for Oakland giants pitcher Wandy Peralta and another player to be named later. Yankee fans and this writer are not all that thrilled with the trade. Tauchman was the better hitter, although he may not be that much of an upgrade except for his baserunning and ability to steal bases.

For his part in last night’s game Tyler Wade, couldn’t put down an everyday bunt, possibly causing the New York Yankees from winning the game. Tauchman may have been the better option, but now the Yankees are stuck with Tyler Wade. Tauchman put up some pretty good number in 2019, but a poor season in 2020 and a slow start in this season sealed his fate. For that, we have a pitcher that no Yankee has even seen throw a pitch. I guess a good question is how many left-handed relievers do the Yankees need?

The New York Yankees start a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. Game one will feature the Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole against the Tigers’ Tarik Skubal.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from Yankees loss to the Orioles

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees faced the Baltimore Orioles last evening at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Gerrit Cole, in his fifth start of spring training, faced the Orioles Jo Lopez. The Yankees lost the game 4-1. Here are three major takeaways from the game.

Gerrit Cole dominant in Orioles game

In Gerrit Cole’s last spring training game of the season, he had his best outing of the spring. He went 5.2 innings, the first Yankees pitcher to do so, and was absolutely dominant. He allowed only two hits over the span and reduced his spring training ERA from 3.55 to 2.45. He had an excellent command of his pitches. Gary Sanchez caught him.

In his first games of the spring, he struggled some, particularly giving up home runs. Last night he was like a different pitcher in complete control of the game. Cole often tries out new things in spring training and saves his best stuff for the regular season. Last night was a display of dominance that the New York Yankees hope he can carry over to his Opening Day start at Yankee Stadium on April 1.

In the second inning, two Orioles reach on back-to-back fielding errors by Tyler Wade; nevertheless, he overcame Wade’s errors for another scoreless inning.

Aroldis Chapman bombed big time

Aroldis Chapman was an absolute mess last night; he had no command of his pitches. Fans have often criticized Chapman for giving important games away, particularly in the postseason. Any fan watching last night’s game had to be horrified by his pitching. He only pitched one-third of an inning, giving up three runs, striking out one, and serving up two wild pitches.

Aroldis Chapman came out to pitch the seventh inning. Ruiz singled off of Chapman. A wild pitch allowed Ruiz to go to second. Hays singled, scoring Ruiz for the Orioles 1 run lead. Glavis doubled. Sisco walked and the second wild pitch of the inning by Chapman scored Westburg pinch-running for Hays. Sanchez struck out, but Chapman was pulled from the game by manager Aaron Boone. He was replaced by Nick Goody, who walked Mullins. Mancini ground into a double play to end the Orioles half, but the O’s picked up 3 runs. Orioles 3 Yankees 0.

Yankee hitters again remain silent

In another concerning game, the New York Yankee hitters just couldn’t hit Orioles pitching; they just avoided another shutout. The Yankees this spring have had several games where they only had one or two runs scored. Last night they only were able to muster up 3 hits in the entire game. They walked five times but were never able to push those walks across home plate.

It is said that if a team can score five runs in a game, they will usually win the game. So far in spring training, the Yankees have only been able to score an average of 3.7 runs per game. The Yankees certainly hope that will change in the regular season.

Today the New York Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field in a 1:05 pm game. The Yankees Jhoulys Chacin will face the Jays Anthony Kay. The game will be televised on the YES Network, MLBN, and in Canada on SNET.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from tied Phillies game

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

Yesterday, the New York Yankees traveled to Lakeland, Florida, to meet up with the Detroit Tigers with just nine days until Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Both teams relied on the home run to get to a 5-5 tie in the longer than average game. The game lastest almost three and a half hours. Both pitchers, Corey Kluber and Tarik Skubal, had problems allowing the long ball. Here are 3 major takeaways from yesterday’s game.

Kluber shakey but lowered his ERA

Corey Kluber took the mound in the first inning, and Grossman walked on five pitches. Grossman advanced on a wild pitch. Mazara struck out swinging. W.Castro singled driving in Grossman. Castro stole second. Cabrera flew out, but Castro reached third. Schoop walked, and H.Castro struck out. Kluber had a rough inning where he didn’t have good command. He threw 30 pitches in the inning.

Kluber struggled with his command at times through 3.2 innings. This close to the regular season, manager Aaron Boone would have liked to see him go four or five innings, but he did get in a representative number of pitches as he builds up to a 162 game season. Most of his struggles were in the first inning.

Over the 3.2 innings, Kluber gave up just one run lowering his ERA from 3.00 to 1.82, so it wasn’t all bad. Besides the earned run, he gave up three hits and …showed his lack of command in his three walks. We are supercritical here as allowing only three runs in a nine-inning game is not all that bad, and manager Aaron Boone is not the least bit concerned. Boone said that Kluber is healthy and confident. Corey Kluber is slated to be the number two starter. He will get one more game during spring training and make his Yankee Stadium debut on April 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mike Tauchman shined in Tigers game

Mike Tauchman made a major case yesterday about why the New York Yankees should select him for the Yankee bench instead of Jay Bruce. Tauchman provided stellar defense in left-field yesterday in the game against the Tigers; he also got on base all four times with two hits and two walks.

Tauchman had a pretty poor season last year after a bright future he showed in 2019. This beginning to spring training hasn’t been kind to Tauchman. Before yesterday’s game, he had only a .182 batting average. During yesterday’s game, Tauchman showed the front office the kind of player he can be. He pulled ahead of Jay Bruce in hits, walks, and home runs with fewer plate appearances than Bruce. In Yesterday’s game, Greg Allen and Chris Gittens also homered.

The good and the bad for Tyler Wade

Many baseball writers have been writing articles basically saying that it is time for the New York Yankees to move on from utility player Tyler Wade. I am not one of them. I am on the fence about his value to the team. Yesterday Wade supported his view that he belongs on the team. I am not sure about that, but I think the Yankees still need him in the system.

Wade has been kicking around now for four years, playing an average of 40 games in the majors each year while playing most of his games in the minors. Despite his relatively low batting average, he has value to the team. He can play adequately in the outfield, at short, and at second base. Right now, he is most valuable playing at short should Gleyber Torres become injured. He is also the fastest runner on the team, making him a valuable addition to games’ final innings.

Yesterday in the game against the Tigers, he had four plate appearances, getting two hits and walking once. He scored a run and also made an unusual mistake trying to make third and getting caught. Another reason that the Yankees should seriously keep Wade around is that he is one of the few healthy players and is always available. Looking deeper over the last four years, Wade’s power behind the plate has increased. Last season he played in 52 of the 60 games with the most home runs of his career. This writer believes that the Yankees should give him one more season to show his worth. It is also worth noting that in this spring training he has the third most hits.

Today at 1:05 pm the Yankees will be playing the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Deivi Garcia will start for the Yankees and Trent Thornton for the Jays. The game will be televised on the YES Network and SNET in Canada.