What a day for the New York Yankees so far. First was the report that rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka flew back to New York for an MRI on his elbow. Then it was announced that the leader in the clubhouse for the AL Cy Young Award was headed to the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, and to top the day off, the battered Carlos Beltran took a ball to the face during batting practice, and is a late scratch from tonight’s lineup.
Oh yeah, newly acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy makes his debut for the Bombers, as they play the third of a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians tonight. Unlike his rotation predecessor Vidal Nuno, McCarthy is looking to continue his career norm of pitching deep into games, and giving Joe Girardi‘s bullpen, which has been taxed this season, a brief breather.
“It’s something that I try to take pride in,” McCarthy said. “Even if I’m getting hit, it’s just, get deep in the game. … But it’s something that, especially when I’m going well, you just try to get as deep as I can, take the pressure off the bullpen, take the pressure off the pitching coaches and the other coaches.”
Much has been made of the Yankees dealing for McCarthy, who came to the Bronx sporting double-digit losses during the 2014 campaign, and has allowed more home runs that even he is used to seeing, but for both the pitcher and his new team, they hope that a change of scenery will work wonders for the 9-year veteran. McCarthy had his best seasons of his career while a member of the Oakland A’s.
Countering McCarthy on the mound for Cleveland, will be Josh Tomlin. The highlight of Tomlin’s season thus far, was a complete game, 1-hitter against the Seattle Mariners back on June 28th. Since being called up from Triple-A this past May, Tomlin has a record of 2-4, with an ERA of 5.45 at Progressive Field. He has allowed 5 earned runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances. For a Yankees’ lineup that has struggled to coax runs on a consistent basis, and with today’s news regarding their ace and designated hitter, an offensive outburst may just be what the doctor ordered.
-The Yankees pitching staff has more strikeouts through their first 89 games (757) than any previous Yankees’ staff in team history. At the pace they are going, the staff will shatter the former team record of 1318 set in 2012, with an estimated amount of 1378 strikeouts.
-Over his past 25 games, Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter is hitting .301 (31-for-103), including a bomb, four doubles, 12 runs scored, and 12 runs batted in. On Sunday, Jeter became the eighth player in big league history to get his 3400th career hit, and the first since the all-time hit king, Pete Rose achieved the feat.
-Yankees’ left-fielder Brett Gardner has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games he’s played in, dating back to June 13th. During that time, Gardner has his safely in 18 of those games. It is the longest such streak since former Bombers’ second baseman Robinson Cano reached base safely in 26 straight games played in, back in 2012.