New York Yankees: Will the Yankees miss Tyler Wade or Andrew Velazquez?

The New York Yankees lost a couple of fan favorites this offseason, the heartthrob Tyler Wade and the kid with the great local story, Andrew Velazquez. Two players that most Yankee fans are not happy to see gone. But looking deeper will the Yankees miss them now that they are gone?

The answer if you do some soul searching and stats checking, is probably not. Wade always thought of a a real cute guy to Yankee female fans, spent his entire 9 year career, including the minors with the Yankees. But in all that time he was never a stand out player, mostly known for his versatility and base running and stealing. He never was a power hitter, but looking deep into his 2021 season when he played the most, he had some career lows.

On the surface he was coming off his best season in the majors. Wade slashed .268/.354/.323 in 2021 with a 92 wRC+ and 0.9 fWAR over 103 games. You have to admit those a pretty good numbers for his role on the team. Wade last week turned 27-years old.

Concerning, is that he saw a big drop in his hard hit balls, that was low to begin with. His average exit was 82.2 mph with only a 13.8-percent hard hit rate were both career lows. He got the most at bats last year of his major league career. But the more at bats you have, it shows more of the type of player you really are. Wade also experienced a career low in barrel percentage with 1.1 percent.

This past season his batting average was quite a bit better compared to previous seasons, but his career lows suggest that he could easily go back to his previous numbers that were less than exciting.

We never expected Wade to be an over the fence guy or a hard hitter. His role has been mostly coming off the bench to run or provide defense. Therein lies another problem, looking at the numbers his defense was nothing to rave about either.  He had -4 defensive runs saved at shortstop and -5 DRS at second base in only 63.1 innings, which was the worst of anyone that played second base last year. Even worse than Gleyber  Torres. The only way he could really contribute is with his base running while costing the Yankees with his poor defense. Looking at the whole picture he really wasn’t an asset for the Yankees.

Andrew Velazquez was an entirely different story. Looking back, it was more about his story than his play. Born and raised in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, being the only home town boy to play for the Yankees, made him and his story really popular without doing a thing.

Sadly for the hometown boy, looking at the stats, his story may be interesting but his hitting and defense was nothing to write back home to his parents, that also live in the Bronx. Velazquez hit .224/.235/.358 with a .594 OPS and 57 wRC+. He was a non-factor at the plate, especially with his 33.8-percent strikeout rate.

But similar to Wade his job was not to be a big time hitter, but to provide base running and defense, something else he was not that good at. At short he committed three errors, when you factor in the innings played that could actually have been worse than Torres who was among the worst in the majors.

Going forward neither of these players contributed much to the Yankees. They actually may have cost the Yankees. Now we just have to wait and see if Brian Cashman replaces them with upgrades. Hopefully both Wade and Velazquez will play better with a new environment, and Yankee fans wish them well.

 

 

 

New York Yankees News: Yankee manager dead at 90 and more Yankee news

Bill Virdon passes away at 90

The New York Yankee family was saddened to learn of the passing of ex-Yankee manager Bill Virdon. Virdon was manager of the Yankees during 1974 and 1975 before being replaced in 1975 my the new manager Billy Martin. In 1974 he won 89 games for the Yankees.

However, Virdon’s claim to fame was bringing the Houston Astros to the postseason twice. Virdon remains Houston’s management leader in wins. He has 544 wins to his name. He was voted NL Manager of the ear in 1980 when he guided the Astros to the NL West title after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.

After the late George M. Steinbrenner took over the ownership of the Yankees from CBS, he brought in several managers to right the ship and make the Yankees champions again. After Ralph Houk couldn’t do it, he brought in Virdon in 1974, he managed the Yankees to number 2 in the East, but when he won only two more games than losses in 75, the “boss” replaced him with Billy Martin who won a championship for the Yankees in 1977.

Tyler Wade thanks the Yankees and the fans

Last weekend the Yankees designated utility player and fan favorite Tyler Wade for assignment. At the time I said that he would be scooped up quickly, and I was correct, on Monday he was traded to the Los Angels for cash consideration or a player to be named later.

Wade spent his entire nine year career with the Yankees having his best year this past season, when he hit .268 in a career high 103 games. Wade not being the best hitter, was commonly used late in games to run and steal bases, something he did very well. He was also very versatile playing in both the infield and outfield.

Wade took to social media to thank the Yankees and the fans for supporting him.

