Texas Rangers Series Preview: May 17 to 20

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The Yankees now travel to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers in a four game series. This is the first time they faced the Rangers since September 2019, where an already qualified for the postseason Yankees played basically for nothing.

The Yankees have sneakily not lost a series since mid-April. They don’t feel like they are totally rolling yet but there is more good than bad overall. Let’s hope they do their job against a Rangers team that is not that good, and manage to stop this kind of annoying trend of losing possible sweep games.

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 58: Trends

The Yankees are beginning to settle into consistent success on the field. They are winning series and adding up the victories. Trends are emerging with the team as a whole and individual players. Some are good. Some are bad. Randy, Jaime, and Matt dig deep into all of them.

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DoTF: Deivi and Waldichuk Shine Again as Farm Goes 3-1

News & Notes

  • As you already know, Ryan LaMarre is with the big boys in the Bronx now. He’s no longer in Scranton, where Estevan Florial took his place.
  • Another note: remember, there are no MiLB games tomorrow. DoTF will return on Tuesday as a new six-game series kicks off.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Scranton won again, defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-1 in Sunday’s series finale. They improve to 9-3 on the young season. It was a dominant day for both pitching staffs – Spencer Howard was pretty dominant – but the RailRiders struck out 15 IronPigs and walked just 3. That will get the job done.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Deivi Garcia: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 9 K – threw 60% strikes today…the curve was nice…the soon-to-be 22-year-old is finding a groove, walking just 2 batters while striking out 16 this week…command and control had been an issue thus far in 2021
  • In Relief: RHP Brooks Kriske: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – 63% of his pitches were strikestwo straight scoreless outings for Kriske, who was hit hard in his first two Triple-A appearanceshe earned the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nestor Cortes Jr.: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 – 66% of Nasty Nestor’s pitches were strikes…he’s yet to allow a run in Triple-A…he earned a save
  • Florial Watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-4, 3 K – close followers of Florial’s career to date are likely not surprised by this line, but those clamoring for him in the Bronx should take note
  • Hard Hittin’ Chris Gittens: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – struck out twice, but also hammered his 4th HR of the season
  • Philosopher King: RF Socrates Brito: 1-4, 2 K
  • Leftovers: otherwise rough night offensively for the RailRiders…aside from the above, just Armando Alvarez had a hit, a single…the team struck out 13 times and left 5 men on base

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots fell to 7-5 with a 6-0 loss to the Fisher Cats. Somerset had traffic on the bases – 5 walks and 4 hits will do that – but they left all 9 on base. The team was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. That will not get the job done. The bullpen was fantastic, though

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – 62% of his pitches were strikes, a good reminder that not all strikes are equal…faced 20 men and only recorded 11 outsobviously tagged with the loss
  • In Relief: RHP Jefry Valdez: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R – 65% of his pitches were strikes…Valdez has allowed 2 runs in 9.1 innings of work
  • In Relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 K – a nice 69% of his pitches were strikes…dominant outing for the 25-year-old, who has 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings
  • In Relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 1 K – 73% of his pitches went for strikesRidings is yet to allow a run this year
  • Hitting Star: CF Thomas Milone: 1-4, 2 K – not much of a star, but slim pickings…he gets the honor because he’s hitting .324 on the year
  • Leftovers: everyone but Michael Beltre and Brandon Wagner reached base…Oswaldo Cabrera, Donny Sands, and Dermis Garcia all had hits, the other starters had a walk

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades kept it at .500 with a 10-4 victory over the IronBirds. They had 14 hits and 4 walks. There were some blown opportunities, with the team leaving 10 men on base. Decent day for the staff, who struck out 10 but still allowed 4 runs. Overall, though, it’ll do.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K – 63% of his pitches were strikes…yet another dominant performance for the 23-year-old 2019 draftee, who has struck out 17 men in his last 7.1 innings pitched…if he keeps that up, Yankee prospect watchers will soon be eyeing his every start
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K – 77% of his pitches were strikes…earned the win
  • In Relief: RHP Tanner Myatt: 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB – 57% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: Not That Justin Wilson: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 50% of his pitches were strikes..rough outing, facing 7 and retiring 3
  • Hitting Star: DH Ezequiel Duran: 4-5, 2 2B – on base four times, got 4 hits and didn’t touch home or send someone there, brutal…good night at the dish brings him up to .292/.320/.396 on the season
  • 3-Run Part One: 3B James Nelson: 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – tagged a 3-run HR
  • 3-Run Part Two: RF Frederick Cuevas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI – also tagged a 3-run HR
  • Leftovers: everyone but Josh Breaux (now hitting .156) and Isaiah Pasteur had a hit, but Pasteur reached base with a walk…Eric Wagaman and Oliver Dunn had 2 apiece

