The Yanks got 4 2/3 scoreless IP out of their bullpen, and hung on for a 4-3 win over Texas Monday night that combined with Tampa Bay’s 6-4 win over Toronto, moved the Yanks to 1/2 game behind Toronto in the wild card race. Wild Card Standings Boston 86-65 — top wild card seed as of now Toronto 84-66 – 1 1/2 2nd wild card seed as of now YANKEES 84-67 -2 behind Boston, -1/2 from Toronto Oakland 82-68 -3 1/2 behind Boston, -2 from Toronto, – 1 1/2 behind Yankees Seattle 81-69 – 4 1/2 behind Boston, -3 from Toronto, -2 1/2 behind Yankees. The Yanks got on the board in the bottom of the second on a solo HR by Gary Sanchez (22). They got three in the third to make it 4-0. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to second. A single by Aaron Judge made it 2-0, and both runners moved up on the throw. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF, and after a walk to Joey Gallo, Gleyber Torres singled for the Yankees’ final run. Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor” for four innings, and got out of a second and third, no out jam in the first inning with three straight strikeouts. But while the Yanks couldn’t tack on more runs, Cortes got knocked out in the fifth, when Texas scored three runs to cut it to 4-3. After that it was nail-biting and scoreboard-watching time. Judge 2 hits, RBI Torres 2 hits, RBI Sanchez solo HR (22) Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 WP. gave up 1 HR. 2.79. Green (W, 8-7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.39 Holmes (H, 10) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.98 (Pit/NYY) Rodriguez (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.60 (Tex/NYY) Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.51 I wonder how much money you could have gotten in the spring if you would have bet someone that Nestor Cortes would make at least 12 starts for the Yankees this year, and after 12 starts, would have a lower ERA than Gerrit Cole? The Yanks activated Luis Severino before the game, and released Sal Romano.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Green, Holmes, Sanchez, Torres, Rodriguez, Severino, Judge, Cortes, Romano
The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now. Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2 (Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9). Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108). The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34). With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0. Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout. Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter. Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1. Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game. Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (10) Judge 2-run HR (34) RIzzo 2 hits. Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (28) Voit solo HR (10) Gallo solo HR (34; Tex/NYY) Urshela 2 hits. Cole (W, 15-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 2.75 King (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.48 Romano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.12 (Reds/NYY/Brewers) Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.65
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Cole, Gallo, German, Judge, King, Kriske, LeMahieu, Rizzo, Romano, Schmidt, Stanton, Urshela, Voit
The Yanks came back from a 5-0 deficit to edge the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in 10 innings in a Monday afternoon makeup game. With the win, the Yanks moved back into a virtual tie for the 2nd wild card spot. Here is how things stand. Toronto 81-63 — 1st wild card Yankees 80-64 -1 .556 virtual tie for 2nd wild card Boston 81-65 -1 .555 virtual tie for 2nd wild card Seattle 78-66 -3 from Toronto, -2 from NYY/BOS Oakland 77-66 -3 1/2 from Toronto, -2 1/2 from NYY/BOS The Yanks made some changes before the game. With recent errors defensively from Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres at 3B and SS respectively, Torres moved back to 2B, D.J. LeMahieu took over at 3B, and Tyler Wade was at SS. Also, Kyle Higashioka caught more because it was a day game after a night game, but even there, Higashioka is better defensively than Gary Sanchez. We will see who catches Gerrit Cole tonight, a job usually handled by Higashioka. But just because he did not start yesterday’s game, doesn’t mean Sanchez couldn’t finish it. And finish it he did. Yankees’ starter Luis Gil put the Yankees in an early hole, giving up two 2-run HRs in the first inning. The Yanks were down 4-0 before they even came to bat. Gil settled down after that, lasting six innings. After that first inning, he only gave up one more run—on a HR in the third inning. Meanwhile, after five innings, the only hit the Yanks had was on a fifth inning bunt single by Joey Gallo. The Yanks got a run in the sixth when Wade walked, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a SF by LeMahieu, who was robbed of a double on the play by a great catch. Gallo made it 5-2 in the seventh with a HR (33). In the bottom of the eighth, PH Anthony Rizzo led off with a walk. Sanchez PH for Higashioka and flied out. After LeMahieu flied out, Brett Gardner walked on a full-count pitch. It was a controversial call that got Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli ejected. After a pitching change, Aaron Judge homered (33) to tie the game. No one scored in the ninth, although Aroldis Chapman made things hairy once again. The game went into extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate. Clay Holmes kept the Twins off the board in the top of the tenth. Gleyber Torres was the ghost runner for the Yankees in the bottom of the tenth. Gio Urshela, who took over at SS, struck out trying to bunt Torres over, but Sanchez laced one to the wall for the game-winning hit.
