Game 55: Takeaways from Yankees vs. Padres

Adam Hunger

In a mere 2:39, the Yankees walk away with a clinical and dominant win this afternoon over the San Diego Padres by a score of 7-0. They featured fantastic pitching, trademark power and some flashy defense to earn the series win. It is the 8th straight series win for the Bombers. Let’s get right into the takeaways.

1.Welcome Back Big Maple: That was an impressive return for James Paxton. It would be fair to say Paxton could have some rust after spending 26 days on the IL, especially considering the role of the lower body in pitching mechanics, but that was clearly not the case today. Armed with a fastball consistently sitting between 95-97 MPH and a frightful curve, Paxton opened up the game with two strikeouts en route to a line of 4IP, 0H, 2BB, 7K. Going into the game aware of his 70-75 pitch limit and looking to drive his pitches, Paxton was aggressive in the inner third of the zone to both righties and lefties. That aggressiveness led to a lot of swing and misses in a short amount of time. As Friend of the Blog Katie Sharp tweets:

Paxton appears to be a big fan of pitching in Yankee Stadium. Outside of his issue with the clay on the pitcher’s mound, he has been dominant in his home starts this year. YSIII looks favorably upon lefties and James is taking advantage. We get this nugget from ESPN’s Coley Harvey:

All of us will take that for a couple more seasons. Boone took Paxton out after 66 pitches and four innings, which one could argue was a bit premature, but you want to protect one of your top starters so it makes sense. In any case, it was a nice return for Big Maple.

2. The Bronx Bombers Strike Again: Padres rookie pitcher Chris Paddack entered today’s start allowing only 28 hits, 4 of them homers, over the course of 51.1 innings. Paddack features a low to mid 90s fastball with strong command and a plus change. He is in the 80th percentile or above in K%, hard hit% and exit velocity. Paddack has been a stud in 2019. He had yet to give up a home run to a right handed batter this season. So naturally, the Yankees open up the bottom of the first inning with this:

And then they did this:

And followed that up a little later with one of these:

It feels like almost every game this team does something new to impress you. They’re beating up on mediocre to bad pitching (last night notwithstanding) and competing against strong pitching with successful results.

Beyond the power, the Yankees are scoring runs in multiple manners. In the fifth inning, after DJLM beat out a potential double play at second base and advanced to third on a Gleyber single, Gardner knocked him in with a sacrifice fly. Then in the 6th inning, Cameron Maybin singled, stole two bases and scored on a throwing error from Austin Hedges. It’s great to see these guys looking for every way possible to put pressure on the defense and score cheap runs. Home runs will always be the best, but supplementing them with manufactured runs makes an offense relentless.

3. Bullpen Concerns For The Boston Series: We knew coming into today the team wasn’t going to get much length from James Paxton due to his pitch count limit. The bullpen is obviously taxed. Even if you remove the games where the team goes with an opener, the pen has taken up the majority of the innings over a long stretch of time. This may come to a head during the Boston series. Boone has done a pretty good job of managing innings for his top relievers lately, but we all know how these Boston series go. Every game is treated like Game 7 of the playoffs and I don’t think Boone will go with the likes of Joe Harvey many times this weekend. It is imperative that J.A. Happ and Domingo Germán give the team length in their starts. They will have at least one bullpen game and who knows what CC will be able to provide if he starts Sunday. Boone and Rothschild are going to have to work some magic with the pen this weekend.

4. The Yankees Are Flat Out Good: When all of the injuries were hitting the team there was understandable frustration and despair. Fortunately, the team didn’t believe that and kept competing. They won a bunch of games, but some throughout the sport were wondering when the other shoe was going to drop. That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Take a look at this from James Smyth of the YES Network:

Yeah, this team is good.

5. Big Boy Energy: I couldn’t find a .gif of Luke Voit’s triple before writing this. Someone please do us all a favor and drop it in the comments. We all need to celebrate that big boy energy rumbling around second base.

This is a nice way to head into the big series this weekend. The Yankees have a great chance to create significant distance between them and the Red Sox. Yes, there is plenty of season left to play, but why not make it as tough for them as possible. Tomorrow’s match up is J.A. Happ versus Chris Sale. I know what all of you are thinking, but that’s why they play the games. Have a great night everyone.

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41 Comments

  1. Bart

    I am so glad you started this site. Keep it up please as I looked around after RAB ended and the other blogs/sites kind of suck when compared to RAB and now this site!

  2. Ike

    This is already the best blog out there. So glad you decided to do this!

