Carlos Rodon

Akshita Patel

“I Wish I Was A Lot Better,” Disheartened Yankees Starter Carlos Rodon Reacts After Getting Trashed By Rays

After losing out to Baltimore Orioles last weekend, the New York Yankees were scheduled to face yet another highly competitive opponent, Tampa Bay Rays. The hosts lost the series opener by 5-1 owing to a goof-up over the selection of starting pitcher. Yet, the fans expected a better show on Tuesday.

In the second game, the Yankees problematic offense once again failed to turn up as the hosts succumbed to a 5-2 loss to the Rays. With that, the bottom placeholder of the AL East division has lost their second consecutive series. Having said that, the pitching staff is equally to be blamed for the loss, especially starter Carlos Rodon.


Carlos Rodon Pitches Another Disappointing Start In Yankees’ 5-2 Loss To Rays

Carlos Rodon
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The New York Yankees’ most prized off-season possession, Carlos Rodon, has had a roller-coaster season so far. After missing months of playing time due to multiple injuries, the pitcher returned to the mound last month. However, his stay at the mound has not been much exciting. Last night, Rodon was trashed by the Rays as he leaked four runs, four walks in four hits while striking out five hitters in mere four innings pitched. The Rays hitters played smart as they made Rodon work hard on the mound. Those lengthy at-bats led to fatigue which messed with the left-hander’s rhythm. With that, Carlos Rodon’s ERA in five starts has soared to 6.29. Naturally, the pitcher left the game in the fifth inning, highly disappointed.

Carlos Rodon said that he wishes he could be a lot better on the mound for the Yankees. Further, he admitted that the prolonged at-bats plunged him into inconsistency. He failed to execute the fastballs. On top of that, the Rays hitters targeted his good pitches, which further destroyed his confidence. Having said that, Rodon has vowed to keep refining his skill. He has five days gap period before his next start, which the pitcher wishes to put to good use. For Rodon, the key to moving forward is learning from the experience and using it as motivation to improve. Analyzing his performance and working with the coaching staff to address any issues will be crucial in his development as a pitcher.

Aaron Judge Reacts To Yanks Minimal Moves At Trade Deadline

New York Yankees’ center fielder Aaron Judge warms up before a game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on April 30. AP

The New York Yankees doused the hype around the trade deadline as they ended with just two rental bullpen pieces. Naturally, the fans were disappointed. However, the captain, Aaron Judge, remains least concerned. After a 5-2 loss to the Rays, Judge was asked to react to the Yanks’ choice of not making any major moves. Judge said that the team’s destiny remains in their own hands. The current set of guys in the clubhouse are fully capable of turning things around.

The only thing the Yankees must do henceforth is to fight and compete on a daily basis. The team still has close to two months left to prove their worth and make a late playoff push. Having said that, the next series with Houston Astros will be highly crucial. The Bronx Bombers must step up before time eventually runs out.