Estevan Florial cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA SWB.
There are a lot of things to question regarding the Yankees (4-3) loss to Baltimore, 7-6, on Friday afternoon.
First off, is Clarke Schmidt a starter? For now, yes, but that is because Frankie Montas, Carlos Rodon and Luis Severino are all on the injured list. But there is more to it than that. Schmidt was ineffective today against Baltimore. He is 5-3, 3.32 in relief in his career, but in seven MLB starts, he is 0-3 with an ERA over 6. Eventually, just like with Michael King, the numbers don’t lie and you realize someone is better in relief than as a starter.
Jhony Brito was called back in order to start tomorrow. But whose spot on the roster is he taking? Is Schmidt going down?
It does look like Josh Donaldson is headed to the injured list, and Oswald Peraza is not in tonight’s lineup for SWB, so there is another source of conjecture.
And with Anthony Volpe starting the season 3 for 20, maybe a day off will do him good and let him clear his mind a bit.
Now for the game and another huge question.
The Yanks fell behind 4-0 after three innings. Granted an error by Gleyber Torres didn’t help matters, but Schmidt got rocked pretty good.
Franchy Cordero hit a 3-run HR in the top of the fourth—his first HR as a Yankee—to get the Yanks back into the game.
In the top of the sixth, Oswaldo Cabrera doubled in two runs to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead. A couple of batters later, manager Aaron Boone made a decision you have to think about. With a pitching change, Boone had Isiah Kiner-Falefa PH for Cordero. He didn’t want the lefty vs, lefty matchup and also wanted better defense what with the 5-4 lead.
But here is the thing. Kiner-Falefa is now (after today’s game) 0 for 12 for the season. He also has little power and is a converted infielder with not much OF playing time. Granted Aaron Hicks hasn’t had a hit this season so far either, but Hicks has more power than IKF and is an established outfielder. Yet here Boone went with IKF. Later in the game, down a run with a runner on base, IKF still hit, and Hicks didn’t PH for IKF. What does THAT tell you?
When a player appears to be on the team not because he is the best player for the role, but because it appears that management doesn’t want to eat a lousy contract, that makes fans mad.
The Yanks have a problem. Hicks already has questioned (rightfully) his role on the team. His attitude could poison a clubhouse. But what is his role? If Boone is starting IKF over Hicks, and when going to the bench, chooses low-power, converted infielder IKF over Hicks, then really, why is Hicks here? (You also could say, if IKF is considered better than Florial, then …)
Ok. There may be no takers for Hicks. He has years and a lot of money left on his deal. But if IKF is your outfield option over Hicks, then really… it would be better to have kept Ortega, or have Jake Bauers (raking at AAA) or Willie Calhoun on the team instead.
When Bader is ready to come off the injured list, the easiest way to make room for him is just to release Hicks.
Wise up Hal. Eat the contract.
Anyway, back to the game. More questions. With the Yanks having the lead, and with yesterday being an off day, Boone didn’t go to King, Peralta or Holmes. Instead his choice of relievers raised eyebrows. They couldn’t keep the lead. The next thing you knew, the Yanks were down 7-5.
Cabrera singled in a run in the eighth to cut it to 7-6, but after trying to bunt two runners over on the first pitch, Boone took off the bunt sign and let Jose Trevino swing away. Bad move as Trevino GIDP. Then, as mentioned earlier, he didn’t go for possible power with Hicks PH for IKF, but let IKF (who as I mentioned, is 0 for 12 this year and who usually makes weak contact) hit. As mentioned, what exactly IS Hicks’ role?
IKF made out.
The Yanks did get the tying run to third in the top of the ninth with two out, but Anthony Rizzo flied out to end the game.
A lot of questions for Game 7 of the season.
Stanton 2 hits.
Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI, SB
Cordero 3-run HR (1)
Volpe 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts. Now 3 for 20 after great spring training.
Schmidt 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. 9.45
Hamilton 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.45
Marinaccio (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.08
Cordero 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2 WP 3.38
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
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