Yankees receive awful Zack Britton injury news

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As if things couldn’t get any worse for the New York Yankees, they learned on Thursday afternoon that relief pitcher Zach Britton would miss at least a year rehabilitating after undergoing surgery to reconstruct and repair his UCL, also known as Tommy John surgery. In addition, they removed a bone chip from his elbow, keeping him out until the end of the 2022 season, at least.

Britton finished the season with a 5.89 ERA and an eight-season-low 68% ground ball rate. He also walked a career-high 6.87 batters per nine innings and allowed nearly one homer per nine innings as well. It was clear he was dealing with something significant, which damaged his production and efficiency on the mound. Losing one of their best relief pitchers, the Yankees will continue relying on a bevy of inexperienced options.

In the most recent loss for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees rolled with several different relief pitchers to get through the game, as starter Luis Gil lasted just 3.1 innings before being pulled by skipper Aaron Boone. The majority of the Yankees’ bullpen has been problematic this year, and that reality doesn’t expect to change anytime soon as they crawl their way toward the end of the season. Currently, the Yankees are just 1.5 games ahead of Toronto in the Wild Card standings, and with the final game of the series Thursday night, they need to extract a victory before their playoff hopes slip away.

New York Yankees: Mayday, Mayday, who’s coming to the rescue?

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The New York Yankees, after losing 5 consecutive games, would normally be looking for reinforcements. However, those are limited by the 28 man roster rule. Normally in September, the Yankees and other teams can expand their rosters to 40 players, but that is not the case this season.

The Yankees could surely use some help to shake up the lineup and reenergize the very worn-out bullpen, but the sad fact is that no one will be coming to the rescue. Here are the latest injury updates and who will make it back to the team in time to be helpful.

James Taillon has today been placed on the 10 day IL because of a right ankle tendon injury. As this is breaking news no further information is available at this time

Aaron Hicks is a goner, out for the season with his wrist surgery.

Darren O’Day is another Yankee that won’t be returning due to his slow-healing hamstring injury.

Tim Locastro’s bad knee injury will prevent him from returning.

Miguel Andujar could return to the team after his wrist injury as early as next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Clint Frazier might return by the end of the season, but his vision and vertigo problems seem to be persisting.

Zack Britton is gone for the season as three specialists have said he shouldn’t pitch for the rest of the season. If he elects to have Tommy John surgery for his elbow, he could be out until 2023, when he will be a free agent again.

Luis Severino was supposed to be back to the team in late August or early September, but that has not happened; he has just started throwing off the mound again after his second setback. If he comes back, it will likely only be in a reliever role.

Jonathan Loáisiga was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning with a rotator cuff strain. This was a huge loss to the Yankee bullpen. It is not likely he will return until the last week of the season, if at all. Rotator cuff strains can take a long time to heal.

Domingo German is in a similar situation as Severino; if he returns, it will likely only be as a reliever. Geman has been suffering from shoulder problems.

Michael King and his finger problem may be one of the Yankees that may return to the team in time to be helpful, as a spot starter or reliever. King was injured in a gym accident with weights.

Gerrit Cole was the last Yankee to complain of an injury. Unfortunately, Cole noticed something in his last start and pulled himself from the Blue Jays game. The situation has been described as left hamstring tightness; so far, no MRI has been ordered. At this point, is it unclear if he will miss a start or if it will be resolved quickly? If it turns out to be worse, it could be disastrous for the Yankees.

 

New York Yankees: 5 Takeaways from the Yankees 4th consecutive loss

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After losing three in a row, the New York Yankees hoped to right the ship last night at Angels Stadium. However, the Tampa Bay Rays keep winning, so the Yankees couldn’t afford to lose more games. In the effort, the Yankees sent Jameson Taillon to the mound to face the Angel’s Jaime Barria. The Yankees’ had won Taillon’s last eight starts. But, unfortunately, last night, the Yankees lost their 4th game 6-4.

Yankees returning to their old ways?

For New York Yankees fans, last night was not worth staying up for. It was like watching a game from May or June. The Yankees seemed sluggish and out of focus. At times it looked as if they were going through the motions. They scored just four runs with a satisfactory 10 hits. But, like earlier in the season, the Yankees only went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Also, like the past, and even worse, the Yankees hit into five double plays, just one short of an all-time franchise record.

It brought us back to a time when fans and management alike scratched their heads, saying, what the hell is going on? But, as I said, the Yankees hit into an incredible 5 double plays failing to lift the ball. During the entire 13 game winning streak, the Yankees hit into only 4 double plays across the span.

