Deivi Garcia to the Rescue: NY 7 Toronto 2 — Sept 9, 2020

All reports at the trade deadline said that for the Yanks to trade for an elite piece to help the team, they would have to give up Deivi Garcia or Clarke Schmidt AND Clint Frazier. That price was too high, said Brian Cashman.

The Yanks have been losing a lot after the deadline, to the rue of those Yankee fans that wanted a trade. But Deivi Garcia is proving that Cashman was right not to make a trade – with his 3rd terrific start to begin his career – last night saving the Yankees, ending their 4-game losing streak – with 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts, and 0 walks.

Pitching to Contact

Deivi casually blew through the 7th inning by getting batters to hit the ball for easy flyouts. He wasn’t trying to strike everyone out, but did strike out batters on occasion when he needed to. It was a breath of fresh air.

β€œPitching to contact used to be a thing that lots of pretty good pitchers practiced,” said Christopher Wright on twitter.

The 2 Toronto runs came on his one mistake – a 2-run homer to leftfielder Derek Fisher (not the Knicks’ Fisher) in the 2nd. The Yanks had jumped ahead in the top of the 2nd on a homerun by Gleyber Torres (finally!). DJ LeMahieu immediately tied the score at 2-2 with a homer in the top of the 3rd.

Yanks Put Hitting Shoes On

The Yanks put their hitting shoes on in the 5th against Toronto reliever Ross Stripling. Tyler Wade led off with a single, DJ LeMahieu moved him over with a groundout, and he scored on a Luke Voit single. Aaron Hicks walked (again – his OBP is very high at .377) and Gleyber Torres doubled in 2 to make it 5-2 NY.

Deivi Kept Going

Staked to the 5-2 lead, Deivi Garcia continued to dominate – cruising through innings, pitching to contact.

Manager Aaron Boone sent him out for the 7th, after he had gotten easy fly ball outs to end the sixth, keeping his pitch count down. And Deivi proceeded to cruise thru the 7th, inducing easy fly outs. He finished with 95 pitches thrown. He got his first Major League win.

Bullpen Looked Good!

Zack Britton pitched an uneventful 8th, allowing a baserunner but otherwise cruising through the inning. The Yanks got insurance runs in the top of the 9th on an RBI single by Clint Frazier, and an RBI groundout by Gleyber Torres.

Aroldis Chapman was SMOKING in the 9th – completely in control the best he’s looked all year – strike after scintillating strike the Blue Jays had no chance. He struck out the side on just 12 pitches for the save.


  • Clint Frazier – who continues to bat cleanup – went 2-4 with a walk. He is batting .288 with a .408 OBP. See top of article where Brian Cashman did not want to give him up in a trade.
  • Gleyber Torres went 2 for 4 with the homer and 4 RBI’s. It was a great sign that he is getting in gear.
  • Aaron Hicks went 0-3 but walked 2 times. Oddly enough, when Hicks walked in the 9th, Scott Reid-Foley of the Blue Jays threw every one of 7 pitches exactly into Hicks’ wheelhouse, according to ESPN’s hitting zone — Hicks is hitting .429 at pitches thrown high in the strike zone and directly over the plate, and .667 at pitches thrown high in the strike zone and over the outside corner of the plate — and every pitch Reid-Foley threw were in those zones, as the tweet below shows.

  • Manager Aaron Boone moved Miguel Andujar up to 6th in the lineup – he was batting 8th the day before, when he went 2-4 in the 2-1 loss (and getting 3 hits Sunday and a homer Monday). In this game he went 0-5. Boone in fact fashioned the Yankee lineup so that 1 thru 9 was almost set exactly by OBP – the higher your OBP, the higher you were in the lineup.

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