Good news and bad news from the 3-3 tie against Boston
The New York Yankees took on the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, tying it 3-3. The Bombers featured Yoendrys Gomez on the mound, who pitched over 3.0 innings pitched. Indeed, the Yankees had a solid game, with 11 hits and eight more hits over 34 at-bats. There were a few standout artists, notably some of their big leads.
Good news for the Yankees:
Let’s start with the Yankees’ MVP as of Sunday, Anthony Volpe. Volpe has been great this spring, hitting two more hits across four at-bats. In fact, he slapped a homer on right field, raising his batting average to . 320 this spring with a 0.433 OBP and a 0.680 slugging percentage. The way Volpe plays, the Yankees may have no choice but to lift him up to MLB, which would increase the likelihood of a trade for a Yankees player. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Gleyber Torres stand out as the primary candidates.
In addition, the Yankees had two hits from Jake Bauers and an RBI single from Andres Chaparro, who hit . 333 with a 0.429 OBP this spring. As for pitching, Gomez posted 3.0 innings of action, struck out four batters, walked three, and allowed one hit. He hosted a 1.13 ERA this spring, potentially putting himself in position to make a 26-man roster. Ron Marinaccio had a flawless action, hitting all three batters, using his fastball and change-up combination.
Greg Weissert hit a successful home run, hit a batter, and Demarcus Evans closed the game, giving up a hit and scoring on one hit in one inning. Aside from running back Jimmy Cordero, the Yankees’ pitching was excellent in the afternoon.
Bad news for the Yankees:
Before the game started, the Yankees scratched Anthony Rizzo with a back problem. Management is taking precautions with Rizzo back before the regular season. Aside from that unfortunate news, the Yankees had some tough games against Boston, particularly Aaron Hicks, who hit two runs on three batters and lost a fly ball in the sun that landed fair on the field of play.
Hicks continues to bury his chances putting up reliable, consistent play, and with Rafael Ortega scoring a ground rule double over the right field wall, he makes a solid push to start the left field assignment. Additionally, Cordero, who we referenced above, gave up three earned runs and four earned runs over 1.1 innings.
The Yankees enjoyed several consistent performances in this game, but it is Hicks who is the primary negative, a liability in multiple respects, who should get the attention of manager Aaron Boone, despite his confidence in the veteran.