The New York Yankees continued their season against their biggest adversary, the Tampa Bay Rays. So we continue with three takeaways from the first game of the three-game set.
Takeaway #1: Gerrit Gives Up More
A running problem for the Yankee ace this season has been the long ball. Gerrit Cole would surrender another two home runs during tonight’s contest. And as we’ve detailed for each of Cole’s, that is a major issue. Giving up home runs is now a regular part of Major League Baseball. But Gerrit is giving up and an inordinate amount of home runs. This October, for the Bronx Bombers to be successful, they will need their ace to get this issue under control.
During the broadcast, Michael Kay would explain how teams hunt a single pitch from Cole as the modus operandi because teams don’t feel like they can garner multiple consecutive hits off Cole. So Gerrit must find a way to vary his sequencing or better tighten his pitch tunneling in order to limit the home run damage in the future.
Takeaway #2: Luke Voit Continues Hot Hitting
The Yankees aren’t the same team that was projected on paper. They are missing Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and Zach Britton, just to name a few. So it’s not surprising that the offense has sputtered. And in reality, without Luke Voit, the offensive numbers would look even worse. Tonight Voit would hit his 13th home run of the season, tying him for the home run lead with Nelson Cruz and Fernando Tatis Jr. Luke Voit has been the Yankees’ saving grace over the past few weeks.
Takeaway #3: Deadline Come & Gone
The final takeaway from today’s game actually happened (or didn’t in this case) prior to the game. The trading deadline was at 4 pm est, and the Yankees made all of ZERO moves at the deadline. Brian Cashman, the Yankee GM, listed exorbitant cost as the culprit for why no moves were made. And in all reality, this trading deadline was insanely active is the strangest of all-time.
Normally, the July 31st trade deadline is viewed as a gamble when players will have two months plus the postseason for a new team. This trading deadline, however, teams will have just one month plus the postseason. Thus trading a top prospect for a one-month rental isn’t a wise strategy for a team like the Yankees. And while fans (myself included) wanted some sort of deal made to reinforce the team, the Yankees will have the biggest additions of any team. And those additions will come in the form of their returning players.