1. Jonathan Loaisiga
Unfortunately, Jonathan Loaisiga’s career 2021 campaign was what we’d call an anomaly. The right-hander reverting back to these struggles is actually more indicative of who he’s been, which is sad to say.
Since debuting in 2018, Loaisiga has struggled to assimilate into a role or find consistency. His 2021 campaign showed he might have the potential to eventually take the closer job from Aroldis Chapman, but Clay Holmes actually did in less than a year.
Instead, Loaisiga has reverted back to his 2018-2020 self with his 6.04 ERA, 4.39 FIP and 1.55 WHIP. He’s lost all control, walking 4.8 batters per nine innings, and seemingly has no defined bullpen role because there’s no logical situation to put him in — Boone is likely too scared to use him in high-leverage spots and feels it’s wasteful to throw him out there for mop-up duty.
Though the righty has lowered his ERA by over a full run the last three weeks, his FIP has barely dipped, suggesting not much has changed. Right when he begins to show progress, the rug gets ripped out from under him, and he makes Sunday’s 4-2 win a lot more stressful than it needed to be. He blew the games against Seattle and St. Louis this month, too.
If a Johnny Lasagna rebound was coming, it would’ve happened already. Instead, a lengthly IL stint in the month of June took him further off course, and the Yankees are down yet another valuable bullpen arm from 2021 they thought would be taking a step forward in 2022.