Odor is a .234 career hitter. His OPS+ is 88 for his career. 100 is average. Since 2016, he is a .213 hitter with an OPS+ of 78. This past year he hit .202 for the Yankees. OPS+ 82.
Wade is a .212 career hitter. OPS+ 66 for his career.
Velazquez is a .184 career hitter. OPS+ 43.
You may like them. Now this isn’t personal, but they are BELOW AVERAGE hitters. Way below in the cases of Wade and Velazquez. As least Odor has some HR pop. The others don’t. Wade has speed, but you have to get on base to utilize it. .212 isn’t cutting it.
As we have seen in other areas of life (rea
d into that what you will), just supporting someone because you like them or because he’s “nice” doesn’t mean diddly squat if they CANNOT DO THE JOB.
Please stop rewarding incompetence and mediocrity.
And my alma mater just gave James Franklin a 10 year extension. I want to puke. 10 more years of 7-5, 8-4, blowing a big game, blowing 4th quarter leads, poor records against top teams (2-13 vs. Top 10 teams), esp. on the road, not knowing or utilizing a FULLBACK…. and he gets a 10 year extension. Outside of the Saquon Barkley/Trace McSorley years …
Whatever happened to having high standards?
I’ll get off my soapbox now. I’m pissed.
Update: Sorry, more. How long must this dangerous and ridiculous practice of storming the court or field continue before serious injuries/death occurs? Haven’t recent concert deaths taught people anything?
The Yankees won their 9th game in a row, beating the Twins 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game has been postponed until Monday afternoon, Sept. 13, because of a hurricane coming up the East coast.
With the win, the Yanks are 31-11 in their last 42 games after being 41-41 just after the midway point.
With Brett Gardner banged up, before the game the Yankees brought up Estevan Florial and sent down Brody Koerner.
Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a second and third, two-out jam in the top of the second inning.
The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning. Rougned Odor led off the inning by getting HBP. Luke Voit singled. After a lineout and a forceout, Tyler Wade singled to make it 1-0.
In the top of the fifth, Cole got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.
The Yanks then put the game away, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Wade doubled, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third. Anthony Rizzo was HBP, loading the bases. A WP moved the runners up, scored Wade, and made it 2-0. Aaron Judge walked to re-load the bases. After a pitching change, Giancarlo Stanton doubled in two runs to make it 4-0. Judge was out at home on a fielder’s choice, but Luke Voit doubled in two runs to make it 6-0.
The Yanks missed out on three runs in the bottom of the seventh when with two on, Odor called time milliseconds before a pitch was thrown. Neither player, pitcher or hitter, could stop their action, even though time was called. Odor hit the ball over the fence, but since time was just called, the “homer” didn’t count. Odor struck out instead. Rougny lost one there.
In the top of the eighth, Lucas Luetge gave up a HR to Jorge Polanco. 6-1.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Andrew Velazquez did get a HR—his first MLB homerun. The Bronx-born lad did it in front of a very happy group of family members. 7-1, the final score.
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI Velazquez solo HR. FIRST MLB HR. Wade 2 hits, RBI
Cole (W, 12-6) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2.92 Luetge 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.14 Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.91
If you can take away the one bad outing Abreu had in Tampa Bay (where Abreu gave up six runs without recording an out), his ERA would be 1.78.
At 72-52, the Yanks are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, in second place. The last three games of the season are at home vs. Tampa Bay. Could those games decide the division?
But they did expand their wild card lead yesterday.
NYY 72-52 (1st WC), 38 games to go A’s 70-54 -2 (2nd wc) BOS 70-55 – 2 1/2 from Yankees, 1/2 GB from A’s Sea 66-58 -6 from Yankees, -4 from A’s Tor 64-57 -6 1/2 from Yankees , -4 1/2 From A’s
How long Nestor Cortes continues to channel the ghost of Whitey Ford, who knows, but we’ll take it. Some may even take to buying the Nasty Nestor t-shirts now out honoring the Yankees’ lefty.
Cortes, along with Luis Gil, have kept the Yankees’ rotation afloat while Cole and Montgomery were on the Covid-IL (both have just returned) and Domingo German is on the regular IL.
Cortes pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs, as the Yankees pounded the Twins, 10-2, on Friday night. Cortes got HR help from Luke Voit (4 hits, 4 HR), Aaron Judge and D.J. LeMahieu.
With the win, the Yanks (71-52) are now just four games behind Tampa Bay for the AL East division lead. They remain in 2nd in the AL East, one game ahead of Oakland and 1 1/2 ahead of Bostons for the top wild card spot.
The Yanks got four runs right away in the first inning. LeMahieu and Judge walked, and after Joey Gallo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Voit singled in two runs, and after Rougned Odor popped out, Gary Sanchez re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Andrew Velazquez walked to force in a run, and Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-0, Sanchez getting thrown out at the plate for the final out.
In the bottom of the second, LeMahieu led off with a single, and Judge hit a 2-run HR (27) to make it 6-0.
After Cortes worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth, the Yanks made it 7-0 in the bottom half. With one out, Gallo and Stanton each walked, and Voit hit a ground-rule double to score Gallo.
Cortes gave up a 2-run HR to Josh Donaldson in the top of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-2.
Voit homered (7) leading off the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tyler Wade, in for Gardner, walked to lead off the inning, and LeMahieu then hit a 2-run HR (8) for 10-2, which wound up being the final score.
The Yanks, once 41-41, are now 71-52, winning 30 of their last 41 games. They have won 8 in a row.
LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (8) Judge 2-run HR (27) Voit 4 hits, 4 RBI, solo HR (7). Keep playing with a chip on your shoulder & an “I’ll show you” attitude, Luke. Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Cortes (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 2.56 Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.14 (Tex/NYY) Koerner 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.00 SECOND MLB GAME