The baseball gods did not answer the Yankees’ final prayers on Friday night at Comerica Park in Motor City, which was essentially a plea to plate umpire Vic Carapazza to call a strike and let the last from bully Justin Will. Ridge bowed to keep what was supposed to be a 10-inning victory over the Tigers.
Wilson to Robbie Grossman landed 2-2 on course 10, with third runners two behind, and the Yankees ran an elevated 92mph fastball that definitely punched the outside corner. The field might look like a strike for everyone except for the leaning pal Gary Sanchez catching the Yankees, then YES Network̵7;s virtual attack zone confirmed it was a strike.
“I think I’m on the pitch. But they weren’t called,” Wilson said. “It was part of the game. You keep going and keep throwing the pitch.”
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The next pitch is a belted high fastball that separates the strike zone. Grossman hit out on the left to allow a homer to walk off two laps and the Yanks were defeated 3-2.
You can blame Wilson for the pitch that blew up the game. Which adds another miserable chapter to the Yankees’ grim return season. The man has had a good career but his 2021 from spring training is a living nightmare, his ERA after 15 matches is 6.08.
But here’s the deal. Wilson shouldn’t be in that game. in fact Anyone other than the Yankees’ most liberators should be on the mound to shut down the Tigers, whose lineup is no better than many in Triple-A.
Boone had another option to patronize the nine Yankees. A better option, even with replica pieces Wandy Peralta, Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman already used.
Do you want Chapman to come back for the 10th time after his ninth 14-pitch unemployment?
“No, no, today,” Boon said. “I don’t know if I’m ready to go two innings with him.”
Boon wasn’t wrong there. Chapman was only two days sick and was unable to play doubleheader on Thursday. So this is not the time for two innings. This should be the first regular season for those who are good with Boon.
Do you want Jonathan Loaisiga?
“Today he fell,” Boone said, meaning the Yankees were determined not to take the right thing and we’d have Boone pass there with Loaisiga pitching 27 runs, working 1 1/3 innings in Game 1. of Thursday
Whether you understand or agree with this strategy or not. The Yankees will then do what they think is the best way to protect the health of their pitchers. They certainly won’t expand Chapman at the end of May. And they won’t push it, with Loaisiga having a history of arm problems before emerging last season as a relief horse, chances are getting better and better.
The Yankees may want to stay away from left-handed Lucas Luetge, who threw 24 tackles, working 1 1/3 innings in Thursday’s game 2. Old-school aides like Goose Gossage may have laughed at the healthy big-league pitcher. get a bomb After a relief appearance on 24 stadiums the night after the rain. But that’s Major League Baseball for all teams in 2021, so it is what it is.
So Boone had to choose between Michael King, who could be starting Sunday in Detroit, rookie Albert Abreu, the erratic Louis Cessa, a mediator. or a struggling Wilson
Among these options All of this makes sense, with the exception of Wilson, whose all-important fastball life earned AWOL during most of his outings as his delivery had to be fixed. This guy is very busy in spring training. even before he tightened his grip And he doesn’t look good after starting his year in IL.
King should be an option You hear the manager say all the time, “Win today and worry about tomorrow” or in this case. “Win today and worry about Sunday on Sunday.”
Abru? He’s better than Wilson.
Cessa? That’s the right choice. His 3.32 ERA is roughly half that of Wilson’s.
This is another reason Boone should go for King, Abreu, or Cessa over Wilson. They’re all right. If Boone looks at Grossman’s break-up. He will see that the switch batsman enter the game with .304 batting against the left and .227 against the right.
Perhaps Grossman’s double knockout flick left-handed with Gerrit Cole early in the game led Boone to think Wilson was a better match for the night. And Wilson got Grossman out.
“Sometimes they are called. Sometimes not,” Wilson said.
And sometimes the manager’s right decision is to avoid giving your worst throwers a chance to blow up the game.
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