Judge 3-run HR (33)
Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (33) Sanchez game-winning single in bottom of the tenth. Gil 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.88 Heaney 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.76 (LAA/NYY) Abreu 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.19 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.70 Holmes (W, 8-3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.07 (Combined Pit/NYY) . Clarke Schmidt was sent back to SWB. Sal Romano decided to become a free agent rather than go to SWB.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Chapman, Gallo, Gil, Heaney, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, LeMahieu, Romano, Sanchez, Schmidt, Torres, Urshela, Wade
You don’t know what to write anymore. You see the disaster unfolding. You are helpless to do anything about it. It continues and you can’t watch anymore. It’s ironic that those words describing the Yankees’ recent play have to be written this morning, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. No disrespect is meant to those who suffered, were injured, died or were otherwise affected by that tragedy. But it accurately describes the Yankees’ recent play. The Yanks have now lost seven in a row, and eleven of their last thirteen games. They were embarrassed last night by the crosstown Mets, 10-3. Even sure-handed Gio Urshela made another error last night, and he has made a few lately. Gleyber Torres made another error. There were 2 WP, 2 HBP. Sloppiness. The bats were pretty much silent again. The pitching is self-destructing. That included Michael King, brought back from rehab. Sal Romano was DFA’d again (he started the season with the Reds, then to the Yankees, then the Brewers, then the Yankees, now cut again). You want it to stop. Instead it goes on. I don’t know how many Yankees fans, disgusted, turned off the game in the middle innings. I was one of them. I couldn’t watch anymore. It’s apparent some heads will roll after this season is over, and a drastic re-make of this team may be necessary. Players, coaches and probably the manager too. All the good vibes of the 13-game winning streak are gone. Amazingly, the Yanks are still—barely—in a playoff spot. Here is how the wild card picture looks Boston 80-63. Top wild card spot. Yankees 78-63 Second wild card spot, 1 game behind Boston Toronto 77-63 Just 1/2 a game behind the Yankees Seattle and Oakland. Both 77-64. Both just 1 game behind the Yankees. Five teams. Two spots. All five teams within 2 games of each other. The Yanks scored first, in the top of the first, when Brett Gardner tripled with one out and then scored on an RBI groundout by Aaron Judge. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first when a play at the plate, originally ruled an out, was overturned. Bad play by C Gary Sanchez on the tag, allowing the runner to score. Joey Gallo homered for the Yanks (32, Tex/NYY) to put the Yanks up 2-1 in the second. The Mets got five runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-2. After that, it was a slow death. Sloppiness. Walks, a WP, an error by Urshela. A run scoring on a bases-loaded bunt!!. Just an ugly inning. The Mets tacked two more on in the fourth to make it 8-2. Game basically over at that point. What is even more depressing is that it could have been worse. The Mets ran themselves into a couple of outs on the basepaths. Two more runs, by the Mets in the seventh, helped by back-to-back HBP and the Torres error. More ugly play. 10-2. Anthony Rizzo homered (20, Cubs/NYY) in the ninth. 10-3 final. There are 21 games left. Amazingly, the Yanks still hold a wild card spot and are only a game out of the top wild card spot. But there isn’t any way to whitewash this. It’s one thing to lose, another to lose and look bad and sloppy doing so. Can they flip the switch, get things right and save a playoff spot for themselves? With the way they are playing, and with some recent injuries, I’d say no. I hope I am wrong. I’m rooting for them, but they have to start winning games, and with the wild card race having tightened up, it must start now. There are no other words. This is bad. Gardner 2 hits. Rizzo solo HR (20, Cubs/NYY) Gallo solo HR (32, Tex/NYY) Montgomery (L, 5-6) 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.71 Rodriguez 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.79 (Tex/NYY) King 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2 HBP, 1 WP. 3.68 Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.36
