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Game 59: Bullpen gives it up late

Those two tweets say it all. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a Gleyber Torres homerun, the Red Sox battled back against the Yankees bullpen to clinch the series win with tonight’s 7-3 victory. It was tied 3-3 going into the 8th inning, but a Chad Green implosion combined with the Yankees’ inability to score runs led to tonight’s defeat. That’s 9 losses in their last 12 games to put them 5.5 behind the Rays in the division. Here are the takeaways:

Jameson Taillon’s luck runs out in the 6th. Taillon was “cruising” through 5 scoreless innings getting through on only 60 pitches. Cruising is in quotes because the Red Sox hitters were hitting the snot out of the ball. They had 8 hard hit balls on the evening for a 44% hard-hit percentage. Here’s the exit velo graphic:

That’s a lot of red, especially in the 6th inning which we’ll get to in a minute. So, the Red Sox were hitting the ball hard, they were just getting under it or hitting it right at people. Unfortunately for Taillon, his luck stopped in the 6th.

After retiring Danny Santana for the 1st out, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts hit back-to-back singles setting up a showdown with Rafael Devers. There’s a good argument that Taillon should have been taken out then and there considering Devers already had 2 hard hit outs on the night and batters have a .350/.450/.800 line against Taillon their 3rd time up. Devers roped a 2-run single, and here’s how it happened:

Let’s break it down.

Pitches 1-3: 3 straight balls up and away. High fastballs were the gameplan, just didn’t execute the location.

Pitches 4-5: That’s more like it. In the zone and both were fouled off. If Taillon could go back up there or a bit higher there’s a good chance Devers would have swung through it.

Pitch 6: Look at the location, it’s not up and it’s right in the middle of the plate. Not where he wanted it and Devers made him pay with a single through the right side.

After that at-bat, Taillon’s night was done. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. A perfectly cromulent outing, but after those first 5 shutout innings you hoped Taillon could get you through one more.

The offensive struggles continue. With two outs in the 3rd inning, Clint Frazier and DJ LeMahieu hit back-to-back ground ball singles bringing up Giancarlo Stanton who did this:

That’s a strikeout on 3 fastballs. Look at the location on the 1st pitch. That’s a 94 mph fastball right down the middle that Stanton swung through. As Bobby wrote earlier this week, that’s been the story of the Yankees offense this year. Check out this chart from tonight’s game:

Look at all those pitches right down the middle that they’re doing nothing with. That is way, way, way too many hittable pitches that are just taken for strikes or fouled off. The Yankees as a team are lost at the plate right now and it’s painful to watch.

The lone exception tonight was Gleyber Torres who had all 3 RBI on the night including this 2-run blast:

That blast was 105 mph off the bat and went 418 feet. Nice to see Gleyber hit one out, and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. He also had a sac fly in the 6th.

Leftovers

  • Welcome to the big leagues Chris Gittens! Hard-hittin Gittens went 0-3 in his debut with a strikeout and a walk. Get ’em tomorrow.
  • The Gio Urshela defensive superlatives continue. Look at this ridiculous play:
  • Real rough night for Chad Green who gave up 4 runs on 4 hits on 0.2 innings. Raised his season ERA to 3.14. Though the bullpen is the last thing to be worried about with this team.
  • DJ LeMahieu had a decent night at the plate with a single and two deep fly balls. Yes, I’m grasping at straws here, but we’ll take any signs of life from Le Machine right now.
  • Good night for former Yankee relievers Garret Whitlock and Adam Ottavino. They combined for 2.2 scoreless innings and shockingly no walks for Otto.
  • At least the Yankees got a couple runners on in the 9th and forced Alex Cora to bring in his closer Matt Barnes which should rule Barnes out for tomorrow’s game.

The Yanks will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow night. It’ll be Garret Richards (4-4, 3.75 ERA) against Domingo Germán (4-3, 3.27 ERA) in the ESPN Sunday Night game at 7:08pm EDT.

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Game 56: Yankees hold off the Rays, 4-3

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Exhale, everyone. The Yankees have now won two straight nail-biters against the Rays, with tonight’s final: 4-3. It probably shouldn’t have been this close, as I’ll touch on in the takeaways, but a win’s a win. The Yankees are now 31-25 and 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay for first place. To the takeaways we go:

Game 53: Yankees Swept and Embarrassed by Detroit

The Tigers came into this series with the worst run differential in the AL and handily swept the Yankees. This about sums it up:

We sincerely hope you had better things to do on this rainy Memorial Day Weekend Sunday than watch this debacle of a game in which the Bombers lost 6-2. To the takeaways:

The Yankees Will Be Okay

Usually we start these with how the starting pitcher did, but today warrants something different because it’s too easy to slip into the malaise and start thinking the season is over. It is not. After tomorrow, the season will be exactly 1/3 done, and despite how awful they have looked at times, the Yankees are on a 90 win pace.