@_tylerwade
New York, the last 9 years have been a dream. I can’t thank the fans enough for embracing me and making me feel apart of the city. To All my teammates I’m gonna miss ballin and competing with y’all! New York will always be apart of me!

Will the Yankees end up with a “turkey” at short?

Since the end of the World Series, the New York Yankee news has been all about replacing or finding a shortstop to replace the failed experiment with Gleyber Torres, who was moved late in the 2021 season back to second base.

First the news was that the Yankees would go big and make a splash with a big name like Carlos Correa or Cory Seager.  That seems to now turned to more of a discussion on the up and coming Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. On this turkey day Yankee fans see a very cloudy picture as to who the 2022 Yankee shortstop will be. Joel Sherman has said the Yankees seem to no longer be participants in securing a top man to only being an observer. Meanwhile even ex-Yankee Nick Swisher has been praising the Yankee prospects. Stay tuned.

Yankees trade utility man Tyler Wade to Angels, here’s the full deal

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Late last week, the New York Yankees designated Clint Frazier, Rougned Odor, and Tyler wade for assignment, making them waiver wire players.

Teams had an opportunity to scoop up the three options if desired, but instead, the Yankees traded Tyler Wade on Monday to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Per the Yankees’ PR team:

The New York Yankees today announced that they have traded INF/OF Tyler Wade to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Wade played in 103 games last season with the Bombers, recording a .268 average with a 25.5% strikeout rate and 11% walk rate. He failed to hit a home run but did contribute 17 stolen bases and 31 total runs.

The speedy utility player isn’t known for his slugger bat but rather his speed on the base paths and solid defense at multiple positions. Wade earned time at shortstop, third base, second base, centerfield, left field, and right field this past season, filling a variety of roles and wearing many different hats. He spent the majority of his time at SS, enjoying 139 innings without allowing a single error.

Ultimately, he simply doesn’t fit the Yankees’ mold at this point as they look to bring in new talent with better power. At 26-years-old, Tyler will look to expand upon his talents in Los Angeles, a pretty nice place to end up after spending the majority of his career on the East Coast.

New York Yankees make moves: Goodbye “Red Thunder”

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees made several roster moves on Friday, some surprising, some not. After a few years of up and down promise the Yankees designated Clint Frazier for assignment. Also hitting the assignment block was Rougned Odor, and surprisingly utility player Tyler Wade. All of these moves were made necessary to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Any fan that’s been following Clint Frazier’s career is likely not surprised that the red haired outfielder and the Yankees  are parting ways. He was always praised for his excellent bat speed, but never reached his potential behind the plate. His defense in the outfield was up and down at best, seemingly brilliant at times but more often than not deficient.

In the shortened 2020 season, Frazier hit .267 matching his career high batting average, and due to a few spectacular plays in the field even got nominated for a Gold Glove Award. But then came 2021, when he played in only 66 games, his last on June 30. Mysterious illnesses sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Vision problems and dizziness even cut short a rehab assignment in August. Many analysts think he my never play ball again. After five failed seasons when he never played more that 69 games a season, the Yankees have given up on the young man.

Rougned Odor came over from the Rangers just before Opening Day last season, with Texas picking up his entire salary. Although he added some spark to the clubhouse, apparently the New York Yankees thought he was not good enough to be offered a 2022 salary.

The biggest surprise of the three moves is the Yankees parting ways with Tyler Wade, especially after a season that saw him play in 103 games last season, providing some of the best speed and base stealing qualities. Wade has been with the Yankees five years and had a batting average high of .268 last season. He is noted as one of the best utility players playing both in the infield and outfield. He will surely be picked up quickly by another team that needs that versatility.

In other moves the Yankees added infielder Oswaldo Cabrera, outfielder Everson Pereira, right-handers Ron Marinaccio, Stephen Ridings and lefty JP Sears to the 40-man roster. They also traded Nick Nelson and Donny Sands to the Phillies in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Nelson was a big disappointment relieving for the Yankees last season.

The 40-man roster addition of  Cabrera is intriguing and may give a hint to the 2022 Yankee infield. he is 22 and spent most of 2021 at Double-A Somerset, where he played second base, third and shortstop before he was moved up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit well and showed some power from both sides of the plate.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees get to the wild card in dramatic fashion

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees entered today’s last game of the season at Yankee Stadium with the hope of salvaging a game from the Tampa Bay Rays and holding onto a berth in the wild card one game winner takes all. But, unfortunately, the Yankees lost the first two games of the series and had a really embarrassing loss yesterday. So, in this final game of the regular season, the Yankees sent out Jameson Taillon to win against the Rays’ Michael Wacha. In a non-scoring game, the Yankees won it in the bottom of the ninth on a Judge hit that scored Tyler Wade from third for the 1 to nothing score putting them into the postseason.

