Yankees 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Bullpen. Yes, there was an implosion in the 12th inning. But let’s take a moment to praise what came before that. Specifically, the top 3 in the ‘pen (Grant Balfour, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta) combined to throw 4.2 perfect innings, striking out 5. There is no 12th inning without those guys…Wil Myers Glove. Yes, there was the odd play in which Myers caught a ball off the wall. But the better play was his running grab towards the foul line in the 6th inning. Instead of a 2-run double, it was 2-on with 2 out and the Rays got out of it on the next batter.
THE BAD: Heart of the Order. The Rays are not going to win too many games when Wil Myers and Evan Longoria combine to go 0-10 with 4 strikeouts and 5 left on base…Heath Bell. This biggest mistake in the disastrous 12th inning was letting Heath Bell come back out to start the inning instead of starting the inning with CJ Riefenhauser with nobody on base. Instead, Bell walked the leadoff hitter on 4 pitches and it was all down hill from there…Missed Sign. There was some criticism of Wil Myers for getting caught stealing with just 1 out in the 11th inning. But that was all on Brandon Guyer, who clearly missed a hit-and-run sign. Of course, with a player that young, it is usually a good idea to pull them aside in the dugout or on deck circle and let them know it might be coming. That clearly didn’t happen.
THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson’s return has been pushed back to June after a minor setback…Alex Cobb’s return is also “late May/early June“…Desmond Jennings is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday…CJ Riefenhauser was sent back to Durham and the Rays will call up Juan Carlos Oviedo prior to Tuesday’s game. Riefenhauser will be back soon. Despite his rough outing on Sunday, it was clear that he has big league stuff…Sam Fuld has been claimed by the Twins off of waivers…Ivan Nova, who was pounded on Saturday night by the Rays, has a partially torn UCL in his elbow and may need Tommy John surgery…Saturday’s game was just the 5th game in franchise history the Rays scored 16+ runs. It was the first since 2011 and the 2nd against the Yankees…Joe Maddon has ordered an intentional walk with a runner on first base 23 times since 2008, ten more than any other team in that span.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon threw “shade” on the Yankees win? This seems like headline homerism at its worst. [NJ.com]
- Scoring is down to its lowest mark in more than 20 years. Most point to steroid testing, but in the last few years, there may be a simpler answer: Teams are getting smarter and it is hurting hitters the most. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Enny Romero gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. Jerry Sands went 3-4 and hit his 5th home run in 17 games. He is hitting .379 with a .486 OBP early on. In double-A, Richie Shaffer hit his 4th home run and also added a triple.
CJ Riefenhauser’s second pitch in the Majors was absolutely nasty…