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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Yankees Notebook: Super reliever Clay Holmes will continue to face ‘toughest parts’ of opposing lineup

It seems almost automatic right now. Clay Holmes slammed Ray on Tuesday night for his 10th career save. All 10 have come this season. The right-handed batsman has been so impressive and dependable that it’s almost hard to remember that he didn’t come into the season as the Yankees were close.

With Aroldis Chapman back from the injured list, it will be interesting to see how the Yankees use Holmes when they return. Before Chapman suffered an Achilles injury, Aaron Boone was quick to use Holmes in the highest leverage moments against the toughest parts of the lineup.

And that might be the best way to use it going forward.

On Chapman’s return, Boone said of Holmes’ role, “I think a little bit about everything.” “to like [Tuesday] At night I would potentially use Holmes in the eighth inning. If it had lined up correctly, it would have been at the top of that lineup and I wouldn’t have used it. [Wandy] Peralta already for the beach. I was ready to go to clay in eighth grade.”

“So, he’ll even close some games,” Boone continued. “Basically, he’s going to find himself in the toughest parts of the lineup. So whether it’s the eighth inning, the ninth inning, we’ll just try and match that as much as we can.”

Holmes has been the Yankees’ most reliable reliever this season. He did not have a team score in the last 29 innings, close to a franchise record set by Mariano Rivera (30.2 innings) in 1999. Holmes allowed one earned run this season in a total of 29.2 innings. For 0.30 ERA and 0.674 Whip.

His sinker is heavy with “failed ball movement” that is similar to left-handedness and fastball velocity that sits at 96.7 mph but can touch 100. This generates ridiculous amounts of harmless ground balls. His ground ball rate is an amazing 81.6% and his flyball rate is an impressive 5%.

The Yankees knew they had talent when they acquired them from the Pirates last July. He made a few adjustments with his sinker, aiming it higher so that his misses didn’t fall out of the strike zone, cutting down on his run rate. While his walk-per-nine innings with the Pirates was no less than three in four seasons, it was never more than 1.3 with the Yankees. It is 0.9 now, out of the 109 batsmen he has faced, only three have gone. He scored 31 runs for a career-high 28.4% strike rate.

“I think he’s been beyond great up to this point. The special run is that he’s skilled, impressive … however you want to describe it,” Boone said. “He’s in a really good place, going out there with tremendous stuff and a lot of confidence because of that stuff and his ability to execute and be confident in his game plan. And it’s definitely fun to watch him do his job.” Used to be. “

donaldson’s back

Josh Donaldson was back in the lineup on Wednesday. The veteran infielder last month handed White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson a one-game suspension on Tuesday night for his “derogatory comments” that ultimately resulted in a bench-clearing scrum.

Donaldson, who is hitting .235 with five homers and 18 RBIs, was back at third base and fifth for Wednesday night’s game against the Rays.

hicks hits

Aaron Hicks was back in the lineup on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday night’s game. The outfielder is starting to show some signs of getting back in form – especially with his defence. After the 2019 Tommy John surgery, his arm strength has started to show again.

“His throw in left field on the second day in Minnesota was really encouraging,” Boone said. “We didn’t see that hand coming back and making that throw. There are very few people making that throw. And he was reminiscent of Aaron. He had that terrible hand so it’s good to see he’s there. And hopefully, we’ll continue to see more of it. as soon as it is removed [from the injury] and just keeps on playing. ,


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