Showing posts from April, 2019

Late-inning heroics rescue bullpen as Yanks top Royals 7-6 in 10

It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult. James Paxton, who is off to a historic start in his young Yankees career, exited after the sixth with a 5-0 lead thanks in part to another home run from Clint Frazier. Tommy Kahnle pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and then Aaron Boone handed the ball to Chad Green for the eighth. Things did not go as planned from that moment on. 

Tauchman and Gardner go deep in Yankees’ 6-2 win

Coming off an impressive two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees were flat yesterday as they dropped game one of the four-game series versus the lowly Royals. However, the bats woke up today and backed CC Sabathia’s second consecutive start in which he allowed zero earned runs.

Corner not turned: Yankees drop series opener to Royals, 6-1

Riding high after last night’s dramatic win over Boston, the Yankees failed to carry that momentum into tonight’s series opener with the Royals, falling 6-1 to Kansas City. With the loss, New York is now a combined 3-7 at home against projected American League cellar dwellers Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago and Kansas City. 

Series Preview: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees (4/18-4/21)

The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will be meeting for the first time this season for a weekend four-game set in the Bronx.  The Yankees have dominated the Royals in recent memory with a 19-8 record against the AL Central foe over the last four seasons, via baseball-reference.  Both teams come into this series with below .500 records as the Yanks sit at 8-9 and the Royals at 6-12.

Who’s on first? An introduction to Mike Ford

Death, taxes, and injured Yankees, well, at least that’s what it feels like.The latest to succumb to the 2019 injury bug is first baseman Greg Bird with a plantar fascia tear.At the break of the news, Bird was placed on the 10-day IL, but after some review it seems the injury is more severe than originally expected.An injury of this nature will likely sideline Bird for at least a couple months, if not more.Although past injuries that Bird has suffered are not related, it’s worth mentioning that Bird has played just 140 major league games since 2015.

Gardner Grand Slam Lifts Yankees over Boston

The Yankees and the Red Sox have both had rough starts to the season, yet the Yanks were the team in this series that found themselves getting back to their winning ways over this two game set. The Yanks blew out the Sox on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday night they had to come from behind to win it, which they did, fueled by a late Brett Gardner grand slam as the Yanks completed the two game sweep with a 5-3 victory.

JA Happ had the ball for the Yankees in this one and early on it looked like yet another horrible start for the lefty. J.D Martinez took Happ deep in the first for a solo shot, and Christian Vazquez sent a two-run shot over the right field wall to give the Red Sox a 3-0 advantage in the second. Happ would settle down however and not allow another run, going six and a third and most importantly keeping his team in the game.

The Yankee lineup had some trouble figuring out former Yankee Nate Eovaldi on Wednesday night, as he threw six innings allowing only one unearned run. O…

Paxton, Yankees dominate Red Sox in 8-0 win

James Paxton pitched a gem in his first start against the Red Sox in pinstripes.  The Big Maple threw eight shutout innings with 12 strikeouts against only two hits and one walk.  Six of his strikeouts came in-a-row between the sixth and eighth innings.  His counterpart for the day, however, did not fare as well.  Chris Sale lasted five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.  The outing actually improved his ERA, as he came into the day with an ERA of 9.00.  After Sale’s first time through the Yankees’ lineup, the Bombers dominated the Red Sox pitching, scoring eight runs on 11 hits.

The scoring got started off in the bottom of the third inning.  After a Brett Gardner leadoff double, Austin Romine moved Gardy over to third base with a sac-fly to right.  A Mike Tauchman strikeout brought up DJ LeMahieu who hit a single to the opposite field against the shift to score Gardner and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  Luke Voit kept the scoring going following an Aaron Judge walk with an R…

Series Preview: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (4/16-4/17)

The Rivalry is back, and the 2019 edition begins with both teams in different positions than they had hoped for. The Yankees and Red Sox have both struggled so far this season, but it is still likely the AL East will come down to these two at the end of the year making these two games extremely important.
The Yankees come into this series losing five of their last six after dropping a series to the lowly Chicago White Sox. This team desperately needs a spark that the dramatics of this great rivalry might provide.

The Yankees lose another series at home, losing the rubber game to the White Sox

After one-hitting the White Sox the day prior, the Yankees looked to win their second in a row and win the series during Sunday’s rubber game. Unfortunately for the Yanks, the home run ball came back to bite them, leading to a 5-2 loss.
Masahiro Tanaka toed the rubber for the Yanks to start this game and he came out firing. After striking out four of the first five batters he faced, Tanaka looked poised to continue his dominant start to the season. Unfortunately for the Yankees, he just couldn’t get it done.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Yankees drop fourth straight in a rainy loss to Chicago

They’re bruised.They’re battered.They’re dinged up, but nevertheless, the show must go on.The Yankees looked to bounce back after an ugly three game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros. The middling Chicago White Sox are in town, and the Yankees unfortunately kicked the series off with a 9-6 loss.

Series Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees (4/12-4/14)

By all appearances on paper, the the 2019 New York Yankees are doing well.  They are second in the American League East and are stacked with talent.  However, they are very much facing an uphill battle, a battle that’s more apparent when looking at their frankly unacceptable 5-6 record.  Their position in the standings is a reflection of the ineffectiveness of the other teams in the division, rather than the effectiveness of the Yankees so far this season.
Of course, a large part of the blame for such a battle can be placed on the fact that the Yanks, currently, have 11 players on the Injured List (if, of course, you count one Jacoby Ellsbury), in positions ranging from the infield, outfield, bullpen, and starting rotation.  The once-hopeful 2019 season is growing more and more difficult to be optimistic about, considering how many players will not return until May, or even June.
However, that’s not the only uphill battle the Yanks are facing.  In theory, the remaining players on the …

Yankees comeback falls short as they get swept in Houston

The Yankees looked to avoid the sweep following abysmal performances by the bullpen in the first two games. The Yanks fell flat in the last game of the series, with a final score of 8-6. Paxton was unable to control the Astros’ offense, as he allowed five earned runs over four innings. The offense looked completely overmatched by Astros starter Collin McHugh, who struck out nine through six innings. The Yankees’ rally late in the game was not enough to complete the comeback.

