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About Last Night: NYY 5, KCR 2

By Ethan Semendinger

October 1st, 2023

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Later today is the last Yankees game they will play until Spring Training. That's disappointing.

 

Quick Stats -

  • Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

  • Losing Pitcher: Alec Marsh (3-9, 5.69 ERA)

  • Save: Clay Holmes (24)

  • Home Runs (New York): None

  • Home Runs (Kansas City): Salvador Perez (23)

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Big Story - The day after Carlos Rodon had an absolute meltdown on the mound by allowing 8 straight baserunners the Yankees decided the best course of action was to bring back the most infamous pitcher from last year.


If you can't believe it, I'm with you. But, before last nights game the Yankees sent down Randy Vazquez so that they could bring back Frankie Montas.


Now, I've spent a lot of time over the past years on this blog talking about the small things that the Yankees should- and arguably need to do- in order to help convince the fans and the players around baseball that they are a classy franchise. And a move of this caliber would- and arguably should- fit that mold of something that a proper franchise does. But, bringing back Frankie Montas to take the place of a rookie...that just leaves a sour taste in my mouth.


I can't help but not like this move.


The only thing gained by allowing Frankie Montas to pitch is to prove to a team that he'll be able to pitch again next year. Which, as an upcoming free agent he'd have plenty of time to do during his own bullpen sessions. The Yankees get absolutely nothing from this.


Instead, they sent down a promising pitcher, who loses out on considerable payments (relative to his minor league salary) and from getting to spend more time with the teammates he'll be playing with next year.


I just hope the Yankees front office doesn't get excited from Montas' return to the point of considering him an option to bring back on a multi-year deal. Don't dive deeper into a shallow pool, Brian. Allow a bad move to have it's ending.


Now with all that aside, let's get into the game.


Here was the line-up:

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Player(s) of the Game -

  • Gleyber Torres: 2-4, 1 Run, 2 RBI's, BB

Notable Performances - A few offensive guys

  • Clarke Schmidt: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K's

  • Frankie Montas: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

  • Ian Hamilton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K

  • Clay Holmes: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K's

  • DJ LeMahieu: 2-4, Run, Triple, BB, 2 K's

  • Kyle Higashioka: 2-5, Double, Run, 2 K's

Better to Forget -

  • Nobody

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My Take - Well, Frankie Montas got the victory from last night. I should've seen that coming when I wrote up my pre-game rant for this post.


As per the game itself, however, was a high-hitting game. Both teams were able to rack-up double-digit hits on the night all while the Royals and Salvador Perez were the only ones able to put a ball over the fences.


The Yankees offense looked good as 4 different players (Oswaldo Cabrera, Everson Pereria, Estevan Florial, and Gleyber Torres) were able to plate some runs in the 4th and 6th inning. Those would be the only innings that the Yankees would place some runs across the plate though only had 2 extra base hits with a DJ LeMahieu triple and a Kyle Higashioka double.


On the pitching side, Clarke Schmidt found himself in trouble in the first and 3rd innings but was able to keep away from letting many runs come in. Even though he allowed 8 hits, he didn't allow a walk, which helps add to the adage that you can allow hits or walks but not both.


After Schmidt, the rest of the Yankees pitching staff was solid. A total of 5 baserunners was allowed across the final 5 innings of play with no additional runs sacrificed.


The Yankees also got their 82nd win on the year, which cemented their 31st STRAIGHT winning season, going back to 1993. (Though even if they win today, it will be their lowest win total in any of those winning seasons when all 162 games were played.)


With that win, though, I'm off to bed. It's late for me and I've got papers to grade tomorrow.


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Next Up - The Yankees pay their last game of the season this afternoon at 3:10 EST. The game will feature Michael King (4-7, 2.50 ERA) against Zack Greinke (1-15, 5.18 ERA) and will be broadcast on the YES Network.


25 則留言


yankeesblog
2023年10月01日

Showalter will not return as Mets manager: https://nypost.com/2023/10/01/buck-showalter-not-returning-as-mets-manager-after-two-years/

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Andy Polizzi
Andy Polizzi
2023年10月01日

I think it would be funny if some team saw Montas pitch, said "Hey, he looked pretty good," signed him, and he comes back to beat the Yankees a half-dozen times over the rest of the decade.


But some fans and Cashman can always say, "Hey, he's not a bad guy," and other GMs will think the Yankees are truly a classy organization.

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fuster
2023年10月01日
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players are no longer bound to teams for longer than the duration of their contracts.

we have to learn to accept that they have liberty to accept job offers or not.

as well, we have to understand that no one team can hoard all the possibly useful arms

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Alan B.
Alan B.
2023年10月01日

OK, Cabrera proved he can do the sac bunt, but I really loved Volpe's push bunt for a hit. Where has that been all year? There are at least 40-50 ABs during the course of the year per player that they can do things like that, but the Yankees don't allow it. How many times have the Yankees been no hit through at least 5 innings? How many times did Volpe lead off an inning? Or Peraza? Or why not let Florial lay one down? Sometimes getting that first hit is all it takes to get to open the flood gates.

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fuster
2023年10月01日
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indeed.


astute point about the man-on-second-and-no-outs rule for extra innings necessitating that the runner be moved to third with little difficulty.


very difficult for the defense to prevent advancing the runner when the batter is able to lay down a bunt and to have sufficient bat control to direct the ball to either side of the field


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etbkarate
2023年10月01日

For me, its the visual effect. Montas hasn't done a single thing as a NYY. Why reward him. Id reward the kid and let him finish year in the big leagues.

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fuster
2023年10月01日
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reward?


with approximately 47 Yankee relief pitchers on the IL, it's not exactly any great honor to throw a couple of innings in a relief role for a mediocre team.


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etbkarate
2023年10月01日

I'm with you on the Randy Vazquez treatment. Classless move.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
2023年10月01日
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As far as I'm concerned, MLB has been going downhill ever since they juiced up the ball for the 1920 season.


/s

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