The Yankees lost the middle game of their series against the Mets, 8-2, at Yankee Stadium. They will look to win the Subway Series and have bragging rights until the end of the season when they play the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball.
CC Sabathia took a step back in yesterday’s start after allowing only two earned runs in eight innings to the Tigers on 4/20. During his fourth start of the season, Sabathia allowed seven earned runs and only two strikeouts in his seven innings pitched. He was not able to strikeout batters like he did in his previous starts as he only had two on Saturday after having five, seven and eight in his previous three starts.
The Yankees offense was not able to do much against the Mets ace, Matt Harvey. The Dark Knight limited the Yankees offense that scored six runs off of Mets starter Jacob deGrom on Friday to only two runs in 8.2 innings. Harvey pitched like he did when he was an All-Star during the 2013 season and his dominating start lowered his ERA to a very good 3.04. He is one of the best pitchers in the National League and Alex Rodriguez, who is two homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list, was very impressed with Harvey’s performance.
“Wow. He’s as good as advertised, no doubt about it,” said A-Rod, who was 0-4 with two strikeouts. “He’s awesome. Give him a lot of credit. He challenged me, threw a 98-mile-an-hour fastball right by me. I tipped my cap to that one. That’s what baseball is all about.’‘
Mark Teixeira hit his eighth homer of the season and drove in his 18th run when he hit a solo homer in the seventh to make the score 7-2. He had three of the team’s five hits and seems to be on track to have a much higher average then he did last season.
During Sunday night’s game at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN Jonathon Niese will get the start for the Mets and Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Yankees. The Yankees are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the AL East and if they get the win they will be 11-8.
Eovaldi will look to pitch deep into the game while keep his pitches down like he did in his last start. He was helped by getting the Tigers to hit into three double plays. He had his best start of the season as he pitched a season-high seven innings and allowed a season-low one earned run and only one walk. Eovaldi was only able to throw 5.0 and 5.1 innings in his first two starts.
He has allowed eight hits in all three starts this season and will look to keep that number down tonight against the Mets. He was able to have more success in his last start after relying more on his over powering fastball and slider.
Niese only allowed one run in seven innings against the Yankees when he pitched against them during the 2013 season and has a 1.33 ERA in three starts against the Yankees between 2012 and 2014. However, that is a small sample size, and the Yankees offense will look to have success against a successful Mets starter like they did on Friday.
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On Thursday, the Yankees (9-7) won the series finale against the Detroit Tigers 2-1. They won three of the four games during their series at Comerica Park against the Tigers who previously had the best offense in baseball, and they finished their 10-game road trip to Camden Yards, Tropicana Field and Comerica Park with an impressive 7-3 record.
After struggling on defense during their first nine games of the season, the Yankees have played like they are capable of defensively and have made a number of highlight plays while winning six of their past seven games. During the win over the Tigers last night, Chase Headley made outstanding plays in the seventh and ninth innings to help the team get the win.
After not allowing a run in seven innings in his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays, Masahiro Tanaka allowed only one run in 6.1 innings pitched against the Tigers. He had six strikeouts and only allowed three hits and was arguably more impressive during this start because Detroit’s lineup is much deeper and more powerful than Tampa Bay’s. Tanaka looked shaky in his first two starts of the season, but he has pitched like the ace he was last season in his last two starts.
It is a positive sign that Tanaka (1), Nathan Eovaldi (1) and CC Sabathia (2) allowed a combined four runs against the Tigers. Those three starters shutdown what is likely the best offense in baseball and proved that the No 1, No. 3 and No. 4 starters can have success any time they take the mound.
Tanaka pitched on normal rest for the first time this season and when he was interviewed after the game he said that there was no difference for him throwing on four days rest instead of five. He now has a 2.85 ERA in day games between last season and this season.
