New York Yankees Report Card: A look at players that could be impactful in the postseason

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The New York Yankees have certainly had a roller coaster 2021 season. It’s actually a tale of two different teams when you look at the first half and the last half. If the Yankees don’t make the postseason, they can look back on the first half of the season as the primary reason why.

The Yankees starting pitching other than ace Gerrit Cole was average, although the bullpen was stellar in the first half. The real culprit was the Yankees’ lineup itself. Outside of Aaron Judge trying to carry the team on his back, the rest of the lineup was awol for the most part. The games were boring as the Yankees seemed just to be going through the motions. Fans looked for who to blame, as no one seemed to be able to motivate the team.

Then in two series between the Red Sox and the Phillies in late July when they won four games in a row, a new team seemed to be emerging. So much so that in August, the Yankees were the winningest team in baseball. Since then, they have put themselves in jeopardy, possibly losing a place in the playoffs. But in the past week, the Yankees may be turning things around. But yet their last two games are a microcosm of the whole season; a shut out of the Indians only to be annihilated by them the following night. So here’s a look at how some of the Yankees are playing.

Gerrit Cole: A

Without question, Gerrit Cole has been the best Yankee starting pitcher all season long. He is actually much better than his 15-7 record would suggest. His ERA or 2.75 and 224 strikeouts show that. But suffering from only 3.81 runs of support in his games, he has lost or had no-decisions in games that could have been won.

Corey Kluber: B

After not pitching for nearly two years, Corey Kluber got off to a slow start with the Yankees but gradually got better to the point he had a no-hitter.  But then Kluber went to the IL with a shoulder strain that would keep him out for three months. Since his return, he struggled. . Last night, he showed a huge improvement. He looked like an ace, pitching six full innings only allowing 4 hits in his scoreless outing.

Jordan Montgomery: B

Montgomery is not Gerrit Cole, and because of that, his lack of run support has been more impactful on his record. He has pitched better than his 5-6 record would suggest. He has a respectable 3.63 ERA with 149 strikeouts.

Nestor Cortes Jr.:  B+

Cortes Jr. has been a Godsend for the Yankees; taking over for Kluber when he was on the IL, Cortes did nothing but impress.  The Yankees have won 5 of his 8 starts since August. He has a 2.00 ERA for September.

Luis Gil: B-

The Yankee prospect Gil has been beneficial starting games that the Yankees had no one to start. In his first three starts, he was magnificent, not allowing a single run. But in his last two starts, he has stumbled. First, in a start against Toronto, he lasted only 3.1 innings giving up three runs. Then, against the Twins, he gave up 5 runs, but the Yankees won in extra innings. As Aaron Boone said, Gil may have a bright future, but right now he is not the finished product.

Chad Green: C –

Most recently, the wear and tear of a 162 game season and being overused Green has become undependable in the late going. The transition from a 60 game season to a 162 game season and being overused has been unkind to him through no fault of his own. (see Wandy Peralta).

Lucas Luetge: B

After not pitching in the bigs for nearly six years, the Yankees bet on Luetge to help the bullpen. He has done that and more. The Yankees hit gold in employing him. He has been one of the Yankees’ most dependable relievers, even finishing 13 games for them with one save. He has a .667 winning percentage.

Wandy Peralta: B+

On April 27, 2021, the Giants traded Peralta to the Yankees for outfielder Mike Tauctman. Peralta has been an asset replacing Justin Wilson and Zack Britton. He is the guy Boone goes to most frequently when Chapman fails. He has pitched in 51 games and has five saves. One has to wonder how much better he and Chad Green could have been had the Yankees not traded Luis Cessa away. Cessa was a workhorse and doing marvelously with the Reds with a 2.35 ERA in 48 games.

Aroldis Chapman: C

Aroldis Chapman has been one of the Yankee’s greatest disappointments this season, somewhat of an enigma for the Yankees. After starting the season stellar, his second half has been anything but. Fans cringe when he has to enter a close game. He has lost control of his firebrand fastball. C is not a very good rating for a supposed championship team’s closer.

Aaron Judge: A+

Aaron Judge, for the most part, has carried the team on his shoulders, he has been the best performer in the lineup all season with consistent hitting. He has a .288 batting average, is second in home runs, and leads with 85 RBIs.

Joey Gallo: A-

After being acquired before the trade deadline, Joey Gallo got off to a slow and spotty start with the Yankees. But, most recently, he has really heated up, leading the Yankees with 37 home runs. Last night he hit two home runs; it was the second time he managed the feat this month. He has 7 home runs in 13 games during September.

Giancarlo Stanton: A-

Outside of Aaron Judge, Stanton has been the most dependable hitter this season. He had a .327 average in August and .281 this month. He is third in home runs with 30 and, for a change, doesn’t lead the team in strikeouts. In addition, his excellent play in the outfield has given manager Boone more options.

Brett Gardner: B+

Gardner’s first half was disappointing, to say the least, making the Yankees wonder if resigning him was a wise decision. But his second half has been significantly better. More recently, he, as in past years, has really heated up in the postseason run. This month he has hit two multi-run homers. In addition, his baserunning and excellent defense have made him an everyday player.

Gleyber Torres: D-

Torres has been a disappointment all season long. He has never regained the power that he showed off in 2018 and 2019. But the biggest disappointment is his team-leading number of errors. The Yankees even rearranged the infield for him so he could return to second base. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked out well either, and he has had two significant errors at second base.

