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About Last Night: Yanks Lose to Rangers 5-2

About Last Night: The Yankees Lost to the Texas Rangers 5-2

By Tim Kabel

April 29, 2023


The Yankees are now 15-12 this season. They are simply drifting along, winning slightly more often than they lose. Lately, the Yankees have been very polite; it's as if they say “no offense” to their opponents before every game, because that's what they often have- no offense. Clarke Schmidt demonstrated once again that he is best suited to a relief role, as he just can't cut the mustard as a starting pitcher. Unfortunately, while the Yankees wait for Carlos Rodon and Luis Severino to return, they don't have many other options. The Yankees are not playing very well right now but, they are also not horrible. The thing that works in their favor is that it is a very long season, and it is still quite early. When the regular players return, they should begin to string wins together on a regular and consistent basis. Otherwise, we are in for a long year.

Quick Notes and Stats -

  • Aaron Judge missed his first game of the season, due to hip discomfort.

  • Franchy Cordero is 1 for his last 28. He has also obviously been taking defensive advice from Aaron Hicks, as he misplayed two balls in right field. He is now officially Franchy toast.

  • Clark Schmidt is now 0-3 with a 6.84 era. At this point, I am willing to walk on Carlos Rodon's back, the way that George Jefferson did to Mr. Bentley.

  • Aaron Hicks has five hits this season. Remember, Derek Jeter had that many on the day he got his 3,000th hit. The Tokens had more hits than Aaron Hicks. Like the lion, it is as if Hicks plays while he's sleeping.

  • On April 28, 1985, The Yankees fired Yogi Berra as manager, and replaced him with Billy Martin. This caused a rift between George Steinbrenner and Yogi Berra and Yogi stayed away from the stadium for 14 years. What would we have to do to get Aaron Boone to stay away from the stadium for 14 years?

Big Story -

The Yankees are not playing consistent baseball in any facet of the game. Their offense is streaky and inconsistent and there are too many automatic outs in the lineup. The only consistent and reliable pitchers in the starting rotation are Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes. It is hard to win games with only 40% of your starting rotation being dependable. Domingo German has been good more often than not but, he is not a lock and when the two other starting pitchers are question marks, the overall rotation is a problem.

The good news is this is not likely to last all season. Harrison Bader is on his way back. Aaron Judge will ideally only miss a handful of games. Giancarlo Stanton will be back at some point as will Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino, and Tommy Kahnle. Things may not look great right now but, there is reason to be optimistic about the future of this season.

Player of the Game -

Oswaldo Cabrera had a double, scored the Yankees first run and made a beautiful diving catch in left field.

Notable Performance -

Oswald Peraza also had a double and made some fine plays in the field.

Better to Forget-

Clark Schmidt's difficulties as a starting pitcher and the continued offensive struggles of Aaron Hicks and Franchy Cordero, who was optioned to Scranton Wilkes-Barre after the game.

My Take -

The most beautiful thing about baseball is that the season is long. It starts in April, or in some cases March, and lasts until October before the playoffs even begin. In the NFL, a slow start can destroy a team's chances to make the playoffs. That is not the case with baseball. There is an ebb and flow to the game that allows for improvement and development.

The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Although I am not an expert on marathons like our esteemed editor in chief, I know enough about them to understand that the very length of the race, or in this case the baseball season, reveals which teams are truly excellent and which ones are not

Right now, at the end of April, the Yankees do not appear to be a special team. I feel very confident that will change. Players who are currently on the IL will return. Ideally, the young players on whom the Yankees are relying will continue to develop, mature and contribute in a positive and consistent manner. There is an adjustment process to becoming a Major League Baseball player. I believe that Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza, and Anthony Volpe will all be major contributors by the end of the season

Sometimes, it is hard to be patient as a fan. When we watch the games, we would like the Yankees to win every night. That is impossible. However, we would like them to at least win on a very consistent basis. That is possible. Right now, for the Yankees, it is not happening but, there is every reason to believe that it will. This is the type of game that tests the patience of the Yankees fans. However, it is a test that we must pass. I believe this is a team that will go very far into the postseason once all the pieces are in place. It's not as if they are below .500 or in the midst of a dismal losing streak. They are just inconsistent and struggling to find their way. Let's look for the positives and let them get back on the winning track.

Next Up -

Tonight, the Yankees play the third game of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers at 7:05 PM at Globe Life Field. Jhony Brito (2-2, 6.11 ERA) will face Texas' Nathan Eovaldi. {Remember him?} (2-2 5.21 ERA).


Mike Whiteman
Apr 30, 2023

Was the choice of the preview picture referencing the Tokens' song "Don't Worry Baby"? :)


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 29, 2023

I keep coming back to this: seven days in May (to coin a phrase). Come the night of May 14, the Yankees will have played seven games against the Rays in 10 days. That's when we'll know if the Yankees are really playing for the Division or just for the Wild Card.

The other issue, of course, is Judge's health. If he goes down for a protracted period, then I agree the season is lost.


Apr 29, 2023

If Yankees stay true to form they will downplay Judge’s hip discomfort but my only comment would be "What part of swinging a bat is hip related?………… watch the tape and be very concerned!”

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Apr 29, 2023
Replying to

I may not be getting your point, but the straight answer is the right leg (and hip) is used for driving and pivoting on the swing. If Judge can't drive or pivot, that's a lot of ground balls to the second baseman. And you have to worry about his range in the outfield.


Apr 29, 2023

Apr 29, 2023
Replying to

Lennon's contribution was in the front of my mind

we are seeing the Yankees in extremis at the beginning of the season.

and they're still playing better than .500 ball.

the pitching is on the mend..... and it will carry the team for the near-term

Bader, despite the naysayers, will join with Judge in anchoring the outfield while the reinforcements ripen

and it's not merely Cabrera that's going to mature. the kiddie shortstops are genuine and will swiftly appreciate in value


Apr 29, 2023

I don't have the same confidence you have in the prospects of the Yankees turning things around. The roster was flawed even without the injuries which are revealing the lack of depth. I don't see Harrison Bader moving the needle much outside of relieving us of the spectacle of IKF in CF on a regular basis. Stanton is out for at least another month and who knows what he will be when he returns? If Judge is out for an extended period look out below. Yes, Volpe and Peraza will very likely improve over the course of the season but I have less confidence in Oswaldo Cabrera. He ha a lot of positional flexibility but I don't know if he…

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Apr 29, 2023
Replying to

If people look at stats like batting average, ERA, home runs, and etc... from year to year and use those numbers to predict how a player will do.

"Judge hit 62 homers last year, he's bound to hit 50..."

"He's a 3.0 WAR player."

"He's a good hitter, he hit .310 last year..."

(as examples)

Then looking at a player's injury history is also a fair way to predict what will likely occur in that given year.

For example,

Luis Severino pitched in 19 games last year. He was also on the 60-Day IL. The year before (2021), he appeared in 4 games. The year before that, none. And in 2019, he pitched in three games.

All of those facts,…

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