New York Yankees Recap: In monumental match up of aces, the Yankees win third game over the Indians

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Cleveland Indians for game three of a four-game set. The Yankees won the first two games, 6-3 and 5-3. Tonight they looked for their third win with a  historic pitching match; the Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and the Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. It was a somewhat warming night at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The game-time temperature was in the high fifties with showers in the area. It should have been an epic game, and it didn’t disappoint. The Yankees won the game 2-1 against the Indian and their ace Shane Bieber. Roughie Odor was the deciding run for the third time this season.

DJ LeMahie led off the first by grounded out to first. Giancarlo Stanton flew to the outfield for a single. Aaron Judge walked. Gleyber Torres struck out. Gio Urshela, with sprinkles on his helmet, struck out with a ball down the middle to end the half and get Bieber out of trouble. At the bottom, Amed Rosario led off against Gerrit Cole; he grounded out to second. Cesar Hernandez struck out for Cole’s first strikeout of the game. Jose Ramirez struck out to end the half. No score.

At the top of the second, Aaron Hicks led off for the Yankees. Hicks struck out for this third strikeout in as many Yankee hitters. Clint Frazier down on Bieber’s curveball. Kyle Higashioka had a line drive out to end the half. At the bottom, Eddie Rosario against Cole struck out for Cole’s third strikeout. Franmil Reyes struck out for the fourth strikeout in a row. Josh Naylor flew out to Roughie Odo for the final out. No score.

Rougie Odo led off the third inning against Bieber; he had a long fly ball out to left. DJ LeMahieu ground out to short Giancarlo Stanton popped out to short. Jake Bauer led off the bottom against Cole and struck out for Cole’s fifth strikeout. Roberto Perez doubled for the first baserunner for the Indians. Andres Gimenez struck out. A Rosario ground out to second to end the innings. No score.

The top of the fourth had Aaron Judge at the plate; he struck out against Bieber. Gleyber Torres ground out to first. Gio Urshela struck out for eleven down in a row in what turned out to be an epic pitching duel. At the bottom, Hernandez led off against Cole; he flew out to Frazier in left field. Ramirez tripled on a ball just away from Judge at the wall. Upon review, it was a triple, not a home run. E. Rosario got a base hit to left, scoring Ramirez for the Indian’s early lead. Franmil Reyes struck out, but Rosario stole second base. Josh Naylor struck out, but the Indians took the lead. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

Aaron Hicks led off the fifth inning against Bieber and hit the Yankee’s first home run of the game, homering to far centerfield to tie the game at one. Clint Frazier struck out. Kyle Higashioka struck out. Rougie Odor homered over the bullpen for the New York Yankee lead in the game. DJ LeMahieu ground to end the half, but the Yankees took the lead. At the bottom, Bauers ground out. Perez also ground out. Gimenez struck out for Cole’s ninth strikeout on the game to end the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The top of the sixth saw Bieber back on the mound facing Giancarlo Stanton that ground out to second base. Aaron judge flew out to center field. Gleyber Torres beat out a single on a grounder to third. Gio Urshela, with 91 pitches from Bieber, flew out to left-center at the warning track to end the half. At the bottom, it was back to the top of the lineup with A. Rosario leading off against Cole with 86 pitches hit sharply to shallow center but caught by Odor. Hernandez flew out to Hicks. Ramirez got the prize for Cole’s ground out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The top of the seventh saw Hicks facing Bieber. Hicks struck out. Clint Frazier walked. Kyle Higashioka ground out to third, with Tauchman pinch-running moved to second. Rougie Odor walked. DJ LeMahieu, with 117 pitches from Bieber, ground out to short and let Bieber out of the inning with his career-high 119 pitches. At the bottom, Eddie Rosario faced Cole in his seventh inning of work, and 97 pitches struck out for Cole’s 10th strikeout of the game. Reyes flew out to the well caught by LeMahieu for the second out. Naylor makes Cole’s 11th strikeout of the game ending the inning. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

Aaron Judge led off the eighth against the new pitcher Bryan Shaw, and he doubled off of him. Gleyber Torres ground out to first base. Gio Urshela walked, bringing up Aaron Hicks with two out and two on. Hicks popped out to foul territory in right to end the half. At the bottom against Yu Chang for Bauer faced Justin Wilson, hit a line drive directly to Torres for the first out in the inning. Perez walked on four pitches. Gimenez got a passed ball, moving Perez to scoring position. Luplow pinch-hitting for Gimenez popped up to Torres. Jonathan Loaisiga came in against Rosario, who popped out to Torres to end the scoreless inning for the New York Yankee bullpen. Yankees 2 Indians 1.

