I hope you all found something better to do with your Friday night than watch this clunker. Lucas Giolito and Eloy Jiménez, the White Sox two brightest young stars, dominated tonight’s affair en route to a 10-2 victory over the Yankees. Let’s get to the takeaways:
Guys, CC Sabathia has a hard contact problem. He’s not pitching like the guy who had a late career renaissance anymore, and it’s making me sad. Look at this:
That’s quite a lot of red, particularly in the first inning. All nine ChiSox came up to hit in the first frame and plated four runs against Sabathia. Eloy Jiménez delivered the big blow; he hit a three run dinger that put the White Sox up for good.
On the bright side, it looked like CC’s night could have ended far sooner than it actually did. Sabathia pitched into the fifth despite being on the ropes in the first couple of innings. The Yankees don’t have a starter tomorrow, so they will resort to an opener which means the bullpen has its work cut out. More on that in a bit.
Can someone let me know if the Yankees need a starting pitcher or two? I’ll hang up and listen.
No one but Luke Voit could solve Lucas Giolito. Tonight was a prime example of why Chicago’s right-hander has a strong case for the Cy Young Award early this season. His only real blemish was Luke Voit’s first inning solo home run. Jumping out to a 1-0 lead right away felt nice, huh? Here’s the swing that ended Giolito’s 22 inning scoreless streak:
Unfortunately, that was all the Yankees could muster. He threw six-plus innings, allowed that lone run, walked four, and struck out six. Two of those four walks were to Voit, who reached all three times against Giolito.
Gio Urshela’s magic might be running out. The third baseman record six outs in four trips, which is not ideal. His first double play of the night was when the game was still in reach. When the score was still 5-1, Clint Frazier led off the fifth with a bloop single but Urshela wiped that out with a 4-6-3 DP. In the seventh inning with the game out of hand, Urshela bounced into another pitcher’s best friend. Urshela came in to tonight’s game with a 70 wRC+ in 41 June plate appearances, so things haven’t been going so well for him at the plate of late. Regression has hit him hard.
To make matters worse, Urshela had a rough night at the hot corner. He made two fielding gaffes (only one was officially an error, somehow). He muffed a Tim Anderson grounder in the second which led to a run. In the sixth, Urshela let a James McCann grounder through the wickets that was oddly scored a double. McCann came around to score on Eloy Jiménez’s second homer of the night.
Have we seen enough of Cessa? The mop up guy is a thankless role, but there has to come a time where someone new gets a chance. Especially if you can’t actually fulfill what’s needed: eating innings in garbage time. Cessa gave up four runs in an inning of work before David Hale relieved him.
Cessa’s ERA is now up to 6.10 and he wasn’t much better last season. I know he pitched fine in April and May, but those months seem fortuitous more than anything else. The 27 year-old righty is out of options, so the Yankees would be at risk of losing him entirely if they tried to slip him through waivers. But would it be much of a loss? Nah.
Circling back to tomorrow’s bullpen game: after Chad Green opens, they’ll presumably go to Nestor Cortes Jr. for the mid-game bulk. Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman will all be rested. That should be enough to get them through nine innings, but it sure would help to have another stretched out arm in case Cortes doesn’t have it. Maybe this spells the end for Cessa.
It’s a long season, folks. Tomorrow is a new day and these same two teams square off at 7:10pm. A win would be nice.