Well if this was a game with the “season on the line” as Aaron Boone said, they sure as hell didn’t show anything different from their pathetic showing in Fenway Park.
Yet another bad loss and this team is free falling to .500 ball again. I hope you decided to watch the NBA over this one.
To the takeaways…
- Mike King barely keeps the team in the game.
Against a really bad matchup in the Angels offense, King went 4.1 innings pitched allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and two walks. He got roughed around a lot but managed to keep the team in the game with some help from the awesome Lucas Luetge and some adversity by DJ’s defense, more on that later.
Everybody has been clamoring for an opener in King’s starts, and with good reason. Including today, King has allowed 10 runs in 6 first innings. And that is counting the huge triple-play bailout against the Jays.
Adding more to that point, today was an even better opportunity for that because of the Angels lineup. Two of the first 4 Angels are legit some of the best lefty hitters in the AL, Ohtani has a 174 wRC+ (LOL), and 1B Jared Walsh has a 143 wRC+ for the season. How does Mike King fare against lefties you might ask? Entering today they’ve hit him for a .344 wOBA, for his career they’ve tagged him for a .359 value. Definitely not what you want. If there was ever a game to open with Lucas Luetge you were just looking at it, alas.
Overall, King today showd us why he struggles so much starting and more especifically against a lefty heavy lineup. He got a curveball crushed by Shohei for a homer in the first, and straight up scrapped the offspeed stuuf for the rest of the game. Take a look:
That’s just not a reliable plan to go with even if he had an elite sinker. Those sinkers are also higher than where they should be to get more grounders. He threw only 11 non fastballs in 77 pitches, exactly 1/7 of the time.
Still, not the worst of outcomes for King. And to be fair, Luetge did get two grounders to strand the last run but DJ misplayed them both. The first one for an error and allowing Walsh to be safe at first, and the second one to botch a possible double play and allow Rendón to score from third (Sigh).
2. The offense gets nullified by another lefty.
But Dylan Bundy started! you might say. Well, yeah. He was really struggling with the heat today, and even got sick and pulled from the game after allowing 2 runs in 1.2 innings.
In came José Suárez, a soft-tossing lefty (92.7 avg. 4 -seamer velo today) who thoroughly dominated them for 5.1 innings allowing just one run on a Giancarlo Stanton bomb. Other than the homer, the Yankees just managed a Gio bloop single and a Judge walk. All of that, in just 56 pitches. Just embarrassing. Here is the Giancarlo bomb at least:
For the non-Giancarlo homer turns, Suárez was throwing his 93 mph heat high as if he was prime Randy Johnson, look at this:
I know, that fastball was playing up a lot from the changeup (that looked really good and was located well). But still, embarrassing. For such a righty-heavy lineup, that should theoretically do big-time damage against lefties, they sure struggled against two of them in consecutive days.
3. Frazier should not be in the team right now.
And this is not just from today’s AB against Suárez where he was completely dominated with 4 straight changeups for a swinging K. Or yet another misplay off the bounce of the RF wall (albeit this one not as bad). It is because of 216 PAs of a .290 wOBA and an 86.9 average exit velocity. It is because of his -8 OAA in 102 attempts that’s the worst of any outfielder in MLB. It is because of this recent trend as well:
Clint really earned the chance to be an important piece of this team with last season’s display. He has more than squandered that opportunity. He is just too much of a liability to play right now, and even a replacement level player would be a big improvement right now.
- Just one: please hit Gleyber lower. He has been awful all season and still hitting 6th. He’s even hitting over Gio! That’s just not good. It’s time to get him lower in the lineup and even start thinking about losing some playing time. After all, Gary Sánchez lost a lot of ABs in his slump, Gleyber shouldn’t be different.