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It may be time to move DJ LeMahieu down in the order

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When Matt broke down DJ LeMahieu’s woes back in in early May, there wasn’t too much concern about the infielder’s outlook yet. It was just a little over a month into the season and even though his performance was frustrating, most of us were still preaching patience. Unfortunately, a month later, LeMahieu’s still searching for his 2019-2020 self.

Since Matt’s piece, LeMahieu has a .216/.284/.227 (47 wRC+) in his last 109 plate appearances. That includes just one extra-base hit (a double). A lot of Yankees have contributed next to nothing offensively, but LeMahieu’s lack of contribution at the top of the order is the lineup’s biggest issue, as Randy noted on Twitter yesterday. LeMahieu has been the team’s catalyst in recent seasons, so it’s no wonder the offense as a whole (sans Aaron Judge) has gone into the tank without DJ setting the table. Maybe temporarily switching out LeMahieu for someone else in the leadoff spot would help.

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Game 60: No offense or urgency lead to sweep

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Make it four straight losses. The Red Sox beat the Yankees in 10 innings tonight, 6-5, and completed the weekend sweep at Yankee Stadium. Just another awful, no good, and miserable performance from the Yankees tonight. The umpiring didn’t help, but it also doesn’t excuse the rest of what happened. Here are the takeaways from tonight’s game:

DoTF: Doubleheaders galore, including Britton rehab appearance

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The IronPigs dropped the Railriders by the score of 9-6 (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 53 of 89 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR – 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • In relief: RHP Sal Romano: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • Florial Update: CF Estevan Florial: 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 K
  • Park Power: SS Hoy Jun Park: 1-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K – 1.126 OPS in 60 plate appearances since promotion from Somerset
  • Way too early .400 watch: DH Trey Amburgey: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, K – Hitting .419/.468/.860 in 48 plate appearances around an injury.
  • Leftovers: RF Greg Allen, LF Socrates Brito, 2B Andrew Velazquez, and C Max McDowell had hits.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Somerset swept a double-header against Reading, 7-2 (box score) and 6-1 (box score).

Game 1:

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 45 of 74 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • Rehab watch: LHP Zack Britton: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 2 K – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%)…Good step forward toward a return to the Bronx. He will pitch for Scranton on Tuesday.
  • In relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, zeroes – 7 of 12 pitches were strikes
  • Hitting star: 1B Dermis García: 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K – 10th homer of the season in 99 at-bats, including the nightcap of this doubleheader. The power is there as always.
  • More homers: 3B Oliver Dunn and DH Aaron Palensky went yard, both in the second inning. 2B Diego Castillo had a three-hit day, including a double. Everyone other than CF Michael Beltre had a hit.

Game 2:

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Krook: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K – 45 of 75 pitches were strikes (60%)…1.48 ERA in 24.1 innings this season. Has struck out 35, walked 9, and given up just 11 hits. Wonder if the Yankees have something in this 26 year-old minor league Rule 5 pick, though it’s still very early.
  • In relief: RHP Michael Gomez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 22 of 38 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • Hitting star: SS Oliver Dunn: 1-3, R, 2B, 3 RBI – Double in the second broke this one wide open, 4-0.
  • Co-starring: CF Michael Beltre: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, K – Picked up an RBI on both the single and triple
  • Leftovers: C Jason Lopez had the team’s only other base hit…the rest of the lineup did draw four walks as a whole, though.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades split a double-header with the Blue Rocks today. Hudson Valley shut out Wilmington in the first game, 4-0 (box score), but dropped the second game 7-5 (box score).

Game 1:

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K – 52 of 74 pitches were strikes (70%)…That’s 24.2 shutout innings on the season for 2019’s 5th-round pick. Has allowed just 11 hits and a 45-10 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Time for a move up?
  • In relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • Hitting star: SS Oswald Peraza: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, SB – Keeps on hitting. Now has 16 stolen bags.
  • First round watch: C Anthony Seigler: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Leftovers: DH Josh Breaux and 3B James Nelson had sac flies…Breaux also doubled. 1B Eric Wagaman had two hits, including a double. LF-3B Eduardo Torrealba and RF Fredereick Cuevas pitched in a single and a run scored a piece. 2B Ezequiel Duran singled and walked.