Anthony Rizzo: B-

Anthony Rizzo has been hot and cold since joining the Yankees. He started gangbusters but then cooled off. He has had two home runs during September, but his biggest asset to the Yankees is his excellent defense at first base.

Gary Sanchez: C+

Gary Sanchez has had a somewhat better season than last year. Other than Gleyber Torres, Sanchez is the team’s most controversial player. Although he shows hints of greatness with the fireball arm and powerful home runs far into the stands, he also makes bone head plays, running mistakes, and passed balls. Sanchez has trouble staying focused at some critical times.

I hesitate to rate Luke Voit, mostly because he had had so many injuries that he could never regain the form he had in 2020 when he led all of baseball in home runs. Last night he hit a two-run homer in a failed effort to sustain a rally when the Yankees lost to the Indians. I also have not rated DJ LeMahieu mostly because I don’t know what to make of the second baseman that will be a Yankee for the next five years. His performance this year is certainly average but not close to what Yankee fans expected of him.

There are also several pitchers and relievers that have not been rated, mostly because their injuries have not allowed them to be impactful this season, one way or the other.

 

New York Yankees 9/17: 4 Major takeaways from Yankees loss

Last night with dark clouds looming in the distance, the New York Yankees entered Oriole’s Park at Camden Yards with the hopes of sweeping the Baltimore Orioles for the first time this year, but the dark clouds should have been recognized that they were a precursor to another failed attempt. The Yankees lost 3-2. Wandy Peralta was the losing pitcher giving up the winning run in the 10th inning.

Montgomery, the no support kid

For the New York Yankees, this has been a year when the Yankee’s lineup has failed to live up to its potential, not giving several Yankees starters the offense needed to win games. Jordan Montgomery has been one of those pitchers. Unfortunately, he is not ace Gerrit Cole, the only pitcher that has equaled Montgomery’s lack of run support. Both at 3.81 runs per game.

Montgomery is an outstanding pitcher, but he is not Gerrit Cole; the lack of run support being equal hurt him more than Cole. Last night was no different. Compare that 3.81 to Chis Sale of the Boston Red Sox with 9.4 runs of support or San Diego’s Chris Paddack’s 6.64 runs of support. Paddack is not a great pitcher, but even a lousy pitcher will win a lot of games with that kind of support. Unfortunately, last night into the sixth inning Montgomery got zero run support. At least Montgomery for the most part has taken it well, although that understanding seems to have cracks in it lately.

Can Yankees use weather as a scapegoat?

With the Yankee’s fans’ desire to find some reason the Yankees can’t sweep the Orioles, they could use the weather as a scapegoat for the Yankee’s poor performance. After all, by his own admission, Joey Gallo, with the bases loaded, knew he had hit a Grand Slam only to find out that incoming wind caused his longball to drop short of the wall ending in an out. Gallo is a great home run hitter; with a 155 to his name, he knows off the bat when or if it’s a home run.

Or we could look to the normally great Clay Holmes, who was wild as hell in the eighth allowing the game to be tied up in the ninth in the pouring rain. But the reality is that there are no scapegoats. The Yankees have been a very inconsistent team all year, and last night was no different. No timely hitting and only one home run doesn’t lead to many wins. By the way, in the second inning, Gallo did hit his 35 home run of the season. Gallo has hit 4 home runs in his last seven games.

What’s with the Yankees and Orioles?

The Baltimore Orioles are and have been one of the worst teams in baseball for the past few years. The Orioles will lose well over 100 games this season. But this season, the New York Yankees have not been able to dominate them. This lowly Baltimore team has won more games over the Yankees than any other team in their division.

Compared to the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays, they have had their way against the Orioles, winning 18 of 19 games against them. The Red Sox, in their most recent meeting, outscored the Orioles 30-5. Yet the Yankees can’t get the job done. I will leave it up to someone else to figure out why.

Yankees slip back out of the wild card

When everything looked totally gloomy for the Yankee’s hopes of reaching the postseason, the Yankees went on a tear, winning 13 games in a row and renewing their hopes for a 28th World Championship. But since then, things haven’t been as rosy, losing more games than those they won. The Yankees finally got a wild card berth and eventually owned the game one home-field advantage. But surges from the Toronto Blue Jays and the Red Sox have made it challenging for the Yankees. With the loss last night and only 15 games remaining in the season, the Yankees have slipped back out of a wild card berth, looking in at the Toronto Blue Jays and the Red Sox that hold the number one and two spots, respectively.

New York Yankees Recap: Hays walk-off in the tenth ends Yankee winning streak

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The New York Yankees entered this third game with the Baltimore Orioles, hoping for the sweep of the Camden Yards team. It was the last time this season that the Yankees met up with the Orioles. If the Yankees got the sweep, it would be the Oriole’s 100th loss of the season. Tonight’s game had Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees and Chris Ellis for the Orioles. The game ended with Austin Hays getting the walk-off chop in the tenth giving the Orioles the 3-2 win.

The first inning had last night’s hero Brett Gardner leading off for the Yankees; he walked. Giancarlo Stanton popped out to first. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Anthony Rizzo flew out to right field to end the scoreless half. At the bottom, Cedric Mullins led off and struck out bunting. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to Gallo in right field. Austin Hays struck out with the Orioles going down in order. No score.