Also, during the series against the Tigers, Chris Young continued to prove that he could be a superior option to Carlos Beltran going forward. Young went 1-4 Thursday night, but during the series he was 7-13 (.538) with three run scored, two doubles, a homer and an RBI. He has an outstanding .357 average this season with four homers, nine RBIs, eight runs scored and five doubles.
Beltran has a .184 average with zero homers, so there is not comparison as to who has been more valuable this season. Beltran might still turn it around, but he appears to at 37 years old not have much left and Young is performing like he did in 2010 when he hit 27 homers with 91 RBIs and was an All-Star.
Both Yankees runs were scored by Jacoby Ellsbury, who used his speed to his advantage. In the sixth inning, Ellsbury walked, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then he was able to score after causing Anibal Sanchez to balk. In the eighth inning, Ellsbury doubled to center, Brett Gardner sacrificed him to third and then he was able to score the winning run on Brian McCann’s ground out to first.
Dellin Betances looked like the dominating set-up man that he was last year for his fifth straight appearance as he picked up his fourth win and pitched a perfect eighth inning recording two strikeouts. Andrew Miller recorded his sixth save in as many chances and has proven to be an excellent offseason signing. He got the heart of the Tigers order, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, out on only eight pitches.
Miller’s fastball and slider combo helped him strikeout Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. Either the Yankees or Kansas City Royals likely have the best bullpen in the American League.
The Yankees are pitching well and playing well defensively and getting timely hitting offensively going into their Subway Series against the Mets, who at 13-3 have the best record in baseball. The Mets have won their last 11 games and this will be the first time in Subway Series history that the Yankees and Mets are both in first place heading into the series.
“It is going to be awesome,” said Alex Rodriguez, who sat out his first game of the season on Thursday. “The stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It is fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”
The Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday for their fourth win in five games. They are playing much better in their previous five games since they have been getting improved defensive play, reliable starting pitching and more offensive production.
Nathan Eovaldi had by far his best start as a Yankees and picked up his first win since August 8 of last season. He had four strikeouts and was able to get through seven innings while only throwing 94 pitches. That is a big improvement on his first two starts as he only threw 5.1 and 5.0 innings, respectively.
The Tigers were 0-6 with runners in scoring position while Shreve was pitching and he was able to get Detroit to hit into four double plays. Dellin Betances came into the game after Shreve allowed a double Alex Avila to leadoff the eighth, and he continued to pitch well retiring all three batters he faced including two strikeouts.
On offense, Chris Young continued to be much more valuable than Carlos Beltran as he was 3-3 to raise his average to .344 and hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh inning. (Beltran has zero homers and a low .171 average.) Later in the seventh inning, Stephen Drew also hit his fourth homer of the season (he only has two hits besides those four homers) and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a wild pitch by Al Alburquerque.
The Yankees scored their first run of the game on a Mark Teixeira double to deep right that sent Brett Gardner home. Teixeria is now tied for the team lead with four doubles and his 10 RBIs are second on the team to Alex Rodriguez’s 11.
Chasen Shreve, who was sent down to Triple-A Scranton because he threw 3.1 innings and 56 pitches in the 19-inning loss to the Red Sox on April 10, was called back up to the Yankees on Tuesday and Brandon Pinder was sent down. Shreve allowed one run in his first appearance on April 6, but he rebounded to perform extremely well against the Red Sox as he recorded four strikeouts and only three hits while pitching in extra innings.
In Shreve’s week an a half with the RailRiders he did not allow a run in his 2.1 innings of relief. The 24-year-old from Las Vegas allowed four hits in the only game he appeared in but he was able to pitch well with runners on base since he didn’t allow a run to score. That is a positive sign since he will likely often be brought into games in the middle of innings.
Shreve is a pitcher that the Yankees can rely on in middle relief this season. After Shreve made an adjustment to increase his velocity early last season he was able to dominate like he had not the previous season.
“Just decided to throw harder and stop worrying about trying to not walk people instead of throwing quality strikes,” he said. “It was more of my choice to throw harder instead of trying to spot everything.”
