MLB AL East week previews – 7/5/21

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After being swept by the Red Sox, the Yankees look to bounce back against the Mets in the first meet-up of the subway series. The Red Sox look to continue to add on to their lead in the division. The Orioles are playing a bit better and the Jays are looking to inch closer to second place. Let’s see what happened over the weekend and what series are next up this week in the MLB AL East.

BOSTON RED SOX

The Red Sox started their west coast trip in Oakland. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six innings, allowing only one hit and no runs. Garrett Whitlock gave up the A’s first run and Matt Barnes had his 4th blown save of the season. Kike Hernandez was pretty much the reason the Sox won in the 10th inning. He brought in Michael Chavis, who was the runner on second, and then threw out the tying run in the bottom half of the inning at home plate.

Garrett Richards pitched in game two and gave up two runs in five innings pitched.  Yacksel Rios gave up two more runs that tied the game. The game went into extras innings and the A’s couldn’t score in the 10th as J.D. Martinez threw out the runner at home. The Sox took the lead in the top of the 12th inning but Matt Andriese gave up three runs that ended the game in a walk-off. Kike Hernandez continues to hit home runs with his 10th of the year. Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-5.

The Sox took the series on Sunday with a 1-0 win. Nick Pivetta, Garrett Whitlock, and Matt Barnes gave great performances. Barnes recorded the 500th strikeout of his career. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-3.

Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Barnes were named as All-Star reserves. This is Eovaldi’s and Barnes’ first time as All-Stars and Martinez’s fourth time.

Next up for the Sox is facing the Angels. Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against Eovaldi. They close out the “first half” with the Phillies at home.

TAMPA BAY RAYS

The Rays lost game one against the Blue Jays only scoring one run in the eighth inning. Francisco Mejía went 2-for3 which was the most in the lineup that totaled only five hits. Luis Patiño pitched 5.1 innings and gave up seven runs. 

Shane McClanahan pitched in game two and gave up three runs in 5.1 innings. The Rays offense only had five hits and scored three runs. Manuel Margot hit his 9th home run of the season. The Rays lost game two of the series with a chance of being swept. 

The Rays avoided the sweep against the Jays with a win on Sunday. Ryan Yarbrough pitched five innings and gave up the only run the Jays scored. Wander Franco went 2-for-4 and hit his second home run of the season. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Indians come to the Trop to play three and then the Rays head to Buffalo to face the Blue Jays again to close out the week before the All-Star break.

The Rays announced they have traded David Hess to the Miami Marlins for Justin Sterner and cash considerations.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The first game against the Rays over the weekend was a laugher for the Jays. Alek Manoah pitched 7 innings and didn’t give up any runs. All-Star starters, Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 including his 21st home run, Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-5, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.went 1-for-3 with his 27th home run of the season. George Springer hit his 4th home run of the season and Bo Bichette went 2-for-4.

Before game two, the Jays reinstated Danny Jansen and optioned Riley Adams. Ross Stripling pitched 5.2 innings and only gave up one run in game two. George Springer hit his 5th home run of the year and Santiago Espinal hit his 1st home run of the season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-4. The Jays took the series with a win and had a chance to sweep the Rays.

The Jays couldn’t complete the sweep as Robbie Ray pitched seven innings and gave up two runs. Rafael Dolis gave up three runs with only one out in the inning. Taylor Saucedo had to finish the inning but it was too late as the Jays only scored one run. Bo Bichette, who was named as an All-Star reserve, went 2-for-4. Ryan Grichuk hit his 15th home run of the season.

The next series for the Jays is against the Orioles after a day off. The Rays come into town to close out the week before the All-Star break.

NEW YORK YANKEES

The Yankees had an extra day off with rain postponing the first game of the Subway Series. They announced that Clint Frazier was placed on the IL due to vertigo. He is currently going through lots of testing.

During game one, the offense only had three hits as Taijuan Walker had a no-hitter going through 5 innings. Jordan Montgomery pitched 4.1 innings and gave up three runs. Justin Wilson couldn’t find the strike zone in the 6th inning and he gave up five runs. Aaron Judge got the first hit of the game with his 19th home run in the 6th inning. Michael King pitched four scoreless innings but it was too late as the offense couldn’t come from behind. 

DOUBLEHEADER

The doubleheader on Sunday started with a matchup between Gerrit Cole and Marcus Stroman. Wandy Peralta was reinstated from the IL and announced as the 27th man.  Cole gave up his obligatory home run in the first inning to Dominic Smith. He has allowed four 1st inning HRs in his last four games. Cole lasted 3.1 innings and gave up four runs which tied the game in the 4th inning. He did have six strikeouts as well. His ERA is 5.24 in six starts since June. He hasn’t been great but there is no doubt he will figure out how to improve.

During the game, it was said that the Yankees released Robinson Chirinos, Nick Goody, and Derek Dietrich from their minor league contracts.

Yanks lost this game with another failed performance by Aroldis Chapman and Luca Luetge. There is really nothing else to say other than Chapman needs to get it together. Boone said they will reevaluate his position as a closer…which probably means they may “demote” him for the time being and have a rotating closer until Chapman figures it out. As far as Cole, I’m not worried. Even when people suspected he has sticky stuff, he has had bad days. He will turn it around. I like to think of him as the J.D. Martinez of pitching. 

As if the Yankee fans needed something to laugh about, the timing of Cole and Chapman’s pitching performances comes when both are named as All-Star reserves for this year.

HAPPY FLIGHT

The second game was better for the Yankees. Nestor Cortes Jr.pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 1 run. Darren O’Day relieved and gave up a run after inheriting the runner on second by Cortes. Gio Urshela gave the Yankees the lead with a 3-run home run in the second inning. The fourth run was scored on a wild pitch. Chad Green pitched three solid innings including an immaculate 7th inning to close out the game.

It will certainly be a happy flight for the Yankees as they head west to face the Mariners and the Astros before the All-Star break. The Yankees announced they optioned Tyler Wade to Triple-A. It is most likely the move for Peralta to remain on the roster for the west coast trip.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Ryan Mountcastle was named AL rookie of the month for June. He batted .327/.382/.634 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 26 games.

The O’s win streak ended at three with a loss against the Angels on Friday. Although they scored six runs off of Griffin Canning in 2.2 innings, it wasn’t enough to win. Keegan Akin gave up four runs in three innings pitched and Dillion Tate gave up three runs in 1.2 innings pitched. The offense tied up the game in the 6th inning but Paul Fry gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Trey Mancini went 2-for-5 with his 15th home run and Austin Hays went 2-for-5 as well. Domingo Leyba hit his first home run of the season in the second inning. 

Before game two, the O’s acquired Kelvin Gutierrez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room, they transferred Travis Lakins Sr to the 60-day IL. Jorge Lopez pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four runs. Ramon Urias went 2-for-3 and Trey Mancini went 1-for-4. The O’s pitching walked Shohei Ohtani three times during game two’s loss.

Thomas Eshelman pitched four innings and gave up four runs during Sunday’s game. The O’s tied it in the sixth inning with a 4-run rally and took the lead in the 9th. Cole Sulser gave up the winning run in the bottom half of the 9th. Cedric Mullens hit his 15th home run of the year and was named an All-Star reserve for the O’s.

The Orioles face the Blue Jays next and close out the week against White Sox.

LET’S SPIN IT

It was a frustrating week for the Yankees but they managed to get a win on Sunday. The off-day can hopefully reset their struggling ways and play better baseball. The Rays need to play better if they want to stay somewhat within reach of the Red Sox. The All-Star break is approaching fast and before we know it the trade deadline will heat up. It will be interesting to see what the top four teams do.

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