Yesterday’s game was a bit of a nightmare for the Yankees, even if they tried to fool us into thinking it was going to be a good dream after all. Life got in the way of actually doing a full-blown takeaways for the game as planned, so an abbreviated, day-late version will have to suffice. Sorry about that.
The Yankees were down early, battled back improbably, and then blew the comeback in extra-innings. A classic example of a “this game sucks, maybe it’s great, why did I waste my time watching this?” game. But anyway, let’s get to a belated takeaways.
- Jameson Taillon Does Not Have It: It was a disaster start for Jameson Taillon, whose season has gone anything but according to plan. He opened the game allowing 4 consecutive singles, a walk, and two runs before recording his first and only out of the game, a sac fly to old friend Andrew McCutchen. One single later and he was gone, leaving the Bombers in a 4-0 hole in the bottom of the first inning.
The nightmare raised Taillon’s ERA to 5.74 on the season, and you can’t make the case he’s been unlucky. Yankees pitchers have been excellent in 2021. Taillon is the obvious and most glaring exception.
- Gary Sánchez Stays Hot: Since May 27, Gary Sánchez is hitting .349/.417/.628 (184 wRC+) with 6 extra-base hits out of 15 knocks overall. He is partying like it’s 2016. Yesterday’s 2-5 performance, in which he went 2-5 with a homer and another RBI base hit, was just a continuation of that hot stretch. The Yankees are scuffling, but Gary most certainly is not.
- DJ LeMahieu’s 2019 Cosplay: It’s been a rough season for DJ LeMahieu, obviously. Yesterday at least gave us a taste of what we’ve been missing, when he drilled a one-out, game-tying, three-run home run in the top of the 9th inning. That was a bit of that Yankee magic thats been missing all season. Alas, it didn’t last for much longer.
- Aroldis Chapman is Fine: Thursday’s implosion was worrying, but seems to be an aberration. Chapman’s velocity was mostly back yesterday, as he averaged 98 miles-per-hour on the heater. He took the loss mostly as a function of the awful extra-innings rule. All he allowed was a sacrifice bunt, a pop-up, and a single – but that was enough to score the ghost runner from third, and the Yankees lost 8-7. A comeback that was until it wasn’t.
- The Rest of the Bullpen (Mostly) Does the Job: Do I wish that Luis Cessa didn’t give up 2 runs in the 4th? Yes, of course I do. That was, in hindsight, enough to cost the Yankees the game. But it’s hard to get too fired up over that. Because of Taillon’s incompetence at the start, the Yankee bullpen had to cover 8.2 innings – and that was before extra-innings, obviously. All told, they allowed just 3 runs on 8 hits in regulation and recorded 6 strikeouts against 4 walks. It was a fine performance and the real source of our frustration here is obviously on Taillon. Oh well. At least Zack Britton made his return.
The Yanks and Phils will meet again today at 1:05 pm to conclude a weird, two-game weekend set. Domingo Germán (4-3, 3.12 ERA) will take on Aaron Nola (4-4, 4.06 ERA) in the finale at Citizens Bank Park. See you then, everyone.