This one was over early. Staked with a 5-0 lead after the 2nd inning, hopefully most of you were able to enjoy this beautiful Saturday evening at peace knowing that the Yankees would once again beat the lowly Orioles.
A 2-run single by Gary Sánchez (more on him later) gave the Yankees a 3 run lead before Domingo Germán even toed the rubber tonight. With this 8-2 victory, the Bombers are now a season high five games over .500 at 22-17 and have secured another series win, their 5th in a row. Here are the takeaways from tonight’s laugher.
Domingo Germán was on his game tonight. The right-hander needed just 80 pitches to get through 6 innings against the Orioles tonight giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He walked two and struck out 6. His pitch plot tells the story:
You can tell he had command of all four of his pitches tonight. He was locating his four-seam fastball , which is his weakest pitch, up in the zone where it is more effective and his curve was dominating low and away to righties out of the zone. His sinker and changeup were also both thrown away to lefties very well. Most notably, look at the giant white spot smack dab in the middle of the zone. It is definitely what you want.
The curve led the way for Germán tonight. 30 of his pitches were curves – the highest of any – and he had an absurd 57% CSW% on it. Batters only managed 1 foul 2 balls in play against his curve tonight. We’ve written before how Germán’s four-seam fastball is not good because of its below-average spin efficiency, and tonight he only threw 18 four seamers. Pitching backwards, and utilizing his sinker, is the way to go for Domingo.
Exit velocity is usually his Achilles heel, though tonight German succeeded by keeping the ball on the ground. Batters still made hard contact, though he generated 7 ground outs compared to 3 fly outs on the evening. The exit velo chart still isn’t what you want, and he was helped out by two timely double plays, but this is really nitpicking what was a fine start, and most importantly getting through 6 efficient innings.
Aaron Judge is officially back. There is nothing like Orioles pitching to cure any hitting ills. After a multi-homerun game last night, Judge picked up right where he left off walking in his first at-bat before homering in his second. On the night, he hit 3 balls each over 90 mph, and ironically his home run had the lowest xBA.
After going through a massive slump, Judge has been on a tear last week, as seen by this admittedly small sample 5 game rolling wOBA chart. As one large adult son (Stanton) needs a few days off, the other picks right up.
Things are looking up for Gary. Although the results aren’t there yet, Gary Sánchez had a solid night at the plate. His RBI single in the first had an exit velo of 103.8 mph, and he was robbed of a homerun in the 9th inning. On the night he saw 21 pitches in his 4 plate appearances, and worked an impressive 8 pitch walk. That’ll do, Gary, that’ll do.
- Tyler Wade of all people had himself a game. He had his 2nd career 3 hit game, and of course, the first was also against the Orioles back in 2018. Naturally, he got himself thrown out trying to steal.
- The bullpen did its job. After 6 strong from Domingo, Lucas Luetge, Justin Wilson, and Luis Cessa handled things the rest of the way. Notably, they only had one hard hit ball against the 3 of them. Good way to get the A-relievers a full night off.
- Luke Voit got his first hit since returning earlier this week. Hope it’s a sign of more production to come.
- Hicks to the IL. According to several beat writers, Hicks is going on the IL and is being replaced on the roster by Ryan LaMarre. That sucks, and we’ll have to wait and see if he needs surgery or just some time to rest.
The Yankees go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, and it’ll be Jordan Montgomery against a starter to be named for Baltimore.