In 2013, at two levels of the minors in the Braves organization, he had a 3.90 ERA in 62.1 innings. He was a fringe prospect at that point. However, in 2014, while pitching 54.1 innings at Double-A and briefly at Triple-A, Shreve had a 2.67 ERA in 64 innings with an impressive 87 strikeouts and only 12 walks. He was promoted to the Braves on September 1 after also getting a call up for five games in July, and only allowed a run in one game leading to an outstanding 0.73 ERA.
He will be a pitcher that the Joe Girardi can count in to pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth innings along with Dellin Betances, David Carpenter and Justin Wilson. Andrew Miller has won the closer job for now.
After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the Yankees began their series in Detroit against the Tigers (11-2) with a 2-1 loss. CC Sabathia pitched his first complete come since July 9 of 2013 while throwing eight strong innings and only allowing two runs, but the Yankees lost because they were only 1-5 with runners in scoring position.
The only run that the Yankees scored was a homer to right center on an 0-2 pitch by Mark Teixeira in the second inning. After that at bat he was hitting 7-15 with two homers against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon. With Teixeira’s homer, he moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time homer list for switch hitters passing Lance Berkman with 367. However, Teixeira went 0-3 in his next three at-bats and is now hitting .190 this season.
Didi Gregorius, who has struggled so far this season after coming to the Yankees in the three-way trade that sent Shane Greene to the Tigers, had the only hit with a runner in scoring position. In the eighth inning, with Chase Headley on second with one out, Gregorius singled to center to advance Headley to third.
However, the Yankees didn’t score since the third base coach decided to be safe and hold Headley at third. There was about a 50/50 chance that Headley would have scored. The Yankees were not able to score in the eighth inning because Joba Chamberlain, who was a Yankee for the first seven years of his career, got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground into a double play.
Headley was the only other positive offensively as he had two singles. It was his third multi-hit game of the season and he now has a three-game hitting streak. He improved his average to .260. However, Gregorius, Stephen Drew, Carlos Beltran and Teixeira all have to hit better since they are all hitting .200 or worse. That is too many hitters in the lineup with a very low average.
Sabathia was able to throw more than 90 miles per hour in the eighth inning, had five strikeouts, was able to get the Tigers to hit into three double plays and had a very encouraging third start of the season. His changeup is getting much better as the Tigers were 2-12 in at-bats that ended with a Sabathia change.
“Arm speed is a big deal,” McCann said. “When your arm speed’s there and it looks exactly like your fastball and it’s a six, seven mile-per-hour difference, you’re going to get a lot of ground balls and you’re going to keep it off the barrel.”
Throwing the change more is part of his transformation as a pitcher. He was able to get Miguel Cabrera, who is one of the top-three hitters in baseball, to ground into a double play in the first and fourth innings and had a shutout through six innings.
In the seventh inning, he allowed a single to Rajai Davis and then intentionally walked Victor Martinez with two outs. J.D. Martinez’s single tied the game and then Yoenis Cespedes’s single to center that scored Martinez ended up being the winning run. Jacoby Ellsbury had a chance of throwing Martinez out at home but decided to go for the sure out since he was able to get J.D. Martinez out in a run down. He would have had to have made a perfect throw to home since Victor Martinez was able to get a running start with two outs.
Sabathia definitely pitched well enough to get the win but the offense wasn’t able to give him enough run support. There were some extra-base hits that were prevented by outstanding catches from Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, but If Sabathia can continue to pitch the way he did the rest of the season then he will win many games because the offense will usually score more runs for him.
CC Sabathia tied Sam McDowell for 35th on the all-time strikeout list with 2,453. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start in Game 2 of the series and he will look to strike out nine like he did in his last start but pitch deeper into the game than the five innings he threw against the Baltimore Orioles.
After sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the Yankees (6-6) will play a four-game series against the 10-2 Detroit Tigers. In the three game sweep of the Rays, the Yankees scored a combined 19 runs while limiting the rays to only seven. Masahiro Tanaka threw by far his best game of the season, Alex Rodriguez hit his third and fourth homers putting him only two behind Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list and Garrett Jones even hit a triple during Sunday’s win. The bullpen performed well, as they should be able to do for most of the season, and the Yankees will go into Detroit with momentum.
Here are the pitching match-ups for the series at Comerica Park:
7:08 P.M., on the YES Network and ESPN
RHP Nate Eovaldi (0-0, 4.35 ERA)
LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 5.40 ERA)
7:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 4.82 ERA)
LHP David Price (1-0, 0.40 ERA)
7:08 p.m.., YES Network
TBD / RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA
RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71)
1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
Detroit is coming into the series with the the best record in the American League with three more wins than the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers have scored the second most runs (68), have the second best average (.305), have the third most hits (128) and are in a tie with three teams for the second most doubles (24). Sabathia, Eovaldi and Warren will have to pitch better than they did in their previous starts when they take the mound during this series.
The TBD before Tanaka’s name is because their is a possibility that the Joe Girardi will give Tanaka and extra few days of rest. The Yankees talked about going with a six-man rotation during spring training and this is a time that it would make sense to do so.
CC Sabathia will get the start tonight for the Yankees. In his previous start he pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits, four earned runs and had seven strikeouts. His previous start was much better than his first one, and Sabathia will look to allow fewer earned runs in his start in Detroit. He has proven to still be a strikeout pitcher with outstanding control as he has 15 strikeouts and only one walk in two starts, but he needs to continue being effective later in games.
His fourth strikeout of the game, in the fourth inning against Jonathan Schoop, moved him passed Andy Pettitte on the all-time strikeout list. After the three more strikeouts that he had during the game, he now has 2,452 and is in 36th place on the all-time list.
The Yankees will face David Price, who has only allowed one run in 22.1 innings pitched, but they will not have to face Shane Greene in this series. Greene has also been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far as he has made three starts and only allowed one earned run in 23.0 innings pitched.
Girardi has decided that Tanaka will make his start on Thursday. It will be the first time this season that Tanaka will start on four days rest. The off days that they have had have allowed him to have an extra day, but Tanaka will have to get used to pitching on four days rest as the season progresses. He will have to prove that he can stay healthy for the whole season.
The Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-0, on Saturday night at Tropicana Field in what was their best all around game of the season. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings in what was by far his best start of the season.
In Tanaka’s seven shutout innings he struck out eight batters and didn’t have any walks in only 85 pitches. He threw 58 of his pitches for strikes and only allowed two hits. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Tanaka allowed a leadoff double to Brandon Guyer but he was able to rebound to strikeout Rene Rivera and David DeJesus and then Steven Souza Jr grounded out to third.
After Tanaka allowed a single to leadoff the game he then retired 15 consecutive Rays, which included getting the dangerous Evan Longoria out two times. He has improved in each of his three starts this season as he allowed four earned runs in his first start, three in his second and then zero in this one. He looked like he did during his dominating rookie season.
“I think I was able to adjust well and get results,” Tanaka said. “The way that I was pitching the mechanics worked well. I am happy with the results. I liked my fastball in particular.” Joe Girardi thought that all of Tanaka’s pitches were working well and isn’t concerned about last year’s injury anymore.
The Bronx Bombers scored their most runs since they beat the Boston Red Sox 14-4 during Tanaka’s last start. It was a pitchers duel between Tanaka and Jake Odorizzi until the sixth inning when Brian McCann’s triple to deep right scored Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. McCann’s drive came about a foot from being a homer and he had a triple since it hit an aluminum part of the wall and went nearly back to the infield.
Then, in the seventh inning, Gregorio Petit hit a sac fly to score Chase Headley, Brett Gardner singled to left to score Stephen Drew, Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly to right to score Jacoby Ellsbury and then Chris Young hit his third career grand slam to deep left to send Gardner, Rodriguez and McCann home.
