With all eyes on trade deadline insanity, the New York Yankees dropped game one of a two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2.
On the eve of the trade deadline, a packed house in Yankee Stadium was glued to social media, anxiously awaiting news of an imminent trade.
In that quietly busy atmosphere, the New York Yankees fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 4-2.
For the first time since July 18, the Yankees received a quality start from their rotation. J.A. Happ tossed six innings, allowing only three runs on eight hits.
Unfortunately, the offense didn’t take advantage of Happ’s solid start.
Only three Yankees registered a hit tonight. Edwin Encarnacion notched a single and an RBI double while Gio Urshela chipped in with a couple of singles.
Tyler Wade provided the only long ball for the Yankees in his second at-bat of the game.
Tyler Wade just has that clutch gene pic.twitter.com/AmGCnsv5c3
— Big Baby David (@BigBabyDavid_) July 31, 2019
Wade entered for Luke Voit in the fifth inning when Voit exited with a core injury.
The only other thing truly of note in tonight’s game was the performance of Archie Bradley. It’s been reported that the Yankees have interest in Bradley, who recorded a four-out save.
Of course, the biggest news of the night occurred outside the confines of the game. Trevor Bauer, who was highly desired by Yankee fans, was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds, sources familiar with the deal tells ESPN. He will move as part of a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres, according to sources.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
As a result, general manager Brian Cashman is running out of time and options to bolster the rotation. It looks increasingly possible that he won’t make the big splash move to add a frontline arm. Instead, he may look to bolster the bullpen with a guy like Bradley.
Should that happen, the Yankees will be locked into a rotation coming off a historically bad week and ERAs over 4.00 across the board. Even if Luis Severino does return this season, it’s unlikely that he can provide the ace-level production the team needs in October.
Savage of the Game – Tyler Wade
I never thought I’d get the chance to give Wade the “Savage of the Game” award. However, when you provide half the offense with one swing of the bat, you earn the award. Even if it comes in a losing effort.