Yanks Week 8 Recap: Righting The Ship
Sorry for the delay, but I’m getting this out to the masses on Monday even though it’s MDW. Long live the PUP.
Monday – Thursday vs Royals:
W 4-2, L 6-2, W 3-0, PPD
Monday marked the second time in a week that the Yankees beat Jason Vargas. Vargas entered his first start against the Yanks in Kansas City with an ERA of 1.01 and left his second start with an ERA more than double that at 2.39 (still a mind-numbing number for Jason Vargas). Monday’s win can be summed up as solid pitching from Pineda (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and support from the long ball with homers from Gardner, Didi and Carter. Pineda is making his case to be an all-star through the first two months with the stat line below.
Tuesday was a game the Yanks flat out should have won. Montgomery started in the Bronx and was completely dominant, allowing only two hits and no walks over 6.2 IP. He left in the 7th with two outs, no one on and the Yanks holding onto a 2-1 lead. The usually solid bullpen imploded with Warren, Holder and Shreve all giving up homers over the next two innings. The offense was again paced by the long ball with both runs coming on solo shots. One by Hicks, and the second in two days (!!!) by Chris Carter. The latter is not something I’d get used to.
Wednesday was complete dominance from Severino (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Will the Yanks have two starters in the all-star game in Miami this year? They certainly might when you look at Severino’s numbers through May.
When Sevy has his slider and good fastball command both working in the same game it’s incredible to watch. The 23 year-old spent the entire night dotting an effortless 99 MPH four seamer while getting swings and misses with his sharp upper 80’s slider.
Friday – Sunday vs A’s:
L 4-1, W 3-2, W 9-5
Friday was the second game of the week that the Yanks lost in the later innings. They may have lost, but the story here is Tanaka. After a string of historically bad starts, Tanaka rebounded with a career high 13 Ks over 7.1 IP. Look below in team takeaways for more details.
Saturday was CC’s third straight solid start. Over his last 3 outings CC is 3-0 18 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 19 K. Will he keep it up? Probably not, but at this point in his career you will take a 4.42 ERA out of Sabathia happily. Cotton took a no-no into the bottom of the 6th until Matt Holliday hit this no doubter.
Sunday was more of Aaron Judge being Aaron Judge. He had two hits including this oppo laser beam for his first career grand slam.
I truly expect this man to hit a home run every single time he comes up. What he has done to start this season has been unbelievable. He’s in pretty good company through his first 45 games of this season.
Oh and Pineda turned in another quality start.
- The fact that the Yankees were able to win 4 games this week was almost entirely on the pitching, scoring only 13 runs over their first 5 games. The Yanks are one of only three teams in the bigs to make it through the first two months using their five starting pitchers.
- Tanaka Time: Nice to see Girardi is a PUP List reader (Empress Chili, get yourself a coney from OGs). Last week I wrote about how much Tanaka has blown, but one saving grace was the fact that he had great numbers with Romine behind the plate. After a quick text back and forth with Joe, he trotted Tanaka out there with what looks like might be his new personal catcher, and proceeded to have his best start of the year (maybe 2nd behind CG @ BOS), setting a new career high with 13 Ks. (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K)
- The Yankees opened up their first gimmick at the stadium at least to my memory. A small box was added to the right field bleachers called Judge’s Chambers, which has been given to multiple youth groups during the first week. This has gotten some backlash, but grow up, it’s fun.
Record & Standings:
Week record: 4-2
Overall record: 29-18
A look ahead: 3 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR
Around the League:
- Obligatory Mike Trout weekly catch up. This week I won’t go over stats, because incredibly he might be human. Was forced to leave Sunday’s game with a sprained left thumb. Fingers crossed there isn’t a DL trip.
- Rockies are 33-19 through their first 52, unexpectedly still leading the NL West. Charlie Blackmon an early MVP candidate with just an absolutely ridiculous stat line. (60/1 preseason to win WS, shoutout myself).
- Nothing to do with the league today, but a little crazy stat from Ryan Spaeder to show the pure dominance of Nolan Ryan