The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Yankees looked like a shadow of themselves, putting up just 6 hits while striking out 13 times collectively.
Deivi Struggles in Possibly His Final Spring Training Outing
Young, up-and-coming starter Deivi Garcia had his worst outing this spring. Despite occasionally embarrassing the opponent on nasty curveballs, Deivi struggled to finish batters off. He allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 3+ frames, giving up a homer to both Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez. Moreover, he was only able to rack up 2 Ks, one coming on the first batter of the game. Hopefully, Deivi just needed a game to get all of the bad out of his system, as he may end up with a spot on the rotation.
Jays’ Face Injury Bug, Still Outscore Yanks
Coming into the game, the Blue Jays knew they would be without Kirby Yates, George Springer, Nate Pearson, and Robbie Ray. Yet Toronto was faced with another challenge before the game: Cavan Biggio was scratched. Apparently, it was an injured pinky and is not so serious, but these games before the start of the season can be vital for starting the season with momentum.
Thus, the Yankees should be a bit nervous about this game. A week away from Opening Day, with practically their starting lineup, they put up a donut. Not a good sign at all. Guys like Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, and Gio Urshela have had mixed springs, and their bits of struggle surfaced in this game.
Stanton Continues Dominant Spring, Sanchez Tries to Work Out Of Slump
Giancarlo Stanton has been something else this spring. He looks like the guy we saw during the postseason last year. And that is the Stanton we NEED. Though he was only 1-for-4 today, he is clearly seeing the ball really well, fighting through good at-bats. He is also making hard contact on both sides of the plate, and is hitting to all fields. If he can (finally) stay healthy, could this be the return of MVP-Stanton?
Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez had a good game despite fighting through a mid-spring slump. We have all seen Sanchez’s issues at the plate the past few years, and unfortunately it does not seem like much has changed. Even after a hot start to this spring, when he cooled off, so did his AVG, dropping below .225. This game was an encouraging sign though, as he picked up two hits.
Honestly, I just want him to bring his AVG back to a respectable place. There is enough power in this lineup that he does not need to focus on hitting HRs. Just getting on base would bring back the value to his name, hopefully he can use this game as a recipe.
The Yankees face off against the Phillies tomorrow in Philadelphia, which you can find one NBC+ or MLB network (but it will be delayed on there). After that, they will face the Orioles, and after three more games after that, Opening Day will be upon us.