The new pitcher in the ninth was James Karinchak against Mike Tauchman, who stuck out. Kyle Higashioka also stuck out against Karinchak. Rougie Odor struck out for a strikeout of the side for Karinchak. With last licks for the Indians, Jonathan took the mound against Hernandez, who ground out. Ramirez lined out to first. E. Rosario flew out to Tauchman to end the game, with the Yankees winning the game 2-1 against the Indians for their third win in a row for the first time this season.

The final score was 2-1 New York Yankee. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole (3-1),  the loser was Indian ace Shane Bieber, and the save went to Jonathan Loaisiga for his first save of his career. Rougie Odor and Aaron Hicks homered in the game.

New York Yankees Recap: Double digits as the Yankee pitching struggles in loss to the Rays

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Today the New York Yankees started their first away series of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. It was the home Opening Day for the Rays. The Yankees had to sit by and watch the Rays celebrate their 2020 pennant win. After the Opening ceremonies, the Rays sent Rich Hill to the mound to face the Yankees. Hill bombed in his first start of the season, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings of work. The Yankees started 2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Fans watched how the two teams that don’t like each other played at the start of the season.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the New York Yankees; he struck out.  Slotted in the number two spot was Giancarlo Stanton because Aaron Judge still rested for left soreness. Stanton ground out. Aaron Hicks popped out for a 1-2-3 half for Hill. Corey Kluber took to the mound in the bottom facing Yoshi Tsutsugo, who struck out. Austin Meadows singled to left field. Randy Arozarena hit into a double play to end the inning. No score.

At the top of the second, Gleyber Torres led off, flying out to left. Jay Bruce lined out. Gary Sanchez struck out and caused the Yankees to go down in order again. At the bottom, Brandon Lowe struck out. Yandy Diaz reached on an errant throw from LeMahieu. Joey Wendle singled, and Diaz went to third. Willie Adames hit one off the centerfield wall, Diaz scored, and Wendle went to third base for the Rays early lead. Brett Phillips flew out, but Wendle scored for the 2 run lead. Mike Zunino popped out to the infield. Rays 2 Yankees 0.

Clint Frazier led off the third, striking out looking. Mike Tauchman struck out, and Tyler Wade singled. LeMahieu doubled for a tough break for the Yankees as it bounced into the stands, not allowing the speedy Wade to score. Stanton had a two-run single to tie up the game at 2 apiece. Hicks homered to deep left field, driving in two more Yankee runs, all of this action with 2 outs. Torres popped out, but the Yankees scored 4. At the bottom, Tsutsugo singled, while Frazier’s rocket arm prevented him from advancing. Meadows walked for two on and no outs. Arozarena singled, scoring Tsutsugo to score. Arozaren stole second. Lowe struck out. Diaz walked to load the bases, and that was the end of the day for Kluber. Nick Nelson replaced him.  Wendle hit one off the wall above Tauchman’s head, driving in two runs. Adames popped out. Phillips ground to Wade, but the Rays picked up 3 runs. Rays 5 New York Yankees 4.

Hill still on the mound, Bruce led off striking out. Sanchez ground out. Frazier struck out for the quick half for Hill. At the bottom of the fourth will Nelson on the mound, Zunino was hit by a pitch and advanced to first. Tsutsugo walked. Meadows singled with a man on first and second, loading the bases with Rays with no outs. Arozarena struck out. Lowe doubled, clearing the bases. Lowe singled scoring Arozarena as the Rays poured it on, scoring 9 runs off Yankee pitching with only one out in the fourth. Wendle struck out, but the ball got by Sanchez, and Lowe moved to second. Adames struck out for Nelson to finally get out of the inning. Rays 9 Yankees 4.

The Yankees lead off the fifth trying to recover from the Rays onslaught, with Hill still on the mound. Tauchman flew out. Wade ground out to the shortstop. LeMahieu ground out to second. At the bottom, Lucas Luetge took to the mound facing Phillips, who ground out. Zunino ground out to short. Tsutsugo doubled to far left field. Meadows flew out to Hicks for the first quick inning for both teams.