Game 2:

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejowski: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR – 37 of 55 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • In relief: RHP Mitch Spence: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 29 of 43 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • Hitting star: 2B Ezequiel Duran: 3-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – two homers and six hits in his last three games…now hitting .314/.364/.569 in 102 at-bats.
  • Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Solid day at the plate…did make a fielding error though.
  • Leftovers: 1B Eric Wagaman tallied two hits, just like the first game. RF Frederick Cuevas was the only other Renegade to get a hit.

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa swept today’s double-dip from Lakeland by a combined score of 19-7 (game one box score, game two box score). The Tarpons are now 21-8.

Game 1:

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Randy Vasquez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K – 49 of 69 pitches were strikes (71%)
  • In relief: RHP Jhonatan Munoz: 0.1 IP, zeroes – 2 of 5 pitches were strikes (40%)
  • In relief: RHP Zach Kohn: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • In relief: RHP Carson Coleman: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 HR – 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • Hitting star: C Austin Wells: 3-3, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – No video of his triple, but the Statcast play diagram shows he hit it over the head of the center fielder, who was shifted toward left. He also hit it 104.5 MPH.
  • First round watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB – 14 steals and a .930 OPS thus far for the 20-year old.
  • Going deep: 2B Josh Smith and LF Juan De Leon both homered, with the latter’s being a grand slam. De Leon obliterated his: 110.7 MPH. Smith also picked up a single in this one.
  • Leftovers: RF Jacob Sanford had two hits and a steal…DH Trevor Hauver, 3B Andres Chaparro, and CF Pat DeMarco had singles.

Game 2:

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Sauer: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K – 48 of 79 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • In relief: LHP Michael Giacone: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 31 of 45 pitches were strikes
  • Hitting star: DH Josh Smith: 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI – That’s three homers for him on the day. Hitting .333/.467/.833 with 6 homers in 36 at-bats so far.
  • Another homer: LF Juan De Leon: 1-3, R , HR, 2 RBI – A measly 112.7 MPH and 446 feet
  • Leftovers: CF Elijah Dunham had two hits, including a double. 2B Trevor Hauver and C Carlos Narvaez each had doubles.

Yankees to promote Chris Gittens

As Lindsey tweeted, the Yankees are bringing up Chris Gittens in advance of tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The team had to do something about the offense, which has been nothing short of dreadful this season. While giving Gittens an opportunity is no surefire solution, it’s the easiest change that the front office can make right now.

We profiled Gittens a few days ago in anticipation of this move. Go read that to further familiarize yourself with the 27 year-old power-hitting first baseman. Tonight, expect him in the starting lineup against southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, who gets the ball for Boston. It could be a pretty favorable matchup for Gittens:

The Yankes need to clear a 40-man roster spot in order to add Gittens today. I’m guessing someone from the 10-day injured list (Corey Kluber, Ryan LaMarre, or Luke Voit) gets transferred to the 60-day to clear space. We’ll update this post with the official transaction once announced.

DoTF: Zack Britton makes rehab appearance in Somerset’s walk-off win

News & Notes:

  • Trevor Hauver and Oswald Peraza were named the May Player of the Month for the Low-A Southeast and High-A East leagues, respectively.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders are now 10 games above .500, as tonight’s 10-2 win over Lehigh Valley improved Scranton’s record to 17-7 (box score).

