CHICAGO – For the second time in three games, the Yankees scored seven runs en route to a win in Chicago.
Luis Severino definitely took a step in the right direction Wednesday night, settling in after a rocky first inning where he allowed two runs to throw seven innings and strike out eight batters.
José Abreu and Daniel Palka recorded an RBI double and single, respectively, in the first, but Sevy locked things down from there. A solo home run allowed to Tim Anderson leading off the fifth inning was the only mistake he made from that point on. His fastball velocity, a concern of many, was a consistent 97.05 mph and his command appears to have gotten back on track.
The Yankees offense stepped up behind their ace so that he could work through his issues. Finding themselves down by two in the second inning, the Bombers stormed back with a six-run frame. Gleyber Torres led off with a walk, Neil Walker singled then Austin Romine and Shane Robinson hit ground ball RBI singles to tie the score at two.
After Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch, Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the box against Lucas Giolito. He worked the count to 3-0 and fouled two pitches to make the count full. He lofted the sixth pitch down the right-field line, and barely snuck it fair inside the foul pole for a grand slam. His 27th home run of the year capped a very productive frame for the Yanks.
In the fifth inning, Aaron Hicks continued to increase his career-high in home runs by cranking his 19th of the year on a hanging curveball from Giolito.
J.A. Happ returns from his hand, foot and mouth disease to welcome the Texas Rangers for a three-game series. Reporters indicated after the game that Chance Adams would be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear his roster spot.
After snapping a five-game losing streak last night against the White Sox, CC Sabathia looks to keep the momentum going in the right direction.
Sabathia gets the ball after needing 77 pitches to get just nine outs August 2 in Boston. He allowed just two runs, but the Yankees wound up getting clobbered. He walked four and gave up three hits. The Yankees went 3-1 in his starts in July, though he managed to put up an unwieldy 5.48 ERA in those 21⅓ innings.
Reynaldo López gets the ball for the South-Siders. Signed in 2012 out of the Dominican Republic, López came to the White Sox with Dane Dunning and Lucas Giolito in the deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. In 22 starts this season, he has a 4-9 record and a 4.47 ERA. His 5.16 FIP indicates he’s been hit hard, and a 4.0 walks-per-9 shows the command isn’t there yet for the 24-year-old.
Brett Gardner gets the night off, having started 12 of the last 13 games. Shane Robinson spells him in left field. Miguel Andújar once again serves as the designated hitter with Neil Walker suiting up at the hot corner. Kyle Higashioka gets another start behind the dish.
- The Yankees caught a break in their trade of Brandon Drury, whom the Blue Jays placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hand fracture today. It turns out the injury was sustained July 24 against the Rays, which ended up being his final game as a Yankee before being dealt with Billy McKinney for J.A. Happ.
- Speaking of Happ: the team hasn’t decided whether Chance Adams will start Thursday or if Happ will return to pitch then. Adams will stick around with the big league club until that decision is made because of the 10-day rule.
- There is nothing wrong with Austin Romine. Just sitting again because he caught five days in a row.
- Aaron Judge has yet to start swinging a bat.
- Clint Frazier and Michael Kay appear to have figured out their weird squabble over Kay’s comments regarding Frazier’s concussion. Boone said the two talked on the phone and it was now “water under the bridge”.
White Sox Lineup:
- Tim Anderson – SS
- Avisail García – RF
- José Abreu – 1B
- Matt Davidson – DH
- Yoan Moncada – 2B
- Ryan LaMarre – LF
- Yolmer Sánchez – 3B
- Adam Engel – CF
- Omar Narváez – C
With a disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox behind them, the Yankees take on a different kind of Sox as they open a three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Lance Lynn gets the ball in his first start as a Yankee after impressing with 4⅓ scoreless innings of relief of Sonny Gray on August 1. The Yankees announced after that game that Gray would become the new mop-up reliever and Lynn would return to his usual spot in the rotation. Lynn’s stats are a bit odd because he did not sign with Minnesota until March 21, and therefore only threw seven innings in Spring Training. As a result, he had a 8.37 ERA in his first five starts. Since then, in 16 appearances, Lynn has settled down into a 3.90 ERA in 83 innings.
Dylan Covey gets the ball for the White Sox. It’s been another bad year for the White Sox righty, who owns a 4-7 record and 5.57 ERA. He gave up seven runs (four earned) to Kansas City in his last outing August 1. He only lasted 4⅓ innings and 83 pitches, though his own error and that of Yoan Moncada did not help him out. He got shelled last season facing the Yanks on April 19, when he allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits (three of which left the ballpark – Starlin Castro, Chase Headley and Aaron Judge did the honors).
