Heaney Not Heinous But Not Great Either. Balt 7 NY 1

In his first start as a Yankee, Andrew Heaney wasn’t heinous, but he wasn’t that great — serving up four (4) solo homeruns in 4 innings pitched — while his Baltimore counterpart Jorge Lopez 1-hit the Yankees through 6 innings in the 7-1 Baltimore victory. Lopez improved his record to 3-12 5.91. You make what you will of that.

1. Heaney Gophers

Heaney was acquired this week by the Yankees due to their current dearth of pitching caused by Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery going on the COVID IL, Domingo German coming up with some shoulder soreness, Michael King on the 60-day DL, and Corey Kluber recovering from shoulder tightness after the no-hitter earlier this year.

The Yankees traded minor league prospects Janson Junk (a 25-yr-old 6’1 righty who was 4-1 1.78 this year for AA Somerset) and Elvis Peguero (a 24-yr-old 6’5 righty who was a combined 5-1 2.70 this year for single A Hudson Valley and AA Somerset) to the Angels for Heaney. Both Junk and Peguero were assigned to the Angels’ AA affiliate, the Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Heaney is a 30-year-old 6’2″ lefty who spent 7 years with the LA Angels and sports a 30-37 4.60 career record; his best year being 9-10 4.15 in 2018.

Heaney gets by with breaking stuff; his fastball barely hits 91 to 92 MPH. And it was that 4-seam fastball that got tagged for a homerun by centerfielder and leadoff batter Craig Mullins in the 3rd inning, then by leftfielder Austin Hays the next batter — for a 2-0 Baltimore lead.

1st baseman Ryan Mountcastle hit Haney’s 77-MPH curve for a homer in the 4th, and then Shortstop Ramon Urias hit a homer off Haney’s 83-MPH changeup in the 4th.

Mountcastle went 3 for 4 overall, and has resurrected his season after a very slow start — he now sports a 19-63-.259 (.305 OBP) slash line.

2. Lopez Subdues Yankee Offense

Lopez is a sinker ball/changeup pitcher, and on this day, his 95-MPH sinker was sinking. He forced a lot of easy groundouts and fly outs. He pitched 6 innings of 1-hit ball, walking 5, striking out 4.

At one point in the game a cat got onto the Yankee Stadium field, and had to be chased off.

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