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About Last Night: Twins 6, Yankees 1

by Paul Semendinger

April 25, 2023


About Last Night - The Yankees, the once mighty Yankees, have now lost three of their last four. Remember all the talk a few weeks ago, "The Yankees are on pace to win 100 games." Yeah. Yeah. They're now on pace to win 92 games. Yeah, it happens quickly. If they lose tonight, they'll be on pace for 88 wins. This is who they are. This isn't a great team. Often times, this will not be a good team. There will be a lot of games like this this year - six hits. Not much offense. They are 13-10 on the season.

Last night, in the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs. John Sterling tried to get the listening fans excited by stating, "The Yankees have Cabrera, Trevino, and Hicks coming up." (Forgive me if I was not inspired.)

Quick Stats -

  • Jhony Brito pitched only 2.2 innings as the starter

  • Brito's ERA is now 6.11

  • Aaron Hicks made the last out in the game. He is now batting .107

  • The Yankees managed only six hits. Yes, that's less than one per inning.

Big Story - The big story is that the Yankees are not very good. They simply aren't. At all. Might they win 93 or 94 games? Sure. But, I believe it is equally likely that they'll fail to crack even 90 wins this year. It's not a deep team. It's not an especially interesting team. If Aaron Judge doesn't hit, they're going to be in trouble more often than not. They are also expecting Anthony Volpe to jump start the offense. That should not be his role one month into his career.

A 13-10 start isn't all that impressive in spite of the "they didn't lose a series" stuff to begin the year.

The Yankees are in fourth place in the American League East. Sure, it's early. I know. But, I remember talking about the fact that the Yankees needed a left fielder in November. Some people responded, "It's early." Then I heard, "It's only December." And soon the mantra was, "It's January." Later it was "Spring Training first started." Now we get, "It's only April." Yogi was correct when he said, "It gets late early."

It's not too late for this team, of course, but I don't sense any urgency. I didn't sense any urgency in the roster design all off-season, and I don't sense any now. The Yankees are built to make the playoffs and then hope for good fortune there. But, as we saw in the second half last year, it can all fall apart quickly, especially if the foundation is built in sand (or players that are old, or injured often with no real depth).

Player(s) of the Game - Was their one? D.J. LeMahieu had two hits.

Here are the batting averages for the starting players from last night's game at the conclusion of play last night:

  • Volpe .194

  • Judge .244

  • Rizzo .300

  • Torres .257

  • LeMahieu .299

  • Cordero .174

  • Cabrera .211

  • Trevino .208

  • Hicks .107

Better to Forget - The Yankees need to forget this game, they scored a meaningless run in the top of the ninth, and get back out there tomorrow.

My Take - Before the season, I stated that I was not impressed with the roster. I noted there were a lot of concerns. Thus far, and it's early, those concerns have proven to be mostly playing out as very real:

  • The Yankees don't have enough left-handed hitting

  • The Yankees don't have a deep lineup

  • The Yankees are very short on quality outfielders

  • Gleyber Torres is very talented, but is streaky and can't be relied upon

  • Giancarlo Stanton won't be a presence for much of the time because he's hurt too often.

  • Harrison Bader's injury history is a huge concern

  • DJ LeMahieu is getting old and won't be an every day player

Here's a stat for all to consider - The Yankees have played 80 regular season games since they acquired Harrison Bader. Bader has played in 14 games. Jordan Montgomery, the starting pitcher traded for Bader, has started 15 games for the Cardinals since the trade.

Next Up - The Yankees continue their series in Minnesota at 7:40 tonight. Nestor Cortes is starting. He and Gerrit Cole have had to shoulder the burden from a broken down starting rotation and an offense that doesn't (and probably won't) score much this year.


Apr 25, 2023

Judge can get hot and carry this team for a month but what about the other 3-4months? The bottom of the order is batting around the Mendoza line…. so you watch this Yankee team and you wonder… what could have been?


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Apr 25, 2023

Considering the amount of money invested in this year's Yankees, the roster is really not that impressive. The team lacks quality depth. The pitching has been good. Schmidt was left in too long the other night, which is the usual Boone type blunder, but last night it was obvious that the bottom half of the lineup is going to be this year's "opportunity."


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 25, 2023

1-3! Yeah, they remind me of that team that had stretches of 2-3, 2-6, 1-4 (three times!) and 1-5. What a crap team they were, those 1998 Yankees!

Let's see where we are after the 7 games vs. the Rays that end May 14. Then we'll know.

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 25, 2023
Replying to

Yes. I'm feeling the same vibe from last year. It's an under-performing team from an under-performing franchise with an under-performing mindset.

I'm in the camp of "Won't Get Fooled Again."


Mike Whiteman
Apr 25, 2023

Adding insult to injury: shutout pitching by Sonny Gray, HR by Joey Gallo.


Apr 25, 2023

At this point in the season, the Yankees are in position to field (almost) an all-Mendoza team:

LF - Calhoun .136

CF- Hicks .107

RF- Codero .174

3B - IKF .176

SS - Volpe . 194

2B - Peraza .200 (close!)

1B -

C - Higashioka .167

You can also make Donaldson at .125 the DH or put him at 1B

How can Cashman not be embarrassed by this construction of this roster.

Apr 25, 2023
Replying to

You just can't embarrass some people, especially when their bosses praise them.

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