Gleyber Torres led off the second inning by striking out swinging. Joey Gallo blasted a homer off the wall of warehouse C beyond right field. Gary Sanchez walked. Tyler Wade also walked. Gio Urshela doubled with Wade going to third and Sanchez scoring. Gardner popped out. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to second, but the Yankees went ahead two runs in the game. At the bottom, Anthony Santander singled. Ramon Urias struck out swinging, with Santander going to second. Ryan McKenna struck out. Santander advanced on a passed ball. Pat Valaika flew out to Stanton in left to end the inning and strand the runner. Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

Aaron Judge led off the third, hitting the first pitch for a fly out to right. Rizzo walked. Torres popped out to right. Gallo lined out to first to end the half. At the bottom, Austin Wynns struck out swinging. Richie Martin singled to right-center. Mullins singled to shallow right. Mountcastle struck out. Hays ground out to first standing to Orioles runners. New York Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Gary Sanchez, who flew out to left. Wade flew out to right. Urshela flew out to left. At the bottom, Santander led off and struck out. Urias lined to right for a base hit. McKenna struck out. Valaika struck out. New York Yankees 2 Orioles 0.

Brett Gardner led off the fifth inning by lining out to center. Stanton singled to center. Judge struck out swinging. With the lefty Rizzo up, the new Orioles pitcher was Fernando Abad. Rizzo doubled with Stanton going to third. Torres intentionally walked. Gallo gave it a ride, but it was caught at the centerfield wall stranding two Yankees runners. At the bottom, Wynns led off and struck out. Martin struck out for Mongomery’s 11th of the game. Mullins singled. Mountcastle at the plate, Mullins was caught stealing to end the inning. Yankees 2 Orioles 0, and it was an official game.

At the top of the sixth, Gary Sanchez faced new pitcher Dillion Tate and struck out. Wade singled to right. Urshela ground into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Mountcastle hit a homer to bring the Orioles within one. Hays popped out to Rizzo at the screen. Santander stuck out for Montgomery’s twelfth strikeout. It was the first time that Yankees pitchers in consecutive games had 11 or more strikeouts. Urias walked. McKenna up signaled the end for Montgomery. McKenna faced new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu and was pinch-hit by DJ Stewart, who struck out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Orioles 1.

The seventh inning was led off by Gardner, who tapped back to the pitcher. Stanton reached on a single off the umpire. Judge ground out to third. Rizzo tapped out to third for the final out. Valaika led off the bottom and singled up the center. Wynns struck out. Martin flew out to Gallo in right. With Mullins coming in, the Yankees brought in pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Mullins hit into the force. Yankees 2 Orioles 1.

Gleyber Torres led off the eighth against Conner Greene by singling up the middle. Gallo went down on strikes. Torres trying to steal second was out. Sanchez walked. Wade went down swinging. At the bottom, Mountcastle faced Clay Holmes and ground out to second. Hays flew out to Gallo in right. Yankees 2 Orioles 1.

Clay Holmes blew his first save of the season in the ninth inning, allowing Gutierrez to score the tying run. Clay Holmes got wild. He threw a pitch over catcher Gary Sánchez’s head to put the pinch-running Gutiérrez on third, and Pat Valaika advanced the runner with a hit to the left-field that marked the second out. Catcher Austin Wynns went down to his last strike, but Holmes this time threw one to the backstop again, with Gutiérrez narrowly beating the throw home that tied the score.

Wandy Peralta took over in the bottom of the tenth and allowed two more Orioles hits. The Yankees walked Cedric Mullins to load the bases before Ryan Mountcastle struck out bringing Hays to the plate. Hays chopped a 3-1 pitch from Wandy for the walk-off winning run off of Peralta. The final score was the Baltimore Orioles 3 and the New York Yankees 2. The winning pitcher was Cole Sulser, and the loser was Wandy Peralta.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from the Yankees third loss in a row

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Last night, the New York Yankees hoped to right the ship after losing two straight from to the Oakland Athletics. Unfortunately, it was not to be; the Yankees lost their third consecutive game. With the Tampa Bay Rays winning again, the Yankees drop another game in the standings. The final score was the Los Angeles Angels 8 and the New York Yankees 7. It was a back and forth contest with the Angels winning out.

Corey Kluber bombed in his return to the rotation

New York Yankee fans were thrilled to see Corey Kluber return to the rotation last night. After all, Kluber pitched the Yankee’s only no-hitter this year. So hopes were high that he would return to form and stop the Yankee’s slide. They remained thrilled through three innings as Kluber appeared sharp. But by the end of the fourth inning and throwing 68 pitches, he had struck out six, including Angel’s star Shohei Ohtani. But he had also walked two and given up five earned runs.

Kluber appeared to run out of gas in the fourth and completely fell apart. At the bottom, Ohtani struck out looking on Kluber’s 41st pitch of the game. Gosselin got a hit to center for Kluber’s first hit allowed in the game. Walsh singled to center, moving Gosselin to third base. Adell singled to left, and the Angels got on board, scoring Gosselin. Marsh flew out to Gardner with both runners advancing. Stassi walked to load the bases. Mayfield got a Grand Slam to put the Angels up by 3 runs. Lagares got a base hit to right field. Fletcher flew out to Judge in right to end the inning that saw the Angels make adjustments and score 5 runs off of Corey Kluber. Los Angeles Angels 5 New York Yankees 2.

