LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Lose Opener Against Twins

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Yankees Lose Opener Against Twins

The aftermath of that good showing in Boston reared its ugly head last night in Minnesota. A 16-inning game, followed the next day by a double header, will do that to you.

After Bryan Mitchell threw 90 pitches in five innings, the Yankees trailed the Twins 2-1. Apparently, only Adam Warren and Dellin Betances were available out of the bullpen, but only to protect a lead. So Joe Girardi turned to rookie lefty Caleb Smith, who made his MLB debut. If you saw the game, you know the rest of the story. Another loss, the 21st in 30 games. Minnesota moved to within a half game of the Yankees in the Wild Card Standings. The surprising Tampa Bay Rays, who hold the first Wild Card, are ahead of the Yankees in the division by a game and a half. 

It's a tight race that got a little tighter last night, not just because of the Boston aftermath. Why was Didi Gregorius bunting in the eighth inning?  That was a terrible decision on his part. Girardi has to know that no one really believes he was okay with what Didi did.

One of the bright moments of the game was the offense of 1B Garrett Cooper. He went 3-4 and picked up his first MLB RBI. I'm guessing Cooper faced the Twins' Adalberto Mejia in the Pacific Coast League. (I was flipping channels, so if it was mentioned on YES, I missed it.) In any case, seeing that much production from 1B was wonderful sight for sore eyes.

Tonight everyone's favorite fat guy, Bartolo Colon, will make his Twins debut. If the Yankees can't beat Big Sexy, there is a serious problem with this team. Get 'er done.

Pain Relief
Michael Pineda will have his TJ Surgery today. Best wishes to him for a full recovery. Also, Greg Bird will miss at least six more weeks after his own surgery today, on that right ankle. I'm glad they finally found out what the problem is with him. I was beginning to wonder if I should believe that Yankees "insider." See you soon, Birdie.

Trader Joe?
Yeah, Brian Cashman is the one who makes the trades, but I'm sure Girardi has a say. Anyway, can everyone just take a deep breath? Try to remember that no one expected this team to win a World Series this year. If that were expected of them, it would make perfect sense to acquire someone like Sonny Gray.

With Pineda's departure, however, the Yankees could probably use another starter. With innings limits on both Jordan Montgomery and Chance Adams, it might be a good idea to acquire someone who can eat some. The bigger priority, however, is the bullpen. I would love to see a return of David Robertson. But the White Sox are so damn greedy. I can't wait to see what eventually goes down.

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