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The planned Phillies-Yankees game on Monday has been postponed

  • By: Andres Chavez
  • August 1, 2020
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Coronavirus keeps lurking around the 2020 MLB season and the danger of the season being suspended, at least temporarily, is evident.

Such is life scheduling baseball games in times of COVID-19 that a game that still hadn’t been officialized in the calendar, the New York Yankees – Philadelphia Phillies of Monday, has been postponed according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The Phillies had one coach and one clubhouse staffer test positive in the week, after they played the Miami Marlins over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins, for those who not remember, are currently dealing with 18 positive cases among players, plus two coaches.

The Yankees and Phillies will have to make up for the lost game somewhere along the road, but it is not clear when.
At this point, it is not clear if the season will keep its course next week, although that is the plan as of now.

The Yankees are not the only time with a fluid schedule

To make matters worse, MLB announced that another team, the St. Louis Cardinals, had positive COVID-19 cases. On Saturday morning, several outlets reported that “several” additional members of the organization were positive for the virus, although that was not accurate.

Per Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, only one additional Cardinals player tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. This comes after two St. Louis ballplayers tested positive for the disease on Friday.

As a result of the mini-outbreak in St. Louis, Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed. No make up date for the game has been provided at the moment.

Meanwhile, a Brewers player opted out of playing the remainder of the season. All-Star center fielder Lorenzo Cain decided not to play anymore due to concerns about the rapid spread of the virus.

The New York Yankees, meanwhile, are playing the Boston Red Sox this weekend. They took Friday’s night opener 5-1 behind a stellar outing from starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

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New York Yankees: JA Happ struggles in game one of doubleheader versus Phillies

New York Yankees: JA Happ struggles in game one of doubleheader versus Phillies

  • By: Nathan Solomon
  • August 5, 2020
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After a subpar four inning outing to start the season, Yankees starter JA Happ was looking to bounce-back on Tuesday versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead, the 37-year-old was worse, lasting just three innings and struggling to find the strike zone.

Happ walked six batters in his three innings, recording just one strikeout.

After managing to pitch the first two innings scoreless, things quickly went downhill in the third inning. Andrew McCutchen drew a leadoff walk, then Bryce Harper hit a two-run bomb after a Rhys Hoskins fly-out.

Three of the next four batters walked, driving in a run and then another run was driven in by a fielders choice.

Like last year, Happ is still dealing with reduced velocity. In 2018 and earlier, Happ’s fastball would consistently be in the mid-90s. The past two seasons has seen Happ only touch 92 or an occasional 93 mph. Although he struggled last time out against the Orioles, Wednesday is his first loss of the season.

Happ’s contract expires at the end of 2020, but has a vesting option for 2021. By the way the past few seasons have gone, it’s hard to see how the Yankees pick him up for one more year. They will have a healthy Luis Severino and a reinstated Domingo German in 2021, plus Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton if the latter two are resigned.

JA Happ is really starting to show his age, and now a days, hitting a 91 mph fastball is a piece of cake for a big-leaguer. He needs to turn things around soon if he wants to stick around in New York for another year.

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