News: Pineda (6-11) allowed five runs on seven hits despite eight strikeouts in a loss Monday to the Royals.
Impact: This start serves as a microcosm for Pineda's season. He owns a brilliant 168:40 K:BB in 147.2 innings, but his inability to keep runners off the bases (158 hits allowed) has cancelled out his strikeout mastery. He was partially let down by his bullpen Monday night -- he allowed two baserunners to open the ninth, both of whom were promptly allowed to score by reliever Blake Parker. Still, Pineda's struggles with hits (9.6 H/9) and home runs (1.3 HR/9) have kept him from reaching his potential this season.
News: Gregorius went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: With the effort, Gregorius extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a hitting streak that now includes six extra-base hits. He has just a 1:9 BB:K in that span, but discipline has never been a huge part of Gregorius's game. Gregorius now has 17 homers, 29 doubles, and a .468 slugging percentage, putting him among the better power hitters at the shortstop position this season.
News: Torreyes is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals.
Impact: Torreyes has hit his way into a starting role of late, as he had started five straight games at the hot corner and went 9-for-18 in that span. He'll get a day off Monday, as Chase Headley reclaims the third base starting role, but Torreyes figures to factor into the lineup fairly regularly down the stretch if he continues his current pace at the plate.
News: Gardner is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Gardner's days off are typically limited to games against lefties, but after an 0-for-4, two strikeout showing Sunday, he'll head to the bench even with the right-handed Dillon Gee set to get the start for Kansas City. Aaron Hicks will take over in left field and bat second in his stead.
News: Teixeira is not in Monday's lineup against the Royals, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Impact: Teixeira had started five straight games, going 7-for-22 with a home run and five RBI over that span, but his average on the season still sits dangerously close to the Mendoza Line at .204. He'll get the day off Monday in favor of rookie Tyler Austin, who is drawing the start at first base and batting ninth.
News: Frazier was placed on the 7-day DL on Sunday with a hamstring strain, MiLB.com reports.
Impact: Frazier was lifted early from Saturday's contest with the ailment. Since arriving to the Yankees organization just before the trade deadline, Frazier is hitting .229 in 24 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.