The Yankees hit, but not enough

At the end of the fourth inning, the New York Yankees were behind by three runs, but the Yankees in the back and forth contest bounced back, scoring three runs of their own and tieing the game up at 5.

LeMahieu singled to right, scoring Gardner from second. Rizzo doubled, moving LeMahieu to third base. Judge faced the new pitcher Steve Cishek with two on and two outs and singled, driving in LeMahieu, drawing the Yankees within one. Rizzo moved to third on the play. Stanton got an RBI single to left, tying the game up at 5 apiece.

But in the bottom of the fifth inning with Andrew Heaney on the mound, Ohtani homered off him, giving the Angels the lead again. Lagares tripled off the right-field wall scoring Stassi as the Angels went two up on the Yankees in the bottom of the sixth. But the Yankees would come roaring back in the seventh the Giancarlo Stanton drove in Anthony Rizzo with a monster 471′ blast into the centerfield stands. Tie score. With Wandy Peralta on the mound in the eight, Marsh would get a double and eventually score, giving the Angels an 8-7 lead that the Yankees would not recover from. The top four in the lineup provided all the Yankee runs.

Yankees still don’t have a dependable closer

If the Yankees reach the postseason and hope to advance to the World Series, they must find a dependable closer. The struggles of Aroldis Chapman are well documented as he has become afraid to use his blazing fastball because he has lost control over it. In addition, the Yankees have lost their backup closer in Zack Britton, who has gone on the 60 day IL and will not pitch for the rest of the season.

The Yankees scored 7 runs yesterday, but Wandy Peralta gave up the winning run to the Angels in the seventh. Clay Holmes came in the eighth and shut down the Angels, but the Yankees offense couldn’t get it done in the ninth. Since July 4th  Aroldis Chapman has only blown one save but also has failed to save seven games. Those that he did save were mostly edge of couch nail biters. With manager Boone afraid to use Chapman in close games, he has used Chad Green, Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Albert Abreu to close games with varying results. For the time being, he is mixing and matching as the situation requires.

UPCOMING:

Tonight at 9:38 pm EDT, the Yankees will send Jameson Taillon to the mound at Angels Stadium to face Jaime Barria in game two of the three-game series. The game will be broadcast on the YES Network and Bally Sports West.

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees drop another game in the East with loss to the Angels

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The New York Yankees entered the first game of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium last night with the hope of righting the ship and starting a new winning streak after losing their last two with Oakland. It marked the return to the mound of Corey Kluber after not pitching for three months due to shoulder issues. Kluber faced the Angel’s, Mike Mayers.

The Yankees got off to a great start in the first inning scoring two runs to give Corey Kluber the lead in the game. First, Anthony Rizzo doubled with LeMahieu on base, driving in LeMahieu for the Yankee’s one-run lead in the game. Next, Giancarlo Stanton ground into a double play, but Rizzo scored on the play to give the Yankees the two-run lead in the game.

Gio Urshela started the second inning by striking out. After that, the rest of the second for the Yankees was scoreless. Then, Jo Adell led off the bottom by flying out. Then, Brandon Marsh hit it hard but to Gallo in left. Then, Max Stassi struck out for a quick inning for Corey Kluber.

Sam Selman took over the pitching in the third, facing Andrew Velazquez to struck out. LeMahieu ground out to second base. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging to end the half. Jack Mayfield led off the bottom of the inning by struck out swinging. Lagares flew out to center field. Fletcher was called out on strikes to end the inning. New York Yankees 2 Angels 0.

Andrew Wantz came in in the fourth to face Aaron Judge, who went down swinging. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. Joey Gallo walked for his 98th walk of the year. Gio Urshela, who ground out to short in the second, ground out to second to end the half. At the bottom, Ohtani struck out looking on Kluber’s 41st pitch of the game. Gosselin got a hit to center for Kluber’s first hit of the game. Walsh singled to center, moving Gosselin to third base. Adell singled to left, and the Angels got on board, scoring Gosselin. Marsh flew out to Gardner with both runners advancing. Stassi walked to load the bases. Mayfield got a Grand Slam to put the Angels up by 3 runs. Lagares got a base hit to right field. Fletcher flew out to Judge in right to end the inning that saw the Angels make adjustments and score 5 runs off of Corey Kluber. Los Angeles Angels 5 New York Yankees 2.

The fifth inning was led off by Sanchez, who flew out to left. Gardner walked. With Velazquez at the plate pitcher, Jose Quijada fell, causing a balk and moving Gardner to second. Velazquez went down swinging. LeMahieu singled to right, scoring Gardner from second. Rizzo doubled, moving LeMahieu to third base. Judge faced the new pitcher Steve Cishek with two on and two outs and singled, driving in LeMahieu, drawing the Yankees within one. Rizzo moved to third on the play. Stanton got an RBI single to left, tying the game up at 5 apiece. Gallo, with two outs and men on the corners, struck out to end the inning, but the Yankees came all the way back from a disastrous fourth inning to tie the game. New York Yankees 5 Angels 5.

At the bottom of the fifth inning, Shohei Ohtani led off against Andrew Heaney, making his first relief appearance since 2014 by homering to right. It was Ohtani’s 42nd homer of the season. Gosselin flew out to Judge in right-center. Walsh struck out swinging. Adell also went down swinging to end the inning. Los Angeles Angels 6 Yankees 5.

