The Yankees lost to the White Sox, 9-6, in a rain-shortened affair at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have lost four straight. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Friday's game…
1 ) What's happening (get it?) to J.A. Happ is clearly not what the Yankees were expecting when they signed the 36-year-old to a two-year deal (with a vesting option). Happ was handed a 4-1 lead, yet he allowed base runners in each inning and yet another home run. Happ's line - 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB and 5 K was horrendous as is his 6.19 ERA for the season. Happ is simply leaving too many pitchers over the heart of the plate and hitters are not missing them.
2 ) The Yankees fared well with runners in scoring position (3-for-8), however a bases loaded with one out opportunity in the first inning didn't produce anything against a struggling Lucas Giolito.
3 ) With all the injuries, Greg Bird's rope is seemingly plenty long, but the Yankees might have to rethink its current stance on the first baseman. Bird is now hitting 1.94 with one homer and just one RBI with 17 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances. Bird, who had a fine spring training is clearly not seeing the ball well, watching pitches go by that he used to unload on.
4 ) Chad Green needs to figure out a new pitch and quickly. Once again, Green sitting around 95 mph with his four-seam fastball, was ripped by opposing batters. Green allowed back to back home runs to rookie Eloy Jimenez (111.0 mph) and James McCann (99.6 mph). Green threw 14 pitches, 13 of them four-seam fastballs and he generated just one swinging strike on the pitch.
5 ) The Yankees silver lining continues to be DJ LeMahieu. The Yankees infielder reached base in all three plate appearances and now sports a .439 batting average and a 1.050 OPS. LeMahieu should be leading off as much as possible at this stage (not just against left-handers) as the Yankees need his table-setting abilities at the top of the lineup.
Yardy time 👋 pic.twitter.com/l1LHTNi4cw- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 13, 2019
Another inning, another pair of runs. pic.twitter.com/VhvXpSU5B8- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 13, 2019
The Yankees face the White Sox Saturday at 1:05 p.m. CC Sabathia will make his season debut after recovering from a heart procedure and knee surgery. He'll face former teammate Ivan Nova.