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Game 143: Lindor, Mets get the last laugh

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With tonight’s 7-6 loss to the Mets, the Yankees are now out of a Wild Card spot. The team’s tumble continues — they’ve coughed up 10.5 games to the Blue Jays in 16 games — and are now one game behind the Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot (albeit even in the loss column). There are 19 games left to turn this thing around, though I’m not holding my breath.

Francisco Lindor stole the show tonight and hit three home runs to effectively carry the Mets on his back. He also jawed with the Yankees about yesterday’s game (Taijuan Walker pitch tipping), but ultimately, Lindor’s go-ahead solo homer against Chad Green in the 8th was the knockout punch. More on that in the takeaways after the jump:

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Mailbag: Playoff bullpen, Taillon’s workload, 40-man crunch

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Happy Friday and Labor Day weekend, everyone. It’s looking like an absolutely gorgeous next few days in New York now that the remnants of Ida have passed through here. I hope any of you affected by the storm are safe and sound now that it’s passed by. Things got pretty hairy here for a bit, that’s for sure.

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve opened the mailbag, but it returns today. There are a few questions to address after the jump, but first, a reminder to send your questions to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweet us @ViewsFrom314Ft. We’ll include our favorites in future editions.

DoTF: Martian homers but Tampa gets swept

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dominated Lehigh Valley 10-3 behind a 5 run spot in the 2nd inning in support of Clarke Schmidt who made a rehab appearance. They are 57-37 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K – 63% strikes…hasn’t thrown more than 3 IP in any appearance this year. Will be interesting to see if he’s a September bullpen call-up for the big league squad
  • In Relief: RHP Adam Warren: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes – 71% strikes in picking up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Green: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 BB – 50% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Nelson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K – 37% strikes…needs to learn how to find the zone if he’s going to be an effective reliever down the line
  • Offensive Star: SS Kyle Holder: 3-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Offensive Star 2: 1B Armando Alvarez: 2-5, 3 RBI
  • Leftovers: Donny Sands was 1-3 with 3 walks…Socrates Brito was 2-4 with 2 runs scored…everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Great offensive day all around

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots lost this one 5-3 to Akron in extras. After tying the game in the 9th, Akron plated 2 in the 10th and Somerset took a goose egg in their half of the 10th for the loss. They are 57-40 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – 61% strikes…has a strong 89 K’s in 63 AA innings
  • In Relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K – 61% strikes…solid first appearance since his no-no in AAA
  • In Relief: RHP Zach Greene: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 73% strikes in the loss
  • Bro Watch: C Josh Breaux: 1-4, 1 HR
  • Peraza Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 0-4…can’t win ’em all
  • Leftovers: Michael Beltre went 3-4 in this one…Oswald Cabrera, Dermis Garcia, and Tommy Milone had 1 hit each

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The ‘Gades cruised to a 4-0 victory over Winston-Salem thanks to a homer from Jake Sanford and a strong start from Josh Maciejewski.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 69% strikes
  • Offensive Star: LF Jake Sanford: 2-4, 1 HR
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 2 K
  • First Round Watch: DH Austin Wells: 0-4, 3 K

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Game One: The Clearwater Threshers thrashed Tampa in game one 13-6 despite a homer from Jasson Dominguez.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Juan Carela: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – 57% strikes…big yikes
  • Martian Watch: CF Jasson Dominguez: 2-3, 1 HR – the homer had an exit velo of 107.4 mph and traveled 418 ft. That’ll do
  • First Round Watch: SS Trey Sweeney: 2-4, 1 RBI – got the OPS up to .877 in A ball after a rough start
  • Leftovers: 2021 draftee Cooper Bowman had a double in this one

Game Two: Clearwater got the DH sweep behind this 6-4 victory with a late inning comeback. Tampa is still a robust 64-31 overall.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Tyrone Yulie: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 65% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Wellington Diaz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR – gave up a homer in the 6th and 7th to get the blown save and the loss
  • First Round Watch: DH Trey Sweeney: 2-4 – rebounding very well after a tough start in Tampa
  • 2021 Draftee: 2B Cooper Bowman: 2-4, 1 RBI – very nice double multi-hit game today

Florida Complex League

The FCL Yankees lost 12-7 to the Tigers East.

DoTF: Schmidt finishes rehab and Wesneski dominates in Somerset’s double header

News & Notes

  • SS Oswald Peraza will be with the Yankees in Iowa for the Field of Dreams game tomorrow. It’s not clear if he’ll be an active player, but at the very least, he’ll be on the taxi squad. Peraza is the lone infielder on the 40-man roster who is healthy and not already on the major league roster (Lindsey Adler/Mike Ashmore).
  • RHP Clarke Schmidt‘s rehab assignment is over. The Yankees reinstated him from the 60-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A (Yankees). He pitched tonight for the Patriots to round out his rehab stint.
  • RHP Corey Kluber will start for Somerset tomorrow in his first rehab outing. Figure he’s on track for an early September return (Bryan Hoch).

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

This one was over early. Lehigh Valley scored five in the third and three more in the fourth in a 9-3 win over the RailRiders (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR — 52 of 77 pitches were strikes (68%)…All of the organization’s COVID/health issues have forced Maciejewski up to SWB from Hudson Valley, skipping Double-A entirely. It’s been a tough go so far, but perhaps unsurprising for the jump (9.00 ERA in 13 innings).
  • In relief: RHP Nick Green: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, WP — 26 of 41 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K — 21 of 29 pitches were strikes (72%)
  • Too little, too late: 1B Armando Alvarez and 3B Max Burt hit homers after the team was already down 9-0…Both also reached base in separate plate appearances, with Alvarez singling and Burt walking.
  • Leftovers: Very quiet night offensively. CF Greg Allen, C Donny Sands and 2B Cristian Perez all had a single each.

Double-A Somerset Patriots:

Game 1: As mentioned at the top, this was Schmidt’s last rehab start. The Patriots staked him to an early 2-0 lead, but Somerset lost to Portland 3-2 (box score).

  • Rehab watch: Starting pitcher: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP — 34 of 52 pitches were strikes (65%)…Totaled 12.1 IP in four rehab starts between the FCL Yanks, Tampa Tarpons, and Somerset. Figure he can get up to 65 pitches in his next outing with the RailRiders.
  • In relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — 27 of 42 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • In relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 8 of 13 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • Hitting star: CF Brandon Lockridge: 2-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K — Took an 0-fer in the second game of the double header, but is up to .320/.360/.553 in 111 plate appearances with Somerset
  • Prospect watch: C Josh Breaux: 0-2, R, BB — Been a rough start at Double-A, but the good thing (in an extremely small sample) is that he’s making plenty of contact, striking out just 3 of 27 plate appearances (11%) after 73 in 276 plate appearances (26%) with Hudson Valley.
  • Leftovers: 1B Dermis García doubled and walked…SS Oswaldo Cabrera and DH Isiah Gilliam both had a hit.

Game 2: Somerset earned a double header split behind a brilliant outing from Hayden Wesneski, winning 3-0 (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K — 61 of 89 pitches were strikes (69%)…Complete game shutout for 2019’s 6th rounder. This is the second straight really good start for him, which has dropped his ERA at Somerset from 7.01 to 5.40.
  • Hitting star: C Chase Illig: 1-1, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB — Always cool to see an a pretty unknown guy have a big game…Illig was the Yanks’ 29th round choice in 2019.
  • Leftovers: SS Oswaldo Cabrera and 2B Chad Bell both doubled…RF Isiah Gilliam picked up two knocks and stole his 18th bag…DH Michael Beltre had the other hit for the team.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades:

The BlueClaws beat the Renegades, 7-6 (box score).

  • Starting pitcher: RHP Anderson Muñoz: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR — 48 of 70 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • In relief: RHP Nelvin Correa: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 28 of 45 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • In relief: RHP Matt Minnick: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K — 28 of 40 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • In relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K — 10 of 16 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • Prospect watch: DH Austin Wells: 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB — His first homer at the level.
  • Prospect watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K — Snapped a four game hitting streak
  • Prospect watch: CF Everson Pereira: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K — Three game hit streak with all knocks going for extra bases
  • Leftovers: 1B Andres Chaparro, 3B James Nelson, and 2B Eduardo Torrealba singled.

The Tampa Tarpons game was postponed. No game for the FCL Yankees on the schedule tonight, either.

Game 9: Odor debuts as Yankees look to salvage series

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After two ugly losses to the Rays, the Yankees will try to avoid this sweep this afternoon at the Trop. It also marks the debut of the team’s newest acquisition, second baseman Rougned Odor.

Aaron Boone has penciled in the second baseman sixth in today’s lineup. DJ LeMahieu slides over to first, and the struggling Jay Bruce sits. Here are the rest of today’s starters:

New York Yankees (3-5)

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

LHP Jordan Montgomery

Tampa Bay Rays (4-4)

  1. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  2. Randy Arozarena, RF
  3. Austin Meadows, DH
  4. Manuel Margot, CF
  5. Mike Brosseau, 2B
  6. Brandon Lowe, LF
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Kevin Padlo, 3B

RHP Brent Honeywell Jr.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees recalled Albert Abreu, who was on the taxi squad for this series. He replaces Domingo Germán on the roster.
  • This is Honeywell’s major league debut. The one time top prospect has been besieged with injuries and hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since September 2017 in Triple-A. Good for him. From the sounds of it, he’s serving as today’s opener for Michael Wacha.
  • Clarke Schmidt still hasn’t begun throwing after an initial 3-4 week rest prognosis back at the start of spring training. He’s now seeking a second opinion on his common extensor strain. (Bryan Hoch)
  • The Yankees traded infielder Thairo Estrada to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations. Estrada was designated for assignment earlier this week.

It’s a gloomy Sunday afternoon here in New York, which makes for a perfect day to plop on the couch and watch some baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm on YES and WFAN. Have a good day everyone.

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