Before the season, many fans and writers take the time to make predictions. We use intuition, facts, stats, and our “superior” baseball knowledge to share our special and unique insights as to what will transpire during the season. “Just watch,” we say, “you’ll see how smart and knowledgeable I am.” Then we’re lucky if just one of our predictions comes true. This has been especially true this year. What has transpired for the Yankees has been so unlikely, so unbelievable, so magical… As John Sterling would say, “Isn’t is amazing?”
THE PITCHER WITH THE MOST WINS - I don’t think there were many people that would have predicted that on the morning of August 14 (this is not a small sample size) that Domingo German would be, not just the pitcher on the Yankees with the most wins, but the pitcher in all of baseball with the most wins. All of baseball. No pitcher in baseball in 2019 has as many wins, 16, as Domingo German.
On the season, German’s record is 16-2. He sports an ERA under 4.00 (3.96). His WHIP is 1.10. He is everything the Yankees hoped Luis Severino would be. How’s this for a stat? Luis Severino’s WHIP from 2017 and 2018 (combined) was 1.092. How much closer could the numbers be?
The Yankees needed an ace in the worst way this year, and that ace has been Domingo German.
Last night, Domingo German allowed only five hits over seven full innings. Two of those hits happened to be homers, solo shots, for the only runs he allowed. He also struck out seven. On the season, German has 124 strikeouts in 116 innings pitched. Amazing.
Her is one more great stat via Lindsey Adler on Twitter (Imagine how his record would look if he hadn’t gotten hurt!):
THE FIRST YANKEES RUN IS THEIR ONLY HOMER - Last night (for shame), the Yankees hit only one homerun against the Orioles. Just one. That homer came off the bat of DJ LeMahieu to begin the game for the Yankees offense. That quickly it was 1-0 in favor of the Yanks.
Here’s the amazing thing, the Orioles then pitched a full 27 outs, the equivalent of a complete game the rest of the way, without allowing another Yankees homerun. In 2019, the Yankees have set the record for the most homeruns hit against one team (the Orioles), but on this day, in a way, the Orioles were able to shut the Yankees down without allowing any homers for a full 27 consecutive outs.
Sure, the Yankees scored seven more times (for eight runs in total), but after the LeMahieu blast, they had to do it without hitting the ball over the wall.
Isn’t that amazing?!
THE LIST OF YOUNG PITCHERS CALLED-UP IN 2019 - It’s a good guess that many people did not predict that Adonis Rosa would be pitching for the Yankees this year. But, there he was. Last night the 24 year-old, who began the 2018 season in Single-A (Tampa), made his big league debut. Rosa’s 2019 season began with Trenton (AA) before he moved up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA). He had pitched only nine games at AAA (with a 3.45 ERA) this year, but he made it to the big leagues! Good for him!
Rosa pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit, a homerun, and striking out two.
THE YANKEES RUNS - A quick rundown of the rest of the Yankees’ scoring was thus:
In the bottom of the second inning, Gleyber Torres walked. Didi Gregorius then doubled him to third. Cameron Maybin then hit a two-run single giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Austin Romine walked with one out. Mike Tauchman then singled. One out later Aaron Judge doubled them both home for the Yankees fourth and fifth runs. Gio Urshela then singled home Judge and Gary Sanchez doubled home Urshela. (7-1 Yanks).
In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Cameron Maybin walked. One out later, he scored on a Mike Tauchman double. That was the Yankees’ eighth (and final) run of the game.
YOU CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL - Here are the 2019 American League East Standings:
The Red Sox are now 18 games back. 18. Unbelievable.
TODAY: The Yankees play this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. It will be their last game against the Orioles for the season. J.A. Happ will toe the rubber for the Yankees.