Jose Trevino’s frail arm blows Yankees, allows Red Sox to make record steals

Yankees' Jose Trevino's forgetable outing against Red Sox ends with special record for arch-rivals in first 2024 match-up.
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In the high-stakes world of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, where legends are made and hearts are broken, even a Gold Glove catcher like Jose Trevino can find himself on the wrong side of history. During a nail-biting rubber game at Fenway Park, Trevino, usually a bastion of defensive excellence, found himself at the mercy of a relentless Red Sox offense. The Red Sox, in a ruthless display of baseball strategy, exploited a rare crack in Jose Trevino’s armor, executing a record-breaking number of stolen bases. This not only led to a crushing Yankees defeat but also served as a stark reminder of baseball’s unforgiving nature: exploit or be exploited.

A night to forget for Jose Trevino

The Boston Red Sox executed a relentless base-stealing strategy that left the Yankees and their catcher, Jose Trevino, scrambling to keep up. The scene at Fenway Park was electric as the Red Sox ran the Yankees out of the building with a flurry of swift steals that led to a crushing 9-3 victory. This defeat marked the first time this season that the Yankees (50-24) have lost a rubber game, having won each of their previous six. It was only their fourth series loss in 23 series.

With nine steals recorded against Jose Trevino and his pitchers, the Red Sox not only manufactured a significant win but also set a record for their franchise. Moreover, this event tied the record for the most steals the Yankees have allowed in a single game since 1915—a century-old mark that underscored the historic nature of the Red Sox’s baserunning dominance. The electrified crowd of 36,718 at Fenway Park witnessed a strategic masterclass in exploiting a known weakness with devastating efficiency.

Statcast data revealed that entering the night, Jose Trevino possessed the weakest throwing arm among 60 qualified catchers this season, a critical vulnerability that the Red Sox were keen to target. His pop time to second base—2.07 seconds—was significantly slower compared to his peers, including teammate Austin Wells, who ranks 25th with a pop time of 1.96 seconds. In comparison, the league’s best, White Sox catcher Korey Lee, clocks in at an impressive 1.85 seconds.

Marcus Stroman, who pitched the first five innings for the Yankees, initially took the blame, citing his lack of control over the baserunners. “It’s probably more on me. I need to do a better job holding, maybe being a little quicker to the plate,” Stroman reflected, trying to deflect the spotlight from Trevino. Despite his teammate’s support, the numbers were telling; Trevino’s pop time to second base was 2.07 seconds, well above the MLB average, making him the perfect target for the Red Sox’s agile lineup.

The relentless base-stealing strategy of the Red Sox not only disrupted the Yankees’ game plan but also directly contributed to their scoring bursts, turning what might have been a close game into a 9-3 debacle. The strategic baserunning showcased the Red Sox’s awareness and readiness to capitalize on any Yankee vulnerability, particularly one that was perhaps overlooked by many but stood out like a sore thumb to the opposition’s scouts. The Yankees, while dominating the bleachers in Boston in numeric value, couldn’t beat the Red Sox on the field despite having the chance.

Assessing the damage and looking ahead

Post-game, the atmosphere in the Yankees’ locker room was one of introspection and mild frustration. Jose Trevino, ever the team player, did not shy away from his share of the responsibility, stressing the need for improvement. “I blame myself,” he stated, reflecting on his performance and the critical nature of his role in controlling the opposition’s running game. “I’ve got to make better throws. I just gotta put the ball on the bag.”

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Aaron Boone emphasized the collective nature of the setback, pointing out that controlling the opponent’s running game requires a group effort. It was a clear signal that while Trevino’s throws were a visible symptom, the underlying issues might run deeper within the team’s strategy and execution.

As the Yankees looked ahead to their next series, the lessons from Fenway were clear: adaptability and attention to detail are crucial. For Jose Trevino, this game might serve as a pivotal learning moment to refine his skills further. For the Yankees, it was a reminder of the razor-thin margins in baseball, where every small advantage is magnified, and every oversight can lead to defeat. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

3 thoughts on “Jose Trevino’s frail arm blows Yankees, allows Red Sox to make record steals



  3. Add Trevino to the list of players on the Yankees who do not deserve to be starters here in 2024, more due to injury enhanced regression than anything else. At what point over the next 6 weeks are they going to give some of the kids a chance? At this point, I’d play Cabrera over DJ, think hard about Rumfield or Rice over Rizzo, and Wells, has to be given the starting catcher spot.

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