There isn't a lot to be excited or happy about as a Yankee fan this morning. The team is drowning in its own incompetence and poor play, with underperformances aplenty and a front office brain trust that seems perfectly comfortable with the mediocrity in front of it.
But in this 1-9 darkness, there may be a small beam of light and hope that breaks through today. The team announced after yesterday's shellacking that they would be calling up top relief prospect Jacob Lindgren to fortify the bullpen. The move comes a few weeks later than it should have in the minds of many, and the team basically admitted that they were only doing it because Branden Pinder threw 50 pitches yesterday, so it's not like this is a complete victory in the world of smart, logical, winning-based decision making. But I'll take any small victory I can get right now, and Lindgren getting brought up to the show is definitely a small victory at the very least.
Lindgren has been stupidly dominant since being drafted last year. He has pitched to a 1.74 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 46.2 career professional innings, and sports a 1.23 ERA (1.94 FIP) with a 31.5% K rate in 22.0 Triple-A innings this year. He has the ability to get both right and left-handed hitters out and has been working for more than 3 outs in most of his recent outings, so he gives Joe a multitude of options for how to best utilize him. Hopefully Lindgren comes out today and shows the same kind of dominance at the Major League level that he has in the Minors. The Yanks could really use a reliable arm in front of Deldrew Millances right now.