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Yankees GBU – The first series loss in a while

Well it finally happened.  The New York Yankees finally lost a series.  After a disappointing two games in Toronto, the Yanks salvaged game three against the Blue Jays.  However, it was already too late to keep the nine series streak alive and the way the Yankees lost game two was embarrassing.

Look, the Yankees aren’t going to win 162 games a year and are going to win most series.  But the Yankees need to keep stressing good habits, and the multiple errors and poor bullpen management is not a good start.  Either way, the Yankees are happy to get out of Toronto with a win and a chance to start a new streak.

 

The Good

Lemahieu making case for MVP

There was a case to be made for many of the Yankee players, but when push comes to shove there has been no player more impressive than D.J. Lemahieu.  Lemahieu made some more waves in this series, batting .500 (7 for 14) and adding six RBIs.

Lemahieu’s RBIs all came in clutch situations, and he raised his average with RISP to a league leading .491.  While the Yankees may have only won one of the three games, Lemahieu is quite literally the life-blood of the Yankees right now.  Without him, the Yankees wouldn’t be anywhere as good as they are.

Imagine if the Yankees had DJLM either last season or the 2017 postseason run?  The biggest issue with the Yankees in the playoffs has been their inability to get hits with RISP.  Lemahieu is a machine and doesn’t let any situation bother him.  Once the playoffs come around, he’ll be the leader of almost every rally.

Happ is magnificent

Another real high point for the Yankees this series was J.A. Happ.  Happ made his third consecutive quality start for the Yankees on Thursday, pitching seven innings of four hit, one run ball.  He lowered his ERA to 4.48 and has looked much more comfortable on the bump of late.

The biggest difference between Happ’s early season results and his past few outings has been his ability to prevent the long ball.  Happ would give up multiple home runs in most of his early games.  He’s given up only three home runs in his past three starts, after giving up four to the Baltimore Orioles.

If Happ can continue this success he will be an integral part going forward.  When Happ is on he’s a solid back of the rotation man.  The Yankees may not regret not grabbing Dallas Keuchel if Happ can replicate some of the results.

Frazier silences the critics

Clint Frazier had a dizzying few days last week after refusing to meet with the media following an ugly performance in the field Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox.  Frazier met with the media Monday and spoke his mind, which can all be found here.

Regardless of how the rest of the series went (1 for 7 in the final two games) Clint Frazier made a statement in the second inning of game one.  With one man on, Frazier absolutely ripped a home run into the left field stands and stood there defiantly.

For as much flak as Frazier gets, the kid can swing the bat.  He proved that and will continue to prove that he isn’t fazed by the pressure.  He most certainly needs an attitude adjustment if he’s going to stick in New York, but it won’t be from lack of production.

The Bad

Another bad Tanaka outing

There’s something wrong with Masahiro Tanaka and he needs to figure it out quick before it’s too late.  The righty fell to 3-5 in a 4-3 loss on Tuesday night.  Tanaka pitched six innings, but gave up six hits and four runs, including a back-breaking home run to Freddy Galvis.

Tanaka’s inability to control his splitter has been his downfall.  His ERA is only 3.42 but he gives up runs at untimely moments.  Unfortunately, you know Tanaka is always good for a solo home run at some point in the game.  He is an extremely talented pitcher but the Yankees need him more than ever to be the ace he can be.

Gleyber struggles

Part of the reason why Gleyber Torres has been struggling the past two games has been his injury trouble.  Torres was scratched from Thursday night’s game with soreness in his arm, and that may have attributed to his 0-for-7 streak.

Torres hasn’t played bad in the least bit but he definitely didn’t look like himself against the Blue Jays.  Similar to Miguel Andujar laboring with his shoulder injury, maybe all Torres needs is a few days off.  Obviously Andujar’s injury ended his season but hopefully Torres will be back and kicking by this weekend.

The Ugly

Boone’s bullpen management

This is going to be a quick one since there was already a full article dedicated to it, but Aaron Boone needs to be better in handling his bullpen.  The full article is here but there is one specific thing that needs to be said.

Luis Cessa doesn’t deserve to be on this Yankees team anymore.  He currently has a 5.33 ERA and he hasn’t had a decent start in a while.  Cessa isn’t the worst pitcher in the world but he certainly has wore out his welcome with the Yankees.  They don’t need him regardless of how “long” he can go because whenever he’s in, there’s always some kind of trouble.

The most frustrating part of all this is that Aaron Boone goes back to him like clockwork.  Cessa doesn’t deserve to still be in the bullpen rotation or on the team.  He needs a fresh start somewhere else.  Anywhere but the Yankees.

 

You can’t win every game or every series.  It’s physically impossible unless you’re the ’98 Yankees.  The Yankees blew game two of the series but were able to stop the losing streak at three games.

It’s important to note this because the Yankees have been doing this all season.  As long as you limit your losing streaks during the season you’ll be in a good position to make the playoffs.  The Yankees have done just that all season long and haven’t had a prolonged losing streak so far.

 

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Chris Passarelli
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