Tag: Luke Voit

Yankees 4, White Sox 3: Miguel Andújar, Sonny Gray Star in Wild Extra-Innings Win

CHICAGO – If someone told me pre-game that Sonny Gray would be a key piece to tonight’s win, I wouldn’t believe you.

The right-hander who watched Lance Lynn throw 7⅓ shutout innings in his rotation spot last night took on his new role in a tough situation. After Zach Britton blew a save by allowing a two-run home run to José Abreu in the bottom of the 10th inning, Gray entered in the 11th and got nine outs while allowing just one hit and one walk.

The Yankees got the lead for good in the 13th inning. Didi Gregorius worked a one-out walk, and moved into scoring position on Luke Voit‘s first Yankees single. Two pitches later, Miguel Andújar golfed a changeup from Luis Avilán into left field to score Didi.

Unfortunately, the Yankees thought they had won the game three innings prior. Brett Gardner worked a walk in the 10th after pinch-hitting for Shane Robinson in the seventh, and Giancarlo Stanton powered a two-run shot off Tyler Danish to give the Yanks a 3-1 advantage.

That did not stand, however, as Britton could not hold the lead. Omar Narváez was drilled as the first batter and then Abreu powered a 1-1 sinker deep to center to tie the game.

The first seven innings of the game proved to be a pitchers’ duel. CC Sabathia struck out 12 White Sox hitters in his 5⅔ innings of work. Reynaldo López did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against the Yankees. Abreu hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Andújar homered in the seventh for the only runs in regulation.

What’s Next:

Luis Severino faces off against Lucas Giolito looking for a Yankees sweep.

Game 110: Just Win One

Masahiro Tanaka has a 5–2 record with a 2.09 ERA in seven career starts when the Yankees are facing a series sweep, including wins in his two such starts against the Red Sox,” tweeted ESPN’s Buster Olney on Sunday afternoon as the Yankees look ahead to salvaging one game of their four-game set in Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka has looked like a dominant pitcher of late. His last five starts (since June 8) have seen him go 3-2 (bad run support) with a 1.76 ERA and 35 strikeouts to seven walks. He has lowered his season ERA from 4.58 to 3.84 in that time, which is fantastic. He looks to be the much-needed Yankees stopper tonight, carrying an 8-4 record and 4.18 career ERA in 16 career starts against Boston into tonight.

David Price faces off against Tanaka, and the Yankees are hoping for a repeat of July 1. That night, the Yankees knocked the lefty around for eight earned runs on nine hits (including five home runs) in just 4⅓ innings. Since then (four starts), the Red Sox have yet to lose a Price start and he has a 2.81 ERA.

I’m really unsure what’s going on with tonight’s lineup. Giancarlo Stanton started 937 games in right field in his career prior to joining the Yankees, yet he’s somehow incapable of playing out there two nights in a row. He’s DHing again, which means Shane Robinson has to play right field. That takes at-bats away from Neil Walker, who had been swinging the bat well. Brett Gardner bats seventh for the first time all season, and he’s a career .316/.415/.421 hitter in that spot. Greg Bird sits in favor of Luke Voit against the lefty Price. Austin Romine is behind the plate again, meaning Kyle Higashioka has not started since July 31.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – CF
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. Steve Pearce – DH
  4. J.D. Martinez – RF
  5. Xander Bogaerts – SS
  6. Mitch Moreland – 1B
  7. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  8. Brock Holt – 2B
  9. Sandy León – C

Game 107: Rivalry Renewed

CC Sabathia makes his 35th start as a New York Yankee against the Boston Red Sox and will take on fellow southpaw Brian Johnson.

Sabathia has held down the back of the Yankees rotation once again, pitching to a 3.53 ERA (4.55 FIP). Since June (nine starts), the Yankees are 6-3 and Sabathia has a solid 3.33 ERA and 47 strikeouts. In two starts against Boston in 2018, CC is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA.

