The Yankees Forgot How To Field Last Night…Just Flat Out Kicked The Ball Around Like Children
It was a big night in Cleveland with Sonny Gray making his Yankees debut against the Indians’ ace Corey Kluber. Everyone was amped up to see what the new kid’s got. So how do we greet him? By literally kicking and throwing the ball all over the field like it’s goddamn t-ball. I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve never seen anything like that before to start a game. We were four fucking batters into the game and had made three errors. I was in disbelief. If you spot Corey Kluber two runs in the 1st inning like that, I would put your chances of winning at like 3%. That’s how good that guy is and that’s exactly how the game went. The Yanks maybe had one or two real “chances” to do some damage and by chances I mean they got a man on base a few times. Those opportunities came up with nothing, as they have quite frequently over the last few days. It’s goddamn frustrating, especially when you’re putting a lineup out with Jacoby Ellsbury hitting 5th. I mean that’s a problem. Sonny deserved better.
Overall, I thought Gray was very good for his debut against a tough Indians lineup on the road.
His stuff is extremely good and he knows how to pitch. He’s got a lot of pitches in his arsenal, but his two main bad boys are his sinker and 12-6 curveball. The sinker and four seam fastball Gray throws generate a ton of ground balls which we love. Ground balls in Yankee Stadium are a pitcher’s dream and a hitter’s nightmare. He won’t blow you away with 99 mph fastballs like Severino, but instead mixes and matches to perfection to create a lot of swings and misses. The only blemish he had on the night was a hanging curveball left for Yan Gomes who deposited it in the left field bleachers for a two run bomb. All in all, he was very impressive and showed Yankees fans he’s going to be a joy to have down the stretch this year, and the future as well.
The good news about the next three games is that Corey Kluber will not be pitching in them. This is big news folks. No but seriously, with no Kluber or Miller New York should be able to manage at least a split in the series, granted they get at least one hit with RISP at some point.
P.S. Come over to Gramery Ale House (3rd Ave and 22nd St) tomorrow night for a little watch party we got going on. Game is at 7:10 PM, but the drink deals kickoff at 5:30. We’ve got $3 shots, $4 domestic drafts, and $5 well drinks. Should be a fun time ladies and gents. Hope to see some of you there
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