Yankees: Good news and bad news in walk-off win over Washington

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

After a disappointing loss to Washington Nationals on Friday, the New York Yankees bounced back with a walk-off victory in the bottom of the 11th inning on Saturday. Heading into extra innings thanks to a Gleyber Torres single to right field, which drove in DJ LeMahieu, Torres managed to finish off the game once again, reaching on an infield single that drove in the winning run.

The Yankees have now pulled ahead of the .500 win percentage mark and will prepare for one final game against Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

In the victory, the Yankee offense once again struggled to a degree, recording six hits and striking out 17 times. The first four batters in the lineup accounted for nine strikeouts, an astounding number that must be cut down if the Yankees want to emerge victorious against better teams. Washington has struggled this season, but anytime you’re facing off against Max Scherzer, you’re guaranteed to have issues. He collected 14 Ks, as Kyle Higashioka was the only Yankee to record a run against the star pitcher.

Aaron Judge continues to struggle, seeing his average plummet to .245 after starting the season strong. His strike-out issues have ballooned, but Gleyber Torres had a stand-out performance, recording two RBIs and two hits on the afternoon.

As for the pitching, Corey Kluber lasted 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. His performance wasn’t disastrous, but he placed a lot of pressure on the bullpen that had a tough outing on Friday in the defeat. Over 5.1 innings, the relief arms allow just two hits and one run, an adequate performance. Closer Aroldis Chapman gave up his first run of the 2021 season, despite it being un-earned. Thanks to the extra innings rule this year that dictates an automatic runner on second base, Chapman’s streak will come to an end on paper.

In a game that was delayed two hours and 25 minutes due to rain, the Yankees will hopefully start on time at 1:05 PM on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series.

 

Yankees: Good news and bad news after loss to Astros, injuries piling

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In a disappointing defeat, the New York Yankees fell to the Houston Astros 7-4 on Thursday afternoon. While starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had a phenomenal performance, lasting 7.0 inning and allowed five hits and two runs, the bullpen simply couldn’t get the job done. The Yankees’ relief has been stellar the season, but it was only a matter of time before they lost their mojo, with Chad Green giving up three runs in less than an inning and Justin Wilson giving up two runs to finish the game.

Ultimately, this is a game the Yankees should’ve won, as their offense didn’t do enough, and the pitching failed that when they needed it most.

It would’ve been quite the birthday gift for Jose Altuve, who smacked an eighth-inning home run to give the Astros a two-run lead.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

As stated above, Cole had himself another great performance, as he currently holds a 1.61 ERA. Chad Green, who has also been solid this season with a 2.50 ERA, unfortunately, had a tough result.

Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake, hitting another home run in the third inning, making it three consecutive games with a long ball. He currently has nine home runs on the season over 27 games played, representing his comeback after spending the last few seasons dealing with injuries.

There was some negative news in the content, as starting third baseman Geo Urshela left the game with a knee injury after making a diving stop at the top of the eighth inning. It was clear that he felt discomfort after trying to stand up — the Yankees are already dealing with an injury to Rougned Odor.

“He’s getting an MRI now so we’ll know more in the next couple hours,” Boone said after the game. “He was stable when [trainers] put him through different knee tests and stuff. We’ll know more probably in the next couple hours.”

Urshela represents a massive part of this Yankees team, especially on defense. He currently has a .287 average with a .342 on-base percentage this season, and he had earned two hits and a walk before going down toward the end of the game.

Hopefully, the MRI returns negative, and Gio will only be out for a short period of time, as the Yankees need to continue winning games and maintaining their rhythm.

Yankees: Good news and bad news after 2nd consecutive win over Houston

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Any time the New York Yankees can steal a victory over the Houston Astros, it represents a huge motivational booster. The Yankees won the second game of a three games series on Wednesday evening, thanks to more Giancarlo Stanton production.

Buy a score of 6-3, the Yankees are now two games above .500 as their offense finally begins to show signs of life. In the victory, Stanton raised his batting average to .310 and slugging percentage to .590. He recorded three hits and four RBIs, including a home run, a double, and single.

In addition to Stanton’s superb outing, the pitching also looked adequate, as Jordan Montgomery lasted 6.0 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. I’m sure he gave up a few too many hits for his liking but got the job done allowed the bullpen to close out the win.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

Of course, the good news is that Stanton seems to be playing at an All-Star caliber level. After injuries have derailed him the past few seasons, it is nice to see Stanton taking good swings and connecting on long balls regularly.