A good example of this perplexing problem lies with Joey Gallo. On this road trip, the home run hitter hit into his first double play since 2018. Including then, he has hit into 3 double plays; that’s 3 in his last 12 plate appearances. Gallo has only 9 hits into double plays in his 2,288 plate appearances. Last night Gallo’s frustration shown through.

With the Yankee’s 4th consecutive loss, they have also lost their first series since they lost to the Red Sox back in July. If losing 4 games in a row isn’t bad enough, the Yankees are supposedly in a race to the postseason. However, while the Yankees are losing, the rival Tampa Bay Rays are winning. As a result, the Yankees have slipped back to 8 games behind the Rays, with only 29 games left to play in the season.

Is Jameson Taillon tiring?

Jameson Taillon came to the Yankees before the season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees got him on a low-risk, possibly high reward bet. Taillon disappointed early on when he didn’t seem to return to the form the Yankees were hoping for. But soon after, he began to show why the Yankees went after him, to begin with. He started winning. The Yankees won all eight of his starts from mid-July until last night.

But in his last win on August 26th against Oakland, Taillon started to show cracks in the armor. He only lasted 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs. The Yankees picked him up and won that game. Last night he went 4.2 innings giving up 6 earned runs that the Yankees could not recover from. It could be that he is tiring out after not pitching for two years and 5 months into the season. Only time will tell if he can regain his form.

Yankee closer situation just got worse

It is well documented that the New York Yankees have big problems with their normal closer Aroldis Chapman. He has been undependable. Now the situation has worsened. Second, go to closer Zack Britton has elected to have bone chip surgery and will be out for the rest of the season. Manager Aaron Boone relies on Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Albert Abreu. Boone has been afraid to use Chapman to close one-run games.

Boone made a puzzling move

I recently have been praising manager Aaron Boone for many of his moves and decisions that have led to winning games. But last night in the eighth inning, with two on and two outs, Rougie Odor was ready to hit, and Boone held him back, instead choosing pinch hitter Luke Voit. Voit struck out, ending the inning. I was somewhat shocked that with righty Petricka on the mound that Boone would choose Voit over the lefty Odor that has had some big hits for the Yankees.

Not all is bad news

Things are not looking all that good for the New York Yankees after losing 4 straight games, but there is some good news. Corey Kluber, who pitched a no-hitter early in the season, is back with the team. Although his first start wasn’t very good, he is expected to return to form.

Gary Sanchez has been playing better this season than in his last two but has been on a one mouth dought hitting home runs. Last night he hit his 18th home run of the season, signaling he may be back to hitting with power. Anthony Rizzo also hit a homer in the game, his first since August 4th.

This final item goes under the category of this it is good or bad. Friday Gleyber Torres is projected to return to the Yankees. Torres fans will say great; detractors will say, oh no. Torres will be replacing Andrew Velazquez, an excellent defender and has ignited the Yankees with his play. With the return of Voit and Torres, it, for the most part, removes the two sparks (Odor) that have energized the team as they both get less playing time. Are the Yankees returning to that lackluster team of the first half?

 

Yankees News, 8/31: Zack Britton’s season painfully comes to an end, Corey Kluber implodes but shows life

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After winning 13 consecutive games, the New York Yankees have lost their last three games, two coming against the Oakland Athletics and their latest against the Los Angeles Angels.

Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to win, putting the #1 spot in the AL East further and further away in the standings. The Bombers currently sit 7.0 games back from Tampa, and they have a long road ahead if they want to secure a guaranteed spot in the postseason. Luckily, they are 2.0 games above the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card, which would indicate a one-game playoff series to determine who continues forward.

However, the team will be without one of their most important players, relief pitcher Zack Britton. While Britton hosted 5.89 ERA on the season, he has dealt with injury this year that has dragged him to just 18.1 innings pitched. For example, during the 2019 season, Britton pitched 61.1 innings and hosted a 1.91 ERA.

The Yankees transferred Britton to the 60-day injured list, ending his season prematurely. Britton was recommended to undergo surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow, something he’s already experienced this year back in March. The Yankees still have Britton under contract next year for $14 million, so making sure he’s 100% healthy is essential. Nonetheless, it is a major blow to the bullpen, especially as inconsistencies arise.

“I’ve talked with [general manager Brian Cashman] about what’s the best thing for me to be the best version of myself for this team next year,’’ Britton said in Atlanta. “I just don’t think this year is gonna be in play anymore, unfortunately, but that won’t be clear ’til I speak with all the doctors.”

