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Quick (Close To No) Hit: Rangers Shutout Yanks

by Paul Semendinger

April 29, 2023

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Uggg. The Yankees managed three hits against Nathan Eovaldi who walked none and struck out eight. Over their last nine games, the Yankees are 3-6.


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All winter, I stated that the Yankees were building a team that did not look strong offensively.


Here are the starters in the game tonight and their batting averages for the year:


  1. Volpe - .216

  2. Rizzo - .293

  3. Torres - .244

  4. LeMahieu - .256

  5. Calhoun - .243

  6. Cabrera - .207

  7. Trevino - .237

  8. Bauers - .000 (just called up) - replaced by Hicks .125

  9. Kiner-Falefa - .174

The Yankees are 15-13 on the year. They are on pace to win 87 games. In games Gerrit Cole doesn't start, and earn a win, the Yankees are 10-13.


I know, it's only April, but this is no longer just a small sample size.


Dating back to July 1, 2022, the last four full months (plus 6 games in October) of Yankees baseball, the Yankees are 58-55. We're now talking a sample size of 113 games. (That's on pace to win 79 games over 162 games.)


As they planned for the 2023 season, the Yankees:

  • Never got a left fielder.

  • Never added a quality lefty bat to the lineup

  • Hoped that the frequently injured Harrison Bader would be a regular.

  • Hoped that the frequently injured Giancarlo Stanton would be a regular.

  • Hoped that Josh Donaldson would revert to how he played years ago.

  • Hoped that the frequently injured Luis Severino would stay healthy.

  • Hoped that the injured (when they got him) Frankie Montas) would somehow be healthy and be the fifth starter

  • Hoped that the frequently injured Tommy Kahnle would help the bullpen

  • Hoped that Aaron Judge would play at the level he played at last year

  • Hoped that Aaron Hicks perform better than he has in many years...

None of those things have happened yet.


It wasn't a good plan. It was a lot of wishful thinking. We heard last year that the "process" was sound. "It's not the results," we were told.


Well, I hate to say it, but the results aren't good. And neither was the process.


I know a lot of people feel that the Yankees will suddenly turn it all around. I don't. What we see if a flawed team playing flawed baseball.

3 Comments


fuster
Apr 30, 2023

Brito's not really ready for the majors. he needs to develop a better breaking ball

but the guy looks good and pitched well.

he might be ready by next season

and might be OK for a couple of spot starts during this one.


they need Severino and Rodon to return

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howlandm
Apr 30, 2023

Hard 2 argue that!

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fuster
Apr 30, 2023

never got a left fielder?

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