DoTF: Big weeks at the plate for Volpe, Wells, Chaparro, and García

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

SWB lost four of six games playing host to Lehigh Valley. The RailRiders are 9-14 and 4.5 games behind the pace in the International League East.

  • Say Hay: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, HR — Went 12 up, 12 down to start the game before running into trouble in the fifth. Nick Maton took him deep. Only need 76 pitches to go six frames. Raises his ERA to 2.37 on the season in 19 innings.
  • Still Struggling: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Labored through this one…saved his best inning for last though, throwing a 1-2-3 fourth. His strikeout total (11) has finally met his walk total (11) on the season (19 innings). That good spring training feels long ago.
  • Going DownGil: RHP Luis Gil: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP — Yikes, threw 77 pitches in spite of a 13 pitch, 1-2-3 second inning. Control has never been Gil’s strong suit, but an 18.5 percent walk rate just won’t fly. He managed to pitch well at a ~15 percent mark last year, but perhaps he was a bit lucky. Stuff is obviously overpowering, but a relief role is in his future if he can’t find the zone often enough.
  • Starting Pitcher: LHP JP Sears: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — Threw 45 pitches; not sure if the team is trying to stretch him out or if his day in the rotation is simply a bullpen day. Clarke Schmidt could take his spot with roster size in the majors decreasing.
  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 4.1 ISP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K — Oof, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts? Not a lot of action behind him. Three of those walks came in the fifth, for what it’s worth, so maybe he was just left in too long. Threw 89 pitches.
  • Original Killer B: LHP Manny Bañuelos: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — ManBan was very efficient, needing just 68 pitches to get this far.
  • Prospect Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 6-for-19, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 3 SB — Nice rebound after reaching base just once in previous 17 plate appearances. His average as reached the Mendoza Line, but he still has just a 67 wRC+.
  • Prospect Watch: IF Oswaldo Cabrera: 5-for-20, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K — Finally got his first homer of the year. Hopefully that gets him going. He had 29 last season. O-Cab has a .214/.286/.400 (81 wRC+) in just under 80 PA.
  • Ebb and Flo: CF Estevan Florial: 7-for-18, 5 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 SB — He really knows how to tease everyone with awesome weeks like this from time to time, only to look awful for long stretches. 24 year old now has a .246/.342/.391 (97 wRC+) line, albeit with a K-rate north of 30%.
  • Leftovers: 1B Greg Bird reached base 8 times; 6 via walk…IF Armando Alvarez and OF Phillip Evans homered…RHP Ron Marinaccio dominated in his return to the minors, striking out 5 in 2 frames yesterday.

Como Se Dice pull in Italiano? Anthony Rizzo and the Right Side

When the Yankees passed on trading for Matt Olson and passed on signing Freddie Freeman, there was some disappointment and frustration in many Yankee-centric circles. Anthony Rizzo was the consolation prize. But his start to 2022, featuring a league-leading nine home runs, has halted that idea in its tracks. Behind this torrid start is something that should seem simple when it comes to a lefty hitter who plays at Yankee Stadium: pulling the ball.

This year, Rizzo is pulling the ball at a career high 56.2% rate, well above his average of 42.1%. He’s also paired this with hitting the ball on the ground less than normal: 32.3% compared to 39.4% for his career. What’s surprising about this, in a good way, is that he hasn’t sacrificed going the other way. He’s at 21% oppo, compared to 21.9% for his career. He’s not hitting the ball up the middle nearly as much–22.6 vs. 35.8–but that hasn’t hurt his production at all.

VF314 Live Chat – 4/28/2022

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Chat day will return to Wednesdays at noon next week, but because of today’s matinee, let’s talk during this afternoon’s game. The Yankees are going for the sweep against Baltimore and for their sixth straight win overall. We can discuss today’s action or anything else Yankees-related on your mind.

Today’s chat will begin just a few minutes before first pitch; 1pm eastern. Similar to last week, depending on how things go, the chat could last longer than the requisite one hour. As always, you can submit your questions ahead of time in the message box below.

Thoughts on the Yankee Letter, DJLM, Cole, and Gallo

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Programming note: Today’s chat has been moved to tomorrow afternoon during the game against the Orioles.

With last night’s 12-8 victory over Baltimore, the Yankees are now 11-6 and a half game behind Toronto in the AL East. The Bombers also have the AL’s second best run differential (+18), only topped by the Mariners (!?). Things are starting to roll for the Yanks: the offense has awoken and the pitching staff continues to impress.

While we wait for tonight’s affair against the O’s, I have a few thoughts to share. Most of my thoughts relate to the 2022 team, but first, I share my reaction to the unsealing of the infamous “Yankee Letter”. Let’s get to it.

DoTF: Winless week for Tampa as Dominguez struggles

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dropped four of six on the road against Buffalo. SWB is 7-10 on the season, 3.5 games back in the International League East division.

  • A tad better: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Could have been a lot worse, in fact. Loaded the bases with no one out in the first, but escaped without allowing a run. Second and third innings were also a struggle, but he did pitch a 1-2-3 frame in the fourth. Progress after two rough starts, I guess?
  • Going Down-Gil: RHP Luis Gil: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K — Like Deivi, he also escaped a bases full nobody out jam without allowing a run in the first. Had a 1-2-3 second inning before losing it in the third frame. Control’s been a mess for Gil, who has 9 walks and 2 wild pitches in 8 innings in 3 starts.
  • Krookie Monster: LHP Matt Krook: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K — Set down 6 of the first 7 hitters he faced, including 4 strikeouts. Fell apart in the fifth inning, when he issued 3 of his 6 free passes.
  • Back to the minors: LHP JP Sears: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K — Started Saturday, his first game in the minors this season since he made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster.
  • Hay Now: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 6 K — Retired seven in a row before running into trouble in the fifth, when he walked and hit the first two batters. Reliever Zach Greene inherited those two runners and allowed them to score. These were the first two earned runs Wesneski has allowed this year, raising his ERA to 1.38 in 13 innings.
  • Killer B: LHP Manny Bañuelos: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — 31 year old has continued where he left off in spring training…Just 10 baserunners in 12.2 IP, including 12 strikeouts for SWB.
  • Yikes: SS Oswald Peraza: 0-14, BB, 4 K — That’ll put a dent in the season stat line…Hitting .152/.220/.261 (32 wRC+) with a 4% walk rate and 20% strikeout rate in 50 PA.
  • Prospect watch: IF Oswaldo Cabrera: 4-for-19, 2 R, 3 2B, BB, 5 K — Still searching for his power stroke…Cabrera hit 29 homers between Somerset (24) and SWB (5) last year, but none yet in 2022. Has a 65 wRC+ in 55 PA so far this season.
  • Miggy Missiles: LF Miguel Andújar  10-for-23, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, SB — Well then…Would he be a better option than Tim Locastro for the major league bench? Miggy is up to .347/.396/.551 (156 wRC+) in 53 PA.
  • Uh oh, Flo: CF Estevan Florial: 2-for-20, R, 2 H, BB, 8 K, SB, CS — I just don’t think the bat-to-ball skills are ever going to come around, unfortunately. 32.1% K-rate in 56 PA after a 30.9% rate in Triple-A last year.
  • Leftovers: 1B Greg Bird hit his second homer of the year…LF Matt Pita launched two homers…IF Jose Peraza hit one of his own…RHP Zach Greene fanned 6 batters in 3.1 IP of relief, though he did give up two inherited runs as previously mentioned.

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