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Game 14: More of the same

Adding injury to insult.

Today’s 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay certainly wasn’t as ugly as yesterday’s game, but that’s not saying much. The Yankees have set the bar pretty low this season and are now 5-9. Yes, it’s still early and there’s plenty of time to right the ship. But I must admit: I’m getting tired of writing about how this team is too talented to perform like this. While it’s true, it’s frustrating to watch. Get it together already.

On top of the general sluggish play, that this kind of performance continues to happen against the Rays makes it even worse. The Yankees have now lost four of five to Tampa Bay this season. Clearly, it’s not just about the Trop being a house of horrors for the Yankees, either. Tampa Bay has simply dominated the Bombers for a while now.

Let’s get to today’s takeaways after the jump.

Game 12: Bats go quiet after hot start in walk off loss to Toronto

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The Yankees dropped this afternoon’s affair to the Blue Jays, 5-4. Bo Bichette, who homered twice in this one, delivered a walk off home run against Chad Green in the ninth. The Yankees are now 5-7 and have lost three of the four series they’ve played thus far.

Corey Kluber delivered another less-than-ideal outing and the offense sputtered again. The bullpen kept the Yankees in the game, but the relievers can only keep doing so much. I’ll expand on Kluber, the bats, and the ‘pen in the takeaways from this one after the jump.

Game 8: Return of Judge and Gio

Our long national nightmare is over as Aaron Judge returns to the Yankee lineup today after sitting with ‘general soreness’ the last few days. He’ll start in right field. Joining him on the comeback trail after just one day off–one measly day, as my son might say–thanks to side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine is Gio Urshela who’ll play his usual third base today. The full Yankee lineup as as follows:

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Brett Gardner, LF
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Jay Bruce, 1B

They’ll be backing up today’s starter, Domingo Germán, who’ll be looking to bounce back from a poor first start of the season. Additionally, he’ll need to give length today after the Yankees got under three innings from Corey Kluber yesterday. On the mound, Germán will be opposed by Chris Archer, also looking to improve on a poor first start. The Rays lineup that will face Germán is as follows:

  1. Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
  2. Austin Meadows, LF
  3. Randy Arozarena, RF
  4. Brandon Lowe, 2B
  5. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  6. Joey Wendle, 3B
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Brett Phillips, CF
  9. Francisco Mejía, C

Of note:

First pitch is at 1:10 PM from Tropicana Field. Hopefully the Yankees can recover from yesterday’s ugly loss. Go, Bombers!

Game 7: No Judge in Return to Trop

The Yankees make their return to Tropicana Field today at 3 PM and as you can see above, they’ll do so without Aaron Judge. The right fielder will miss another game out of caution’s sake, as manager Aaron Boone noted. This is probably smart given how early in the season it is; there’s no reason for Judge to push himself.

Before this turns into a Judge-only post, let’s get to the players who are in today’s lineup:

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
  2. Austin Meadows, LF
  3. Randy Arozarena, RF
  4. Brandon Lowe, 2B
  5. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  6. Joey Wendle, 3B
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Brett Phillips, CF
  9. Mike Zunino, C

LHP Rich Hill

New York Yankees

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Gleyber Torres, SS
  5. Jay Bruce, 1B
  6. Gary Sánchez, C
  7. Clint Frazier, RF
  8. Mike Tauchman, LF
  9. Tyler Wade, 2B

RHP Corey Kluber

Mike Tauchman gets the start in place of Judge today–though in LF–his first of the year. So, once again, the Yankees will be trotting out a new lineup they haven’t yet.

On the mound today are Corey Kluber for the Yankees and Rich Hill for the Rays. Kluber will be looking to build off a strong first start with the Yankees, whereas Hill will be looking to bounce back after allowing four runs in four innings in his Rays’ debut.

At the plate, I’ll be watching to see if the Yankees attack Hill’s relatively low-velocity fastballs when he throws them. On the mound, I’m watching for how Kluber deploys his curveball and changeup against a mixed R/L lineup.

Stay here for your in-game chatting and check back later for postgame takeaways.

Let’s go Yankees!

Game 4: Stanton and Montgomery make things look easy

Giancarlo Stanton’s reaction to hitting a no doubt grand slam in the fifth inning.

There’s nothing like having the Baltimore Orioles come to town in order to right the offensive ship. Yankees hitters have tormented Baltimore pitching over the years, and tonight was no different. After a little bit of a slow start to this one, the offense reached base fourteen times. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton delivered their first home runs of the season, too.

Another familiar refrain: a great pitching performance, namely from starter Jordan Montgomery. He tossed six shutout frames in his first start of the year. As a whole, the team’s staff has allowed just nine runs in the first four games of the season. That’ll do.

With the 7-0 victory, the Yankees move back to .500 early in the season. Let’s get to the takeaways after the jump:

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