The sixth inning was led off by Urshela, who ground out to second, knocking pitcher Cishek off the mound. Sanchez flew out to left field. Gardner worked another walk. Velazquez singled to left to moving Gardner to second. LeMahieu, with two on and two outs, tapped to short to end the half and leave two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Brandon Marsh led off by grounding out to Velazquez at short. Stassi hit a double to left. Mayfield popped out to Urshela at third. Lagares tripled off the right-field wall scoring Stassi. Fletcher flew out to Gallo in left to end the inning. Los Angeles Angels 7 Yankees 5.

Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh inning by walking. Judge went down swinging. Stanton hit a 457′ home run to center field to tie the game up at 7. Gallo struck out. Urshela struck out to end the half, but the Yankees tied the game. At the bottom, Ohtani faced new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta and struck out looking. Gosselin walked on four pitches. Walsh struck out for the second out of the half. Adell ground out to Velazquez at short to end the inning. New York Yankees 7 Angels 7.

Gary Sanchez led the eighth inning, who lined out of the first pitch to left. Gardner hit back to the pitcher for the second out. Luke Voit came in to pinch hit for Velazquez; he went down looking for the final out. Marsh led off the bottom by getting a single to right. Stassi faced the new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes and chopped out to short moving Marsh to second. Mayfield ground out to short moving Marsh to third base. Lagares was called out at second on the hit, but Marsh scored, giving the Angels the one-run lead. Angels 8 Yankees 7.

The New York Yankees with the last licks on the line, DJ LeMahieu, led off by striking out swinging. Anthony Rizzo ground out to first. Aaron Judge struck out swinging to end the game. The final score was the Los Angeles Angels 8 the New York Yankees 7. The winning pitcher was Junior Guerra, the loser Wandy Peralta and the save went to Raisel Iglesias.

New York Yankees: Closer Aroldis Chapman continues to be a worry

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

Despite all the injuries and players on the Covid list, there is no question that the New York Yankees have been excelling, going 28 and 8 since July 17th. Yet, strangely for most of that time, they have gone without a reliable closer. Both setup man Zack Britton and closer Aroldis Chapman haven’t been themselves blowing saves they used to get easily. This presents a big problem for the Yankees; who will close those close games that they have been playing lately?

Last night with the game on the line, Chapman was called in to close the game in the ninth inning; he faltered, giving up a run and loading the bases. Wandy Peralta was called in to clean up his mess. Peralta did his job and got the save.

Chapman started the season with a new weapon to add to his missile fastball, a splitter that he used early in his career and reincarnated. For the first half of the season, he mixed it up for 18 games, not blowing a save and not allowing a run for an 0.00 ERA. Then, on May 23rd, he blew his first save but got the win in the game. He continued to pitch well through June 20th as he racked up 16 saves, then he blew two saves in a row. Since then, things have gone south, only adding on 7 saves through July and August, and most of those weren’t pretty.

It seems as though Chapman has lost control of his fastball and is often afraid to throw it at critical times. He got so bad at one point that manager Aaron Boone was afraid to use him, resorting to others, including setup man Zack Britton. But now, that isn’t an option either, as Britton has gone on the IL and may require surgery.

Recently Boone brought in Chapman in a non save situation to build up his confidence with a four-run lead. Chapman did his job, which was encouraging. But in his first close situation last night, he again faltered. Giving up a run and then loading the bases, that required Peralta to come in and save the game.

The New York Yankees look poised to at least get a wild card berth and are in hot pursuit of the Tampa Bay Rays to take the AL East lead away from them. They are going to need a solid closer to accomplish that. But who will it be? Jonathan Loaisiga has been the most successful, saving 5 games out of 8 tries. Chad Green is next, saving 6 out of 10 tries. Wandy Peralta has gone 3 for 3. Albert Abreu and Lucas Luetge have also gotten a save.

But the bottom line is that the New York Yankees have to find a way to get Chapman right, get his confidence back and get his blazing fastball working again. Chapman has 23 saves in 27 tries, but the record is really not that good as Boone has held him back in several opportunities because he was afraid to use him in one-run games.

If Wandy Peralta saves a couple more games without a blown save, he may become Boone’s go-to guy. Only time will tell. If and when the Yankees get to the postseason, which seems almost a lock, Boone may also be forced to use starters in the postseason to close games. Although I am not a huge Aaron Boone fan, he has been on fire finding the right mixes to win games. One thing is for sure; it’s going to be an exciting last five weeks of the regular season; it just may go down to the final series with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees: Takeaways from the Yankees historic night

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Yankees rewrite the history books

It was a hot, muggy night in Atlanta, Georgia, last night. It would be a night that the New York Yankees created history by winning a game against the Atlanta Braves. It wasn’t just any win; it was their 11th consecutive win, the first time the Yankees have done that since 1985. If that wasn’t enough to delight Yankees fans, they won their ten series in a row, the first time that has been done by the Yankees since 1954.

Knowledgeable Yankee fans knew that the winning streak couldn’t last forever and that if they were to lose a game, it would likely be last night. It didn’t look good with the Brave’s best pitcher on the mound and the Yankees starting their least effective starter. But forget about all of that; the Yankees’ confidence that has carried them so well recently took over, and the Yankees found a way to get it done. With good pitching and powerful hitting at key moments, the Yankees pulled out the win and created history. The Yankees won the game 5-4.

