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About Last Night: Yanks Lose AGAIN???!!!

by Paul Semendinger

August 30, 2022

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About Last Night:

After dropping the final two games of the four game series with the Oakland A's, the Yankees began their series with the Angels and dropped another. This is now the team's third loss in a row and they are not losing to teams that are great baseball teams. The A's were the worst team in the league. The Angels are not much better - they have the fourth worst record.


This game was a back-and-forth battle as Frankie Montas pitched against Jose Suarez:

  • The Angels scored first, in the bottom of the second inning, on a solo homer from Luis Rengifo.

  • The Yankees, though, came right back in the third inning and scored a run of their own, on a squeeze play. That's correct; you read that correctly. The Yankees played for the small inning by squeezing home a run on a bunt which was the second out of the inning - a bunt from D.J. LeMahieu, supposedly one of their best hitters. The good news, in the end, was it worked. The run scored. (The runner who scored, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, has walked with one out and was singled to third by Oswaldo Cabrera before LeMahieu's bunt.)

  • In the top of the fourth, Anthony Rizzo hit a long high solo home run to give the Yankees the lead. The announcers started to opine that a blast like that just might awake the Yankees from their slumber. "That might be the hit that turns this all around," that type of thing. (It wasn't.)

  • This time it was the Angels that came right back. In the bottom of the fourth inning, former Yankee Mike Ford, hit a solo homer of his own... his first of the year, to tie the game at two.

  • Then, in the bottom of the fifth inning, with two outs, Mike Trout singled. That was followed by a two-run homer by Shohei Ohtani to put the home team up 4-2.

  • In the eighth inning, Aaron Judge hit his 50th homer of the year, a solo homer, to make the score look a little better, but in the end that was it. The Angels won 4-3.

Quick Stats:

  • Frankie Montas took the loss for the Yankees. In five starts for the Yankees, Montas is 0-2, 7.01. For the season, he is 4-11.

  • Clay Holmes returned from the IL and pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one

  • Anthony Rizzo's homer was his 29th of the season.

  • Aaron Judge's homer was his 50th.

  • Giancarlo Stanton went hitless. He is now 2 for 16 since returning from the IL

  • No player on the Yankees is hitting .300 for the season (as a Yankee).

  • Only one Yankee, Aaron Judge (.294), is batting over .271.

  • Only two Yankees, Judge and D.J. LeMahieu (.271) are hitting over .270 - for the season! (When you hear that the Yankees are a great offensive team, remember that statistic.)

  • Of note, for the season, the following Yankees (with over 30 games played) are batting under .230: Josh Donaldson (.224), Anthony Rizzo (.223), Aaron Hicks (.216), Marwin Gonzalez (.200), Kyle Higashioka (.195).

The Big Story:

The Yankees are in trouble. They are finding it difficult to find any consistency. What was once a dream season is turning into a nightmare. There is no way to look at this any differently.


The Yankees are 9-17 in August. The BEST they can do for the month, by winning tonight and tomorrow is reach 11 victories. The best they can do is have a .392 winning percentage for the month. The 1990 Yankees finished in last place. That team went 10-18 for the month of August. The 1966 Yankees finished in last place. That team went 13-19 in August. The best the 2022 Yankees can do is have an August as good as some of the worst teams in the franchise's history.


In 1978, the Red Sox famously blew a huge lead and lost the pennant. When play began on August 30, 1978, the Red Sox had a 7.5 game lead on the Yankees. The 2022 Yankees have a 7.0 game lead on the second place Tampa Bay Rays as today dawns. The Yankees still have six games to play against the Rays in 2022.


The big difference (for the optimists out there) is that there are expanded playoffs in 2022. Player(s) of the Game:

A lot is being said right now about Aaron Judge's 50th homer. That's very impressive. There is no denying that, but Mike Ford's first homer of the year was more significant last night. Better to Forget:

The Yankees managed just three hits through the first six innings of play. My Take:

What more is there to say? Not much. The Yankees are searching for answers right now. There is this idea that the Yankees can just flip a switch and start winning games. I hope that's true, but if they are that good, that they can just start winning when they want, why are they playing so poorly now? Are they losing on purpose? And if they are that good, why haven't they flipped that switch in any season since 2009 and won a World Series?


Next Up:

Jameson Taillon takes the mound tonight for the Yankees. Game time is 9:38 p.m.

29 comentarios


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
30 ago 2022

Andy made the point down the thread that run differential is what he cares most about, and then specified that he meant in a given game -- how do you put out a line up that scores more in each game (or as many as possible) than the opponent, presumably if it's 10-1 or 2-1 or 6-4.


Sandwiched in there was my comment that the problem is not run differential, it's the Yankees gutless choking in close games. Under their pythagorean projection, they should have won nine more games than they have (and conversely, lost nine fewer).


I wanted to drill down a bit more. In August, they have scored 92 and given up 106 runs for a projected recor…


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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
30 ago 2022

Judge on the 2022 Yankees is starting to look like Ralph Kiner on the Pirates. From '47-'52, Kiner led the Majors in HRs every year. The Pirates finished 7, 4, 6, 8, 7 and 8. That's what the Yankees are playing like.

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fuster
30 ago 2022

as if they never have given Flo a chance?

as if they don't want him to succeed?


as if they haven't given him more than 2,000 minor league ABs and evaluated him throughout?


he's finally showing improvement ON THE MINOR-LEAGUE LEVEL and they've noticed and given him a bit of major league time.


is it the team's fault that Florial is still not ready?


is it not obvious to you what should be obvious to you?


NOT READY FOR PRIME=TIME


after Florial again demonstrated his unreadiness, they brought LoCastro back.


and, no, while Cabrera has shown that he's close to being a major-league hitter, the team should NOT bench Torres, a proven hitter and good second baseman, to try to…


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jjw49
30 ago 2022
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Cashman values veterans over younger players. Yankee OF has been a mess with dubious roster moves so players like Florial pay the price. However the player imo that should be moved is Torres. They almost did at trade deadline but I read where Miami wanted Peraza and Torres for Lopez and Yanks said NO. Keeping Torres creates the same type of logjam in infield. Hick/Gonzales/Donaldson should be released or traded this winter. It's time!

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fuster
30 ago 2022

Judge is not ideal as a CFer.


hid failure to read the path of Trout's pop fly resulted in it becoming a single

and allowing Ohtani a plate appearance

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jjw49
31 ago 2022
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Huh.... lets nit pick the height of the OF grass when Judge is in center. Lighten up!

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etbkarate
30 ago 2022

Not exactly one for a time capsule. They expected more from Montas, he is just an average MLB pitcher. Nothing more. He's not terrible, just average. Hopefully they wake up for the September push.

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yankeesblog
30 ago 2022
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The "unlikely to start in the post-season" argument is pure Cashman BS. How would be know that a the trade deadline? Again, I'm not the biggest Monty fan - I had issues with him. I could see trading him for another pitcher.And no he wasn't effectively "traded" for Montas. He was traded for a weak hitting glove man who is unlikely to play before late September and is best used as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, a role for which the Yankees already have 2 other guys.

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