Getting swept by any team sucks, and getting swept by the worst team in the league is even worse. It happens. Just last week, the Yankees were on a 6 game winning streak and swept the first-place White Sox. One bad week does not doom a season. There’s a reason they play 162 of these. Around these parts we’re constantly preaching patience and staying calm because the Yankees are good. In fact, they are still the best team in the AL. They didn’t look it this weekend, but they are and they will.

Starting tomorrow, the Yankees have 4 games against the Rays and Red Sox who lead the division. It’s time to hit the reset button, forget about this weekend and start playing like the team we know they are.

Mike King struggles in 5th starter audition

With Corey Kluber out for the next two months, the Yankees need another starter. Deivi García struggled in his audition yesterday, and King could not capitalize today. His final line was 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 K. It took him 61 pitches just to get through those 2.1 innings. His pitch plot on the day left much to be desired:

Everything is all over the place and there’s way too many sinkers left right over the middle. Put differently, here’s a heatmap for his signature sinker on the afternoon:

You don’t need to be Matt Blake to know that’s not where you want to throw your sinker. You want that pitch to be at or below the zone to generate ground balls. Poor sinker location led to the following two-out double in the first:

The pitch location was predictably awful:

In a two strike count with two outs and RISP you absolutely cannot throw a sinker there. Especially not to a team that ranks bottom five in AVG, OBP, OPS, Runs, and HR. Thanks to some awful defending by Clint on the play, Miguel Cabrera was able to score from first on the play.

The offense is a joke right now

Five runs total in a series against the Tigers is unacceptable. Tarik Skubal came into this game with a 5.23 ERA and a 5.94 FIP to match. And the peripherals back it up:

Despite all that blue, the Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Skubal in his 6 scoreless innings.

There’s a lot of hittable pitches in there and the Yankees only managed 3 hits. They also struck out 8 times and Skubal had a 33% whiff rate on the day.

There are two things plaguing the Yankees offense right now: ground balls and bad luck. They have a 46% GB rate as a team which is the 6th highest in baseball. That’s how despite hitting the ball hard, they have nothing to show for it. In the first, after DJ and Stanton got on, Judge rifled a 108 mph grounder…for a double play. All that exit velocity means nothing when it’s pounded into the ground right at people.

Luck is also playing a factor here.

Numbers that bad are a combination of bad luck and guys pressing to try and do too much. Regression will even that out.

The April defense rears its ugly head

Believe it or not, that message was sent before the 3rd error they committed in the 3rd inning. At one point, the team had more errors than hits which is a reflection of both the offense and the defense. Here’s one of the errors:

Better get it out of their system today and play much sharper against the Rays starting tomorrow.

Leftovers

  • Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. made his triumphant return to the big leagues for his first Yankee appearance since 2019. He sucked up 3.2 much needed innings and will likely be sent back to Scranton later today.
  • Even when they scored, the Yankees made another out on the bases in the 8th inning. That’s 26 outs on the bases for the season.
  • DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sánchez both had multi-hit games. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come for both of them.
  • They somehow got the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning, so let’s see if the O’Neill theory pans out for tomorrow.

Wash the bad taste out of your mouths from this series, and hopefully look forward to better things tomorrow. It’ll be Jameson Taillon against Rich Hill back in the Bronx.

Game 44: Pinch hitting heroics and Germán pave way to another series victory

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Outside of Domingo Germán’s dominance on the mound this afternoon, this game wasn’t pretty. Fortunately, mostly quiet bats and atrocious baserunning didn’t matter in the end. Hey, not allowing a run can make a world of difference, and that’s exactly what Germán and the bullpen did in today’s 2-0 victory over Texas. To the takeaways:

Game 38: Urshela saves the day

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Just when you thought this one was shaping up to be an ugly loss, Gio Urshela said: not so fast. His pinch hit three-run homer in the seventh gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead that the bullpen preserved. The win improves the Yankees to 21-17 on the season.

Really nice to get a win like this after a barrage of injury news prior to the game. Hopefully, we get better news about Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton over the weekend. In the meantime, here are the takeaways from tonight’s game.

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