Brandon Lowe led off yesterday’s game with a home run, another in the 3rd, and yet another in the seventh lead off today’s game against Taillon and flew out to second. Randy Arozarena popped out to Urshela in short. Wander Franco ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres against Wacha ground out up the middle. Anthony Rizzo got hit by a pitch. Aaron Judge ground out into a double play to end the scoreless inning.

The second inning was led off by Austin Meadows ground out. Ji-Man Choi ground out to the right side. Mike Zunino popped out to the infield to end the half. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by grounding out. Joey Gallo flew out to left field. Gio Urshela ground out to complete a quick inning for both pitchers. No score.

At the top of the third, Joey Wendle struck out looking. Kevin Kiermaier walked. Lowe singled to left, with Keirmaier making it to third base. Arozarena, with two on and one out, struck out when he couldn’t hold up. Franco flew out to Gallo in left for three shut-out innings for Taillon. The bottom was led off by Gardner, who ground out to second. Sanchez struck off swinging. Odor lined out to first. No score.

Nelson Cruz led the fourth inning with Taillon still on the ground out, but Taillon was taken out in favor of Wandy Peralta facing Meadows, who doubled down the left-field line. Choi walked. With two on and one out, Zunino singled to third, but the lead runner was called out at third. Then with two on and two outs, Wendle at the plate runners advanced on a wild pitch. Wendle ground out to Torres for the final out. Torres led off the bottom by singling up the middle. Rizzo flew out to a sliding Meadows. Judge with one on and one out struck out swinging. Stanton flew out to right to end the inning. No score after four.

Kevin Kiermaier led off the fifth by striking out swinging. Then, Lowe struck out swinging, and that was the day for Peralta. Clay Holmes came in to face Arozarena, who with two out and no one on base struck out as Yankee pitching struck out the side. At the bottom, Joey Gallo led off and walked for his 111th walk of the season. Urshela ground into a double play wasting Gallo’s walk. Gardner flew out to left field, making it five scoreless innings.

The sixth inning was led off by Franco against Holmes and popped out to Torres at second. Cruz ground out to third and spun and got the out. Austin Meadows faced the new Yankee pitcher Chad Green and popped up, in a long run by Urshela, he caught the ball going headfirst into the Rays dugout with no regard for his body, it was a spectacular play; he was injured, he slowly made his way to the Yankee dugout on his own power, and Yankee fans showered him with applause. At the bottom, Sanchez struck out swinging. Odor struck out. Torres, with no one on and two outs, battled through nine pitches for a walk. Rizzo flew out for a blank scoreboard after six.

Amazingly at the top of the seventh, Urshela was back out on the field after crashing into the dugout in the sixth. Ji-Man Choi led off and doubled in front of Judge in right. Zunino struck out. Wendle lined out to Judge. Kiermaier walked. Lowe faced new pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga and popped out to Odor to end the half. At the bottom, Aaron Judge led off and hit a soft ground ball out to second. Stanton popped out to the infield. Gallo struck out for yet another scoreless inning.

The eighth Arozarena got an infield single when Sanchez couldn’t get the ball. Arozarena stole second. Franco flew out to Gallo, but Arozarena got to third, avoiding the tag out. Cruz struck out swinging. Meadows flew out to Judge in right. Urshela led off the bottom by grounding out against former Yankee David Robertson. Gardner popped out to short center. Sanchez flew out to left. No score after eitght.

Still, with no score, Ji-Man Choi led off and struck out on a Chapman slider. Zunino lined out to Gallo in left. Wendle walked. Wendle stole second. Manuel Magot pinch hit for Kiermaier and struck out swinging. At the bottom of the ninth, Odor led off and singled up the middle. He was pinch-run by Tyler Wade. Gleyber Torres flew out to right with Wade going to second. Anthony Rizzo singled with Wade going to third and Rizzo going to second on the throw. With Aaron Judge coming up, the Rays went to Kittredge. Judge hit with two on and one out, scoring Wade as the Yankees go to the wild card game.

The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, and the loser was Josh Fleming. The final score was the New York Yankees 1 and the Tampa Bay Rays 0.

 

 

 

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.