Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t sharp once again last night, allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs. He left with his team trailing 5-1.
Chad Green gave the offense a chance to catch up with 3.1 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts, but the damage was already done.
All starters but Sanchez reached base, with Judge and Hicks doing it 3 times a piece while Didi did so 2 times.
Chris Carter might have bought himself an other start at first, with a solo home run in the 5th inning. He also hit a liner right at 3rd base in the 2nd and got robbed of a hit by a diving Sandoval in the 7th.
Aaron Judge had an other good game, with 2 hits (including a double) and a walk. He was the tying run when he batted with 2 outs in the 9th inning against Kimbrel, who struck him out. The Red Sox closer was very sharp striking out 5 batters for the 4 out save (Gregorius reached first on a dropped 3rd strike in the 8th).
The end result is a 5-4 loss, with both team going again at it tonight. The Sox are now closer than ever to the Yankees in the AL East race been only 1 game behind.
The first game of this series will bring us a duel of two pitchers who haven’t performed up to their potential yet this year.
On one hand Tanaka, the ace of the Yankees staff, has been very underwhelming this season. That’s what allowing 2.07 HR/9 will do to you. His 6.64 ERA is the 2nd in the majors (behind Bartolo Colon) and even tho his 21.2% HR/FB will eventually go down, you have to start worrying about him at some point. He allowed 10 home runs on sliders so far this year, it’s still getting plenty of wiffs, but every time he hangs one or can’t burry it down enough, it gets hit hard.
For Pomeranz, the main issue is efficency. he hasn’t been hit hard that often this year. He has had a lot of trouble getting deep into starts though so the Yankees need to take advantage of that. He’s still striking out plenty of batters, but he’s allowed a hit per inning while walking about 3 batters per 9 innings. That’s not bad, but not helping the pitch count.
Here are tonight’s lineups
- Brett Gardner LF (.269, 12 HR, 26 RBI)
- Gary Sanchez C (.259, 6 HR, 15 RBI
- Aaron Judge RF (.324, 18 HR, 41 RBI)
- Matt Holliday DH (.271, 12 HR, 37 RBI)
- Starlin Castro 2B (.315, 9 HR, 31 RBI)
- Aaron Hicks CF (.321, 8 HR, 31 RBI)
- Didi Gregorius SS (.308, 4 HR, 20 RBI)
- Chase Headley 3B (.228, 3 HR, 23 RBI)
- Chris Carter 1B (.180, 4 HR, 14 RBI)
- Mookie Betts RF (.264, 9 HR, 33 RBI)
- Andrew Benintendi LF (.269, 9 HR, 30 RBI)
- Xander Bogaerts SS (.330, 2 HR, 21 RBI)
- Mitch Moreland 1B (.263, 6 HR, 28 RBI)
- Hanley Ramirez DH (.253, 7 HR, 23 RBI)
- Jackie Bradley CF (.233, 7 HR, 24 RBI)
- Christian Vazquez C (.344, 0 HR, 11 RBI)
- Pablo Sandoval 3B (.234, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
- Deven Marrero 2B (.171, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
With some Baby Bombers up and more coming, the performance of the farm system has been a focus more than ever. Here are five notable performances down on the farm yesterday (June 5 2017).
- Gleyber Torres: 3-3, 1 BB, 4 RBI, 3-run home run (first Triple-A homer)
- Domingo German: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 R (0 ER)
- Tito Polo: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB
- Trey Amburgey: 1-4, 2-run home run
- Ian Clarkin: 4 IP. 4 H. 2 BB, 2 K, 0 R
Tomorrow, the Yankees will host a 3 game series against the Boston Red Sox. This will feature the top 2 teams in the AL East and is a pretty important series for both teams.
Game 1: June 6 2017, 7:05 pm ET
Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 6.34 ERA) vs Drew Pomeranz (5-3, 4.24 ERA)
Game 2: June 7 2017, 7:05 pm ET
C.C Sabathia (6-2, 4.12 ERA) vs Rick Porcello (3-7, 4.24 ERA)
Game 3: June 8 2017, 7:05 pm ET
Michael Pineda (6-3, 3.76 ERA) vs David Price (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
These two teams have only played 2 games against each other so far this season back in early april. The first game was postponed while the next two were taken by the Yanks by the score of 3-1 and 3-0. These games don’t mean much for the upcoming series especially since the Sox are welcoming back David Price for only his third start of the year.
The Sox are a very good team, with a good offense and a solid pitching staff anchored by ace Chris Sale and closer Craig Kimbrel. Here are some of their players distinguishing themselves so far this year.
- Mookie Betts (.264 avg, 9 HR, 17 2B, 33 RBI, 35 R, 9-10 SB)
- Xander Bogaerts (.330 avg, .386 OBP, 35 R, 8-8 SB)
- Chris Sale (84 IP, 119 K, 2.89 ERA, 0.93 WHIP)
- Craig Kimbrel (25.1 IP, 48K, 1.07 ERA, 0.47 WHIP)
On the mend:
The Red Sox are without 3 position players right now, most notably Dustin Pedroia but also Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez. They’ll also be without starters Roenis Elias, Eduardo Rodriguez and knuckleballer Steven Wright as well as relievers Robbie Ross Jr., Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg.