The Yankees selected the improper Monty

New York Yankee pitcher Frankie Montas

New York Yankee pitcher Frankie Montas
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It’s no secret. The Yankees have been terrible within the month of August. For the reason that commerce deadline Aug. 2, the as soon as mighty Yankees have gone 3-12 (on the time of penning this), have but to win a sequence, and have been outscored by 23 runs. Is it the curse of Joey Gallo? Maybe. In any case, the two-time All-Star is now slashing .231/.333/.615 with the Dodgers, good for a .949 OPS and 155 OPS-plus. The Dodgers have been doing tremendously, so maybe Gallo was the important thing all alongside. Yankees followers definitely appear to agree.

To be truthful, Andrew Benintendi hasn’t been good since becoming a member of the Yankees. This season he has three video games with three or extra strikeouts… all three have are available in a Yankees uniform. It doesn’t matter what, the Yankees can’t appear to catch a break with their outfielders, and that’s why I don’t assume Benintendi is the most important drawback. The previous Royal is definitely hitting higher than Gallo was in pinstripes by way of stroll fee, OPS-plus, on-base common, and arduous hit proportion. He isn’t getting as many extra-base hits, however that’s to be anticipated. Fairly, the Yankees’ struggles have stemmed from their pitching. I do know, sizzling take, proper? The factor all people’s been saying all yr, I’m saying now. Wow! Actually pulling some juicy information out.

The factor is that the Yankees knew their largest space of concern was pitching, which is why they tried to handle it on the commerce deadline. They have been one of many high suitors for Luis Castillo and ultimately settled for the following best choice, Oakland’s Frankie Montas. Nevertheless, any enhancements the Yankees made to their pitching workers with that transfer have been mitigated when the Yankees flipped one in every of their high pitchers, Jordan Montgomery, to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for injured outfielder Harrison Bader.

Clearly, this was an odd transfer on the time, particularly contemplating the Yankees’ historical past with starters struggling accidents, however maybe it might’ve all labored out if Montas was the ace the Yankees have been hoping for. That didn’t occur. Since becoming a member of the Yankees, Montas has began three video games, lasted solely 14 innings, allowed as many earned runs, and struck out solely eight batters. For the reason that begin of 2018, that’s the second-worst three-game stretch he’s had by way of ERA.

In the meantime, in St. Louis, Montgomery is 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA as a Cardinal. He’s helped his group prolong their lead within the NL Central and has most definitely earned himself a beginning function within the postseason. That’s in all probability why the Yankees made the commerce within the first place. It figures that they’d assume Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, and Montas can be their postseason rotation, however as I mentioned earlier, that’s assuming no person will get damage, and that Montas adjusts effectively to his new group, which clearly he isn’t.

All this goes to indicate simply how arduous the Yankees’ plans backfired and the way avoidable a few of their latest struggles have been. I’m not saying that in the event that they retained Montgomery they might’ve gone 12-3 as an alternative of 3-12, however it’s arduous to think about that if Gumby was pulling the identical stuff he’s with St. Louis in New York (arduous to do given how hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium is, however nonetheless), the Yankees wouldn’t be in a greater place than they’re now.

Severino is on the IL within the least stunning information of the yr, and whereas he needs to be again for the postseason, there might nonetheless be setbacks, and it wouldn’t be stunning if he bought damage once more. What if one other starter will get damage? There’s nonetheless Jameson Taillon, however he’s been removed from constant and has critically struggled since late June. Moreover, exterior of Cortes, Montgomery was the one lefty with a substantial quantity of video games began for the Yankees this yr. With the ability to trot two sturdy southpaws out in your postseason rotation is a giant benefit that the Yankees will now not have.

I do know it’s a small pattern measurement for the reason that commerce, however I can’t assist however look again on the commerce deadline and take into account the Montgomery commerce one of many worst strikes of the yr. There have been too many query marks surrounding the remainder of the Yankees’ rotation. Retaining Montgomery was the secure possibility, and it’s blown up of their faces within the quick run. Perhaps when Bader comes again in September, he’ll set up himself in a crowded Yankees’ outfield — Aaron Hicks continues to earn his spot on the bench — and make up for it, however that also leaves a complete month the place the Yankees left themselves short-handed. What have been they considering?

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