Aside from the bad injury news regarding Britton, the Yankees also fell to the Angels on Monday night. By a score of 8-7, starting pitcher, Corey Kluber made his first appearance in months after fighting his way back from a shoulder injury. After pitting three scoreless innings, Kluber gave up five runs in the fourth inning, thanks to a grand slam by Jack Mayfield.

The Yankees tried their best to stay in the game, as Giancarlo Stanton picked up three RBIs on two hits, including a homer in the seventh inning to tie the game. Unfortunately, Wandy Peralta gave up a run in the eighth inning, which ended up being the difference. The Yankees desperately need to get back in the win column on Tuesday, and with Jameson Taillon on the mound, they have a good chance of changing the script.

Yankees’ star reliever is likely out for the season: Tommy John surgery is an option

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New York Yankees’ left-handed reliever Zack Britton, one of the top bullpen arms in the league when healthy, hasn’t been himself this season. And the primary reason could be because he hasn’t been quite healthy at any point in the 2021 season.

According to NJ Advance Media, he is likely out for the rest of the 2021 season after talking with some of the most renowned arm surgeons in the country.

“I prefer not to be shut down and be able to work my way back, but the advice I’m getting is that doesn’t seem very realistic or even smart considering the surgery I had already and some of the issues I’ve been dealing with pitching through some stuff,” Britton said on Tuesday “The advice that I’ve gotten is that wouldn’t be the best move.”

The Yankees’ reliever will be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache early next week, so he is still holding out some hope.

“It’s a little bit of stubbornness I think,” Britton said. “I’ve never waved the white flag on the season before, so it’s tough considering I want to be out there.”

Tommy John surgery is in play, but so far, it isn’t the first option

Tommy John surgery is a possibility for him, because part of his elbow issue is UCL-related. However, that specific surgery hasn’t been recommended by any doctor at this point.

“I really don’t know (about Tommy John),” Britton said. “A lot of the doctors I don’t see in person have been looking at the MRIs and give you kind of a ballpark (diagnosis). We’ll sit down and discuss the best options.”

Britton is under contract for the Yankees at a steep $14 million next season, so he obviously wants to avoid Tommy John.

“I’m trying to take my time and figure out what’s the best thing for me going forward,” Britton said. “I’m still here next year. What’s the best thing for me to be the best version of myself for this team next year. I just don’t think this year is going to be in play, but it won’t be clear until I speak to all of the doctors.”

Between a COVID-19 diagnosis, a bone chip in his left elbow, and a hamstring strain, his 2021 season was a disaster. He had a 5.89 ERA in 22 games with 16 walks over 18 1/3 innings

Yankees News: Bad injury news for Zack Britton, Miguel Andujar fighting his way back

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The New York Yankees are preparing to take on the Atlanta Braves on Monday evening in the first game of a two-game series which will conclude on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery will take the mound, hosting a 3.77 ERA with 9.13 strikeouts per nine this year. Over 22 games, Montgomery has pitched 119.1 innings, more than his past three seasons combined.

In Jordan’s last outing on August 17 against the Boston Red Sox, he lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs, striking out six batters. Over his last five starts, Montgomery has given up just four runs, which has helped the Yankees tremendously in their quest to make a comeback in the AL East.

However, the Bombers are dealing with a few injuries this week, as they placed left-handed pitcher Zack Britton on the ten-day injured list with a left elbow sprain. Britton hosts a 5.89 ERA this season over 22 appearances.

This has been his most tumultuous campaign to date, recording a career-high 6.87 walks per nine and 0.98 home runs per nine. Unfortunately, his fastball is being delivered 2+ mph less compared to his 2020 FB. Hovering around 92.6 mph, a drop in speed has allowed batters to take advantage.

In Britton’s place, the Yankees reinstated right-handed relief pitcher Clay Holmes from the COVID-19 list. They also recalled outfielder Jonathan Davis from Triple-A Scranton.

Utility player Miguel Andujar returned from a rehab assignment and was transferred to the 60-day injured list. With Giancarlo Stanton finally taking reps in the outfield and Tyler Wade playing supplementally at third base, Andújar will have a tough time cracking the roster once again.

Consistent injuries have derailed his career and momentum, but he will be looking for another opportunity if injuries arise once again at third/second base or in the outfield.

