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About Last Night: Phillies Win 4-1

April 5, 2023


Phillies 4

Yankees 1

About Last Night - Bryan Reynolds had an amazing game last night. He went 3-for-4 with a homer and 2 runs batted in... but, that's a different story. (I was at Fenway last night working on my next book project.)

In the Yankees game, Kyle Schwarber basted his 200th career homer as the Phillies dropped the Yankees 4-1.

Quick Stats:

  • Domingo German - 4.2 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 homers... 8 strikeouts!

  • Michael King - 1.1 innings, 4 hits

  • D.J. LeMahieu had a hit, an RBI, and a run. He was the Yankees' offense. That hit was (of course) a homer.

  • The Yankees managed only four hits

Big Story - Baseball is a game of failure. You win. You lose. Up and down. It's a long season. The Yankees lost. They'll lose more than 60 times this year. It's what happens.

The Phillies went to the World Series last year. They didn't win a game this year until last night. They weren't going to go 0-162. They have a good club, obviously.

Too much can't be made about the fact that the Yankees lost.

That being said, 4-1, looks a lot, a whole lot, better than 3-2. And the Yankees are now 3-2.

I believe there is a lot to be concerned about with the 2023 Yankees.

The Yankees scored their only run last night on a homer. Does that sound familiar? When they're hitting lots of homers, scoring runs, it works. Or seems to. But when they aren't hitting homers, things don't go well. This has been their approach for a long time. Years. When they're rolling, and hitting homers, the comments come, "Ha Ha! Too many homers." I get it. I laugh along. But when they aren't hitting homers, we have games like last night.

In essence, too often, much too often, the Yankees have one approach. Win with the long ball or lose. The hope is that Anthony Volpe and the other young kids can make the Yankees a more rounded team. But, then again, when the outfield is Hicks in LF, Kiner-Falefa in CF, and Stanton in RF, that, to me, doesn't inspire any confidence. That's an outfield of two players past their primes and a Gold Glove third baseman, converted to a not-great shortstop, converted to a novice centerfielder. Again, that doesn't inspire confidence. If that's what the Yankees have, it screams, "That's not a deep roster."

Also concerning, and this has been a concern for years and has never been adequately addressed, with Rizzo sitting last night, the Yankees had no left-handed bats in the lineup.

Again, should too much be made of a loss? No. But might that loss signify that the team's weaknesses are showing. Yes.

This Yankees team has shown it can dominate. It's also shown it can play a bland brand of baseball. Uninspired. That's been the story for years. Too many years.

Can I see the Yankees getting on a roll and winning 8 of 10? Yes.

Can I see the Yankees also going 3-7. Yes.

This is who they are. They don't inspire a ton of confidence. Are they good? Yes. Are they great? I don't think so.

Next Up - In a Battle of Aces... Gerrit Cole goes against Aaron Nola at 1:05 p.m. today.

We'll have the Game Thread up and will hopefully lots of discussions about big Yankees homers, great outfield play, and a ton of Gerrit Cole strikeouts.

I hope to be home in time from Boston to catch the game.

Let's Go Yankees.



Mike Whiteman
Apr 05, 2023

The real burning question I have is what is Paul’s next book project, and why is he working on it in….Boston?!?

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 05, 2023
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Announcement coming soon... :)


Apr 05, 2023

This years team same as the team last year…. HR’s or No Runs! Hicks runs to press and Boonie runs Hicks to LF. Hicks is done… you saw his face on the bench…. He’s toast!


Andy Singer
Andy Singer
Apr 05, 2023

I hate games on Amazon, I hardly ever watch them and (at least last season), the broadcast quality is horrendous.

Anyway, my real gripe with last night's lineup is that Oswaldo wasn't in the game in lieu of one of IKF or Hicks. Oswaldo is a switch hitter, no reason to sit him multiple times in the first set of games. I like the idea of getting Rizzo time off against lefties, as he traditionally takes bad at-bats against them. I don't like that the Yankees are working overtime to placate a couple of veteran egos early in the year, particularly Aaron Hicks, but it's also true that guys are tougher to move if they don't play.

I understand where…


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 05, 2023

German was having a Catfish Hunter kind of night, no walks, two solo home runs, until he ran out of gas in the 5th, and gave up his only two non-HR hits. Michael King then promptly Luetged in both inherited runners, wasting German's performance (his Game Score of 48 would have been 56 without the two King-induced runs), and burying the Yankees' chances at a come-back.


Apr 05, 2023

Hicks and IKF both in the lineup? This is the problem with Boone - if you have these guys on the roster he will not resist the urge to play them even if it results in a marginal lineup. Yes the big guns did nothing last night but they can't do it every night. That's when the rest of the lineup has to chip in but it can't when you're punting 3-4 positions (Hicks,IKF, Higgy, and sorry to say Volpe who is going through his expected growing pains). And I don't want to hear about load management 5 games into the season. I know the Phillies started a LH pitcher. So what? I'd rather have Rizzos ABs against a lefty…

Apr 05, 2023
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Just because you have Donaldson, Hicks, IKF doesn’t mean you have to play them all at the same time…. . Does anyone on this blog think Hicks has anything left in the tank? If you saw him on the bench last night you saw a player who knows his time is up and wants to be traded or released. IKF is nothing more than a bench player on this team and Donaldson other than his fat contract is 38yrs old and in rapid decline… other than his defense he is another weak link in this lineup. This team could be so much better but the curse of Cashman is alive and well!

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