Giancarlo Stanton‘s tight left hamstring seems to have subsided a bit, as he returns to right field tonight. Miguel Andújar is the designated hitter tonight, while Neil Walker sneaks back into the lineup at third base. Kyle Higashioka gets his first start in just under a week after Austin Romine started all four games in Boston.
- Aaron Judge was seen taking fly balls in the outfield at Guaranteed Rate Field pre-game. He did not commit to the exact three-week timetable previously laid out for him, but seems to be doing well in his rehab from a small fracture in his right wrist.
- Gary Sánchez is running with about 85-90% of his bodyweight on a zero gravity treadmill, and could be back to baseball activites sooner rather than later.
- J.A. Happ is “out of the woods” with regards to his hand, foot and mouth disease exposure, and is set to come off the disabled list to pitch Thursday against Texas.
White Sox Lineup:
- Yoan Moncada – 2B
- Yolmer Sanchez – 3B
- Jose Abreu – 1B
- Daniel Palka – DH
- Avisail Garcia – RF
- Nicky Delmonico – LF
- Tim Anderson – SS
- Kevan Smith – C
- Adam Engel – CF
UPDATE (August 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT): Luis Cessa and Luke Voit have officially been promoted. J.A. Happ has been placed on the 10-day D.L. (retroactive to July 30) with hand, foot and mouth disease. Tyler Wade has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Cessa will wear his usual No. 85 while Voit will take Chasen Shreve’s old No. 45.
The Yankees will have two RailRiders in uniform tomorrow night in the form of righty Luis Cessa and first baseman Luke Voit, according to DJ Eberle of Wilkes-Barre’s Times-Leader.
So far, there’s no hints about a counter-move, but there are some guesses that can be made. There is a pitcher headed to the disabled list because Cessa has not been down for the requisite 10 days before being recalled. It could be J.A. Happ, who recently was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.
But, that’s not necessarily the case since recalling Cessa this early would imply he would pitch before Saturday. Cessa told Eberle he has not been told his role yet, whether it comes as a starter or reliever. That makes me think he’s not Happ insurance, especially since they’re calling him up so early. Sonny Gray might have some “shoulder inflammation” or something they can use to sit him down for an extended period of time in an effort to get him right. Who knows; time will tell.
Luke Voit is going to be a bat off the bench and will likely start at least one game at first base against one of the tough Sox lefties. He was just acquired from the St. Lous Cardinals for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. In his MLB career, he has a .263/.282/.553 line with three homers against lefties in 39 plate appearances.
Voit will be replacing one of Tyler Wade or Shane Robinson, who are the two non-catcher bench players with the Yankees at the moment. I’d imagine Wade stays because of his defensive versatility because Robinson is exclusively an outfielder. Time will tell there as well.
Yes, it’s the Orioles. But, a sweep of the two-game series against the last-place O’s is the perfect momentum boost for the Yankees as they head into a massive four-game series with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow.
Sonny Gray, who seems to have figured himself out of late, is tasked with getting that done this afternoon. Starting with a July 11 win over the same Orioles, Gray has put up an impressive 1.10 ERA in his last three starts with 19 strikeouts to just six walks. He threw only 75 pitches his last time out July 26 against the Kansas City Royals because he took a comebacker off of his pitching hand. The Yankees had a seven-run lead at the time and decided it was not worth the risk of having him stay on the mound. He is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Baltimore this season.
Alex Cobb will pitch for Baltimore, and it’s safe to say his free-agent signing is not working out so far. Since he didn’t sign until March 21, he began the season in the minor leagues. He did not pitch through the fifth inning in a start until May 1, and that’s just the first of many ugly statistics. His last seven decisions have been losses, and he owns a 5.96 ERA in that timeframe (nine starts). He has not face the Yankees yet in 2018, but has plenty of history with them from his career and Tampa Bay. In 14 starts, he is 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA. The Yankees are hoping for Baltimore Cobb and not Tampa Bay Cobb today.
Giancarlo Stanton is serving as the designated hitter today, giving Neil Walker the day off after seven consecutive starts. Shane Robinson will be patrolling right field this afternoon. It turns out my concern about Austin Romine coming down with hand, foot and mouth disease after catching J.A. Happ was unfounded. He sat last night in order to be in position to catch Gray in the day game after a night game.
- Lance Lynn has reported to the Yankees today, and will be active out of the bullpen. He will be wearing No. 36.
- Lynn’s roster spot was open once the Yankees optioned lefty Ryan Bollinger back to Double-A Trenton after last night’s game. It’s unclear if he will retain his 40-man roster spot or if the Yankees will attempt to outright him again. He already has the healthcare for life.
- Speaking of Happ, the Yankees have yet to definitively scratch him from Saturday’s start in Boston. They plan to evaluate him and make that decision in the next 24-or-so hours. Luis Cessa was limited to a one-inning outing yesterday for the RailRiders so he and Lynn are the insurance options.
