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Game 24: Finally, a laugher

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The Yankees made quick and easy work of the Orioles tonight, 7-0. Domingo Germán dazzled and the Bombers’ offense racked up hit after hit, including three homers. Nice to experience an easy, no stress win after a lot of frustration early this season.

The win is the team’s fifth in its last seven games. As we’ve said time and time again, the team’s poor play and malaise wasn’t going to last forever. There are still some things to work out, but the team is trending positively. Let’s break it all down.

Mailbag: Florial vs. Frazier, lineup replacement, and Hicks’s future as a switch-hitter

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Happy Friday, everyone. I just got my second vaccine dose yesterday and am feeling good for the most part. Hoping all of you have been able to or will be fully vaccinated in the not so distant future.

Like every Friday, it’s mailbag day. We answer our favorites every week, including three today. Send us your questions to viewsfrom314 at gmail dot com for a chance to be included in a future edition. With that, let’s get to the questions.

Andrew asks: I love Clint, but if he keeps struggling, wouldn’t it be worth a shot to send him down for a month and give Estevan Florial a chance to invigorate this lineup?

Clint Frazier is down to .163/.265/.209 (44 wRC+) in 49 plate appearances after last night’s 0-for-3. The left fielder is still walking a good deal (12.2 percent), but he’s hitting for absolutely no power (.047 ISO) and striking out a ton (34.7 percent). It’s bad. Really bad. He does have one minor league option remaining, so theoretically, the team could option him to the Alternate Site. I don’t see that happening, though.

I wrote a defense of Frazier last week, but things haven’t gotten better since even with a little more playing time. He’s 1-for-13 with two walks since that post. Even so, does sending him down and replacing him with Estevan Florial really make sense? No.

Florial, 23, got into one major league game last year, but otherwise, has yet to reach Double-A (other than the 2017 postseason). He’s posted astronomical strikeout rates in the minors, and overall, hasn’t hit all that well since 2017. That’s a long time ago! Not to mention the injuries he’s dealt with since. This isn’t someone the Yankees can just plug and play to invigorate the lineup. He needs more time in the minors.

Now, Florial apparently has done well in Alternate Site exhibition games, but I don’t think it’s worth making too much of that. Let’s see him perform in the minors for an extended period before considering him. Florial’s development (really, getting him back on track) is more important than hoping to catch lightning in a bottle in the Bronx right now.

Clint’s been frustrating to watch, like many other Yankees, but a swap of him and Florial isn’t going to fix this lineup overnight even if Florial raked from the start. This lineup needs the likes of Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton cooking in the heart of the order. That’s the bottom line.

If the Yankees had a surefire upgrade of Frazier, I’d be open to it. They don’t, though. Florial’s not it. Brett Gardner is in a rut himself: .212/.333/.273 (83 wRC+) in his last 40 plate appearances. I don’t really want to see Mike Tauchman play everyday. Look, Frazier’s at-bats have been dreadful, including taking hittable fastballs over the heart of the plate. I can’t really blame Aaron Boone for playing Gardner more at this point, but Frazier is the most talented of the bunch. Again, none of these guys are rescuing the lineup on their own — that’s the middle of the order’s job. But ultimately, now’s not the time to demote Frazier.

Game 16: A win is a win

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Back in the win column! The Yankees’ five-game losing streak came to an end in tonight’s 3-1 victory over Atlanta. The pitching was great, as it has been for the majority of this year. The non-Gio Urshela hitters? Not so much. Fortunately, three runs were plenty given Jameson Taillon’s good start and the bullpen’s work in relief.

It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, of course. Other than Urshela’s homer, the team’s other two runs came thanks to a wild pitch and bases loaded walk in the eighth. Probably should have been a lot more, but: baby steps. Anyway, let’s get to the takeaways:

Game 11: Urshela at short while Torres nurses minor injury

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It was going to happen eventually. Once the Yankees demoted Tyler Wade to the Alternate Site, Gio Urshela became the de facto back up shortstop. Today, he makes his first start at the position as Gleyber Torres gets the night off. It’s the first time Urshela has played the position in the regular season since 2018.

Torres jammed his ring finger diving back to a base last night (Bryan Hoch). All testing came back clean, which is good news. He’ll hopefully return to the lineup tomorrow. Even with the minor injury in mind, Torres was due for a rest at some point. Up until today, Torres started all ten games this season at shortstop. The night off will leave DJ LeMahieu as the only Yankee to appear in every team game.

On the mound, Jameson Taillon makes his second start of the season. Toronto counters with the team’s ace, Hyun Jin Ryu. Here are the lineups behind the two pitchers:

New York Yankees (5-5)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Judge, RF
  4. Gary Sánchez, C
  5. Aaron Hicks, CF
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B
  7. Gio Urshela, SS
  8. Clint Frazier, LF
  9. Jay Bruce, 1B

RHP Jameson Taillon

Toronto Blue Jays (4-6)

  1. Marcus Semien, 2B
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
  4. Randal Grichuk, CF
  5. Cavan Biggio, 3B
  6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF
  7. Rowdy Tellez, DH
  8. Danny Jansen, C
  9. Josh Palacios, RF

LHP Hyun Jin Ryu

News & Notes

This one starts at 7:07pm on YES and WFAN. Enjoy the game!

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!

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