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NYDN: Yankees see Joely Rodriguez, reliever from Joey Gallo trade, as lefty specialist
2 months ago  ::  Jul 30, 2021 - 12:55PM #1
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ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees also reshaped their bullpen after Thursday’s big trade with the Rangers. Bringing in left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez, who comes with a 5.93 ERA in 31 appearances this season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he sees him more as a left-handed specialist.

“A lot of our left-handed pitchers are guys that in some cases are better at getting righties out, so this is a guy that’s been really good at left-on-left. He’s been a tough matchup for lefties,” Boone said. “With us bringing over a guy like (Clay) Holmes, who’s been a guy that’s really tough on righties, maybe these guys can complement each other a little bit and hopefully take advantage of some situations we can put them in. So it’s definitely different. Little bit of a new look for us down there and some places and hopefully he can step in and be a part of a really good bullpen moving forward.”

Lefties are hitting .176/.282/.206 with 12 strikeouts and five walks in 39 plate appearances against Rodriguez this season. That has not always been the case, however, as lefties and righties have an identical .279 batting average against him over the four years of his big league career.


Do the Yankees know about the 3 batter reliever rule?

2 months ago  ::  Jul 30, 2021 - 1:00PM #2
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Saw this and my first thought was someone has to remind Cash that relievers must face a minimum of 3 batters which means this guy will most likely face far more right handed batters than left. 

2 months ago  ::  Jul 30, 2021 - 5:04PM #3
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And There you have the brain trust of the Yankee Organization for team cohesiveness and on field management. One Obtains seldom used lefty and righty specialists and the other thinks it's a great idea for him to use. Neither one apparently concerned about the 3 man rule. Sweet Jesus. Anyone else want to know why we can't win consistently?

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