The Yankees pitched, and the hitters hit

Although Yankee starter Andrew Heaney may not have been stellar, he found a way to keep the Braves’ powerful lineup down. He gave up 2 runs in four innings of work before the Yankee bullpen came in to help. The usually good Albert Abreu gave up another run in the fifth. Joely Rodriquez came in and cleaned up for Abreu, not allowing a run and getting his 12th hold of the season. Just off the Covid list, Clay Holmes pitched a clean 6th getting the win in the game. Chad Green pitched two scoreless innings before turning it over to closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankee hitters got busy wearing down the Braves starter, Charlie Morton, causing him to throw 88 pitches before being knocked out to the game early. Giancarlo Stanton started the fun when he greeted Morton with a second-inning solo home run to the farthest part of Truist Park in center. Then, in the fifth inning, DJ LeMahieu crushed a two-run home run to left field. Finally, Brian Snitker, the Braves manager, had seen enough and pulled Morton from the game. Then, in the seventh inning, Rougie Odor hit a solo home run of his own that would turn out to be the winning run.

The two newest members of the Yankees disappointed; both Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo went hitless in the game. However, the old guard won the game. DJ LeMahieu got 2 RBIs in the game. Aaron Judge got 2 hits scoring once. The on-fire Giancarlo Stanton got his RBI, Gary Sanchez and Rougie Odor both got RBIs. Andrew Velazquez, the spark, stole a base keeping the Yankees with the most stolen bases since the All-Star break.

Aroldis Chapman creates a nail-biter

If you didn’t watch the game, you missed an exciting, tense, nail-biting ninth inning last night.

At the bottom of the inning closer, Aroldis Chapman came to close it out for the Yankees. Facing him was d’Arnaud, who ground out to Velazquez. Duvall singled up the middle. Heredia pinch-hitting for Pederson went down on a Chapman slider, two outs. Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for pitcher Will Smith, he walked. With two on and two outs, the dangerous Ozzie Albies came to the plate as the winning run and singled to left to load the bases with Braves. Then with the bases loaded and two outs Jorge Soler with sweat dripping from Chapman’s cap, walked, bringing in the fourth run and knocking Chapman out of the game.

Wandy Peralta came in to get the save for the Yankees. Peralta, with the bases, still loaded, faced Freddie Freeman with the game on the line, the winning streak on the line. Freeman flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win and the 11th straight win for the first time since 1985. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 4. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Charlie Morton. The save went to Wandy Peralta (5).

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Chapman falters, but the Yankees pull out 11th straight win

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The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game in a very unusual situation. That situation was to win their 11th straight game, which has not been done since 1985. The Yankees have won their last 9 series and their 10th game in a row going 26-8 since July 17th. No team in baseball has had two teams with a 9-1 record or better face each other since 1901. The Yankees would not have an easy task with the Atlant Braves starter Charlie Morton on the mound. The Yankees had Andrew Heaney starting for them. The Yankees got their 11th straight win 5-4 over the Braves. It was the 10th series win. the first time that has been done since 1954.

The first inning was led off by DJ LeMahieu, who ground out to short. Anthony Rizzo struck out on a Morton curveball. Aaron Judge hit a line drive to center for a single. Joey Gallo flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom, Ozzie Albies led off and ground out to short. Jorge Soler also ground out to Velazquez at short. Freddie Freeman walked. A pitch hit Austin Riley. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double, driving both Freeman and Riley. Travis d’Arnaud ground out to short to end the inning, but the Braves scored two runs. Atlanta Braves 2 New York Yankees 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the second inning by homering to right-center to bring the Yankees one run closer. Gary Sanchez struck out swinging. Rougie Odor went down swinging, as did Andrew Velazquez to end the half. At the bottom, Adam Duvall led off and struck out. Joc Pederson went down swinging. Charlie Morton gave Heaney a strikeout of the side. Braves 2 Yankees 1.

The third inning was led off by Andrew Heaney, who went down looking. LeMahieu struck out for Morton’s sixth strikeout. Rizzo flew out to center to end the half. At the bottom, Albies hit the first pitch he saw for an out to right field. Soler ground out to Odor at third. Freeman popped out to left-center. Braves 2 Yankees 1.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning by leading off with a double down the right-field line. Gallo went down looking. Stanton that homered in the second ground out to the infield with Judge moving to third base. Sanchez singled up the middle-scoring Judge to tie the game at 2. Odor chopped out to first to end the half, but the Yankees tied the game. At the bottom, Riley led off by singling to short. Swanson swung out swinging. d’Arnaud singled to left. Duvall, with two on and one out, popped out to Rizzo in right field territory. Pederson was hit by a pitch but swung for the final out of the inning. New York Yankees 2 Braves 2.

The fifth inning was led off by Andrew Velazquez, who struck out. Then, DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer to deep left. At the end of the fifth inning, the New York Yankees 4 and the Atlanta Braves 3.  The sixth inning was scoreless for both teams. Clay Holmes pitched an excellent sixth for the Yankees. In the seventh inning, the Yankees picked up another run with Rougie Odor’s solo homer, which turned out to be the winning run for the Yankees. . Chad Green in for the Yankees had a scoreless seventh. New York Yankees 5 the Atlanta Braves 3.

The top of the eighth inning was scoreless for the Yankees. At the bottom of the eighth, Chad Green struck out Soler. Freeman singled to left field out of Gallo’s reach. Riley singled but tried to stretch it to a double and was called out at second. Freeman took third base. Swanson ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Atlanta Braves 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Gary Sanchez was called out on strikes. Odor walked. Velazquez struck out swinging. Luke Voit pinch hit for Chad Green and walked on four pitches. DJ LeMahieu popped out to Swanson at short to end the half-inning.

