The Yankees Exploded For 16 Runs Yesterday As They Took Two of Three From Texas
After a demoralizing loss Friday night where Tanaka got shelled, the Yankees bounced back in a big way over the last two games. Saturday night, for a while, was super frustrating as Severino was basically untouchable, but still in line for a hard luck loss. Sevy dazzled for seven great innings (as per usual), surrendering just one run on one hit while striking out ten batters.
The Rangers’ Andrew Cashner was matching Sevy inning for inning unfortunately, and the game seemed hopeless. Thankfully the Yanks put men on the corners with one out in the 7th for Chase Headley who got the man home in a great piece of situational hitting. The Yankees loaded the bases in the 8th when Tyler Austin delivered the go ahead RBI single to eventually give the Yankees a win. Aroldis Chapman came in to close it out and did so in impressive fashion, striking out two in a clean 1-2-3 inning. The win allowed New York to keep pace with Boston, while gaining a game on Minnesota in the wild card. Massive.
Yesterday we had a lot of fun. A.J. Griffin and company had absolute nothing to offer to the table, and the Yankees lineup feasted as a result. Gary Sanchez was the first one to take a bite
From there on out it was an 18 hit explosion, including four from the Yankees star shortstop Didi Gregorious who also collected four RBIs himself.
Player A: .274/.334/.831 |29 HR|73 RBIs|9 errors|
Player B: .307/.385/.919 |20 HR|68 RBIs|8 errors|
Player C: .295/.328/.813 |21 HR|72 RBIs|8 errors|
Player D: .268/.330/.727 |8 HR |53 RBIs|16 errors|
Player A: Frankie Lindor
Player B: Carlos Correa
Player C: Didi Gregorious
Player D: Xander Bogaerts
Reminder: The Yankees traded Shane Greene for Didi Gregorious. A bad word about Brian Cashman is never allowed to be uttered.
Included in the 18 hits were two homers each from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
Through Gary’s first 161 games he now has 50 home runs. His next bomb will eclipse, Jorge Posada (2003) and Yogi Berra (’52, ’56) for the most homers ever by a Yankees catcher in a single season, which he’s currently tied with at 30. There was some concern this year that Gary’s second half onslaught last year was just a hot streak. A flash in the pan that pitcher’s would adust to. Well, it’s safe to say he’s the real fucking deal and one of the more deadly hitters in the American League.
Judge’s two homers put him over the 40 mark which in itself was historic. Here’s the list of Yankees 25 or younger that have hit 40+ homers…Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Aaron Judge. Holy fucking shit balls. He’s now hit three homers in his last four games and who knows if this a sign of things to come. The ball hit out to left today was absolutely demolished. I mean this guy is currently hitting 6th for us. Get him going and it’s game over baby.
Right now out of everyone in the lineup the only guy struggling is Greg Bird, and when Bird is sitting Todd Frazier generally slides into the struggling role. That’s it. Of course Judge’s overall numbers lately aren’t good, but the power is certainly returning. Chase Headley is riding a nine game hitting streak. Ellsbury has been on fire, Castro is raking, Gardner is coming through, Gary is sizzling, Holliday’s 1st half form has returned, and Didi is scorching. Does anyone (besides Cleveland) really want to face these guys in a series? Factor in you’ll be facing two of the best pitchers in the AL right now (Severino and Gray) the Yankees are a very, very dangerous team. In the American League, the Astros have struggled, the Red Sox are vulnerable, anyone in the wild card hunt is so-so, and then there’s the young Yankees. You’re lying if you want to face these kids in October.
The Yanks travel to Citi Field for a weird road series with the Rays where they’ll definitely be the crowd favorite. Tickets went on sale the other day and from my understanding only field level and the bleachers are going to be available and everything is $25. The Yanks definitely get a break here because one of the options was to flip-flop the home series in New York at the very end of the year and play that one at the Trop. Now essentially the Yanks avoid playing at the Trop and get an additional home series. I’ll take it. After their series with Tampa, the Yankees finish the season playing 13 of their final 16 games at home. They sit four up in the loss column on Minnesota for the first wild card spot, but are only 3.5 behind Boston. Now that Cleveland appears to be on a clear path to home field throughout the playoffs, my plan to settle for the wild card and avoid them has backfired (my bad). The division is definitely still possible and within our sights. With that many home games left, who knows man.
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