- Some minor-league details: first-round pick Anthony Seigler was removed from a GCL game after one plate appearance the other day, but for a good reason: he was being promoted to Pulaski (considered to be a rookie league but a step above the Gulf Coast League and below the South Atlantic League).
- Tim Beckham – SS
- Jace Peterson – RF
- Adam Jones – CF
- Danny Valencia – DH
- Chris Davis – 1B
- Trey Mancini
- Caleb Joseph – C
- Renato Núñez – 3B
- Breyvic Valera – 2B
The dust has finally settled from another wild non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees acquired four players and a bunch of international signing bonus pool money, while also clearing excess players well in advance of the 40-man roster deadline.
Masahiro Tanaka will be on the bump this evening. His last start was his best all season, pitching a complete game shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24. He allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters. He gets the benefit of facing a much weaker Baltimore Orioles lineup then he faced July 10, where he allowed three runs on six hits through 4⅓ innings (although he was on a pitch count).
Yefry Ramírez, A former Yankee farmhand, starts for Baltimore. In five starts, he has a 4.24 ERA and has 27 strikeouts to just 10 walks. The Yankees really knocked him around when they faced him July 9, where he allowed four earned runs on nine hits with two walks. He did, however, pick up a win July 24 against Boston with five innings of three-run ball.
The Yankees had no more trading to do in the final 24 hours of non-waiver deals. They did select the contract of journeyman lefty Ryan Bollinger to be active for tonight’s game out of the bullpen. He was supposed to start for Double-A Trenton, but is in the Bronx tonight to take Adam Warren‘s spot until Lance Lynn arrives. Boone goes with the usual non-Judge lineup, except Kyle Higashioka is behind the dish (I have some concerns about that in the next section).
- J.A. Happ was sent home by the team Tuesday after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease. Yes, the same ailment for children that also forced Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list. Happ started Sunday for the Yankees and pitched six innings of one-run ball. I’m a bit concerned because his catcher for that start, Austin Romine, is out of the lineup tonight. Hopefully, he hasn’t been infected. The Yankees have not ruled Happ out for his next start in Boston, which was supposed to come Saturday.
- The Yankees acquired $3.75 million in international signing bonus pool money in trades, per Brian Cashman. They used some of it to sign RHP Osiel Rodríguez, who was ranked as the No. 1 pitching prospect available by Baseball America. They gave the 16-year-old Cuban a $600,000 bonus.
- Tim Beckham – SS
Jonathan Schoop – 2B Jace Peterson – 2B (Schoop traded to Milwaukee)
- Adam Jones – CF
- Mark Trumbo – DH
- Chris Davis – 1B
- Trey Mancini – LF
- Joey Rickard – RF
- Renato Núñez – 3B
- Austin Wynns – C
The Yankees made a move Saturday night that satisfied three objectives:
- Cleared roster space for J.A. Happ
- Acquired a righty depth bat in Aaron Judge‘s absence
- Added more cash to their international bonus pool
They traded much-maligned lefty Chasen Shreve and 40-man roster occupying longman Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money.
Voit, a 27-year-old drafted by the Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft, is batting .299/.391/.500 in 67 Triple-A games for the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League (I omitted his two Double-A games since I believe he was optioned there out of convenience – STL’s Double-A franchise is in Springfield, Missouri). He spends the majority of his defensive appearances at first base (471⅔ innings for Memphis) but has also played one game in left field. He started 43 games as a catcher in 2013 once drafted in the New York-Penn League but has not appeared there since.
I think Brian Cashman has something else up his sleeve because the acquisition of Voit gives Bobby Mitchell, SWB’s manager, three primary first baseman since Tyler Austin and Mike Ford are there as well. It makes one of them expendable, and the platoon difference between Austin and Ford imply that the former is expendable. Time will tell.
The Yankees were likely going to designate one of Gallegos or Shreve for assignment to get Happ onto the roster. They wanted to get something for two pitchers who also would’ve been jettisoned in the upcoming 40-man roster crunch this offseason.
Shreve was emotional after receiving the news, having been with the team since 2015. He posted a 3.92 ERA in 180 appearances with the Yankees. He was incredible in 2015, with a 3.09 mark across 58⅓ innings. He struggled to replicate it going forward, coming closest with a 3.77 ERA in 2017. He was out of options, and pitched as a long-man in 2018 (with a 4.26 ERA).
Gallegos has two minor league options left, so he has some value to the Cardinals. In four big-league appearances in 2018, he has a 4.50 ERA. Across his whole career, he has a 4.75 ERA in 20 games. This season in Triple-A, he has a 3.90 ERA in 17 games and 27⅔ innings.