At the bottom of the inning closer, Aroldis Chapman came to close it out for the Yankees. Facing him was d’Arnaud, who ground out to Velazquez. Duvall singled up the middle. Heredia pinch-hitting for Pederson went down on a Chapman slider, two outs. Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit for pitcher Will Smith, he walked. With two on and two outs, the dangerous Ozzie Albies came to the plate as the winning run and singled to left to load the bases with Braves. Then with the bases loaded and two outs Jorge Soler with sweat dripping from Chapman’s cap, walked, bringing in the fourth run and knocking Chapman out of the game.

Wandy Peralta came in to get the save for the Yankees. Peralta, with the bases, still loaded, faced Freddie Freeman with the game on the line, the winning streak on the line. Freeman flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win and the 11th straight win for the first time since 1985. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Atlanta Braves 4. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, and the loser was Charlie Morton. The save went to Wandy Peralta (5).

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees make a statement in shut out of the Boston Red Sox

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Today the New York Yankees entered a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox, starting with a day-night doubleheader. The Yankees won the day game 5-3 in an exciting ninth inning. This could be a pivotal series with the Yankees overtaking the Red Sox in the wild card standing if the Yankees can sweep the series.

Winning the first game was the first step to accomplish that. Tonight was game two of that series when the Yankee sensation prospect Luis Gil took on the veteran Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi has faced the Yankees four times this season, winning 50% of those games. The Yankees shut out the Red Sox in game two.

In the first inning, Gil faced Kiki Hernandez, who flew out to Stanton in right field. Alex Verdugo walked. Xander Bogaerts flew out to Gardner in center. Rafael Devers flew out to Gallo in left. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off with a single to center. Brett Gardner reached on a force out. Aaron Judge stuck out, but Gardner stole second. Joey Gallo flew out to center for a scoreless inning.

The second inning was lead off by JT Martinez went up the middle for a base hit. Kyle Schwarber walked. Kevin Palwecki, with two on and no outs, went down looking. Jerren Duran struck out swinging. Travis Shaw struck out swinging to end the half for Gil. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Rougie Odor struck out. Luke Voit hit a homer to the right-field bench. Tyler Wade struck out, but the Yankees went ahead in the game. New York Yankees 1, the Red Sox 0.

Kiki Hernandez led off the third by popping out to Voit in right-field foul territory. Alex Verdugo walked. A passed ball allowed Verdugo to got to second. Bogaerts ground out, but Verdugo went to third. Devers flew out to Gardner to end the half. Kyle Higashioka led off the bottom by lining a single to left field. LeMahieu singled to right, with Higgy moving to second. Gardner popped out to short. Judge flew out to the warning track in center with Higgy going to third. Gallo went down swinging. Yankees 1 Red Sox 0.

At the fourth, Martinez flew out to Stanton in right-center. Schwarber hit a sky-high pop up to Odor. Palwecki popped out to Voit for a 1-2-3 inning for Gil. Stanton led off the bottom by homering well (441′) into the left-field stands. Odor doubled to left field. Voit with a man on second and no outs went down on strikes. Wade ground out to left. Higashioka walked. LeMahieu popped out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

Duran led off the fifth and singled to right. Shaw struck out. Hernandez singled on a ball that Wade missed. Duran went to third. Verdugo flew out to Gallo, not challenging Gallo’s arm; Duran stayed at third. Bogaerts walked, loading the bases ending the night for Gil. Wandy Peralta came in to face Devers, who ground to second for the final out and left the bases loaded with Red Sox. At the bottom, Gardner ground out to second. Judge singled to right. Judge stole second standing. Gallo went down on strikes. Stanton flew out to center to end the inning. Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

JT Martinez led off the sixth inning by flying out to Stanton in right. Schwarber singled. Palwecki hit into a force out. Hunter Renfroe pinch-hitting for Duran singled to left center, Gardner’s throw kept Schwarber from scoring. Bobby Dalbec pinch-hit Shaw and lined back to Peralta; the ball was knocked down, but Peralta bare-handed it to first for the final out. At the bottom, Odor against the new pitcher, Martin Perez, ground out to right. Voit went down looking. Wade singled, knocking Perez out of the game. Higashioka faced the new Sox pitcher Sawamura and flew out to right. New York Yankees 2 Red Sox 0.

At the top of the ninth inning, Chad Green came into the game to close it out for the Yankees. Hernandez flew out to LeMahieu in foul territory. Verdugo struck out on 97 mph heat from Green. Bogaerts ground out to get the win for the Yankees and let them go ahead of the Sox in the wild card standings.

The final score was the New York Yankees 2 and the Boston Red Sox Zero. The winning pitcher was Wandy Peralta, the loser Nathan Eovaldi. The save went to Chad Green (5).

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees blow it open in the eleventh for win over the Royals

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The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals hoping for a win so they could get close to taking their fifth game series in a row. Jameson Taillon was on the mound for the Yankees and Carlos Hernandez for the Royals. The first six innings of the game remained scoreless. The Yankees went ahead five times in the late-innings only to have the Royal come back. But the Yankees made the final blow in the eleventh inning for the win. Yankees 8 Royals 6.