Yankees make too many mistakes in 6-3 loss to Astros

The Yankees looked to rebound from their ugly loss in game one of their series against the Astros. Even though they did lead two different times, but weren’t able to hold on to it. The bullpen wasn’t good enough yet again, the defense wasn’t sound, and they only managed to get five hits. At the end of the day there was a very similar feel to the first game. 

Bullpen wastes Tanaka's stellar start in 4-3 defeat to Houston

The Yankees looked to ride the offensive wave they started in Baltimore in game one of a three game set against Justin Verlander and the Astros in Houston. The offense was not the problem as the Yanks were able to force Verlander out of the game in the seventh with a 3-1 lead, but Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino coughed up the lead, with Houston eventually coming away with the victor in this one by the count of 4-3.

Sanchez hits three homers, Yankees offense explodes to complete sweep of Orioles

The Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, earning their first series win of 2019. Domingo German pitched six solid innings allowing only two hits. However, it was the Yankees’ offensive outburst with seven home runs, including three from slugger Gary Sanchez, that led to a win on this sunny afternoon, with a final score of 15-3. 

Judge homers twice, Frazier comes up clutch as Yanks win 6-4 over O's

It took some late heroics, but the Yankees were able to pull out a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Saturday night.  After stumbling through the middle innings, hampered by sloppy play and questionable bullpen management, the Yankees found themselves down by a run to the Orioles.  Clint Frazier played the role of hero in this one, stepping to the plate with two men on.  Facing Miguel Castro, Frazier blasted a clutch three-run homer to give the Yanks a two-run lead which they would not relinquish.

Is Aaron Judge close to breaking loose?

Through the first seven games of the young season, Aaron Judge has surprisingly not yet left the yard.Judge reached base four times on opening day (two hits, two walks), but has since gone 5-for-23 (.217) with five walks (one intentional) and 13 punchouts.Perhaps his ugliest game came just yesterday when he recorded his second 'Golden Sombrero' of the season, albeit due to a questionable strike zone.

Torres delivers four hits, bats awaken in 8-4 Yankees win

After scoring just two runs over their last two games, the Yankees’ bats finally awakened in an 8-4 win over the Orioles in front of a sellout crowd at Camden Yards in Baltimore. With the win, New York improved to 3-4 on the season.

Series Preview: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (4/4-4/7)

Let's get this out of the way up front: the Yankees are a bad baseball team right now.  The good news? It's only six games into a 162 game marathon so there's plenty of time to right the ship.  The bad news? Half the projected starting lineup come midseason is currently on the Injured List and runs have been damn near impossible to come by.
Faced with two of the worst teams in the sport to open the season, at home no less, the Yankees went 2-4 and struggled offensively in every game outside of Opening Day.  With the team set to hit the road for the first time in 2019, let's take a look at the rematch series on tap against the division rival Baltimore Orioles.

Yankees to place Tulowitzki on IL, recall Thairo Estrada

The Yankees will be forced to place yet another player on the Injured List, as Troy Tulowitzki suffered a calf strain during Wednesday’s game against the Tigers. The cause of the strain is unknown to this point; Tulo was simply replaced by Tyler Wade during the game and will be undergoing further testing. To take his place on the roster, the Yankees will be calling up infielder Thairo Estrada from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bats continue to struggle as Yankees drop rubber game to Detroit

The Yankees came into the rubber game looking to get their offense going and their first series win of the year. However, neither one of those things happened as the bats continued to struggle, leading to the Yankees losing their second consecutive game and series by a score of 2-1.

Bats come up short as Yanks fall 3-1

A chilly night in the Bronx set up a pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Zimmerman in game two of a three game set between the Tigers and Yankees.  The Yanks took the opener of the series with a 3-1 win backed by a solid performance from Domingo German, and were looking to secure their first series win of the season in Tuesday night’s contest. The Yankee bats could not do enough as they fell 3-1, setting up a rubber match on Wednesday afternoon.

Yankees ride German and solid relief pitching to a 3-1 win over Detroit

Coming off a very frustrating opening weekend where they dropped two of three games to the Baltimore Orioles, and following the bad injury news the received Monday afternoon, the Yankees sought to get back in the win column Monday night against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers split their opening series with the Toronto Blue Jays despite scoring just six runs in four games, so Monday night presented an opportunity to get back in the win column against an inferior opponent. The Yankees did just that, securing a 3 – 1 win behind a solid outing from Domingo German and shutdown relief out of the bullpen.

Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers (4/1-4/3)

Following a thrilling victory on Opening Day, the Yankees, in disappointing fashion, dropped the final two games of the set to the Baltimore Orioles. The team’s RISP woes that lingered throughout 2018 came back to haunt them, having left 25 runners on base over the course of those two losses. Looking to move forward, the Bombers will welcome the Detroit Tigers to the Bronx for the second series of the young season.
The Tigers are coming off of a 4-game split with the division-rival Blue Jays, during which they were outscored 12-6. This is a must-win series for New York, as the Tigers are a team without hopes of contention although they stand in perhaps baseball’s weakest division. The Yanks struggled mightily last season against teams under .500, and that’s something that needs to change in 2019 if they want to claim their first division title in seven years.