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4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 12:02PM #1
bigjeep8
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A dozen games is not an accurate measuring tool for what lies ahead for the Yankees, who have a truckload of their best players on the injured list.



Yet even while not at full strength, the Yankees should have had enough to avoid losing two of three to both the Orioles and Tigers at home to open the season.



Sure, they rebounded to sweep three from the awful Orioles in Baltimore, but when faced with playing on the road against the Astros, the Yankees lost three straight. The series exposed weaknesses so glaring that until Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino and Didi Gregorius are on the field together, the Yankees can be expected to have a hard time stringing together victories.



Injuries happen to all teams, and how they react often dictates whether they fold or carry on. A dozen games into the season, the Yankees have seen more of the former and less of the latter, but with six key names on the IL, it might not make a difference if the injured not only return but play to their history.


Though they have covered the losses in the lineup to a degree, the pitching has been the biggest disappointment because of the way James Paxton and J.A. Happ haven’t covered for CC Sabathia, who returns Saturday, and Severino, who will be out at least until early July. If it weren’t for Domingo German (2-0, 1.64 ERA in two starts), the Yankees’ rotation would be in deeper trouble.


Acquired from Seattle to be no worse than a No. 3 starter, Paxton is 1-2 with an obese 6.00 ERA in three starts and hasn’t pitched past the sixth inning. Brought back on a two-year deal for $34 million, Happ is 0-1 with a worse 6.48 ERA in two starts (8 ¹/₃ total innings) going into Friday night’s outing against the inept White Sox — which kicks off a nine-game homestand, includes two midweek games against the reeling Red Sox and finishes with four against the hapless Royals.



“I need to find a way to get back to my game,’’ Paxton said after requiring 99 pitches to work four-plus innings and giving up five runs and eight hits Wednesday night in an 8-6 loss to the Astros.


That goes as well for Happ, Zack Britton and Chad Green.


With Betances out since spring training, manager Aaron Boone has been in the position of having to do without some bullpen arms on certain nights in order to avoid burning them out. Wednesday, the manager didn’t have Green, Luis Cessa or Jonathan Holder, all of whom pitched Tuesday.


Green has been a disappointment with an 0-2 record and a whopping 9.00 ERA in five games. The right-hander said he is working through early-season mechanical things but feels fine physically. In six games, Britton has worked 5 ²/₃ innings and allowed as many walks (four) as he has strikeouts. Add in eight hits, and that’s a lot of baserunners to deal with.


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Boone: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

Judge: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Boone: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn player I ever saw. Suit up.
4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 12:21PM #2
Stewie
Posts: 2,450

Happ doesn't surprise me.  That's the chance you take when you sign a pitcher who throws fastballs almost exclusively who's closer to 40 than 30.  Anyway, he doesn't have to develop secondary pitches, or even try hard. By next September he will have made $90,000,000.00 in his career.  All he has to do at this point is read his hunting and fishing magazines and dream about retirement in 17 months.

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 1:29PM #3
maplebats
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With the IL full of Didi, Hicks, Stanton, Andujar, Tulo, Ellsbury, Montgomery, Sabathia, Betances, and Severino, I'd say the biggest bust is the Yankees training staff.

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 1:33PM #4
jimwest
Posts: 5,231

Apr 12, 2019 -- 1:29PM, maplebats wrote:


With the IL full of Didi, Hicks, Stanton, Andujar, Tulo, Ellsbury, Montgomery, Sabathia, Betances, and Severino, I'd say the biggest bust is the Yankees training staff.




+1


And add Sanchez to that list.

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 1:36PM #5
thestraw44
Posts: 974

Somebody has to be held accountable. This fanbase gotta stop falling for injuries as an excuse and demand players that aren’t brittle bastids. INJURIES ARE NOT AN EXCUSE! Win the division or GTFO Brian, you Bum Yell

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 1:36PM #6
Lola
Posts: 30,017

Apr 12, 2019 -- 1:29PM, maplebats wrote:


With the IL full of Didi, Hicks, Stanton, Andujar, Tulo, Ellsbury, Montgomery, Sabathia, Betances, and Severino, I'd say the biggest bust is the Yankees training staff.




I CONCUR!

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 1:38PM #7
bigjeep
Posts: 280

Apr 12, 2019 -- 1:33PM, jimwest wrote:


Apr 12, 2019 -- 1:29PM, maplebats wrote:


With the IL full of Didi, Hicks, Stanton, Andujar, Tulo, Ellsbury, Montgomery, Sabathia, Betances, and Severino, I'd say the biggest bust is the Yankees training staff.




+1


And add Sanchez to that list.




When you consider the way todays players are babied, it is amazing!

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 2:42PM #8
luvdayanks
Posts: 31,505

Apr 12, 2019 -- 1:36PM, thestraw44 wrote:


Somebody has to be held accountable. This fanbase gotta stop falling for injuries as an excuse and demand players that aren’t brittle bastids. INJURIES ARE NOT AN EXCUSE! Win the division or GTFO Brian, you Bum 



Injuries are not an excuse? What  alternate universe do you  live  in ?  So, it's Cashmans fault  there are 12 players on IL?? You scrape the bottom  of the barrel  to criticize  Cashman. He has his faults, players on IL is not one of them.

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 2:49PM #9
ArtVandelay
Posts: 34,732

who here didn't think that Sevy's year was done when they were telling us he'd be back at the end of April? 

4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2019 - 3:18PM #10
Lola
Posts: 30,017

Apr 12, 2019 -- 2:49PM, ArtVandelay wrote:


who here didn't think that Sevy's year was done when they were telling us he'd be back at the end of April? 




Wasn't that the day after they gave him a 40 million dollar contract.

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