This is why the Yankees acquired Jamie Garcia this morning.
Even though Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have done well, neither has pitched, say, 200 innings in a season before. The Yankees therefore, are worried about both “Hitting the Wall” in the months of August and September.
Yesterday, Caleb Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning. Today, Jordan Montgomery was knocked out in the third. You can’t have that, no matter how good your bullpen is. You’ll burn out that bullpen.
As of now, no deal for Sonny Gray. The trade deadline (non/waivers) is 4 PM tomorrow, Monday. It appears as if the Yanks and A’s are playing a game of “chicken.”
As for today, the Yanks had chances to extend their six game winning streak but fell short. Aaron Judge, since the All-Star Game, is slumping. He’s dropped 30 points off the batting average. He is so strong that he can hit HRs the other way. Stop pulling off the ball, concentrate on hitting the ball the other way or up the middle and the HRs will return.
Matt Holliday is down to .234 with his slump.
The only offensive threat the Yanks had today as from the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes. He had two of their four hits and all three RBI.
Montgomery gave up a run in the top of the first.
Torreyes hit a 2-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-1 after two.
Montgomery got knocked out in the third when the Rays scored three to go up 4-2.
In the fourth, Todd Frazier walked and Torreyes doubled him home. 4-3.
Tampa Bay got an insurance run in the 8th, 5-3.
Clint Frazier made a nice defensive play at the start of the game.
The Yanks caught a break with Austin Romine. He had a rough day, taking a foul tip off of the throat protector, catching the backswing off an at bat, and getting a bruised hand off an HBP. He’s banged up.
The Yanks were 1 for 11 w/RISP today.
Boston lost, so the Yanks (56-47) remain in first by 1/2 a game.
Detroit, Justin Verlander (if he isn’t dealt) and his fiancee, Kate Upton, are next.
Don’t expect Verlander to go to the Yanks, unless the Tigers want to assume some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $alary in return.
Montgomery (L, 7-6, 4.15) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 w, 4 K. 4.83
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.83.
The Yanks lost despite striking out 16 Rays.
Here is a question. Is it me, or does it seem that Luis Cessa works better out of the bullpen as a long man than as a starter? I believe that’s the case. If so, maximize his potential. Forget about him a starter. Concentrate on him as a long man, as you do with Green and Warren.
Moves. Before the game, Shreve up from SWB, Smith sent down.
After the game, Cessa sent down. I believe this is to make room for the recently acquired Jamie Garcia.