After Jonathan Loaisiga labored through 92 pitches in 4 innings, the bullpen was called on for what turned out to be 21 outs — thanks primarily to the offensive going to sleep with runners in scoring position.
The game could have been put way a few times by the Yankees, and everyone was guilty in the LOB column but the 5 by Greg Bird stands out. There were questions after the game whether manager Aaron Boone should have pinch hit for the struggling first baseman in the 10th inning with runners on second and third and one out. Bird, hitting .198, struck out swinging. But that was just one bad situation in a highly frustrating game.
Yankee Need to Keep Bullpen Powder Dry
It seems with every start Domingo German makes, the pressure intensifies for him to pitch into the 7th or 8th inning and tonight is no different. Before it was mainly to secure his place as the number 5 starter in the rotation, now it’s the give the bullpen a night off.
Sean Newcomb vs The Yankees
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The second year lefty, a native of Brockton, MA, comes in with a record of 8-2, 2.71 ERA, 90 Ks in 93 innings and a WHIP of 1.18. While one career start in Citi Field against the Mets was as close as he’s gotten to Yankee Stadium, he has faced only former National Leaguer Giancarlo Stanton on the current New York roster. Stanton is 2-6.
Newcomb will get his strikeouts, but historically has given up the base on balls (40 in 93 innings this season). But like with Yankees ace Luis Severino, you have to get to Newcomb early. He gets increasingly tougher each time through the lineup — .228 BA the first time, .208 the second, and .185 the third.
Who To Draft
Go with the usual suspects (Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar) tonight.
Domingo German Update
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Back in the rotation, this will be German’s 10th start of the season. He brings a record of 2-4 with a 5.32 ERA, 75 Ks in 64.1 innings, and a WHIP of 1.21. His last outing was a one inning stint out of the bullpen in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Remember this is for speculation only, not meant to be taken as gospel. And don’t forget to double-check your lineup(s) just prior to game time as the weather may create havoc for you. We exist under the manta that “You can’t predict baseball” but it’s fun trying. Good luck with your lineup and let’s go Yankees!