Yankees Week 5 Recap: Gardner Rakes
Author’s Note: Welcome to the new Yankees weekly recap. Where have I been since the critically acclaimed DEGEN-F-L Show? Lazy, I guess. I’ll be bringing all things Yankees and other quick stories from around the league.
If you’re here for strictly Cincy news….. sorry
The First Month:
- Shedding payroll, “the youth movement”, and a WBC Didi Gregorius shoulder injury had Yankees fans looking toward 2018 before the first pitch had been thrown.
- Game 5 – Gary Sanchez goes down with a biceps injury… Yanks start 1-4.
- Team rips off 9-1 stretch led by Severino and Pineda on the pitching side with Castro, Headley and Judge (more to come) pacing the offense.
- Complete mini two game sweep at Fenway highlighted by taking down Chris Sale.
- Resurgence of CC Sabathia??? Nope
- Aaron Judge becomes a household name, an absolute legend and wins AL Rookie of the Month, leading the MLB with 12 home runs. The world preps for a Judge vs. Stanton home run derby, arm wrestling and bare knuckle boxing match triathlon in July.
- 16-9 – tied w/ Orioles for 1st place in the AL East
Monday – Wednesday vs Blue Jays:
L 7-1 , W 11-5, W 8-6
Monday’s 7-1 loss was highlighted by Severino finally coming back to earth and battling through 5.2 innings (5 ER, 2 HR allowed). Is this the real Sevy? No, I don’t think so, but at just 23 years old you have to hope it was just a bump in the road in what has been an incredibly strong start to the season. (7 innings 1 run last night, he’s back)
Tuesday saw the Yanks bats come alive paced by five home runs all coming from the outfield of Gardner, Hicks and Judge. Tanaka bounced back from his complete game shutout in Fenway by giving up an uninspiring 4 runs. This doesn’t tell the full story as he was given a large lead early and pitched to contact (as he should have).
Wednesday’s win was a great comeback to bail out the washed up CC Sabathia. The Jays were spotted four runs in the first, only to have the lead immediately cut to one on Matt Holliday’s 300th career home run, coming on a dick shot Stroman sinker.
Superhero Aaron Judge went deep again and Gardner chipped in with two hits, two walks and a run scored.
Friday – Sunday @ Cubs:
W 3-2 , W 11-6, W 5-4 (18)
Friday can be summed up with two words: Brett Gardner. With the Yanks trailing 2-0 and down to their last strike, Gardner hit a three run homer off not Wade Davis for a reason I am still trying to figure out.
Saturday was a day Brett Anderson probably wants back. He came out and gave up a quick five spot in the top of the first. This game ended up being the Castro and Hicks show with the two combining for 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 HR and 6 RBI.
Sunday ended up really being two games with all of us being forced to listen to Jessica Mendoza for over 6 hours.
The major highlight of this game was Aroldis completely imploding in the 9th inning, blowing a 3 run lead. Expect a sloppy, tired team Monday night in Cincinnati with Shreve being sent down to Scranton for a fresh arm in the pen.
- Gardner absolutely mashed baseballs all week hitting .423 with 8 runs, 3 HR 6 and RBI … look out for AL Player of the Week honors.
- Yankees 5 homers from their outfield was the first time this was accomplished in 56 years since Mantle, Maris, and Yogi … hmmmmmmmmmmm.
- Aaron Judge is the first Yankee rookie ever to lead the MLB in homers.
- As mentioned above, Holliday hit home run #300 in Wednesday’s win.
- Starlin Castro absolutely murdered his former team at Wrigley with 5 hits 1 HR 5 RBI.
Record & Standings:
Week record: 5-1
Overall record: 20-9
Around the League:
- The NL has become the Cody Bellinger show. He is doing his best Judge impression by hitting .357 11 runs 5 HR 14 RBI in 11 games.
- The Rockies continue to look real with a new bullpen and deep line up. (took them to win the World Series at 60/1 … NBD)
- The Nationals line up has been unstoppable averaging 6.3 runs per game (SOMEONE TELL RYAN ZIMMERMAN TO WAKE UP, THE DUDE IS UNCONSCIOUS .435 13 HR 34 RBI).