In trying to be clever and think of a good title for this game recap, I ventured into looking for idioms related to rain. After a simple search, I found quite a nice list from TheFreeDictionary.com with a plethora of idioms I’ve never heard before (“It's raining pitchforks,” or, “Charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it.”), but one in particular stood out on the list, and had absolutely nothing to do with rain (or so I thought):
It’s lone definition, “…used especially as consolation following some loss or failure,” to me it encapsulates the current Yankees team almost to a T. It really seems as though each ‘win’ the Yankees have had this year has come at the expense of a loss. The wins have truly been few and far between, yet the losses continue to accumulate.
It’s an idiom that is said to have it’s origins from sports gambling in the early 1900s, yet others have pointed towards a similar expression as to showing it has roots from baseball. That’s how we’ll tackle today’s recap from last night:
“You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.” -Satchel Paige
Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito (5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP); Line-Up MVP: Tim Anderson (.514 BA, 252 wRC+)
New York Yankees: J.A. Happ (6.48 ERA, 1.56 WHIP); Line-Up MVP: DJ LeMahieu (.410 BA, 173 wRC+)
(Pitching and Hitting statistics from before the game.)
“You Win Some”:
The Yankees offense had a great start to the game, scoring 2 runs in each of the first two innings, combining for 3 Walks, 3 Hits, taking an advantage by turning an error into a run, and a sac-fly. Getting ahead with a 4-1 lead through the first two innings was important after coming back to the Bronx after dropping 3 in a row to the Astros.
Three Yankees hitters reached base in over half of their plate appearances on the night: DJ LeMahieu (2-2 + 1 BB), Clint Frazier (1-2 + 1 BB), Giovanny Urshela (2-3, with a Double).
Other notable events were Gleyber Torres’s base-running in the 1st inning (which may have allowed Luke Voit to score the second run) and the solo home run by Brett Gardner (3) in the 4th Inning.
As a team, the Yankees went 3-8 (0.375) with runners in scoring position (RISP), which is a good sign.
Jonathan Holder, while allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk, pitched 2 innings while recording 5 strikeouts, and was the top Yankees pitcher in the game.
Surprisingly, while playing in the rain, the Yankees didn’t have any major defensive miscues or any errors on the game.
“You Lose Some:”
For the third game, J.A. Happ started the game, yet did not make it into the 5th inning before being pulled. Combined with an ERA now at 8.76, and his longest start on the year at 4.1 innings pitched, it’s fair to say that Happ has been disappointing.
Continuing, J.A. Happ allowed 6 earned runs, on 9 hits and 2 walks over those 4 innings, and did not look comfortable on the mound at all. Fair to say the weather was probably a factor in that, but the White Sox are not a high-powered offense.
Chad Green was dependent on the rain to end the game and his horrendous night, allowing 2 hits (both home runs), and only recording 1 out before the rain delay was called. Green, like Happ, did not look comfortable on the mound tonight.
On the hitting side of things, only 1 Yankee failed to reach base in Greg Bird (0-3, 2 K’s), yet the Yankees 2 through 5 hitters did not get a single hit: Aaron Judge (0-2, reached via Error), Luke Voit (0-3, 1 BB, 2 K’s), Gleyber Torres (0-2, 1 BB), and the aforementioned Greg Bird. That is not great.
“Some Get Rained Out:”
Obviously this game was rained out, as it was ended in the 7th inning after a 41 minute rain-delay. So, this saying reigns true, some do get rained out.
“But You Gotta Dress for All of Them:” (Yankees Roster Moves)
Before the game, the Yankees placed yet another player, Catcher Gary Sanchez, on the 10-Day Injury-List (IL) and called up Catcher Kyle Higashioka (#66) from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
After the game, the Yankees optioned LFP Stephen Tarpley to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Dellin Betances is going to be shut-down for 3 more weeks after getting another MRI done which discovered a bone spur. Will be 6-7 weeks before he may have his 2019 debut. (Credits to Sweeny Murti.)
Condensed Game from MLB’s Youtube Page:
Just for Fun:
Last nights game had a giveaway for the first 18,000 fans to receive a Bernie Williams bobblehead. And, Bernie Williams threw out the first pitch for the game, which is always fun.
The next Yankees giveaway will be on April 20th against the Kansas City Royals with a Yankees Tote Bag. The whole promotional schedule can be found here.
The #3 Prospect from MLB Pipeline, Eloy Jiménez, hit his first (and second) career home runs in todays game. Expect to hear his name a lot over the course of his rookie campaign. Here are the Statcast looks at both home runs.