So far this season, Stanton has eight home runs and 22 RBIs over 105 at-bats, which is a stellar statistical output. If he continues to play like this, the Yankees will be in good shape moving forward. As for the bullpen, Jonathan Loáisiga seems to be blossoming before our eyes, as he currently hosts 60.9 an ERA and has allowed 11 hits over 18.1 innings. He’s averaging one strikeout per inning and has only given up one home run. This is exactly the step the Yankees needed to see, especially with Zack Britton out and Darren O’Day recently going down with an injury.

The only real negative on the evening was Aaron Judge, who struck out in all five at-bats. It seemed like an off night for Judge, but his teammates rallied around him and picked up the slack, which is exactly what we expect from a team laden with powerhouse offensive weapons.

The Yankees now prepare for the final game of the series against Houston on Thursday afternoon, and they’re hoping starting pitcher Gerrit Cole can lead them to a sixth consecutive victory.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in ‘revenge tour’ victory over Astros

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In glorious fashion, the New York Yankees trampled the Houston Astros on Tuesday evening, starting off their revenge tour in perfect fashion. Fans did not take it easy on Houston for their cheating ways, and that spark of excitement and energy helped push the Yankees over .500 on the season for the first time.

In fact, there were four derogative Jose Altuve chants in the first inning alone, and they continued throughout the contest. It is clear that fans around the league, especially the Yankees, want to torture the Astros as much as humanly possible for their transgressions. Altuve is at the heart of it all, having hit a homer off Aroldis Chapman to knock the Yanks out of the postseason several years ago. That was the beginning of the end.

As for Tuesday’s victory, the Yankees started off poorly, as Domingo Germany gave up a first-inning home run. However, it didn’t take much time for the Bombers to respond, as Giancarlo Stanton launched a moonshot to drive in DJ LeMahieu and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Clint Frazier grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, which drove in a run, but the Houston Astros fought back. Michael Brantley smacked a solo shot to right field and Yuli Gabriel double to left, driving in Yordan Alvarez.

With Houston tying the game, the Yankees couldn’t let them steal this one out from under them. In the sixth inning, the Yankees drove in four runs, plastering Houston’s bullpen.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

Of course, the victory was much needed for not only the fans but for the players as well. Hopefully, it will brew a bit of confidence within them and help to continue this 10-4 string of games they are on.

As for the pitching, Domingo German was good, not great. Over 5.0 innings, he allowed four hits and three runs, two of which were homers. Not his best performance, but in arguably the Yankees’ biggest game of the season, he didn’t get blown out either. The bullpen was absolutely fantastic, a regular trend for them this season.

The only bad news came in the form of a minor injury:

Rougned Odor suffered a left knee injury after colliding with Martin Maldonado at home-plate on Tuesday evening, but the injury isn’t expected to be serious:

“Hoping that some good news comes with that,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He was moving around pretty good here actually before he left, even in the clubhouse and stuff. But I don’t really want to speculate other than to say we’re hopeful that we get some decent news.”

Everything seems to be good on that end, as the Yankees continue to push forward and gain momentum. It was a tough start to the campaign, but they are quickly finding their groove and currently sit 2.5 games back from the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Yankees: Good news and bad news after victory over Detroit

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When the New York Yankees signed form or Cy Young award-winning pitcher Corey Kluber, they were hoping to get the best version of the veteran starter. He started off the campaign poorly, but bounced back on Sunday with one of his best performances in years, lasting 8.0 innings, allowing just two hits, and struck out 10 batters.

Kluber tallied 103 pitches and currently hosts a 3.03 ERA on the season. This was an extremely motivating performance for the Yankees, who desperately need him to be their number two behind Gerrit Cole. Having two ace-level starters in the postseason goes a long way, the Yankees have felt that desire in recent years.

“It felt good to go out there and execute, for the most part, from start to finish,” Kluber said. “That’s always the goal, but it’s not always smooth sailing. So when you do have them, it’s fun to go out there and have that feeling.”

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

While Yankees did beat up on Detroit thanks to Kluber‘s stellar outing, they only scored two runs in the contest, thanks to Kyle Higashioka and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly to right field. Both runs came in the second inning, but the team is coming off a few solid offensive performances against Detroit. To open the series, they plastered 10 runs on the Tigers, thanks to five home runs from their sluggers.

However, Detroit is not a team worth bragging about when it comes to victory, as they currently sit at 8-21 on the season, and the Yankees have finally pulled themselves to .500. The Yankees are only 2.5 games out of first place in the American League, as the Boston Red Sox have taken the early lead this season. However, they’re well within range to retake the top of the division, having a +14 point differential and currently enjoying a three-game win streak.

The Yankees are preparing to take on the Houston Astros on Tuesday, who are 15-13 on the year and have won five of their last seven games, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays in their most recent.

