The Yankees Offense Laid An Egg And Wasted Sonny Gray’s Best Start In Pinstripes
Sonny Gray pitched the best game of his short tenure with the New York Yankees last night. The outing started pretty shaky though, with his first pitch getting hit outta the park by Kevin Kiermaier and the next being laced down the line for a Lucas Duda double. Gray said after the game that his rocky start really lit a fire in him and got him in the zone. For the next seven or so innings he was lights out, getting quick outs while also racking up nine strikeouts. If there is one issue Gray has been having since coming over from Oakland, it’s been getting length in his starts, rarely reaching the 7th. Last night he got through eight frames in just 94 pitches, giving the Yankees every shot possible to win the game. He made two big mistakes all night, the first pitch fastball that Kiermaier jumped on and the first pitch fastball to Adeiny Hechavarria in the 8th which lost the game as it left the park. If you go eight innings giving up two runs I mean you should win that game ten times outta ten every single night.
Of course, Blake Snell and the Rays bullpen were stellar, combining for a three hit effort giving up just one goddamn run. BLAKE SNELL. I had a bad feeling the night would turn out like this when I found out he was pitching. For whatever reason he always gives the Yankees bats trouble. In six career starts against New York, Snell is now 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings pitched. The Yanks best chance at the plate came in the 7th when Headley ripped a one out single to center. Todd Frazier worked a 3-1 count and Didi Gregorious stepped to the on deck circle to pinch hit for Torreyes. Give me Didi with two men on and less than two outs every time to produce. Nope. Frazier managed to go down on strikes on a questionable strike three call (you’ve gotta swing the bat) and ruin the threat.
It was not the best time to lose to the Rays, while both Minnesota and Boston enjoyed blow out wins. Now New York leads the first wild card spot by three games and trail Boston by four. These types of losses sting the most this late in the year.
Sonny Gray has been nothing short of fantastic since coming over from Oakland: 50.2 IP 2.69 ERA, but the Yankees are 3-5 in those eight starts. That’s mostly because in those five losses, they’ve scored four TOTAL fucking runs for him. Give Sonny some goddamn run support please!!!!
I will say, the atmosphere at Citi Field was electric last night. In the 5th inning when Sonny got in a bit of a jam the crowd got behind him in a huge way and actually got Gray to show some emotion after a big strikeout.
There were a little over 21,000 at the game which dwarfed Tampa Bay’s average attendance by 6,000 fans. Can we please move them to Montreal already?
Also I saw this after the game, but it made my night. I need the Sergio Dipp Challenge to become a real thing
P.S. Reports are coming out that the coveted pitcher/hitter Shohei Otani is leaving Japan and hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to come over to the United States early this winter. This is pretty big news and you can absolutely expect New York to get into the bidding. Cashman has been quietly stacking up international free agency money for this exact reason. Right now the Dodgers, Braves, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Astros, Royals, Athletics, Cardinals, Padres, Giants and Nationals can’t offer more than $300,000 because of penalties, which likely puts them out of the race. From what I’ve gathered, New York can offer Otani somewhere around $8,312,500 (the max) because of all of the little deals they’ve done to acquire international money recently. I expect New York, Boston, and Texas to be the front runners in bidding this winter which should be all sorts of fun.