So, the Yankees didn’t make a trade today. Obviously, that’s not what any of us wanted. But, at least they won today’s game against the Diamondbacks? Yeah. The final: 7-5. Here are the takeaways:
Mike Tauchman cutback on grounders is really paying off. In the second inning, the outfielder opened the afternoon’s scoring with a two-run shot to left against Zack Greinke. It was an impressive display of opposite field power from Tauchman; the ball traveled 100.7 MPH off the bat and landed 384 feet away.
It’s no coincidence that Tauchman took off as he tapered off his tendency to hit the ball into the ground. It’s been something that’s held him back his entire career, but it looks like the Yankees may have helped him overcome it.
The Sock Man is now 126 wRC+ in 177 plate appearances this season. Who’d have thunk it when he had an 81 wRC+ through June? Not me, that’s for sure.
A well rested bullpen made for a short Tanaka outing. In the first three innings, Masahiro Tanaka looked pretty good. He threw just 43 pitches through that point, but ran into trouble in fourth. Though he escaped unscathed, partially thanks to Gio Urshela’s defensive chops, he labored and threw 37 pitches that inning alone. Then, after allowing the first two hitters to reach in the fifth, his day was done.
Tanaka seemed to have a better splitter today and garnered a handful of swings and misses on the pitch. Today he had a bit more drop on the pitch as compared to his last few outings, though not quite as much as last year still:
Nonetheless, he couldn’t give the Yankees length after laboring in the fourth and fifth. Perhaps Tanaka may have gotten a little deeper had the bullpen not been so well rested. Nonetheless, I liked Aaron Boone’s urgency to win with relief corps in full force.
Austin Romine has stepped up during Gary’s absence. Entering today, Romine had a .455/.417/.818 batting line in 12 plate appearances since Gary got Sánchez. He improved upon that tonight thanks to a clutch go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh:
The offense has really struggled, and losing Sánchez certainly doesn’t help, so it’s huge that Romine has picked things up in Gary’s stead. Doesn’t it seem like Romine does this almost every time The Kraken has been hurt?
- There was a rain delay of about 36 minutes after five and a half innings of play. That gave everyone plenty of time to focus on the deadline deals during the three o’clock hour.
- Chad Green coughed up the Yankees’ lead just before the delay. One of the three runs that came in against him was inherited from Tanaka. Otherwise, the bullpen leading up to the ninth inning did pretty good.
- Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela got banged up on two different plays in the field, but both remained in the game. Phew.
- The Yankees tacked on some insurance runs in the eight. Didi Gregorius had an RBI groundout and Gleyber Torres and Cameron Maybin delivered run scoring hits.
- Aroldis Chapman came in for the save after Nestor Cortes gave up a dinger to lead off the ninth. He didn’t look so great and allowed another run before shutting the door. His command was poor and his velocity, though spiking near 100 a couple times, was mostly down.
The Yankees are off tomorrow and welcome the Red Sox to town on Friday night for a four game set.