While Houston offers a formidable opponent, the Yankees are finally hitting their stride and feeling better about themselves after a tough start in 2021. Their top three hitters are finally climbing in the BA category and are getting on base more efficiently. In addition, the Yankees might want to continue rolling with Higashioka rather than Gary Sánchez, who has struggled offensively for the third consecutive season.

Yankees: Good news and bad news after offensive breakout win over Tigers

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are finally starting to come around after a tough opening to the 2021 season. Just two games below .500, the Yankees are 4.5 games back in the American League East but have won three of their last four games. Their most recent win over the Detroit Tigers was a spanking, as the Yankees posted 10 runs to Detroit’s zero. The Tigers are having a very difficult start to the 2021 campaign, offering the Yankees an opportunity to get back in shape before an upcoming series against the Houston Astros.

Against the Tigers, ace Gerrit Cole was dominant, striking out 12 batters and allowing four hits over 6.0 innings. He currently has a 1.43 ERA and only pitched 87 in the victory. The bullpen was also stellar, lasting 3.0 innings and not giving up a single hit. Detroit didn’t stand a chance in this blowout win for the Yankees, as they finally establish their dominance and instilled still confidence in the fan base.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

There was plenty of great news in the victory, as Giancarlo Stanton had three hits over five at-bats and accounted for two runs. Slugger Aaron Judge had two hits, one of which was a grand slam, totaling five RBIs. He’s currently hitting .272 on the season, and his power is clearly on full display.

The Yankees were quite even throughout the contest, scoring in every inning leading up to the fifth, thanks to five home runs. The problem with the Yankees is that they rely solely on the home runs to win games, and that was the case against Detroit. They are not a contact-hitting team, but with their confidence growing and their sluggers beginning to perform more consistently, teams should be worried about them quickly climbing the rankings in the AL East.

However, there was a bit of bad news on the day, as righty reliever Darren O’Day was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 30. O’Day has a right rotator cuff strain, and the Yankees called up Michael King from the alternate site in a corresponding move.

With Zack Britton already out, losing Darren is a huge negative. The submarine pitcher had made 10 appearances this season, hosting a 3.00 ERA and 9.00 strikeouts per nine rate. The Yankees will have to find a way to supplement, but their bullpen has been stellar as of late, so they should be able to survive until his return.

Nonetheless, with the offense taking hold, they will need run production to make up for fatigue in the bullpen department.

Yankees News: Starting pitching demotion, new face in the clubhouse

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are coming off a 7-0 blowout win over the Baltimore Orioles, thanks to a dominant performance from Domingo German, who picked up six strikeouts and gave us three hits over 7.0 innings. The offense finally broke out, recording 12 hits and displayed consistency throughout the lineup.

The top three batters were stellar in the victory, as DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres combined for seven hits and struck out just one time combined. It was an altogether perfect performance for a team that has been struggling to remain consistent on both sides of the ball.

Despite Michael King allowing just one hit and struck out two batters over two innings to close out the victory, the Yankees demoted him to the alternate site as they prepare for the welcoming of Wandy Peralta, who they acquired in the trade with a San Francisco Giants that sent Mike Tauchman on his way.

A frustrating move for King, who looked good in the victory, but Peralta is a lefty pitcher who brings a bit more diversity to the bullpen. King does have 11 scoreless innings this season, which makes this move a bit more confusing, but I imagine he will make a return at some point in the coming days.

Peralta, on the other hand, has pitched in 10 games this year with San Francisco, earning a 5.40 ERA and 8.64 strikeouts per nine. He does have a high ground ball ratio, which is suited well for Yankee Stadium. He’s been a bit inconsistent in the past but did post a 3.29 ERA over 25 appearances last year. He primarily uses a fastball, slider, and changeup spread around quite efficiently.

This is a solid addition for the Yankees, as Tauchman wasn’t offering them a spark plug off the bench, and adding pitching during a grueling regular season is always a benefit. The Yankees had engaged in potential trade talks during the spring for Mike, but general manager Brian Cashman demanded significant value based on his performance in 2019.

Yankees: Aaron Judge dealing with ‘mystery’ injuries

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees emerged victorious against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday evening by a score of 5-1. Thanks to stellar pitching by former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, the Yankees only needed to post 5 runs.

The offense looked better than usual, posting 12 hits, six of which came from their top three batters. In fact, all of them scored a run to contribute, but there was a negative to extract from the victory.

The Yankees are once again without slugger Aaron Judge for at least a few days after experiencing lower body soreness. The exact words from Aaron Boone were he’s “pretty sore the last couple of days.”

