The Subway series couldn’t have started out better for the Yankees.
Aaron Judge – the game’s second hitter – delivered Homer’s right-of-center type that hits him often in New York, just in a different area. But there can be no claims of favoring the short balcony in this 423-foot-high blast. Homer would have been in every garden in the majors except for the Oracle’s raised right field wall. Free Agency Alert: This is the home of the Giants, the team judge grew up on rooting and is currently seen as the Yankees’ biggest unanticipated threat to a drop.
Anthony Rizzo also penetrated the opposite field on the next court, and in successive runs, Taiguan Walker succumbed to as many floorguards as he had done in his previous 12 starts and 80²/innings.
Played like flex. Like the Yankees have come to Citi Field to say there may be two #1 teams in New York, but one of them is still the real subway engine.
But the Yankees are on the loose these days. Beginners look as if they left their best in May and June. The injuries were lessened. And the big hits didn’t come as well as they did when they were in the same sentence as the 1998 Yankees champion.
Aaron Boone stated that it was “hard to keep up with this pace” after the Mets not only erased the Yankee’s lead in the opening inning, but hit enough in their first six to eventually win 6-3.
She left the Yankees 10-11 in July. They still have a progress of 11 ¹ / in the Middle East. But all of a sudden they’re playing as a team that can use the upgrades and shake up energy that might come from a meaningful final business deal or two (or three).
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“We’ve lost quite a few games in the last two weeks which can go either way as we won early,” Boone said. “We can play better. We’ve been playing as well as you can play. We’ve played a little less so far [the past few weeks]And we didn’t pull out some of the toys we were pulling in.”
The rotation, in particular, isn’t running near the climax of early season dominance, and Wednesday, at the conclusion of this two-game Subway series, faces the season’s biggest mismatch, sending Germany’s Domingo against Max Scherzer.
That put Jordan Montgomery on hold for a good opening performance. Instead, he made his shortest start (2 // innings) since September 2020 because he simply couldn’t finish the Mets hitters. Montgomery hit the 0-2 count eight times, and three of those hitters finished off with extra key hits, including Homer and a double from Starling Mart. In all, Montgomery hit 0-2 or 1-2 10 times and had 16 foul balls after that.
“I’ve been making good plays, but they have to have a really good game plan against me, and it’s a good lineup,” Montgomery said.
The left’s failure gave the Yankees five starts of 3²/innings or less in July – or whatever it was from April to June. Might the effort to stand out during the first few months have wiped out life in a Yankees rotation that now operates without Luis Severino? Does this highlight the Yankees’ need to win the Reds Luis Castillo or Marlins Stalwart Pablo Lopez before the 6pm deadline next Tuesday?
Montgomery did not give up more than three additional base strokes at the start of this year. He gave up four in the first six of the hits: Marty Homer, a double by Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso, and a two-raked Homer by Eduardo Escobar. Montgomery did not survive the third inning, which included an unearned round heralded by Josh Donaldson’s throwing error.
The Yankees’ game did not allow Ron Marinaccio (now up to 17 consecutive rounds without goals), Jonathan Loisiga, Aroldis Chapman and Wandy Peralta through eight rounds before Albert Abreu allowed one in the ninth.
But the Yankees’ offensive failed to rally due to inaccurate key kicks and a lack of big hits (0 vs. 8 with the scoring center runners). Isiah Kiner-Falefa was selected first with the runners in the corners and one in the second half. Rizzo was fired as a trail runner in an attempt to double steal with Aaron Judge with two in and one in seventh. It came with Adam Ottavino’s monument. The base thieves were 10 for 10 this year versus Ottavino. Playing with Boone in both Yankees seasons, Ottavino allowed 19 out of 20 in attempted theft.
But that’s how it was in July. The Yankees weren’t as fragile or healthy (Giancarlo Stanton went to IL on Tuesday with Achilles tendinitis) as when they were compared to the greatest teams of all time.
At least on Tuesday they weren’t even the best team in New York. Walker settled the way Montgomery didn’t, and the first 2022 Subway Series was like in July for the Yankees. The trade deadline is a week away. Brian Cashman has to see that he suddenly has a team that needs a shake-up.