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Gallo, Gardner, King, Montgomery, Rizzo, Rodriguez, Romano, Sanchez, Torres, Urshela
When it rains, it pours. On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4. Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot. Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon. Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery. Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead. Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support. But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch. The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19). But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score. Judge 3 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY) Sanchez solo HR (21) Voit solo HR (9) Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70 Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY) Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY) Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY) The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go. Now for the wild-card picture. Bos 80-62, top wild card seed NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card. Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks. Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Britton, Cole, Cortes, Davis, Heaney, Judge, King, Peralta, Rizzo, Romano, Sanchez, Taillon, Voit, Wade
AAA: SWB completed a suspended game (won 7-4) and lost the regularly scheduled game, 2-0. SWB is 52-35. That suspended game actually had Luis Gil and Andrew Velazquez in the game when it was begun on July 17. Both played in the Bronx for the Yankees yesterday. Suspended game: CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI; RF Matt Pita solo HR; 2B Kyle Holder 3 for 3, 2 RBI. Gil, last night’s starter for the Yanks, had started this game on July 17, pitching the first inning, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out one. When the game resumed last night, Corey Kluber was on the mound in his rehab assignment. 3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up a HR. He did get the win, but i n his two rehab stints so far, Kluber is 1-0 but with a 16.62 ERA, having given up 8 runs in 4 1/3 IP. Hopefully he is physically ok and just needs to work on his command and get his mojo back after being on the IL so long. Sal Romano pitched the last inning, 1 R, 3 H, 3 K. The game had been suspended after six innings at 0-0. Regular game: Miguel Andujar went 1 for 3 on rehab. SWB only got two hits. With Joey Gallo on the team, and Gio Urshela 80% and probably coming back soon, you wonder where there is a place on the Yankees for Andujar right now. AA: Somerset (54-36) won 9-1. SS Oswald Peraza (#4 prospect) 4 hits, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, solo HR. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera (#22 prospect) 2 hits, 3 RBI. C Josh Breaux (#14 prospect) 2 hits. CF Michael Beltre 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, RBI. RF Tom Milone 2 hits, RBI. Starting P Hayden Wesneski (#24 prospect) 6 scoreless IP. High A: Hudson Valley (57-34) won 3-2 in 10 innings. DH Mickey Gasper solo HR. 3B James Nelson 2 hits. Low A: Tampa (60-28) lost 4-3. DH Carlos Narvaez 2-run HR. C Ben Rice 2 hits.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Beltre, Breaux, Cabrera, Florial, Garcia, Gasper, Gil, Holder, Kluber, Milone, Narvaez, Nelson, Peraza, Pita, Rice, Romano, Velazquez, Wesneski
AAA: SWB (51-34) lost 5-4. Deivi Garcia started. 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. 2 HBP. 7.08.
