Welp. The win probability graph says it all. This one was scoreless through 4 before things unraveled in the 5th. The Yankees were being no-hit through 5 against Taijuan Walker on a day where Jordan Montgomery couldn’t complete 5 innings and the bullpen turned this one into a laugher. So much for responding back after Wednesday night/Thursday morning’s debacle. To the takeaways:
Jordan Montgomery’s luck ran out the 3rd time through. Montgomery was working his way in and out of trouble throughout this one. In the 1st and 3rd innings there were two on and one out, and he responded by getting the 2nd and 3rd outs via K. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get those K’s the 3rd time through in the 5th.
Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor, and Dominic Smith all reached via singles, and Montgomery’s afternoon was over after a walk to Pete Alonso.
That’s a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate and virtually none towards the bottom of the zone. On the day, Monty used his changeup and sinker more than any other pitch to combat the righty heavy Mets lineup. Unfortunately, he only got 10 whiffs on his 86 pitches, leading to enough balls in play that found holes in that 5th inning. You can tell his command wasn’t where he wants it by that chart above and by the fact that he walked 3 in just 4.1 innings. His final line on the afternoon: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Against the worst run scoring offense in the league, that’s just not good enough to get it done.
The offense gets virtually nothing against Taijuan Walker. Through five innings, I was worried this recap was going to be the first no-hitter against the Yankees since the 6 pitcher one in 2003 against the Astros. Walker was dominant through 5 using his slider, four-seamer, and sinker to the tune of a 28 CSW% and an average exit velocity against of just over 85 mph. It took until the 6th inning to see any sustained red against Walker on the good ‘ole exit velocity chart:
Thankfully Aaron Judge had other ideas and took care of the no-hitter and shutout with a solo homerun in the 6th:
He took that up and away fastball out to right just like he should to the tune of 104.5 mph off the bat.
The bullpen doesn’t keep it close. Man, Justin Wilson did not have it today. Fresh off a 1-2-3 outing his first time back off the IL, Wilson couldn’t record an out today. It wasn’t entirely his fault as 3/4 hits against him were under 85 mph off the bat, but a bases loaded walk and a double from Dominic Smith turned a 3-0 deficit into a 6-0 one as he gave way to Michael King who promptly gave up a 2-run single to Kevin Pillar.
Wilson’s overall line was terrible: 0.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K. He has a 8.79 ERA on the year. Big yikes.
- Rough day for Brett Gardner who had 2 hard hit balls and no hits to show for it. He banged his helmet against the dugout roof. Return of #LetBrettBang?
- Gio Urshela had a 2-RBI single in the 6th for the only other offense of the day.
- Michael King threw 4 shutout innings in relief with 9!!! K’s. Less starting, more relieving for King who has a 5.47 ERA as a starter and a 1.90 ERA as a reliever.
All you can do is turn the page to tomorrow’s double-header. It’ll be Gerrit Cole vs. Marcus Stroman in the afternoon game at 2pm eastern and TBD for the Sunday night game. Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday weekend.