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Adam Warren: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K – 19 of 42 pitches were strikes (45%)
  • In relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K – 32 of 36 pitches were strikes (70%)…When he’s good, he’s really good.
  • In relief: RHP Sal Romano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 17 of 25 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • In relief: RHP Nick Goody: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (74%)
  • In relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 7 of 9 pitches were strikes (78%)
  • Hitting co-star: RF Socrates Brito: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – Bobby mentioned in our Slack that he could be a call-up candidate. Brito has a .827 OPS and the team does need outfield help. Brito isn’t the sexiest option, but maybe they can ride his hot bat as a stopgap.
  • Hitting co-star: SS Hoy Park: 2-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB – Third homer in five games for Park, who’s been red-hot since moving up to Scranton.
  • Hitting co-star: DH Trey Amburgey: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – Five homers in 32 at-bats this season…Missed a bunch of May, but has picked up right where he had left off.
  • Hitting co-star: LF Thomas Milone: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, SB – Hitting .372 in 43 at-bats at the level
  • Prospect watch: CF Estevan Florial: 0-4, R, BB, 2 K
  • Gittens check-in: 1B Chris Gittens: 1-3, RBI, BB, K – Removed on defense in seventh inning, but was in dugout afterward. Wouldn’t presume he’s getting called up because this was a 10-1 game at the time of his removal.
  • Leftovers: 2B Derek Dietrich and C Rob Brantly chipped in hits. Dietrich’s was a double. 3B Armando Alvarez was the lone RailRider not to reach base.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots came back from a 4-0 deficit to to win this one in ten innings, 5-4 (box score). Two in the seventh, two in the ninth, and one in the tenth won it for Somerset. They’re now 18-7.

  • Rehab watch: LHP Zack Britton: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 15 of 27 pitches were strikes (56%)…Averaged 92-93 with his sinker, touched 94. Shaking some rust off still.
  • Bulk reliever: RHP Glen Otto: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K – 59 of 88 pitches were strikes (67%)...ERA down to 3.42…has 45 strikeouts in 27.1 innings this season.
  • In relief: RHP Carlos Espinal: 2.0 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • In relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 10 of 20 pitches were strikes (50%)Survived the extra innings rule in the 10th
  • Hero in extras: RF Isiah Gilliam: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K – Delivered walk-off single in the 10th
  • Also a hero: SS Diego Castillo: 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB – Two out, two-run homer in 9th tied this one up
  • Leftovers: C Donny Sands went 3-for-5 with a double…CF Michael Beltre picked up a walk, single, and 2 RBIs.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades have now won four out of five with tonight’s 8-3 victory over Wilmington (box score). Hudson Valley is now 14-11.

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Luis Medina: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – 52 of 91 pitches were strikes (57%)46 strikeouts and 16 walks in 27.2 innings this season…control hasn’t really hurt his effectiveness at this level (1.63 ERA), but it could challenge him once he gets to Double-A.
  • In relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K – 27 of 50 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • In relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K – 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • Hitting star: 1B Eric Wagaman: 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB – Former 13th rounder (2017) was hitting .135/.289/.135 entering this one…Broke out in a big way
  • Prospect watch: 2B Ezequiel Duran: 2-3, 3 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB – Filled up the box scorejust his second and third walks of the season
  • Whoa Breaux: C Josh Breaux: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – 2nd rounder in 2018 has really struggled this season, but has ample power
  • First rounder: DH Anthony Seigler: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K – His first hit of the season after returning from injury yesterday.
  • Leftovers: SS Oswald Peraza went 0-for-5 with three strikeoutsRF Frederick Cuevas had a hit and stolen base

Single-A Tampa Tarpons

This one was suspended in the sixth with the score tied 4-4 due to rain (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Yoendrys Gomez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 22 of 36 pitches were strikes (61%)…I was just wondering about his health today…Had an undisclosed arm injury, but I guess he’s OK now. This was his first outing of the season.
  • In relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 37 of 55 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • First round watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 2-3, R, HR, RBI, K – Third homer of the year happened right before the suspension…Sadly no Statcast reading, but he did have a 104.1 MPH single.
  • First round watch: C Austin Wells: 1-2, 2B – 105 MPH off the bat
  • Leftovers: DH Josh Smith went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts…2B Jesus Bastidas hit a three-run homer

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