Well, it’s just six games in the New York Yankees 2021 season, and there’s already controversy and conspiracy. Yes, it’s a mere six games into the season, and panic should not be setting in yet. However, there are things to be concerned about, so let’s discuss them. This article is about 3 key takeaways from the Yankees loss to the Baltimore Orioles on April 7th, 2021.
Takeaway #1: No Aaron Judge?!
The first takeaway took place before the game even started when the lineup was released earlier in the day; Aaron Judge’s name was not on the card. Why? Well, according to Yankee manager Aaron Boone, Judge was out of the lineup due to “general soreness” from too many swings. We’re six games into the season; how many swings could Aaron Judge have taken thus far? And in all honesty, watching Judge play so far this season, he has looked hesitant in all facets of the game. And now, the day before an off-day, Judge is sitting and wasn’t used to try and win the game in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th. Which means there’s more to this “general soreness” than meets the eye. And I would be surprised if Judge finds his way to the IL sooner rather than later.
Takeaway #2: Gleyber Torres’ Defense at Shortstop is NOT Good.
Gleyber Torres is an excellent offensive shortstop. He is capable of working at-bats into getting good pitches to hit and driving the ball. However, for as good as Gleyber is at the dish, he’s far worse defensively at the shortstop position. Now, this isn’t a knock on his effort at the position, as Gleyber works hard to better himself as a defensive shortstop. But watching the game last night was clear that something is a miss with Torres at the position, defensively speaking. Following the 2021 season, there will be an expansive list of available shortstops, and for my money, the Yankees need to take a close look at all of them.
Takeaway #3: Jameson Taillon Pitched Well
Ok, let’s end on a more positive note; Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Yankees in yesterday’s game. It had been 707 days since Taillon last pitched in the Major Leagues. And in his first start with the New York Yankees, Taillon pitched well. Over 4.2 innings of work, Jameson would throw 74 pitches (47 strikes), strikeout 7 batters while not walking anyone, and surrendered just two runs on three hits. For not pitching in 707 days, Jameson Taillon was very impressive on the mound in the Bronx. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back in his next start.
Be On the Lookout (BOLO): Why was Rougned Odor Acquired?
Here we are a few days later, and fans and baseball pundits alike are still wondering why the New York Yankees acquired Rougned Odor. Odor is not a particularly good defender, which we already have Gleyber Torres for that. Rougned also only really plays second base, despite the Texas Rangers trying him out elsewhere. And most of all, why “Rougie” has some pop in his lefty-swinging bat, he strikes out a TON. So it begs the question that hasn’t truly been answered, why did the Yankees acquire him?