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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: No comeback this time

I had kind of forgotten what it felt like to lose a game. On a cold night in New York, the Jays’ bats were quiet and the Yankees edged out a 4-3 victory.

Things worth mentioning…

  • Aaron Sanchez was largely good as he scattered three runs over six innings of work. He allowed seven hits but very infrequently did the Yankees actually generate any hard contact off of him. They got lucky with some squibbers and seeing-eye singles to ultimately score their three runs. That said, one concerning thing about Sanchez was how his velocity dipped all the way down to the low 90s in the fifth and sixth innings, indicating an issue with his stamina. Maybe it was the cold temperature?
  • The Jays rallied in the eighth inning by getting the bases loaded with nobody out but only managed to score one run, which was a Curtis Granderson pinch hit single. Kevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk had a pair of horrible at bats completely devoid of any discipline whatsoever. Pillar can have a pass because he’s had a great April, but Grichuk has struggled mightily this year and looked totally hopeless as David Robertson fooled him with breaking balls. How much longer is his leash going to be?
  • The Jays had been extremely good with runners in scoring position, but tonight they went just 2-for-14. I mean, the chances were there, they just didn’t cash them in, which isn’t something we’re used to this year. Let’s blame the cold. I guess one positive is the fact the Jays got CC Sabathia out in the fifth inning and made the Yankees use all of their key relievers in the first game of the series.

  • Moose

    What is wrong with waiving Grichuk? If someone claims him, work out a trade or call him back. He is a lifetime .242/.292/.477. This is not a great hitter that is struggling. He is a shitty hitter who isn’t going to suddenly discover plate discipline.

  • Knuckleballs

    The baseball gods did try to help with passed balls and errors and Gibby putting grandy in a batter earlier, but yah it did not work out. Yes Grichuk is struggling but it is still early, but it’s hard watch him at the plate. The jays have a ton of out field options in AAA that could/would be better, but shakins traded a good reliever and he is going ride Grichuk until it is obvious he just does not have it

    • The Humungus

      I don’t know about “good reliever”

      Leone’s FIP is 5.26 right now, and that’s even with the fact that he hasn’t walked anyone through 8 innings (coming into the season, he’d averaged 3.5 BB/9 over his career), and is striking out guys at a higher rate than ever before (12.9 SO/9).

      Right now, I’d say that it’s a wash trade.

    • Nice Guy Eddie

      I think you’re right Looking at Statscast measurements of barrelled balls, Grichuk last year was one of the best in baseball. Yet watching him this year is cringe-inducing. It will be interesting to see the moves as Morales and Donaldson return.

  • Knuckleballs

    Yah but you could say the same of Russel Martin Maile has been killing the ball and throwing people out caught stealing at a good clip so far this year. Would Gibby sit Martin in favour of Maile besides martins off days No. Cause Martin has also been painful to watch at the plate

    • Nice Guy Eddie

      I think we have seen just that. Martin is now losing playing time to Maile. He joked about Wally Pipp the other day. I suspect a lot of our internet ‘experts’ were googling Wally Pipp because they don’t know who that is.

        • The Humungus

          To be fair, it is one of the most well-known baseball stories ever. Anyone old enough to remember Cal Ripken Jr. playing SS would certainly have heard the name.

          • GrumblePup

            To be fair, I remember Cal Ripken Jr. playing. I’m in my 30s. I had to look it up and still said “oh. Uhh..I guess I knew that? Maybe?”

            Baseball lore knowledge has nothing to do with baseball knowledge.

          • The Humungus

            Also in my 30’s (older than Russell Martin), and I knew it straight off.

            I wasn’t saying you can’t know anything about baseball if you don’t know it, but anyone who remembers watching Cal taking a lap around Camden has certainly heard the name before.

          • GrumblePup

            Yeah, I’m not so much trying to argue with you. More just taking exception to Eddie using quotations around ‘experts’. Basically implying if you don’t know this fact, you don’t know baseball.

            Which is like saying that since I don’t remember what number Michael Jordan wore off the top of my head, I’m not allowed to have opinions about the 2018 Raptors Playoff.

            It’s just perpetuating a shitty attitude that pops up in the comments here on a pretty regular basis where people act like “I’ve been around longer, so my opinion is worth more/your opinion is useless” (which I admittedly have sometimes taken part in in the past, but am trying to be more cognizant of).

          • lukewarmwater

            That’s right sonny, why I remember sitting on my grampy’s knee with the black and white t.v. and the rabbit ears and the half destroyed t.v. atenna from the last wind storm and Don Larsen pitching that perfect game in the 1956 world series. Why he told me about this Lou guy who took over first base. I will always remember that moment. No, not Pipp losing his job but the perfect game.