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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/17/21

Gallo regrets near-miss on grand slam; Chad Green has to work his way out of funk; Volpe’s power surge a natural breakout; Kluber optimistic in rebound.

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NY Post | Greg Joyce: The Yankee offense let the team down on Thursday, mustering only two runs against the lowly Orioles. That wasn’t enough to protect the lead from a wild Clay Holmes pitching in a downpour, and the eventual extra-inning loss that followed. Joey Gallo hit a solo shot to provide half of the offense, and he thought he hit a dagger in the fifth inning when he lifted a ball deep to right-center with the bases loaded. A would-be grand slam died at the warning track thanks to the wind, but Gallo thought off the bat that the ball would be gone for sure. Gallo’s been through a tough start to his Yankees tenure but he’s smacking the ball of late, so it’s hard to pin the loss on him. | Randy Miller: Chad Green has been an integral part of the bullpen for years, but it’s clear that he just isn’t getting the job done right now. Green has been homer prone all season, and a stretch of five home runs allowed in his last eight outings has only exacerbated his struggles. Despite this, manager Aaron Boone still has confidence in Green, believing that he’s thrown good pitches of late and simply gotten beat — which means that Green will have to work his way out of his problems over the final few weeks of the season. | Sam Dykstra: Anthony Volpe has flown up the prospect ranking lists this year, and is currently a top-15 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Much of Volpe’s emergence was built off of the 2020 season, where he dissected his game thanks to the lack of games to play in. Volpe’s power has spiked, and it hasn’t even been due to a shift in launch angle — he’s simply hitting the ball harder than he ever has before. Promising results for a player likely to be in the Yankees’ plans for the near future.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Corey Kluber hasn’t had a particularly graceful landing on his return from the IL. He’s looked more like the pitcher who was rusty from a year on the shelf than the one who went on a tear culminating in a no-hitter, but there’s still time for the veteran to get in line again before the postseason. Kluber says that he’s feeling fine physically, and that he’s had flashes of his old form — getting there consistently is the issue at the moment. It’s a daunting task for a team in need of some immediate depth to get them through the season, but Kluber seems confident he can accomplish it.