Johnson gets the start today with Chris Sale moving onto the 10-day disabled list with minor inflammation in his left shoulder. The 27-year-old has worked mostly as a reliever, but has also made six starts. His last five outings have come as a starter, and he is 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA in that time (allowed five earned runs in 24 innings – beware small sample size). In his career, Johnson has yet to allow a run in 4⅔ innings against the Yanks.

Luke Voit will bat seventh as the designated hitter in his Yankees debut. Brett Gardner slides from the leadoff spot to the second-leadoff spot with the lefty on the hill for Boston.

Red Sox Lineup:

  1. Mookie Betts – RF
  2. Andrew Benintendi – LF
  3. Steve Pearce – 1B
  4. J.D. Martínez – DH
  5. Ian Kinsler – 2B
  6. Eduardo Núñez – 3B
  7. Blake Swihart – C
  8. Brock Holt SS
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF


Luis Cessa, Luke Voit Promoted; Happ to DL; Wade Optioned

Not #HugWatch, but some post-July roster intrigue.

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.

Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn From Twins

The Yankees have acquired right-hander Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Tyler Austin and minor-league righty Luis Rijo. The Twins also sent cash to pay half of the remaining money owed to Lynn.

Adam Warren was traded earlier this afternoon to clear payroll and roster space for Lynn, who likely steps into a similar role with the Yankees now. He will come out of the bullpen for the first time since 2012, where he pitched six games for the St. Louis Cardinals.

This season, Lynn has been struggling. Part of that can be attributed to his lack of Spring Training, since he signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Twins on March 12. He made his first start for the Twins in the regular season April 2 and still threw 95 pitches.

In his last 12 starts, Lynn has a 6-4 record and 3.74 ERA. I think the Yankees will try the same strategy they have successfully imposed with A.J. Cole, and have Lynn focus on throwing fewer fastballs so that his cutter and curveball can be his primary pitches.

Tyler Austin became expendable once the Yankees acquired Luke Voit from the Cardinals on Saturday for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. He was hitting .223/.280/.471 (100 wRC+) with eight home runs and 23 RBI. In 25 International League games for the RailRiders, Austin put up a .247/.311/.495 (122 wRC+) line with five homers. He can play first base and the corner outfield spots, and also has some emergency time at third base on his résumé.

The other piece traded (like because the Twins sent cash) is Luis Rijo, a 19-year-old with seven appearances across three levels (Rookie, Short-A, High-A). He is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in that time. He was unranked by MLB Pipeline.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Yankees have made another trade, sending first baseman Tyler Austin to the Minnesota Twins. The return is unclear at this point.

Austin was pinch-hit for in the first game of SWB’s doubleheader, and was left out of the lineup for Game Two. The Yankees traded reliever Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners for international bonus pool money earlier today.

More to come. This is a developing story; please stay tuned for further developments.


Yankees Trade Caleb Frare to White Sox for International Bonus Cash

The Yankees hauled in some more international bonus money Sunday, sending minor-league lefty Caleb Frare to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money.

The lefty, an 11th round pick in the 2012 draft, was pitching lights out for Double-A Trenton this season. In 31 appearances (43⅔ innings), Frare put together a 0.62 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts-per-nine rate in the Eastern League. He also made one appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing a run on two hits with one strikeout.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post implied that the Yankees were higher on fellow minor-league lefty Stephen Tarpley, who has a 1.42 ERA and 8.7 K/9 across 27 Double-A and Triple-A games this season.

Frare appears to be the latest casualty in Brian Cashman‘s series of trades to clear fringe candidates for 40-man roster spots out of the Yankees’ system. Of course, after a certain time, players in each minor league system must be placed on the 40-man roster or they risk being selected in the annual Rule 5 Draft. This same logic appears to be behind the recent trade of Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve to St. Louis, which brought back minor-league first baseman Luke Voit and more international signing bonus pool money.

Yankees Acquire Luke Voit, International Bonus Cash From Cardinals for Gallegos/Shreve

The Yankees made a move Saturday night that satisfied three objectives:

  1. Cleared roster space for J.A. Happ
  2. Acquired a righty depth bat in Aaron Judge‘s absence
  3. 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.