Young’s homer essentially sealed the win for the Yankees at Tropicana Field. After getting three hits in four at-bats, Young is now hitting a solid .276 with an impressive three homers and eight RBIs. He deserves to play more in right field instead of Carlos Beltran since the soon to be 38-year-old is only hitting .184 with zero homers. Young has much more power in his bat, is more consistent right now and is just as reliable as Beltran in the outfield.
“You’re just trying to have a good at-bat,” Young said afterwards. “A grand slam is great, but it’s not what’s in your mind..I was just trying to grind, battle, trying to work a walk or base hit. And he happened to leave one up for me.”
The win ensured their first series win of the season and gives them a chance for their first sweep when Michael Pineda pitches against the Rays on Saturday afternoon. Pineda, how had a sub-par performance in his last start as he allowed five earned runs to the Baltimore Orioles, has the potential to form the best No. 1 and No. 2 combo with Tanaka in the AL East.
They are likely already the best number one and two starters in the division based on what they did last season. Pineda has greatly improved his change to go with his very good slider and fastball and in his first start he only allowed two earned runs in six innings to the Toronto Blue Jays. In his seven away games last season he had a 2.21 ERA and in his start at Tropicana Field he allowed a run in 5.1 innings.
The Yankees (4-6) beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, at Tropicana Field on Friday night to end their two-game losing streak. They will now have to win one of their next two games against the Rays to win their first series of the season.
Alex Rodriguez, who has been the team’s best offensive player so far this season, was the reason that the team won this game. He drove in as many runs as the Rays scored as a team. A-Rod is now .344 with four homers, six runs scored, two doubles and 11 RBIs.
To leadoff the top of the second inning, Rodriguez hit a 471-foot solo homer to deep left center field. This homer was the longest round tripper in baseball this season. His second home run, in the sixth inning, was a line drive 400-foot blast that drove in Brian McCann. That homer in the sixth inning gives him 658 and puts him two behind tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time homer list. For his fourth RBI of the game, A-Rod’s single on a line drive to center scored Brett Gardner after he stole second as a pinch runner. His last multi-homer game came on May 23 of 2012.
He has performed better than anyone could have expected so far after missing all of last season due to his suspension. It was realistic to think that he could hit 15 homers this season based on his stats during spring training, but the start that he has gotten off to has proved that could surpass that total. His bat speed is back to the way it was a few years ago, he knows what pitches he can do damage with and his mechanics set him up to hit the ball with power.
After the game, Rodriguez was grateful to be playing baseball once again, said that he is enjoying playing this season and said that he didn’t know what to expect from himself.
“More than anything, I’m just feeling very grateful to be back playing baseball,” he said. “I’m very grateful to (owners) Hank and Hal [Steinbrenner] for giving me the opportunity to put the uniform on again. It’s something I don’t take for granted and it’s much appreciated. It just feels good to be playing baseball. I’m having fun out there. I don’t think anyone knew what to expect. Including myself.”
Adam Warren was not as effective as he was during first start as he threw pitches in the fourth inning that he wanted back. He pitched well in the first three innings, as he allowed three singles in the first three frames, but in the fourth inning he allowed a single, a walk, a three-run homer Allan Dykstra and then a solo blast to Logan Forsythe.
However, the bullpen was able to rebound from a shaky performance on Wednesday to pitch five innings while allowing only two hits. Esmil Rogers pitched two innings in relief of Warren while recording two strikeouts and no hits, Dellin Betances got his second win of the season after recording a strikeout and a hit in his inning pitched and Andrew Miller, the closer for now, got his third save of the season and kept his ERA at 0.00 as he collected three strikeouts (and one hit) in his 1.1 innings pitched.