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

The Tarpons are 9-3 after dispatching the Flying Tigers 4-1 on Sunday. Weird win, as they scored 4 runs on just 2 hits…but they were well-timed. Both were run-scoring hits, and that’s what happens when you walk 8 times in a game. It’ll do.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ryan Anderson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 BB, 3 K – 59% of his pitches were strikes…first scoreless outing of the season for Anderson, who’d allowed 4 runs in 1.1 innings in both previous starts
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 B, 4 K – 64% of his pitches were strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Blane Abeyta: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K – 56% of his pitches were strikesearned his first win of the season
  • In Relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 1.1 IP, zeros, 2 K – 75% of his pitches were strikes…earned his first save
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – since his outrageous start, Hauver is 2-17 but he does have 6 walks…despite that, he’s hitting .343/.510/.886
  • First Round Watch: C Austin Wells: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – he’s hitting .234/.345/.404
  • Other Hit: 1B Andres Chaparro: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI – talk about a well-timed hit, eh?
  • Leftovers: everyone else really struggled, aside from the walks…brutal boxscore

Game 40: Montgomery struggles, offense goes quiet after first inning in loss

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Well that was a terrible loss. Up 4-0 after a half inning and 5-2 entering the bottom of the third, the Yankees lost this one, 10-6. Jordan Montgomery couldn’t finish off a number of Orioles in spite of inducing plenty of soft contact, and the Yankees’ offense went down meekly after the first inning. Baltimore scored nine runs with two outs. Frustrating!

Even though this is another series win (and five straight series victories), the Yankees are now 1-6 in games with an opportunity to sweep a series (note: I left out the two-game set against Atlanta as an opportunity in today’s game thread). Sure feels like a lot of these series finale sweep attempt losses have been ugly ones, too. With that, let’s get to the takeaways.

Game 40: Finish the sweep

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The Yankees have swept one series this year (Detroit from April 30th to May 2nd), but have had plenty of chances to do so in other series:

  • April 5 – 7: Won first two vs. Baltimore at home, only to drop finale in extra innings
  • April 22 – 25: Took first three in Cleveland, but lost the fourth after taking an early lead
  • May 4 – 6: Beat Houston in first two games, but bullpen collapsed in last game
  • May 11 – 13: Blown out by Rays in finale after winning two low-scoring games at the Trop

It’s always good to win series, but it’s even better to sweep. Today, it’s time to get greedy, especially against the lowly Orioles. Baltimore is even doing the Yankees a favor today. John Means, the staff ace who has a 1.21 ERA, was pushed back a few days to give him a rest. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees (22-17)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Luke Voit, 1B
  3. Aaron Judge, DH
  4. Gio Urshela, 3B
  5. Gary Sánchez, C
  6. Clint Frazier, RF
  7. Miguel Andújar, LF
  8. Ryan LaMarre, CF
  9. Tyler Wade SS

LHP Jordan Montgomery

Baltimore Orioles (16-23)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. Austin Hays, LF
  3. Trey Mancini, DH
  4. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B
  5. Pedro Severino, C
  6. Maikel Franco, 3B
  7. Freddy Galvis, SS
  8. Pat Valaika, 2B
  9. Ryan McKenna, RF

RHP Adam Plutko

News & Notes

  • Aaron Boone hopes Giancarlo Stanton will return for the upcoming series in Texas (Marly Rivera). If he can’t go tomorrow, the team might as well retroactively place him on the injured list. He’ll have already missed three days from this weekend. He’d only need to spend a week on the shelf.
  • Rougned Odor could be activated for the series against the Rangers (Bryan Hoch). I suppose he could replace Stanton, if need be. Otherwise, expect Tyler Wade to go.
  • Another staff member tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the team total to nine cases. (Hoch)
  • Ryan LaMarre, who replaces the IL’d Aaron Hicks on the roster, is in the lineup and wearing #39. Boone envisions him in a platoon with Brett Gardner (Jack Curry).

This afternoon’s game starts in just a few minutes. Catch it on YES and WFAN. Have a great Sunday.

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