Gerrit Cole was dominant, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out 13, and Aaron Judge homered and drove in four runs as the Yankees (3-2) beat Baltimore 7-2 Tuesday night.
The Yanks also made a deal earlier in the day, getting Rougned Odor from Texas. More on that in a bit. First to the game.
The game started off disappointing. Cole got out of a jam in the first, but got out of it. Then in the bottom of the first, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out. But Stanton, Torres and Frazier all struck out. You just wanted to scream,
Jay Bruce homered (1) in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.
In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out again, as Bruce, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka all walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, with a run scoring to make it 2-0, and Judge singled to make it 3-0.
In the seventh, a walk to Brett Gardner, followed by a double by Giancarlo Stanton, made it 4-0.
Judge hit a 3-run HR in the bottom of the eighth to put the Yanks up 7-0.
They should have had a shutout, but with two outs in the ninth, Lucas Luetge gave up a two-run HR after SS Gleyber Torres nonchalanted a ball into a single when it should have been the final out of the game.
Judge 3 hits, 3-run HR (2), 4 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Bruce solo HR (1)
Cole (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 13 K. 1.46 Just what you want from your ace.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50 Gave up a 2-run HR.
The Yanks made moves. Mike King went to the alternate site after his brilliant six inning relief job on Sunday. Thairo Estrada was DFA’d to make room on the 40 man roster for Odor.
The Yanks traded two minor leaguers (Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers) to Texas for Rougned Odor. I don’t like this. I don’t know where Odor fits. He has only played 2B in the majors, although Texas did work him out at 3B this spring. The Yanks are set at 2B with LeMahieu, have a 2B playing SS in Torres, are set at 3B with Urshela. They have Andujar (on the DL) who can’t crack the team. Wade doesn’t hit, but plays more positions than Odor, and is their only backup SS. After Wade, your other backup SS right now is Urshela, and you just DFA’d Estrada, who was as versatile as Wade.
Odor, 27, a lefty bat, has topped 30 HR in three different seasons. But in two of those seasons, he hit .205 and .204. His walk to whiff ratio isn’t good, and he led the league in striking out in 2019. All or nothing hitter. He is a .237 hitter with an OPS+ of just 88. A lefty hitter, and the power translates well to Yankee Stadium, but low average, high strikeout, low walks.
Odor has a hefty contract, but most of it will be paid for by Texas.
Odor’s 162 game average is .237-28-86, 12 SB, OPS+ 88. 36 walks, 151 strikeouts. In eight postseason games, Odor is 7 for 28, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
And oh yeah, he throws a mean right hand. Just ask Jose Bautista.