This is no surprise, as Aaron Judge routinely misses games throughout any given season. In 2020, he played in just 28 games, logging 114 plate appearances. The hope was that he would be healthy for 2021 but played less than half of the allotted 60 games during an abbreviated season due to COVID-19.

The Yankees have played 23 games this year, and Judge has missed two, which by all measures doesn’t have much effect, but when he’s not in the lineup, the Yankees feel his loss tremendously. He’s currently hitting .263 with five home runs and 10 RBIs, striking out 25.3%, which is below his career average.

After playing consecutively for the past few weeks, Judge was removed in the ninth inning due to lower body soreness, and while it was mentioned that the injury isn’t serious, Judge will likely sit out a game over the next few days. He seems to be just fine, but maybe minor fatigue is setting in, which is always a problem this early in the season.

Yankees have two more games against the Orioles to finish out a four-game series, with Domingo German and Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Hopefully, they can emerge victorious against a weak team, giving Judge a few days rest, so he’s ready to go against the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Yankees strike trade, sending Mike Tauchman packing for pitching

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday before the first pitch against the Baltimore Orioles that they were trading outfielder Mike Tauchman for pitching. Tauchman, who has played in 11 games this year, enjoying only 16 plate appearances, will make his way over to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta.

Per the Yankees PR:

YANKEES ACQUIRE LHP WANDY PERALTA AND A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER 

The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired LHP Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Mike Tauchman.

Peralta, 29, is 2-1 with two saves and a 5.40 ERA (8.1IP, 11H, 5ER, 3BB, 8K, 1HR) in 10 relief appearances with the Giants in 2021. Over six Major League seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2016-19) and San Francisco Giants (2019-21), he has gone 9-9 with two saves and a 4.72 ERA (192.2IP, 195H, 110R/101ER, 92BB, 158K, 26HR) in 220 relief appearances.

Peralta went 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 2020, making 25 relief outings. Against left-handed batters, he logged a .171 average BA against, posting 12 strikeouts. In fact, he struck out at least one batter in 19 of his 25 games, averaging 8.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. The Dominican Republic native was originally signed by Cincinnati in 2009 but was claimed by San Francisco in 2019.

Tauchman, on the other hand, has played a significant part for the Yankees the past few seasons, earning a .277 average with 13 homers and 47 RBIs in 2019, but wasn’t able to make a similar impact in 2020, failing to hit a home run.

In addition, the Yankees also recalled infielder Tyler Wade from the alternate site.

Yankees: Good news and bad news after demoralizing loss to Baltimore

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The New York Yankees continue to embarrass themselves, even against lowly competition like the Baltimore Orioles, who emerged victorious in a 4-2 contest on Monday evening.

The Yankees now sit 9-13 on the season and have an offense that couldn’t get going if you paid them, oh wait. They’ve scored just five runs over the last three games, and it’s not for a lack of pitching they continue to lose. The team only allowed four runs against Baltimore in the loss, and that is a number the Yankees would demolish in the past.

However, whether it be teams figuring out how to shut down the Yankees or a simple cold streak to start the season, there have been too many issues to count, and multiple positions that were viewed as strengths return as weaknesses.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

It took Yankees youth Prospect Deivi Garcia just one outing to be sent back down to the alternate site, which might be a bit premature and demoralizing for his confidence. He currently holds a 4.50 ERA and fared much better than Domingo German did in his first appearance this season. He lasted 4.0 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, picking up four strikeouts. While he did walk three batters, Garcia wasn’t awful but did struggle a bit with his location at times.

Altogether, I believe Garcia should earn another opportunity, especially since German struggled over several appearances and didn’t prove his worth after dominating the spring and beating out Garcia for the fifth spot in the rotation.

The offense didn’t produce much of a spark either, as they recorded just four hits on the afternoon, with Aaron Judge being involved in both scoring/attempt plays. A double to left field in the sixth inning drove in Giancarlo Stanton, but Judge was thrown out at third base, a cardinal sin late in the game on the Yankees needed run production.

The reality for this team is simple — if they are not hitting home runs, they are struggling to put runs on the board. Contact hitting isn’t their strength, as their baserunning continues to prove skeptical, and some of their more refined players continue to struggle. DJ LeMahieu currently has a .250 average on the season and Stanton .192. At some point, skipper Aaron Boone is going to have to make a decision on Gary Sanchez, who has dropped all the way to the eighth slot in the batting order and is currently hitting .182, striking out twice against Baltimore.

With the Yankees trying to save money this past off-season, they took a few chances on players they believed in, and so far, it has backfired tremendously. Hopefully, more live-action and time will give them an opportunity to turn things around, but their offense needs to blow open one way or another.