This offseason, right-handed reliever Tyler Danish went from the Red Sox to the Yankees in an attempt to make a last-ditch push for a roster spot.
As of March 9, that transaction couldn't have possibly worked out better for the Red Sox.
For a time, Thursday's showdown with Boston almost resembled a normal baseball game. Clarke Schmidt started and worked on his cutter, allowing a two-run shot in three innings but mostly looking functional. Jose Trevino knocked in two with a single. Oswald Peraza smashed a double and scored on a wild pitch. Stability ran rampant.
Even Ron Marinaccio appeared in game action for the first time this spring, striking out two in a scoreless fifth!
He handed the ball to Danish for the sixth, something Danish now surely wishes had not happened.
Yankees RHP Tyler Danish probably isn't making Opening Day roster
This outing boosted Danish's ERA to an unsightly 94.50, and you know it's bad when you start seeing the ".50" in a small sample size.
For those mapping out the math at home -- and we know you're out there! -- Danish has recorded four outs in total thus far this spring across three outings, allowing 14 earned runs in the process. His first appearance of the spring wasn't even so bad. One inning pitched, two runs allowed, a hit batsman. Just shaking off the rust.
Since then? Zero batters retired, four hits, two walks, six earned runs allowed against the Rays, followed by one batter retired, six hits, six earned runs, and three dingers against the Sox.
Boston brought their third- and fourth-stringers today, and it didn't matter; much the same way they've been doing all spring, the undefeated Sox backups waited until an unsuspecting reliever with a sky-high ERA came in and pounced on him.
Fear Daniel Palka. Fear Narcisco Crook. Fear Enmanuel Valdez.
Tyler Danish sure does, considering those three guys probably put the nail in his Yankees coffin before he ever really got it open.