The Yankees made the following moves prior to Monday’s game against Atlanta:

•Placed LHP Zack Britton on the 10-day IL (retro to 8/20) with a left elbow sprain.

•Recalled OF Jonathan Davis (#36) from Triple-A Scranton/WB.

•Reinstated RHP Clay Holmes (#35) from the COVID-19 IL.

•Returned INF/OF Miguel Andújar from his rehab assignment and transferred him to the 60-day injured list.

New York Yankees Analysis: Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, what’s wrong and who will close for the Yankees?

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Despite all the injuries and players on the Covid list, there is no question that the New York Yankees have been excelling, going 24 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 have blown 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?

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 the problem for one of the best relievers in the game is that he has gotten only one save all season. He has gotten several holds but has also blown three saves causing him to tell Boone last Friday that he shouldn’t be the go-to guy to close games.

The problem for Boone is that no matter how well his team plays, he has no dependable closer to go to. So during Chapman and Britton’s troubles, he has been mixing and matching and trying to use different closers, Like Jonathan, Loaisiga, Chad Green, Lucas Luetge, Albert Abreu, and Wandy Peralta, according to who fits the situation best. So far, Boone’s picks have mostly panned out for him. The Yankees have been closing those close games they have been playing lately, most of the nail-biters.

The bottom line is that Boone needs a dependable go-to closer, and he hasn’t got one. When considering Britton and Chapman, they have some things in common: both have been on the IL, and both have gotten the coronavirus. Both have played worse upon their returns. Britton has recently said that his problem is 10% physical and 90% mental. The fact is that it may be more 50/50. The Covid virus hit Britton had he lost 20 pounds and came back weak, and still has not regained all his strength. His signature pitch, the sinker, has lost velocity compared to previous years.

For some unknown reason, Chapman has lost control of this fastball that has been his signature pitch, putting down players at up to 103 mph. The mental that Britton was talking about affects Chapman as well. They need to keep it simple and regain their confidence and rely on what has made them great. Until then, Boone will have to continue to mix and match. He has also been trying to help Britton and Chapman in situations that are not as challenging to help them regain that confidence.

Britton recently told The Atlantic:

“Do I feel like I did years prior? No. But things aren’t gonna always be perfect physically and you’ve gotta deal with it,” Britton said. “It’s like, my brain knows what I want to do, my body’s not doing it. A lot of that’s just lack of reps, and feeling a little different with the arm after the surgery. Then at some point, you just get frustrated, and then it kind of overwhelms you, and then you worry about that rather than just working yourself through it. I just need to fucking relax and do what I’ve always done well — throw my sinker.”

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from Yankee 10th inning win over the Sox

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

Nevertheless, disregarding the outcome, it was a wonderful game in a beautiful iconic setting in the cornfields of Iowa that will not be soon forgotten by any of the players who played in it or those in the stands or watching television. The Yankees had two more games against the White Sox that will be played on the south side of Chicago. Last night in the first of those two games Jameson Taillon faced Dylan Cease. The Yankees won the game 7-5 in the tenth inning.

Another quality start for Taillon

Over the past six weeks, Jameson Taillon has been the best Yankee pitcher, even though he hasn’t received the win in all of the games. The New York Yankees have won 9 of his last 10 starts. He has given up an average of 1.5 runs per game during the span while striking out 53 opponents. Last night although not as sharp, Taillon kept the Yankees in the game, giving up three earned runs while striking out only four.

The New York Yankees have a real problem with temporary closer Zack Britton. He hasn’t been good of late. On Friday, he said that he shouldn’t be closing games with the way he has been pitching. But in the ninth, when Chad Green gave up two runs, Boone called in Britton to put out the fire, while recording only one out, gave up another run tying up the game. So ironically, Green got the win when the Yankees powered their way to a win in the top of the tenth.

Joey Gallo breaks through

It’s no secret that since Joey Gallo has come to the New York Yankees before the trade deadline, he has had a languid start as a new Yankee. The power hitter leading into last night only had a batting average of .140 with one home run over 14 games. However, last night Gallo showed the Yankee fans what he could do; he went 2 for 4 powering the Yankees to a win with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs.

Gallo wasn’t alone in his assault of the White Sox, slugger Aaron Judge also hit a home run against Kimbrel in the tenth.  Judge went 3 for 4 in the game. Tyler Wade continued his torrid play.

Reinforcements on the way

This may very well be an exciting week for the Yankees. The Yankees will see the return of Anthony Rizzo to the lineup sometime this week. Also, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery threw bullpen sessions in Chicago yesterday, and Aaron Boone said that all went well. It could mean that they will both pitch in the Red Sox series at Yankee Stadium next week, at the very least the following Twins series.