The fifth run that the Yankees scored was driven in by Stephen Drew in the fourth inning, He hit a solo homer on a line drive to right center field. That homer was his 100th of his career and he joins his brother J.D. Drew on the list of brothers with 100 or more homers. Drew needs to hit more consistently, but on the positive side his last three hits have been homers.
Masahiro Tanaka will get his third start of the season on Saturday night against the Rays. In his start on April 12 against the Red Sox he allowed three runs in five innings while adding five strikeouts. He will look to improve on the results from his second start just like he did from his first start.
The Yankees had an off day on Thursday before continuing their road trip. Their final seven games of their road trip will be against the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers.
To begin the season they have lost two of their three games in each of their first three series, which means that they have lost their first three series of the season to AL East opponents.
“It’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “It’s not the way you want to start. We get an off day (on Thursday), and we need to turn it around. Obviously we need to start winning series, or it becomes a long year.”
During Wednesday’s game, Nathan Eovaldi pitched five innings while allowing two runs, eight hits, three walks and a homer to Manny Machado. It was an improvement on his first start since he had nine strikeouts against the Orioles on Wednesday and allowed two runs but allowed three earned runs and only had one strikeout against the Boston Red Sox.
Eovaldi will still want to limit the hits that he allows since eight are too many. However, it is a positive sign that he was able to collect nine strikeouts since that means he was living up to what he is capable of doing. He is the No. 4 starter in the rotation right now, but based on Eovaldi’s stuff and velocity he has the ability to be a No. 3 or No. 2 starter.
Carlos Beltran doubled to deep right center in the third inning to score Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley. Beltran could be coming out of his slump as he now has three RBIs and two extra-base hits in his last two games. However, he should move lower in the lineup if his average doesn’t improve soon as he is only hitting .171.
In the fourth inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a towering 433-foot homer to left to give a Yankees a 3-1 lead. His 656th homer of his career was the 13th-furtherst hit ball in the majors this season.
In the eighth inning, the Yankees added two more runs but they weren’t enough to tie the game. Brian McCann hit a sac fly to center to score Headley and move Mark Teixiera to third, and then Teixeira scored on Tommy Hunter’s wild pitch while Rodriguez was batting to make the score 7-5.
The Yankees lost this game because of their bullpen, which as of now is the strongest and deepest unit on the team. Besides this game it has been more reliable than the offense, starting pitching and defense. David Carpenter and Justin Wilson, who had pitched well previously this season, allowed a total of five earned runs in the sixth inning. Carpenter allowed three runs while only recording one out and Wilson surrendered two runs off of two outs while not getting an out.
Baltimore scored two other runs in the fourth and first innings respectively. The homer that Machado hit was his first of the season.
The Yankees can’t seem to have their offense, defense, starting pitching and bullpen all perform well during the same game. They would have won this game if Carpenter had performed like he had in the games prior to this one. This series that they have coming up against the Rays (6-4) is close to a must win one because they don’t want to have a 4-8 record going into the series against the surging Tigers (8-1).
Adam Warren will get his second start of the season during the 7:10 p.m. game and Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.97 ERA) will get his third start of the season for the Rays. Warren had an encouraging first start of the season as he allowed only one earned run and five hits (two overall) in his 5.1 innings pitched. This was his first start since the 2013 season when he made two. Warren will want to be more economical with his pitches since he threw 98 pitches in only 5.1 innings.
The Yankees will look to rebound from Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles when they play the Orioles on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the series. The Yankees beat Baltimore 6-5 on Monday in the first game of the series after Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit grand slam.
The Yankees had a chance to win Tuesday night’s game but the Yankees were only able to score two runs in the eighth after having runners on first and third with one out. Carlos Beltran’s groundout scored Didi Gregorius and then Chase Headley scored after an error allowed Mark Teixiera to reach first. If Beltran and Teixeira would have both hit doubles they could have had a 7-6 lead instead of a 6-5 deficit after the eighth inning.
