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QH: Angels 4, Yankees 3

The Yanks had 9 hits.

They also had a solid start from Nestor Cortes.

But Anthony Rizzo made a big error... and they blew the game.

The Yanks have now lost two in a row...



Alan B.
Alan B.
May 29

Even before the spike last year, Rizzo was no longer the GG 1B. He just can't bend anymore like he used to, and he really is only now just about a decent defensive 1B at this point. I think the Yankees have to do some serious self-scouting of SWB (AAA) 1B T.J. Rumfield. Is his D as good as advertised? Can they somehow keep his average up while tapping into his lefty power? Or do they have to look at Ben Rice, Augustin Ramirez, or even Tyler Hardman? Rice has the lefty power, Ramirez is a RHPB who keeps his average over .270, and Hardman is more of a pure RHPB., who can play some 3B too. If …

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
May 29
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In '22-'23, LeMahieu had a 103 OPS+. Rizzo's OPS+ for 2024 is 93, and in particular, he has a l/r OPS split of .439 and .765, so that argues strongly for DJ platooning with Rizzo at 1B. That would leave Cabrera at 3B vs. lefties, but with a .632 OPS, he's better against lefties than Rizzo this year.

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