The Yankees came into the season knowing that depth of tone would be a deciding factor for them. Last night, they plunged into it and tested it out. JP Sears went through with flying colors. The left-handed made just over five goal-free runs in his second start in the Major League as the Bombers beat the A, 2-1, on the field.
The Yankees (55-20) won three in a row and clinched their best three-game streak. They won 19 of 23 completed streaks and split two. A (25-51) lost six of the last eight.
Sears made a 12.2 Grand Slam run without giving up the run. The 26-year-old delivered three separate hits, one walked and one hit.
“We put him in the off-season 40 players because of the performance and what we thought he could be, but the fact that he came up so much for us here early on to be an option (something) we really feel good about,” Aaron Boone said.
Marwin Gonzalez hit his third off-season visitor and Jose Trevino solo on tour to provide the attack against Frankie Montas of A.
But Tuesday night was a real test of Yankees depth. In search of managing their shift workload, they used Sears as an instant starter in this stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
“This season is going to be a little more challenging with a shorter spring and no off-season focusing on the players. So everyone will be tested,” Boone said.
There was a worrying number of shooter injuries in 2021 as shooters emerge from the COVID pandemic — which has been cut short in the 2020 season. Concerns were raised again when the owner shutdown halted and shortened the spring training period this year, leaving most bowlers to ramp up on their own.
Getting bowlers through July and August, a traditional time for arm fatigue, will be a challenge this season, Yankees throwing coach Matt Blake said this spring. Small pressure test. for the bombers. They have to be proactive because they have some workload concerns in the rotation and the bull.
Luis Severino, who has played 72 runs so far this season, has made just 27 over the past three years due to injuries. Nestor Cortes, who has never had more than 93 runs in the major leagues, has already thrown 79 this year. Maybe the left can go to 140 with a normal increase. Michael King, who made a goalless 1.1 on Tuesday night, is already over 22 games played from 2021 and has 41.2 runs in 26 games this season. He threw a total of 69 runs last season. Clay Holmes, who allowed a run but managed to block it 13 times, has thrown 35.2 runs this season, nearly half of the 70 he threw last year.
The workload of analgesics was affected by injuries. Aroldis Chapman, who has been on the injured list for more than a month with an Achilles problem, made a perfect turn on Triple-A on Tuesday night and is expected to return to the Bullpen as soon as today. Jonathan Loisiega is also expected to return sometime before the All-Star break to help ease this burden for the Bulls.
Domingo German, who threw 3.1 rounds of goalless for Double-A Somerset on Tuesday, is also expected to return and help manage the load for both starters and thinners. He threw 43 throws, scattered two hits and hit three times on Tuesday.
Clarke Schmidt was scheduled to start Thursday at Triple-A. He made 14 appearances for the big league club, including the start. He shot to a 3.00 ERA and 1.167 WHIP.
“Obviously we’ve dropped Clarke now. He’s going to evolve a little bit. We feel like Clark has made big strides this year as well,” Boone said.
Lefty Ken Waldichuk, who has a 1.99 ERA and 88 strokes in 58.2 runs on 12 Triple-A starts, and Hayden Wesneski, who has 55 strokes in 65 runs and 4.02 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 14 Triple-A appearances, have put themselves on the Yankees’ radar.
“So we’re always looking to solidify this reservoir and keep it going where you’re going to have to leverage a few things at different points throughout the year,” Boone said.