Hill, still on the mound in the sixth with 71 pitches, faced Stanton, who flew out to left-center. Hicks went down on strikes. Torres popped out to end the half. Arozarena, with Luetge still on the mound, struck out. Lowe struck out. Diaz doubled. Wendle flew to left-center, and Tauchman made a diving catch to end the inning. Jays 9 Yankees 4.

Hunter Stickland faced Jay Bruce at the top of the seven, striking him out. Sanchez walked. Frazier, with one on and one out, struck out for the third time in the game. Tauchman, who made that beautiful diving catch in the sixth, popped out to the third baseman. Luetge out for his third inning allowed a home run by Adames. Phillips flew out. Zunino struck out looking. Tsutsugo went down on strikes, but the Rays picked up another run, Rays 10 Yankees 4.

Tyler Wade led off the eighth, facing Strickland, striking out. LeMahieu hit a home run, his first of the season just over the left-field wall. Stanton ground out to short for the second out. Hicks, who hit a homer in third, flew out, but the Yankees scored a run in the half. After three innings for Luetge, Luis Cessa took over the Yankees’ pitching. Meadows doubled. Arozarena struck out. Lowe hit into a double play ending the inning.  Rays 10 New York Yankees 5.

With last licks on the line, Gleyber Torres singled. Jay Bruce hit into a double play for two outs. Gary Sanchez who stuck out three times lined drove to left field avoiding the Sombrero. Frazier grounded to short to end the game with the Yankees losing the first game of the three-game set.

The Tampa Bay Rays hitting that really struggled in the first six games of the season came alive in the first game against the Yankees. The Yankees had two home runs in the game but just couldn’t get the job done. The Rays had 13 hits in the game for10 runs. The final score was Tampa Bay 10 Yankees 5. The winning pitcher was Rich Hill and the loser was Corey Kluber.

 

New York Yankees Spotlight: Giancarlo Stanton and Jonathan Loaisiga shine in the spring

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In this weekly column, we spotlight the New York Yankee who has made the most positive impact on the team during spring training for the week. It will spotlight one pitcher and one hitter that excelled beyond the rest. So far in spring training, both starters’ and relievers’ pitching has generally been better than the Yankee hitting. But one Yankee is standing out from the rest, and that is Giancarlo Stanton, who has the highest batting average of any regular lineup hitter. The standout Yankee reliever, hands down, is Jonathan Loaisiga.

This week’s pitcher spotlight is on Jonathan Loaisiga, he has pitched more innings (10.1) than any Yankee reliever, and he has shined, allowing only 1 earned run over the span. His only earned run a home run. He has also allowed 3 hits but prevented those hitters from scoring. He has the lowest WHIP of any reliever that has pitched in five or more games. He has a tiny ERA of 0.87.

Loaisiga, because he has been used as a starter and reliever in the past, has remained mostly under the radar. When many pitchers and hitters underperformed in the shortened 2020 season, Jonathan got the job done. In 12 games, 23 innings, he was 3-0 while starting 3 of those games. He got 22 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.22. Although probably not destined to be in the starting rotation, there is no question that if any of the regular guys get injured, the New York Yankees will look to Loaisiga to start a few games.

Honorable mention goes to Lucas Luetge, who is really turning heads in spring training. The Yankees acquired him over the offseason. Luetge, in six innings of work, has struck out 13 batters.

This week’s hitter spotlight is on Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton has been the one Yankee hitter that is performing better than others in the regular lineup. The Yankees have five hitters with higher batting averages, but they have played in fewer games and are non-roster players. It’s a bit of a surprise that Stanton is completely healthy so far. But even his detractors know that when he on the field, he can be an MVP-type player. So far in spring training, he is hitting .333.

Stanton last season played in only 18 of the 60 game season. But when he returned healthy after being on the IL, he played much better. He was the star player in the postseason, hitting six home runs over the seven postseason games. He had a postseason batting average of .302. So far, Stanton seems to have more plate discipline than he has in the past. He is being much more selective and taking his walks. His OPS stands at 1.016.

Honorable mention goes to Gleyber Torres, who is hitting .267 with two home runs in spring training. Torres hit 38 homers in 2019 but only 3 during 2020. Playing well at short and hitting two homers already suggests that Torres could have a great rebound season.

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: The Jameson Taillon story, what you need to know (video)

The New York Yankees have improved their starting rotation after the loss of Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ to free agency. Last week they hired the services of two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber who will likely be the number two starter behind ace Gerrit Cole. Although the Yankees have a bevy on young arms, either MLB ready or close to it, the Yankees are reportedly still looking for another starting arm. A month ago, I suggested in an article that Jameson Taillon should be a target, and just two days ago said that the rumors on Taillon going to the Yankees were heating up.