CC Sabathia got the start and was unlucky for the most part and pitched better than his stats indicate. He had seven strikeouts and only one walk, and Sabathia now has 15 strikeouts and only one walk in his two starts. Two plays that really hurt Sabathia were Adam Jones’s homer that easily cleared the wall in left in the first and Caleb Joseph’s triple to the gap in right center to leadoff the seventh inning.
Joseph would score on a sacrifice fly to center by Everth Cabrera for what would be the winning run. Cabrera hit a pop up to shallow canter and if Jacoby Ellsbury had a strong throwing arm he likely would have had Joseph out at home.
In the third game of the series, Nathan Eovaldi will get his second start for the Yankees. Eovaldi threw a pitch that was 101 miles per hour in his start last week against the Boston Red Sox, but wasn’t as effective overall as he should be. In 5.1 innings he allowed eight hits, three earned runs and only had one strikeout. He has the stuff and velocity to be a pitcher who can consistently strikeout more than five batters.
Carlos Beltran, who is only hitting .156, is still hitting third in the lineup. He will likely be moved to six or seven in the next week or two if he isn’t more productive.
Didi Gregorius is a player who needs to be better not only on offense but surprisingly on defense as well. He is hitting .154, has made many mental mistakes on the base-paths in addition to not throwing home when he should have & made his first error last night. His struggles could be the result of pressing as he is playing his first few games with the Yankees and replacing Derek Jeter in the process.
The Yankees had by far their best offensive game of the season when they beat the Boston Red Sox 14-4 on Sunday Night Baseball. They had only scored 17 runs in their previous five games combined, which helped lead to the 1-4 record that they had before Sunday’s game.
The offense came to life right out of the gates with a seven-run outburst in the first inning. That first inning was highlighted by a double by Alex Rodriguez (who has been the team’s best hitter) that scored Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann, as well as back-to-back homers by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew. Here are all of the seven runs that the Yankees scored in the first inning.
In the fourth inning, the Yankees tacked on three more runs to effectively put the game out of reach. Brett Gardner hit a single to center that scored Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly that scored Gardner.
The Yankees scored nine earned runs (10 overall) off of Red Sox starter Clay Bucholz. He dominated in his Opening Day start but stayed true to form in being a very enigmatic pitcher. In 2013, he was one of the best starters in baseball as he made 16 starts and had 12 wins and a 1.74 ERA. However, in 2014, he was the complete opposite as he had a very high 5.34 ERA in 28 starts. Boston improved their offense in the offseason, but their rotation is filled with No. 3 starters.
Masahiro Tanaka had his second start of the season and his stats were better than his start on Opening Day. Tanaka pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs, four hits and three walks. He was able to pitch one more inning and allow one fewer hit and earned run than he did in his first start of the season. Tanaka is still figuring out how to pitch while throwing fewer four-seam fastballs, but he could be better in his next start as he will be facing a weaker Tampa Bay Rays lineup.
Tanaka was able to strikeout Ryan Hanigan and Mookie Betts swinging in consecutive at-bats in the fourth inning. His sliders and splitters were working well for the most part. On Opening Day, Tanaka only threw a few four-seam fastballs, but on Sunday he threw 24 of them ranging from 89-92 miles per hour. Three of his four strikeouts were on sliders, which is a good sign going forward because his splitter was mainly his strikeout pitch last season.
“I thought he was better with his fastball, but he didn’t throw as many strikes with his off-speed as he did; it was the opposite,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The next step is to put them both together and we’ll have Tanaka.”
In the eighth inning, to give the Yankees their 14th and final run, McCann hit a homer that just made it above the wall in right for a classic Yankee Stadium homer. The ball just made it over the short porch and wouldn’t have been a home run in many other stadiums. That home run was McCann’s 200th of his career. McCann’s two hits in five at-bats boosted his average to a respectable .278.
The Yankees start a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will make his second start of the season after allowing two runs in six innings in his start against the Blue Jays on April 8.