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Game 74: It’s Exactly What You Want

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Now that’s more like it! After last night’s crazy walk-off win, today was exactly what you want to see the Yankees do against the Royals with a nice, calm, and easy victory with great pitching and hitting. The Kraken hit a huge 3-run homerun in the 6th to put this one out of reach, giving the Yankees a 8-1 victory behind Jameson Taillon’s best start in pinstripes. This moves the Yankees to 40-34 on the year, and just 4 back on the Red Sox who play the Rays later tonight. It’s their 3rd straight series win and they have won 7 of their last 9. To the takeaways:


Game 72: A very bad loss

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There are bad losses, and there are bad losses. This one was the latter. The Yankees fell to the Royals 6-5 in the series opener.

Gerrit Cole did his thing with lower spin rates again, but his offense was of little help. He handed a one-run lead to the Jonathan Loaisiga, who coughed it up with significant help from Tyler Wade. DJ LeMahieu’s two-run blast in the eighth cut Kansas City’s lead to one, and the Yankees threatened in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. Not only was Cole’s start spoiled, but so was Luke Voit’s return to the lineup. To tonight’s takeaways:

DoTF: First-rounders hit HR’s to lead the way

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders game against Syracuse was postponed and will be made up July 7.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots are currently getting hammered 10-3 in the 8th inning against Richmond. Instead of a full breakdown, here are homeruns hit by Luke Voit and Oswald Peraza:

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades beat the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 8-4 in this one behind a strong offensive performance from James Nelson moving to 24-16 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K – 49% strikes sounds about right for that pitching line
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes and has 37 K in 24 IP on the season
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 5 K – 74% strikes…dominant outing to pick up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Derek Craft: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes for the 6’8″ right-hander
  • Offensive Star: 3B James Nelson: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI
  • Multi-hit Watch: 2B Oliver Dunn & RF Frederick Cuevas went 2-4…Dunn had a triple and Cuevas a double
  • Leftovers: Josh Breaux & Elijah Dunham each hit a double

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Anthony Volpe hit two homeruns, including a walk-off in the 9th to give Tampa a 7-6 victory over the Bradenton Marauders. They are now 28-13 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Beck Way: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes…struggled with control in this one
  • In Relief: RHP Matt Sauer: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 69% strikes…surprised they left him in for that long and for 85 pitches
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 50% strikes…got a blown save and a W in the same game.
  • Offensive Star: DH Anthony Volpe: 3-5, 2 HR, 1 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI – huge game bringing his OPS to 1.033. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a call-up to High-A soon
  • Offensive Star 2: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: Trevor Hauver, Andres Chaparro, & Pat DeMarco each had one hit to round out the offense.

Injury updates: Corey Kluber shut down for four weeks; Luke Voit has oblique strain

I guess we’ll have to keep using this, huh?

Another day, another injury. We already were waiting for the news on Corey Kluber’s MRI — it’s not good — but now, we’ve also come to find that Luke Voit has a grade 2 oblique strain. I had initially speculated that he was out of the lineup prior to postponement for paternity leave as his wife was scheduled for induced labor by Friday, but nope. Voit will return to the injured list after missing a good chunk of time already because of knee surgery.

I guess we will see more Mike Ford and perhaps Miguel Andújar at first. Or, more DJ LeMahieu at first base and Rougned Odor at second base. But what about Chris Gittens? Can’t envision a better chance for him. There’s no timetable for Voit yet, but figure it’s gonna be a while.

Meanwhile, Kluber has a subscap strain in his throwing shoulder. The righty didn’t sound too concerned about the tightness he felt in last night’s start, but now, he’ll be shut down for four weeks. That means he’ll also need another four weeks of build up, per Aaron Boone. Probably won’t be seeing Kluber until August at the earliest, and it absolutely sucks. He was pitching really well with the no-hitter being the high point. I know folks will point to the no-no being the root cause of the strain, but I doubt it. He only needed 101 pitches to throw those nine innings. He’s a late 30s pitcher with shoulder trouble already last year. It was the risk the Yankees decided to take, and it had looked like it was going to pay off in a major way until now.

So, expect to see Deivi García and Michael King duke it out for Kluber’s vacancy. Then, once Luis Severino returns (hopefully around the All Star break?), Sevy will jump in.

Is everyone having fun yet?

Luke Voit to have knee surgery, Jay Bruce makes the team

So much for all of the debate about Jay Bruce vs. Mike Tauchman. The veteran 1B/OF has made the team, but not for the reason most folks anticipated. Instead, an injury to Luke Voit paved the way for Bruce:

Voit had an MRI yesterday that revealed the meniscus tear. This comes after the first baseman dealt with some knee trouble earlier in the month. One can’t help but wonder if this decision to tag up from second to third made matters worse:

This is a big blow to the Yankees’ lineup, but fortunately, it’s coming at the start of the season rather than the end. Voit could be back at some point in May.

Bruce will be the Yankees’ everyday first baseman for the time being. The soon-to-be 34 year-old has hit .194/.242/.419 with two homers in 33 plate appearances this spring.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Bruce, the Yankees placed Clarke Schmidt on the 60-day injured list (elbow). He suffered a common extensor tendon strain earlier in camp. Meanwhile, the Yankees also released Robinson Chirinos and Derek Dietrich from their minor league contracts.

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