  3. overseasyankeefan

    Indeed this team is Flat Out good :)~ Even when they were playing sloppily and had mental mistakes here and there in the first two weeks of the season, it felt like they were not far away and once their correctable errors were rectified, they would be just fine. Even when they were losing (more than winning) in the first 15 games, they usually had a lead. They just couldn’t hold it and coughed up for various reasons that are now mostly gone. Very much look forward to the weekend 4-game series against the Red Sox. They aren’t playing like when they got swept in the 2-game mini series back in mid April but still, it will be neat to get 3 out of 4! Anytime there is a chance to beat Red Sox, you take it! 😀

  4. lightSABR

    Hooray for getting good game recaps again! I spent half the RAB-to-314 interregnum looking for them. I failed.

    Now for four days of four-hour Maalox binges. I hate Yankees-Sox.

  5. TCF16

    If I knew in advance the game was gonna be over in 2:39, I would’ve snuck out of work and headed up to the Stadium. Nice win. I am calm.

  6. RetroRob

    Heading into this series, I thought they’d take 2 of 3, but was most concerned about the Paddack game. Baseball.

  7. Bobby

    Last mention of this now: enough conversation around the comments. Let’s stay on topic. Will be deleting any other comments about it.

  8. Betty Lizard

    Thank you for an excellent recap and for all of your great content. And for keeping the comments Disqus-free.

  9. D$

    1) Pumped about these Yanks
    2) Pumped to have a comment section again
    3) Not pumped about my work blocking this website…

    Looks like it may have just been alluded to, but we gonna get a Disqus type system up in this?

    • Bobby

      The work block should go away soon. Just a function of the site being new, I think.

  10. Bobby

    Well, that was a fun experiment. Turned on Disqus for like 20 minutes, but it’s clear that it’s going to be untenable (it’s too much even now for me to keep up with before the less than civil idiots arrive), so I’m going to just keep it how it was before, in all its clunky glory.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yeah. If you’re not going to have the infrastructure, better to pull the plug, in all seriousness. You saw what Mike went through, in the end.

      You are still doing a great job, comments or no comments.

    • RetroRob

      Untenable in what way? Just volume?

      Either way, good site and content.

    • overseasyankeefan

      Indeed so. There were way way too many irrational uneducated respondents on the RAB comment section before. Once the floodgate opens, it will very likely return to the old chaotic meaningless rants that the site administrators would have a (very) hard time to moderate.

  11. Johnny Poblano

    Thank you all so much for filling the RAB void. Keep up the great work

  12. Chris

    Great work

  13. RetroRob

    Nice job, Randy, on your first recap.

    Is it asking too much to ask for a sweep of the Red Sox this weekend?

    • Randy

      Nope. Gotta be greedy and thank you very much.

  14. TimS

    I had to work this afternoon so I didn’t see any of the game but this recap was the next best thing, really well done. Thank you for doing this.

    Looking forward to the Red Sox series and I think points 3 & 4 will come into play; yes the bullpen is a bit taxed at the moment (though the Red Sox bullpen is a complete mess right now, so the Yankees still have the advantage there), but the Yankees really are a just a flat out good team.

    And points 3 & 4 really sum up the next four games against Boston: yes, the bullpen has been taxed and that could present some challenges (though keep in mind the Red Sox bullpen is a mess right now), but, at the same time this team is just flat out good (and not a fluke). Yes they’ve had a fairly easy schedule but even some obvious weak spots (most especially the defensive lapse) but it feels like they are always in a spot to win.

  15. Dan

    Love the recaps! Keep ‘em coming. And a Luke Voit gif, as requested: https://mobile.twitter.com/YESNetwork/status/1133814993386782721

  16. Fat Sancho can rake.

    The Amazing season continues….

  17. Justin

    Good stuff y’all. You have a fan ??

  18. HoopDreams

    Go, the Yanks

  19. Travis

    Very enjoyable read.

  20. Anthony

    Love the recap guys, this is great stuff

    • Randy

      Thank you! It’s my first one so glad you enjoyed it.

      • Dan

        Great job Randy. Perfect recap after a nice game

        Love the site, Go Yanks!

      • Stilz

        Keep up the good work. After RAB ended I’ve been looking for a good Yankees blog and I think I found it!

  21. JudgingStanton

    I like it.

  22. Robinson Tilapia

    On everything. Posts. Content. Comment section. Just a bang-up job. Hats off to you guys. Too bad we’re now going to screw it all up.

  23. Robinson Tilapia

    Indeed!

  24. HoopDreams

    Big Maple ?

  25. johnqg7

    Atta baby! Go Yankees!! Comments are back!

  26. IVoted4Kodos

    The Voit triple was magical.

  27. Dan

    Love the recaps! Keep ’em coming. And a Luke Voit gif, as requested: https://mobile.twitter.com/YESNetwork/status/1133814993386782721

  28. Stilz

    Keep up the good work. After RAB ended I’ve been looking for a good Yankees blog and I think I found it!

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