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About Last Night: NYY 7, OAK 3

By Ethan Semendinger

April 25th, 2024


The Yankees bats really came alive for the first time in a week as they socked 3 home runs against the A's.


Quick Stats -

  • Winning Pitcher: Clarke Schmidt (2-0, 3.55 ERA)

  • Losing Pitcher: Joe Boyle (1-4, 7.06 ERA)

  • Save: None

  • Home Runs (New York): Aaron Judge (4), Anthony Rizzo (3), Juan Soto (6)

  • Home Runs (Houston): Brent Rooker (5)


Big Story - In the last 10 games they have played going into last night, the Yankees were sitting on a 5-5 record. Across those games, the Yankees failed to score more than 5 runs in 7 of them, including their last 4 contests.

With that, the Yankees main starting line-up going into last nights game was hitting the following:

  1. Anthony Volpe - .287

  2. Juan Soto - .319

  3. Aaron Judge - .180 (!)

  4. Giancarlo Stanton - .233

  5. Anthony Rizzo - .231

  6. Gleyber Torres - .186

  7. Alex Verdugo - .247

  8. Jose Trevino - .250/Austin Wells - .086

  9. Oswaldo Cabrera - .278

When there are only 3 guys with a batting average above .250, that's a worrying sign.

There has also been a distinct lack of power from the team. As a whole, they had just 23 home runs through 24 games. Through 24 games last year, the team had 30 home runs. (And that team was a disaster of an offense at years end!)

It's clear things need to change.

Here was the line-up for yesterdays late night game on Amazon Prime:


Player(s) of the Game -

  • Aaron Judge: 2-5, Run, Home Run, 2 RBI's

Notable Performances -

  • Clarke Schmidt: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K's

  • Luke Weaver: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's

  • Ian Hamilton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's

  • Anthony Rizzo: 2-4, Run, Home Run, 1 RBI, 1 K

  • Juan Soto: 1-3, 2 Runs, Home Run, 2 RBI's, 1 BB

  • Anthony Volpe: 2-5, Run, Triple, 1 RBI, 1 K

  • Austin Wells: 2-3, Run, 1 BB, 1 K

Better to Forget -

  • Oswaldo Cabrera: 0-4, 1 K

  • Gleyber Torres: 1-4, 2 K's


The Game - Clarke Schmidt has started to really become and showcase the talent and abilities of the 1st round draft pick pitcher that they signed in 2017. Though he allowed some baserunners (double, walk) in the first inning, he escaped the jam quickly and then kept the Oakland bats quiet through the next 4 innings. Across the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Schmidt allowed just 1 walk and single.

Meanwhile, the Yankees bats took advantage of the 0-spot Schmidt was keeping the A's hitters too.

In the first inning, a Soto walk set the state for Aaron Judge...who proceeded to strikeout yet again. EXCEPT, the strikeout was reversed due to a called BALK on Boyle. Immediately afterwards, Judge took his next pitch over the right field wall for a quick 2-run lead. (And the A's quickly lost their manager for an ejection.)

The Yankees would put up pressure in the 2nd and 3rd, in both inning getting multiple runners on, but it took until the 4th for another run to be plated after an Austin Wells single and an Anthony Volpe triple (3-0, Yankees). Juan Soto quickly showed some situational hitting and brought in Volpe via sacrifice fly (4-0, Yankees) before the inning was over. Add in an Anthony Rizzo home run (his 2nd in 2 days) and the Yankees had a 5-3 lead through just over half of the game.

In the 6th, Clarke Schmidt found himself into some trouble and allowed a hit-by-pitch and double to end up in 3-runs via a Brent Rooker homer before the Yankees starting pitcher was pulled. Luke Weaver came in via relief and shut-down the Athletics through the 8th inning.

Meanwhile, the Yankees added another run in the 6th inning via a Juan Soto homerun (6-3 Yankees), and their final run in the 7th after 3 straight singles from Stanton, Rizzo, and Torres before an Alex Verdugo sacrifice fly (7-3, Yankees).

Ian Hamilton came in to secure the win in the 9th inning, shutting down the A's in 3 straight batters.


Next Up - The Yankees (17-8) complete their home series against the Oakland Athletics (9-16) tonight with a game starting at 7:05 PM on YES. Nestor Cortes (1-1, 3.41 ERA) will be taking the mound against Alex Wood (0-2, 7.89 ERA) in a game that the Yankees need to win to secure a win over the 4 game series.


Apr 25

With Judge and Torres, it is a slump they are going through that I believe they will get out of.

With Yamamoto, it is mainly a matter of making the adjustments he definitely needs to make. He is not locating his pitches where he needs to locate them, throwing them down the middle in the hitter's "sweet spot" and he is getting hit hard. In Japan, he got a lot of strikeouts from batters swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, but fewer hitters in the MLB swing at pitches out of the strike zone than hitters in Japan who do that. So he has to make adjustments in order to realize his potential instead of merely getting …


Alan B.
Alan B.
Apr 25

The way Clarke Schmidt pitches IMHO is a big black mark against the Yankees pitching brain trust. He pitches the same way, whether it's the first batter, 6th batter, 17th batter, or the 22nd batter. Eventually he is being set up to fail. Where is the Art of Pitching? Where's the show me pitch? Where's the one pitch that doesn't get thrown? Pitch usage is way over valued and it minimizes pitch sequence, or what the batter can't hit. Not a lot of up and down pitches either. But it's not any different with any of the other Starters either.


Apr 25

the Yankee team, as a whole, has not been hitting as well as was expected

but, quite surprisingly, the Yankees have been winning games at a good rate.

in the American league, only Baltimore has been winning at a rate that rivals the Yankees'.

however, Baltimore's line-up has been scoring at a higher clip than the boys from the Bronx

the Birds can hit.

but they haven't pitched nearly as effectively.

they're surrendering 4runs/gm

the Yankee pitchers are giving up slightly less than 3/gm


Apr 25

those of us taking comfort in Yamamoto's early-season difficulties

are indulging in the same sort of illogic as those claiming that Judge's poor hitting in April constitues proof of injury.

sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

and not always smoking-hot

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 25
Replying to

And sometimes . . . .

You can't spell "Larry" without LA.


Apr 25

As it turns out, the Yankees did better by NOT signing Blake Snell or Yoshinobu Yamamoto. If they DID sign one of those pitchers, that pitcher would have taken the spot in the Yankees starting rotation that Clark Schmidt currently fills. Here are their records:

Clark Schmidt, 2 - 0, 3.55 ERA

Blake Snell, 0 - 3, 11.57 ERA (Now on Injured List)

Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 1 - 1, 4.50 ERA

Snell's troubles are obvious. The injury was likely a result of not having a full Spring Training, and not being a part of the stretching exercises that team trainers put the players through in Spring Training. Also, Snell, in years that he did NOT win the Cy Young, was le…

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 25
Replying to

Did you believe Stanton was going to hit .191 last year? He was hitting .269 on April 15 last year, when he went on the IL. When he came back, it was .179. Oh, but he wasn't fully recovered from his injury? Unlike Judge this year? So, yeah, I can totally imagine Judge spending 2024 on the Interstate.

With Torres, who knows what's going on? He's certainly not playing for a contract! (Unless he is pressing too much because he is.)

If Wells keeps hitting like that (though I loved the bunt single last night), we'll see Narvaez in May while Wells goes to AAA to try to straighten himself out.

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