Although both the Yankees and Pirates have been mum on the trade possibility, there is much smoke on the internet. It’s my experience that when there is enough smoke, fire is usually not far behind. Both MLB executives and at least one player (not Taillon’s) agent have suggested that the Yankees are close to a deal landing him in the Bronx. Of course, details are lacking. It wouldn’t be a shock if New York Yankees’ general manager had a surprise up his sleeve. Taillon has come back from his second Tommy John surgery. Cashman is known for taking a risk with players returning from injuries to add to the club with little investment.

With a deal seemingly imminent, even within the next few days, it’s time to get to know the Jameson Taillon story. Jameson Taillon was born in Lakeland, Florida, on November 18, 1991, to Canadian parents. Taillon holds dual citizenship in both Canada and the United States. His family moved to Texas, where the tall young man attended Woodlands High School in Woodland. He played baseball for the Highlanders. It was there that he got the attention of Pittsburgh Pirates scouts with his 22-6 record. In his senior year at Woodland, he threw a no-hitter, striking out 19 hitters. His 2010 senior record was 8-1.

Out of high school, Taillon signed a letter of intent to attend college but was drafted in the Pirates’ in the first round. Just hours before the deadline, he did choose the Pirates over Rice University for a $6.5 million signing bonus, the second-highest bonus in draft history at the time. Taillon made his professional debut on April 27, 2011. He joined the team on April 24 after staying in Florida for an extended spring training assignment. He spent the season with the West Virginia Power, going 2–3 with a 3.98 ERA in 23 starts.

Taillon was named to appear in the 2012All-Star Futures Game. He started the 2012 season with the Marauders but was quickly promoted to the Altoona Curve. In August, he was named the Eastern League pitcher of the week. In 26 starts between the two teams, he was 9-8 with a 3.55 ERA. He was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians, but after the season, he had his first Tommy John surgery to repair a UCL of the elbow, causing him to miss the entire 2014 season. He also missed the 2015 season with a sports hernia.

During 2016 Taillon spent his time between the Pirates and the minors going back and forth. He made his Major League Debut after 10 starts in the minors. Taillon went 4–2 with a 2.04 ERA, striking out 61 in 61.2 innings and walking only 6. In another Pirate’s start, he faced Noah Syndergaard; Taillon threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts, not receiving a decision in the eventual 6–5 loss. In his second start against the Mets, he threw 8 scoreless innings, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh before former Yankees Curtis Granderson broke it up, recording his first win in the 4–0 victory. He spent the remainder of 2016 with Pittsburgh. In 18 starts, he compiled a 5–4 record and 3.38 ERA.

In 2017 he was in the Pirate’s starting rotation, but he underwent surgery for testicular cancer in May. After just a few weeks, he was back with the club and finished the season with 25 starts; he had an 8–7 record and 4.44 ERA. He pitched the entire 2018 season uninjured with a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts. His 2019 season was cut short when he required his second Tommy John surgery. He did not pitch in 2020 while rehabbing.

General manager Brian Cashman has a history of taking chances on previously injured players, as he has already done with Corey Kluber. In a worst-case scenario, both of these pitchers will be average pitchers, but there is also an excellent chance that they excel for the Yankees and prove their worth with minor investment. If the New York Yankees can trade for Taillon, both he and Corey Klubler will become free agents at the end of the season. This will also give the Yankees a whole season to evaluate Domingo German and Luis Severino’s returning pitchers and further develop prospects Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, and Michael King.

At just 29 years old, Taillon is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound pitcher. He primarily utilizes a fastball that can top out at 98 mph, sinker, slider, and a circle curveball. He gets an impressive 50% ground ball rate, which plays well at Yankee Stadium. Beat writer Bryan Hoch singled out Taillon this week as someone that the Yanks have done a lot of due diligence on, which doesn’t generally happen if the team’s plans aren’t pointing in one direction. The question of if a deal can be made is what the Yankees will have to send to Pittsburgh.

