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  • Writer's pictureEthan Semendinger

About Last Night: Yankees 4, Orioles 1

Jhony Brito has been a spectacular in the early goings of this season, while collecting his 2nd win!


Quick Stats -

  • Winning Pitcher: Jhony Brito (2-0, 0.90 ERA)

  • Losing Pitcher: Cole Irvin (0-2, 9.35 ERA)

  • Save: Clay Holmes (2)

  • Home Runs (New York): Giancarlo Stanton (3)

  • Home Runs (Orioles): None


Big Story - The Yankees were about to find themselves in a tough bind on the starting pitching front early on this season after recently sending down Jhony Brito to Triple-A on April 3rd. Given the 15-day limit on availability to be called back up to the major leagues after an option, the Yankees were going to have to be very creative while working around a bullpen game before they'd be allowed to get back their emergency starting pitching arm. However, injuries to both Josh Donaldson (hamstring strain)) and Jonathan Loaisiga (elbow inflammation) provided the opportunity to bring back Brito early.

While it's never good to lose a player to injury, this did work out very well this time for the Yankees. Especially because Brito was once again very good in his performance. However, banking on this to happen- regardless of who the player needing to step up will be- it is not a winning formula.

Outside of the pitching pickle, the Yankees have also found themselves into another problem with the offense and defense of the game. With Josh Donaldson out for the next 2 weeks, the Yankees signed Willie Calhoun. With this move, the Yankees depth/bench is the following:

  • Kyle Higashioka (who is a fantastic back-up catcher, and I won't hear any other opinions on this matter)

  • Franchy Cordero (a career .222 AVG/85 OPS+ hitter whose been with 4 organizations since 2019)

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa (a trial-by-fire center fielder now? Hopefully they give him more reps at third than center field)

  • Willie Calhoun (a career -1.7 bWAR player...)

The Yankees, and Brian Cashman, have built a reputation as a place where failed players can have a huge revitalization. The problem is the key players to break-out for this feature (like a Miguel Sano) did not come to the Bronx. Instead, the Yankees are again playing with fire in hopes this works.

The Yankees did not build a team with depth as a winning formula.

And it's already being tested. Early.


Player(s) of the Game - One offensive, One pitcher:

  • Jhony Brito: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K's

  • Giancarlo Stanton: 2-4, R, HR, 1 RBI

Notable Performances - A solid game around the line-up and bullpen!

  • Aaron Hicks: 1-4, 1 RBI, K

  • DJ LeMahieu: 1-5, R, 1 RBI, K

  • Aaron Judge: 1-2, 1 RBI, BB, K

  • Anthony Volpe: 1-4, R, Triple, K

  • Michael King: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's

  • Wandy Peralta: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's

  • Clay Holmes: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Better to Forget - I had to pick one, sorry!

  • Oswaldo Cabrera: 0-4, 2 K's


My Take - Like I said above, I see it hard to find a way to look at the Yankees with an overwhelmingly positive attitude this season. For too often we've been seeing the front office attempt to find magic in a bottle and it seems like this year they don't have the right pieces lined up to make that happen again.

Now, maybe Franchy Cordero or Willie Calhoun or Aaron Hicks or IKF or Josh Donaldson surprise me. However, the large odds would be in the favor of them living up to my expectations, which are, as of right now, incredibly low and with nothing major to expect. They are filler pieces on a team that has adopted an NFL-esque model for building their team:

Pay up for a few big names.

Aaron Judge. Gerrit Cole. Giancarlo Stanton.

That's your Quarterback, Wide Receiver, and Edge Rusher.

But those three guys are not going to carry you alone to anything great. Maybe a strong regular season. However, if the rest of the pieces out there are fillers and rookies, it's going to be a long grind to get them to the end.

Last night the Yankees played as a whole team unit. The defense was great with great plays by DJ LeMahieu and Oswaldo Cabrera. The offense saw contributions from all across the line-up. The pitching was mostly lights-out and provided very few threats.

It's not unexpected to have games where the accessory wide receivers and cornerbacks and linemen play well. Last night was a good night. However, I'm already holding my breath going forward.


Next Up - The Yankees have one final game against the Baltimore Orioles, today at 1:35 PM (EDT). The Baltimore Orioles will be starting Tyler Wells (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in his 2nd appearance of the 2022 season (after a 5 inning scoreless debut), as the Yankees will be sending out Nestor Cortes Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the mound as he continues to build upon a tremendous few years in pinstripes.


Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 09, 2023


Going forward. I would appreciate if the comments on this site focused on the team and not the people making them.

There is room, plenty of room, for respectful disagreement.

This kind of talk, personal attacks and mockery of other people's points, which I'm seeing more and more of here, discourages comments and the free flow of ideas.

This must be a place where people can make comments and not be insulted or ridiculed or mocked or told they aren't fans because they see things differently than others.

I would hate to have to start deleting comments or turning them off altogether as I have had to do on some articles…

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 09, 2023
Replying to

Thank you for reaching back out.

I think you can judge the basic parameters. It's about being respectful.

I think you'll agree that some comments have been personal and uncalled for - and this has increased in recent months.

When people are insulted, again and again, that will make them want to comment less often, or not at all.

You can debate what you might see as an absurd argument, but you can also do so respectfully. That's all I'm asking.


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 09, 2023

"I see it hard to find a way to look at the Yankees with an overwhelmingly positive attitude this season."

How about right now they are on a pace to win 101 games? And if they can win today behind Cortes, it'll be 3-for-3 in series wins, with the pace back up to 108 wins. If you can't get overwhelmingly positive about that, maybe baseball fandom isn't the right choice. The Yankees are not going to go 149-13.

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 09, 2023
Replying to

I don't wish to flagellate a deceased equine carcass, but I didn't say, in any context, "If you can't be happy, you're not a fan." What I would say based on the conditional you posit, "If you can't be happy, maybe you should be doing something else." That's a philosophy central to my own life, which I've long expressed as, "If I'm not having a good time, there had better be are really good reason for it," i.e., my present unhappiness is a means to an end that will result in a happier condition (e.g., this required class is horribly tedious, but it's necessary if I wish to get a diploma and earn a living).

I also most respectfully disagree…


Apr 09, 2023

not a lot of depth?

that might be true of the outfield

but it seems to be that there's a bunch of pitching

and so many infielders that a good one was sent back to the minors while others overflowing into the outfield

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