Yankee injury updates

The Yankees over the past few weeks have been riddled with injuries and players testing positive for the coronavirus. However, many of the Covid case players will be returning soon.

Luis Severino was set to have a rehab game on Friday, but it didn’t take place. Reportedly Scranton Wilkes/Barre manager Doug Davis told reporters on hand that Severino “didn’t feel right” in warmups and was scratched just before the game. Although he is scheduled to see a doctor and get an MRI, it is assumed to be only precautionary. In addition, the situation involved his shoulder, not the elbow.

Gio Urshela (hamstring) went to the IL on August 3rd. He was projected to return to the club at the end of the 10 days, but a setback has prevented that. Manager Boone said it is not serious but couldn’t give a timeline for his return. Also, Gleyber Torres, after jamming his finger, sliding into second base is not expected back before next weekend.

Next weekend, Aroldis Chapman (elbow) and Domingo German (shoulder) should be back with the team. German threw a successful bullpen last Thursday and may have a rehab start with Somerset as early as Monday.

Note:  A matinee today at 2:10 pm will be the final game of the White Sox series. Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees and the White Sox Ace Lucas Giolito for the Sox. The game will be on the YES Network, NBCSCH, and TBS out of market.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from Yankees most heartbreaking loss

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Yesterday, New York Yankee fans experienced their worst heartbreak of the season. After a late-game win the day before, the Yankees were positioned to split the four-game series with the Boston Red Sox. But that was not to be had. Even with Domingo German pitching a no-hitter into the eighth inning, the Yankees fell apart as they have so many times this season. As a result, the Yankees lost the game 5-4.

Domingo German pitches a gem for naught

In an article previewing the New York Yankees Boston Red Sox series, I said of Sunday’s matchup that you never know what you’re going to get from German. “He could be lights out, or he could struggle mightily.” I had no idea that Domingo German would enter the eighth inning yesterday with his first no-hitter. German was just masterful. All of his pitches were working, and he mystified the Red Sox hitters by mixing them up, so they never knew what was coming.

Previous to last night, German had been a mixed bag, bombing to start the season, and being sent down. He returned a new pitcher with the Yankees winning six of his starts, but then he went south again, with the Yankees losing five of his next seven starts. But yesterday, he pitched the best game the Yankees have seen by any pitcher since Corey Kluber’s complete game no-hitter. Now the Yankees can only hope what German experienced yesterday will carry him through the rest of the season.

Yankees look like a baseball team, but woes continue

On Sunday, Yankee fans for a time experienced the Yankee team they had hoped to have this season. The Yankees played baseball instead of looking dead on their feet, as they have most of the season. Seldom have we seen the Yankees push bunt, steal bases, and even Gary Sanchez achieved the second triple of his career. All this was taking place while Domingo German was pitching the game of his life.

But without a minute’s notice, the Yankee fan’s excitement went crashing down. After pitching 20 more pitches than he had all season, German allowed a double, knocking him out of the game while previously not allowing a hit. The usually dependable Jonathan Loaisiga came in and gave up three runs. Zack Britton replaced him in the ninth inning; he allowed two sac flies scoring two more Boston runs for the late game win for the Red Sox. The Yankees and its fans went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in mere minutes. The Red Sox won three games of the four-game series and the Yankees, coming off the previous exciting win, dropped another game in the AL East.

Is Boone’s job on the line?

The New York Yankees are fast approaching the point of no return. Winning the AL East is now out of the question unless a miracle happens and the Red Sox and Rays completely collapse. No, the Yankees at this point are fighting to get a wild card spot. Presently they are four games out with the Rays, Athletics, and Mariners ahead of them.

Manager Aaron Boone is in the last year of his contract. He has brought the Yankees to the postseason in each season of his management, only to see them fail time and time again. Now he is managing an underachieving team that he has been unable to inspire to play good baseball. One has to wonder at this time whether owner Hal Steinbrenner may be reevaluating his previous support of his manager.

It would be explainable if this were a team of bad players, but it’s not. It’s a championship-quality team that is playing badly. Someone should be held accountable. When playing at Fenway, you see the stands packed with standing room only. Even with 100% capacity allowed, Yankee Stadium has yet to fill the 15,000 empty seats. Fans have lost faith in the Yankees and its manager, and it costs Hal money. Stay tuned.