The New York Yankees can afford Taillon; he would add only $2.25 million to the Yankees payroll. A deal for Taillon would likely include Miguel Andujar, Estevan Florial, and either Luis Gil or Luis Medina. The Yankees would most likely want to keep Medina. If a deal can be reached, it could be finalized as early as today or in the next few days. Taillon’s nickname is “Jamo” He is tied to longtime girlfriend Claire Petratis. He owns a black F-150 pickup and is a coffee freak. The Video below was at the beginning of Taillon’s rehab.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees News: Preview of tonight’s historic Yankee Matchup

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

Tonight the New York Yankees will make history with the first intrasquad televised game of the 2020 summer camp. Yankee fans have been waiting for the boys of summer to take to the field ever since MLB shut down operations back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This whole season will undeniably go down in baseball history, some positive, most negative.  After the shutdown, the sides made an agreement to allow players full payment based on the season that would be half as long as normal.  No one knew at the time that the season would be even shorter and the owners wanted the players to share in the losses that would be suffered due to no players in the stands or no concession sales.

That was not to be had by the players in contentious negotiations that dragged on for months.  Finally, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60 game season in 66 games at full prorated play for the players.  Now that that is settled and all the safety protocols are in place to protect players, summer camp has started.

Last night the YES Network announced that the New York Yankees would have two exhibition intrasquad games this week, one tonight and one on Tuesday night that would allow Yankee fans to see their new pitching ace Gerrit Cole start in the game.

Tonight’s game at 7 pm on the network will feature J.A. Happ’s Yankee squad facing Clarke Schmidt’s squad.  The game will likely not go the full normal nine innings and other pitchers will most likely see action as the game progresses.

DJ LeMahieu and Luis Cessa will not be in the games as they have both tested positive for the coronavirus and are quarantined at home.

New York Yankee fans are chomping at the bit to see their New York Yankee players on the field even if it’s just an intrasquad game.  The Yankees have chosen two of their best performing pitchers from spring training 1.0 to face each other in this long-awaited test for both pitchers.

J.A. Happ was 12-8 last season with an elevated 4.91 ERA, however, the Yankees went 20-11 in games that Happ started.  In spring training 1.0, Happ had the best record for any Yankee pitcher that pitched at least ten innings.  In 4 games, all starts, Happ went 2-0 with a tiny ERA of just 1.38 across 13 innings.

After Clarke Schmidt missing the first year of his professional career to Tommy John surgery, Schmidt looked sharp in the first spring training.  He went 0-0 in 4 games and seven innings with a very respectable 2.57 ERA. Presently Jordan Montgomery is slated to be the fifth starter in a short season that is going to miss Domingo German and Luis Severino for the entire season.  Should Montgomery falter Clarke Schmidt and Jonathan Loaisiga would be next in line to take over those duties.

No matter what the outcome of tonight’s friendly game, Yankee baseball is back, and Yankee fans couldn’t be happier.

Didi Gregorius Outpacing The Yankees Power Hitters

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

It’s time to acknowledge the roar that is coming off the bat of Sir Didi Gregorius. Gregorius, 26, has become an offensive juggernaut in the first month of the season, outpacing the other big bats not only in the Yankees lineup but also in the league in several categories.

In 2017, Gregorius hit 25 home runs after missing the first month of the season due to injury.  He’s showing fans in 2018 what they missed with a display of power that is out-rivaling the league—only Mike Trout has more home runs with 10. Gregorious with his eight home runs is tied for second place with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon and Mitch Haniger.

However, Gregorius claims he’s not a home run hitter and told Meredith Marakovits of YES:

We’re 22 games into the season and the Yankees home run leader is not Aaron Judge nor Giancarlo Stanton, it’s not even Gary Sanchez—Gregorius leads the team with eight home runs, one in front of Judge who has seven.

Gregorius’ numbers to date are career numbers for him: .347/.442/.787 with seven doubles, eight home runs, and a team leading 27 RBIs.

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While Yankee fans have long known what an underrated shortstop Gregorius was, MLB.com ranked Gregorius the number five shortstop in the league in 2018, behind (shown with current stats):

Gregorius is far out-pacing these league leaders in nearly every category on the young season.  Carlos Correa, who is second behind Gregorius in batting average, has only half the home runs Gregorius has on the season.

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Katie Sharp tweeted regarding Gregorius’ record-setting power numbers:

What we’ve got here Yankee fans is the best shortstop in baseball and he’s showing a lineup of power hitters how it’s done.

Fans are clamoring for Gregorius to be named the team captain on the strength of his breakout performance this season, and if he continues to set records and power his way through the league, who’s to say he shouldn’t be? Especially if the Yankees can capture a championship this season.