Thanks mostly to a nine-game winning streak, the Yankees’ season on the whole has been pretty good so far. However, this post is not to look at the good or bad of the year up to this point. It’s to look at the weird stuff. Considering we’re only a month in, there’s actually been a decent amount of weird.
After an Opening Day win, the Yankees clung on to a one-run lead in the second game. Tyler Wade came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Wade then doubled, scoring two runs, and making it 4-1.
The Blue Jays ended up picking up another run, meaning the Wade double ended up being the game-decider in a 4-2 win. It also represents the vast majority of his production from this season so far.
Aaron Hicks was injured in the Opening Day game against the Blue Jays. His second game back was (what was supposed to be) the series opener in Detroit. He did this:
It was the first Yankees’ inside-the-park home run since 2009.
Inferior teams win baseball games all the time, because the sport is kinda designed that way. All it takes is one bad pitching performance for a tanking team to beat a playoff contender. Hey, that’s what happened here.
Masahiro Tanaka’s disastrous outing allowed the Yankees to lose a game to the Marlins out of nowhere. Not just lose either, lose 9-1 to a team they had beaten by 11 the day before. Tomas Telis had two hits, and he’s had just four others in 22 more games for the rest of the season.
It wasn’t them doing it, but the Yankees have already been involved in a position player pitching this season.
With the Yankees up 12-1, the Twins moved Ryan LaMarre in from center field to pitch. Tyler Austin treated him like the position player pitching that he is by homering. However, he also got Miguel Andujar to ground out. The same Miguel Andujar had gotten 15 hits in his previous 28 at-bats.
Whether you think it’s a good thing or not, the Yankees definitely hit a lot of home runs. They’ve already hit 41 as a team, with Didi Gregorius leading the way with ten. (Which is also a weird thing considering the other people on the team.)
When you see them win a game 11-1, you could easily assume that they just teed off on some poor pitcher and kept putting baseballs into orbit. However, that is not what happened on April 28th. The Yankees scored 11 runs on 14 hits, with not one of them a home run. That’s probably pretty rare for any team to do in 2018, never mind a team with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez.
The most recent addition to this list happened on the final day of the month. Losing 2-0 with one out in the top of the sixth, the Yankees had yet to record their first hit against Charlie Morton. Austin Romine stepped to the plate for his second at bat, and singled to break up the no-hitter.
Neil Walker may be hitting poorly now, but Romine remains the worst hitter in the lineup. Yet somehow the light-hitting backstop — the one with a 49 wRC+ last season — broke up the no-hitter. Naturally.