RF Socrates Brito 2 hits. DH Chris Gittens 3-run HR. Adam Warren took the loss. Reliver Ron Marinaccio has been promoted to here. The Yanks also got Sal Romano back and he is here after the Yanks had to DFA him (after they picked him up from the Reds), he was picked up by the Brewers for a while, DFA’d by the Brewers and picked up again by the Yanks, who assigned him to SWB. AA: Somerset (53-36) lost 10-5. C Gary Sanchez on rehab 0 for 2 with a walk. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. DH Tom Milone 2-run HR. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. 3B Chad Bell solo HR. High A: Hudson Valley (56-34) won 5-4. CF Everson Pereira 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. C Austin Wells 2 hits. 1B Kyle MacDonald 2 RBI. Low A: Tampa (60-27) won 7-6 in 10 innings. SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Tyler Hardman 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Ben RIce 2 hits, RBI, GW RBI hit.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Bell, Brito, Garcia, Gittens, Hardman, Lockridge, MacDonald, Marinaccio, Milone, Pereira, Rice, Romano, Sanchez, Sweeney, Warren, Wells
n a day when the Yankees had to add Jordan Montgomery to the Covid-IL (joining Gerrit Cole), the Yanks finally win a laugher, 13-1, over the Orioles. After all the close games this year, that was welcome. In putting Montgomery on the Covid-IL, joining Cole, and having German on the regular IL, three pitchers from the starting rotation are on the IL. Ugh. Then add in others like Severino and Kluber. Position players like Voit, Urshela, Frazier, Andujar. The big win was a relief. The win puts the Yanks (57-49, 3rd in AL East) 6 back, and 2 out of a playoff spot. The rotation issues meant that the Yanks used three pitchers last night, ALL of whom made their MLB debut. I don’t know if that has happened before. Luis Gil, Stephen Ridings and Brody Koerner. UPDATE: FROM MLB.COM: It was the second time in Yanks history that three pitchers debuted in the same game. The first time was Sept. 26, 1950, when Lew Burdette, Dave Madison and Ernie Nevel debuted against the Senators. The Yanks got a run in the second when with two out, Gary Sanchez singled and was doubled home by Gleyber Torres. They got five runs in the third to go up 6-0. Greg Allen was HBP and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. Anthony Rizzo singled in D.J. to make it 3-0 and moved up to second on an error on the play. Aaron Judge singled Rizzo to third, then Giancarlo Stanton singled in Rizzo to make it 4-0, Judge stopping at second. After a strikeout, Sanchez doubled in Judge, Stanton going to third. A SF by Torres made it 6-0. The Yanks put the game away with three more runs in the fourth inning. With one out, LeMahieu doubled, and Rizzo singled D.J. to third. After Judge struck out, Stanton homered (17) to make it 9-0. Baltimore got their only run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks responded with four runs in the bottom half. Torres and Rougned Odor led off with singles, and after an out, Tyler Wade doubled in two runs. Wade moved to third on a WP, then scored on an RBI groundout by Rizzo. Judge closed out the scoring at 13-1 with a solo HR, #22. LeMahieu 2 hits (both doubles, RBI) Wade 2 RBI Rizzo 2 hits, RBI Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (22) Stanton 2 hits, 4 RBI. 3-run HR (17) Sanchez 2 hits, RBI Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI Gil (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT Ridings 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT Koerner 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.50 MLB DEBUT Sal Romano was claimed off the waiver line by the Brewers. To get some pitching flexibility, Gil was sent down after the game.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Gil, Judge, Koerner, LeMahieu, Montgomery, Ridings, Rizzo, Romano, Sanchez, Stanton, Torres, Wade