In the first inning, Brett Gardner led off by walking. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Aaron Judge flew out to right. Whit Merrifield led off the bottom and ground out to second. Nicky Lopez ground out to first. Salvator Perez walked. Carlos Santana flew out to Brett Gardner in center. No score.

At the top, Joey Gallo hammered one directly to center for the first out. LeMahieu hit to right for a standup triple. Luke Voit struck out. Andrew Valasquez ground out for the third out. At the bottom, Andrew Benintendi walked to Tyler Wade. Emanuel Rivera was called out. O’Hearn flew out for no score in the second inning.

In the next several innings, the game turned out to be a pitching duel between Jameson Taillon and Carlos Hernandez.

Through the top of the sixth inning, there was no score. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Lopez ground out to short. Perez singled to right. Santana popped out. Benintendi flew out to Judge in right for another scoreless inning in the game and for Jonathan Taillon.

Stanton led off the seventh inning and ground out to third. Judge doubled down the left-field line. Gallo, who has hit the ball hard twice and one on and one out, singled with a booted ball at second base. Judge went to third on the play. LeMahieu, with men on the corners, singled on an infield hit as Judge scored. Judge was called out, and it was held up review, two outs. Now with men on first and second and two outs, Luke Voit singled on Hernandez’s 97th pitch of the night. Velaquez faced new pitcher Josh Staumont struck out, but the Yankees finally scored in the game. New York Yankees 1 Kansas City Royals 0.

At the bottom of the seventh, Rivera ground up the middle to lead off the half. But after six sparkling innings, that was the night for Taillon. Jonathan Loaisiga came in to face Ryan O’Hearn, but he overthrew Voits as Rivera reached second. The Loaisiga was called on a balk with Rivera moving to third. Manager Boone came out to argue and was thrown out of the game. Rivera scored on a single by O’Hearn, and the game was tied at one.  Taylor with only one out and a run in ground out for the second out. Gallagher walked. Merrifield ground out, but the Royals tied the game. New York 1 Kansas City 1.

Tyler Wade led off the eighth inning by reaching on catcher interference. Higashioka struck out. Wade stole second. Gardner walked for two on and one out. The new pitcher Scott Barlow faced Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out for the second out of the half. Judge singled to right, and Wade scored for the Yankee lead. At the bottom, Lopez singled to left. Perez walked for two on and no outs. Carlos Mendoza, with Boone, called out of the game, called for new pitcher Chad Green. Santana flew out to Gardner in center with Lopez going to third. Benintendi singled to center, and Lopez scored to tie up the game. Dyson struck out for the second out. Alberto flew out to Gardner in center to end the inning tied at 2.

The ninth inning was led off by Joey Gallo, who went down looking. DJ LeMahieu flew you to shallow right. Luke Voit hit a homer to right for the Yankee lead in the game. Valasquez ground out, but Voit put the Yankees ahead. At the bottom, with the last licks on the line for the Royals, Taylor faced Yankees closer Zack Britton and stuck out. Gallagher lined out directly to Wade at short. Merrifield walked with two outs. Merrifield stole his 31st stolen base. Lopez singled as Merrifield score to tie the game up in the ninth. Lopez stole second. Hunter Dozer stuck out, but the game was tied at 3, bringing on extra innings.

In the tenth, the Yankees had ghost runner Valasquez on second, Tyler Wade got a single to center, but Valasquez had to hold up at third. Higashioka, with men on the corners and no outs, had a sac fly as Valasquez scored for the Yankee lead. Gardner singled to center while Wade scored, and Gardner took second base on the throw to home. Yankees up two runs. Stanton faced new pitcher Wade Davis, and he walked. Aaron Judge, on a new day, flew out to center for the second out. Joey Gallo popped out, but the Yankees plated two. New York 5 Kansas City 3.

At the bottom of the tenth again, with last licks on the line for the Royals and ghost runner Dozer on second, Clay Holmes came on for the Yankees to close it out for the Yankees. Santana ground out to second, with Dozer advancing to third. Benintendi walked. Benintendi advanced to second on a wild pitch. Dyson flew out to left, but Dozier scored, giving the Yankees a one-run lead. Alberto singled with Benintendi scoring, and for the fourth inning in a row, the Royals had come back to tie up the game. Yankees 5 Royals 5. O’Hearn flew out for the final out.

At the top of the eleventh, with Greg Holland on the mound and Gallo as the ghost running on second, LeMahieu doubled, driving in Gallo as the Yankees again took the lead for the fifth time. Luke Voit lined out to short. Odor pinch-hitting ground out to first, but LeMahieu advanced to third. Tyler Wade walked for men on the corners and two outs. Higahioka walked, loading the bases with Yankees for Brett Gardner, who singled with LeMahieu and Tyler Wade score.  Stanton ground out to short to end the half. New York Yankees 8 Royals 5.

At the bottom of the inning, Gallagher faced the Yankees sixth pitcher Wandy Peralta and ground out. Merrifield struck out. Edward Olivares got a single to left to draw in Taylor, who was the ghost runner. Dozier singled up the center, moving Olivares to second base. Santana chopped to third to finally end the game with the New York Yankees winning it .

The final score at 1:05 AM in the east was the New York Yankees 8 and the Kansas City Royals 6. The winning pitcher was Clay Holmes, the loser was Greg Holland, and the save went to Wandy Peralta. Game time 4 hours 52 minutes.