Update (10:30 PM ET): The Twins gave Odorizzi two more runs of support thanks to a two-run double from Max Kepler in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Odorizzi started off by striking out Gary Sánchez. Greg Bird then followed up with an RBI double to the gap in left-center field, ending both the no-hit bid and the shutout. Manager Paul Molitor came out to the mound to take Odorizzi out after a valiant 120-pitch effort.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi has held the Yankees hitless through his first seven innings of Wednesday night’s start in Minnesota. The right-hander has walked two and struck out four on 109 pitches.
The Twins provided Odorizzi a lone run of support, which came in the bottom of the sixth on Ehire Adrianza‘s RBI double.
Odorizzi, 28, entered Wednesday’s start with a 5-10 record, a 4.57 ERA, and a 148/61 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings. The Yankees’ offense is second-best in the American League, averaging 5.12 runs per game. That Odorizzi has no-hit them through seven innings thus far is remarkable in that regard.
The 2018 season has seen three no-hitters thus far from the Athletics’ Sean Manaea (April 21) and the Mariners’ James Paxton (May 8) as well as a combined no-hitter from the Dodgers (May 4). If Odorizzi is able to keep the Yankees hitless over the final two innings, he will become the first Twin to toss a no-hitter since Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011 against the White Sox. The Yankees haven’t been no-hit since a combined no-hit effort from the Astros on June 11, 2003.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.