Two games as a Yankee, two homers. Anthony is puttin’ on the RIzz(o). The Yankees (55-48, 3rd in AL East, 7 back, 2 1/2 out of playoff spot) beat Miami 4-2 Saturday night. In the second inning, Rizzo was hit by a pitch, then Giancarlo Stanton just missed a 2-run HR, settling for a double. Rougned Odor singled in a run, then Gary Sanchez doubled in another. The Marlins tied it in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI triple followed by a WP by Yankees’ starter Domingo German. The Yanks went ahead, 3-2, in the fifth, Rizzo singled, then Stanton walked. After a a couple of outs, Tyler Wade was intentionally walked to face the pitcher (NL park) but even though early in the game, manager Aaron Boone sent up Gio Urshela to PH. Bases loaded, let’s break the game open. Well, it didn’t work as hoped, but a run (Rizzo) did come in on a WP. Urshela struck out. Rizzo gave the Yanks an insurance run by homering in the seventh. #16 was his second as a Yankee, one in each of the two games he has played as a Yankee so far after 14 this season with the Cubs. The Yankees’ bullpen combined for five shutout innings. Before the game, in order to make room for just acquired Andrew Heaney, Sal Romano was DFA’d. Rizzo 2 for 2, was HBP, walked 2x, scored 3x, hit a solo HR (16, combined Cubs (14) and Yankees (2)) Odor 2 hits, RBI German 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 4.45 Luetge (W, 4-1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.94 Holmes (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.70 (Combined Pit/NYY ERA) Green (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.23 Loaisiga (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.63 Marlins’ manager (and Yankees legend) Don Mattingly missed the game after being tested positive with the coronavirus.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Boone, German, Green, Heaney, Holmes, Loaisiga, Luetge, Mattingly, Odor, Rizzo, Romano, Sanchez
The Yanks (53-48) got crushed by Tampa Bay 14-0, and only got four hits in the game.
Gerrit Cole almost gave up a HR on his first pitch of the game (just foul) but the first four batters he faced were single, walk, single for a run, 3-run HR. Four batters in, down 4-0.
Cole settled down until the sixth, when Tampa Bay got 10 runs off of him and reliever Albert Abreu. Abreu faced six batters, got no one out, gave up 4 hits (3 homers) and 2 walks. Ugh.
Got to worry a bit about Cole. ERA once under 2.00 is now over 3.00. Still good, but he's been slumping lately.
Cole (L, 10-6) 5 1/3 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.11.
Abreu 0 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 3 HR. 5.65
Romano 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.70 (Combined Cincy/NYY; 2nd Yankee game)
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.81 (Combined Pitt/NYY; Yankees debut)
The deal for Joey Gallo went through. The Yanks get Gallo (29 y.o) from Texas for 4 minor leaguers.
This year .223-25-55, leads MLB with 74 walks. OPS+ 138. The good: 2x All Star. Gold Glove. 40 or more HR in 2017 and 2018. Much needed lefty bat. Bad news: Strikes out a lot. 207 times in 2018. Low batting average.
162 g. average: .211-41-90; OPS+ 116.
With Judge, Stanton, and Gallo, the Yanks have three guys who have had seasons of 40 or more HR, but also 200 strikeouts. Throw in Rougned Odor, who has topped 30 HR 3x, but struck out 178 times in 2019. You have the potential for a lot of homers, but oy, those strikeouts! Gallo will most likely play LF. He can play all three OF positions, 1B and 3B. He is under contract through 2022. This may mean that once healthy, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar could both be trade bait.
Gallo wore #13 in Texas. The last Yankee to wear #13 was A-Rod. It hasn't been retired. Does Gallo get #13?
The Yanks also get LHP Joely Rodriguez in the deal. 1-3, 5.93 (ERA+ 76) this season. 2-5, 5.05 (ERA+ 88) for his career in 81 games.
The Yanks give up:
RHP Glenn Otto RHP, 25. 7-3, 3.33 between AA/AAA this season. Minor league career: 14-7, 3.07
2B/SS Ezequiel Duran, 22. .290-12-48, 12 SB at High A Hudson Valley this season.
LF/2B Trevor Hauver, 22. .288-9-49 for Low A Tampa this year.
INF Josh Smith 24 in a week. .324-9-24, 17 SB between low and High A this season.
You got to give to get. The Yanks did give up 4 promising players. But also these four were in the Yanks top 30 prospects, none were in the top 13. Otto #28, Duran #15, Smith #14 and Hauver #23.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged a-rod, Abreu, Cole, Duran, Gallo, Hauver, Holmes, Otto, Rodriguez, Romano, Smith