DoTF: Wesneski’s 14 strikeouts stand out in weekend’s action

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders nearly went 3-0 against Rochester this weekend, but wound up blowing an 8-1 lead after seven innings today. I guess it makes up for their Saturday comeback when they were down 5-0 and 8-2.

  • Friday’s starter: RHP Deivi García: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K — 53 of 87 pitches were strikes (61%)First time completing five innings since August 15th. Too late to erase an ugly full season stat line (6.78 ERA in 85 innings), but finishing strong would be nice.
  • Saturday’s starter: RHP Shawn Semple: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB — 15 of 32 pitches were strikes (47%)Needless to say, his Triple-A debut didn’t go so well. 25 year-old Semple was the team’s 11th rounder back in ’17.
  • Sunday’s starter: LHP Matt Krook: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K — 53 of 85 pitches were strikes (62%)0.55 ERA in his last three starts…26 year-old has had a nice year after the team took him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
  • In relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 1.0 IP, K, zeroes — 7 of 11 pitches were strikes (64%)…Pitched Friday…92 strikeouts, 1.85 ERA in 58.1 innings this year.
  • CF Estevan Florial: 5-11, 6 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K, SB — Like Deivi, hasn’t been a good Triple-A season for Florial, but a strong finish would be great. He’s at .310/.394/.586 this month with a much more tolerable 20% strikeout rate.
  • C Donny Sands: 4-7, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K — 18 homers in 358 plate appearances between Somerset and SWB
  • 1B Chris Gittens: 2-9, R, HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
  • Leftovers: C Rob Brantly homered on Saturday…LF Trey Amburgey had two hits and a double the same night. 1B Chris Gittens homered on Friday
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Gleyber Torres: A No. 1 Concern

What is there to say about Gleyber Torres’s 2021 that hasn’t already been said? Sometimes, the simplest explanations are best: it’s been Bad. Real bad. Terrible. Horrible. No good. Very bad. Maybe he wants to move to Australia at this point.

It’s clear, or at least evident, that the rocket ball of the past may’ve had a good deal to do with Gleyber’s power surge and it seems the pandemic season of 2020 messed with him a lot. Fresh for 2021, though, I don’t think any of us expected what we’re seeing out of him now. His at bats mostly look weak and any hot streaks he’s gone on have quickly dissipated (though injury plays a role there). And that’s to say nothing of his defense, which has reached unacceptable levels.

Game 142: Yanks stop skid; Aaron Judge is my MVP

Wow. It is hard to overstate how big that game was. Staring down the barrel of an 8 game losing streak and losing their hold on a playoff spot, the Yankees fought back in this one. After going up 5-0 only to find themselves down 7-5 after 7 innings, the team showed a ton of resilience putting across 3 runs in the 8th to retake the lead. And after some shaky middle relief, Albert Abreu and Aroldis Chapman locked things down to secure to victory. Aaron Boone described it as “just about a perfect night” and in the end it was. Let’s get to the takeaways:

Game 141: Another Night, Another Loss

The Yankees are absolutely embarrassing right now. I said this last night, and I meant it then. I mean it again tonight. There is absolutely no joy in watching this team play baseball right now. The only silver lining – to the extent this is even a silver lining – is that the Yankees are the very definition of an up-and-down team. The Blue Jays lost to the Orioles, somehow, and the Red Sox are currently losing. That means they still have a playoff spot.

And, of course, if they get into the playoffs, anything can happen. They are as good as anyone when they’re hot, and baseball is a dumb, stupid sport that can change on a dime. So it’s not all lost. That said, it’s not good. I would honestly be shocked if they made the playoffs at this point, and tonight’s embarrassment at the hands of the Mets (the Mets!) did not bolster my confidence.

Anyway, with all of that out of the way, let’s get to another round of depressing takeaways, shall we?

New York Mets Series Preview: September 10 to 12

Well, if this isn’t rock bottom for the 2021 Yankees it’s certainly close. After losing a series to the putrid Orioles, the Yankees got swept by the Blue Jays in truly embarrassing fashion. Bobby outlined just how poor they played in that series in last night’s recap. Since the 13 game winning streak, the Yankees are 2-10, lost 6 straight, and dropped 3 straight series to teams that are currently not in a playoff position. The playoff win probability chart says it all:

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The Yankees playoff odds have dropped from over 95% to just over 57% with the Blue Jays nipping at their heels. The turnaround needs to start and it needs to start tonight. Luckily for the Yankees, they are not the most publicly embarrassing organization in the city and they start a 3 game series against that team – the crosstown rival Mets – tonight.

Setting baseball aside for a moment, this is a very important series because it’s the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and I’m sure the ceremonies will respectfully honor the important occasion. Hopefully it is a weekend of healing for the people and the city who can never forget what happened.

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