Tuesday – Thursday @ Royals:
W 7-1 , W 11-7 , L 5-1
Tuesday was the bounce back that not only CC, but the Yankees needed. Sanchez hit a three run homer in the top of the third, Chris Carter decided to make contact with a two run homer in the 4th and that was all CC needed.
Sabathia got lucky in the early innings with hard hit line drives sprayed all over the field always seeming to find a glove. Luckily for him and the Yanks, they did, which allowed him to pick up his 13th career win at KC, tying him for the most wins ever at the Royals.
Wednesday was a microcosm of the Yanks’ 2017 season thus far, total team effort. All nine starters collected at least one hit. Overall, the offense tallied 11 runs on 16 hits, with the biggest blow being an Aaron Hicks three run homer in the fourth. Gardner, Headley and Didi each contributed two hits and two RBIs apiece. Pineda was good, not great, but he didn’t have to be with such a large lead. He left the game with a final line of 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB and 5 K. What made this win even more impressive was the complete annihilation of Jason Vargas, who came into the game leading the big leagues in ERA at 1.01. A 34 year-old journey man lefty who tops out at 86 isn’t actually the best starter in the league? Shocker.
The combination of complete Danny Duffy dominance (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10K) and, unfortunately. another pedestrian outing from Montgomery (5 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4K) made Thursday arguably the most boring loss of the season. The major observation from this game was Montgomery’s lack of control. He has shown that he belongs at this level and that he can compete with the best of them, but if he continues to walk batters at the rate he currently is, he will never be more than a bottom of the rotation lefty. The Yankees also managed to scrap together a run in the top half of the ninth, meaning they still haven’t been shut out in 2017.
Friday – Sunday @ Rays:
L 5-4 , L 9-5 , W 3-2
Friday is a game that you have expected this 2017 team to win. A strong showing from Severino and contributions up and down the line up have become the norm, except this game had a bullpen let down. Oh well. Adam Warren gave up three runs in seventh, giving the Rays a 4-2 lead until the top of the 8th when Holliday went oppo on a two run homer to tie it up.
Clippard proceeded to give up the go ahead run in the bottom half and that was that.
Saturday. Tanaka. 3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. His ERA now sits at 6.56!!!!!! Can’t win games when the ace gets his tits lit time and time again. Over Tanaka’s last two starts he has thrown a combined 4.2 innings, giving up 14 (!!!!!) earned runs and 7 (!!!!!!!!!!!!) homers. Is there something wrong or is it a simple fix? See the bullet points below.
Another strong start from CC??? The Yanks avoided getting swept with a combo of a solid start, a timely two run homer by Gardner and this absurd catch by Judge:
It preserved the lead in the 6th, and then came dominance from the bullpen. Was it the best series? No. But avoiding sweeps is huge.
- Sanchez has been raking and looking every bit the 2016 version of himself since coming off of the DL hitting .370 with an OBP of almost .500 in 13 games.
- Tanaka Time: Masahiro Tanaka has absolutely fucking stunk, no way around it… or is there? Check this tweet showing his splits when Sanchez has caught him vs. Romine. Having Romine slide in as Tanaka’s personal catcher for the next few times through rotation could solve the Tanaka problem and keep Sanchez fresh for the dog days of summer. Just some food for thought.
Minor League Catch Up:
- Gleyber Torres Watch: The Yankees top prospect was promoted from Double A Trenton to Triple A Scranton after Sunday’s game. Torres will be the youngest player on the Triple A roster at 20 years old and was promoted after playing only 32 games at the Double A level (.273 10 doubles, 5 HR, 18 RBI)
- Give Adams a Chance: The savior for this Yankees rotation might not have to come through a trade at the deadline, but could be sitting 120 miles from the Bronx in Scranton. Chance Adams is only 22 years old, but just look at the stats below. Enjoy, they don’t make any sense:
Around the League:
- Obligatory Mike Trout weekly stat line: 6/18 6 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 2 SB. The man is not human.
- Chris Sale is the first pitcher in MLB history to have two streaks of 8 starts with 10+ K’s.
- The Twins are still in first place in the AL Central and might have the ace they have been looking for. Jose Berrios is appointment television through his first two starts of the season.