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Yanks Week 9 Recap: Disappointing Road Trip

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By: Boots

Monday – Wednesday @ Orioles:

L 3-2, W 8-3, L 10-3

The Yanks series in Baltimore started off like pretty much every other series they’ve played in Baltimore the last 3 years: shitty.  Montgomery couldn’t get in a rhythm all afternoon, but kept them in the game until getting the hook in the fifth. Not much to take away from this one, except for yet another Judge tater.  Final: 3-2 O’s.

Tuesday was just another start of Severino dominance.  This one was over early as the offense slapped around Chris Tillman from the jump with homers from Gardner and Holliday in the top of the first.  They tacked on another in the second, two in the third, and three in the fourth.  This was enough for Sevy as he cruised the entire night (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8K).  When it was all over the Yanks pounded out 8 runs on four homers (2 by Gardy, 2 by Holliday).  Final:  8-3 Yanks.

Masahiro fucking Tanaka.  It might be time to put him the DL with a phantom injury to figure some things out because at this point he’s an automatic loss each time through the rotation.  I thought his problems could be solved by having Romine step in and be his personal catcher, but no dice.  Adam Jones played for the first time in the series hitting two doubles and a homer off Tanaka who couldn’t make it out of the sixth (5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4K).  Another reason to sit Tanaka down to let him figure it out? Chance Adams. He turned in the best start of his season for Scranton.  Final: 10-4 O’s.

Thursday – Sunday @ Blue Jays:

W 12-2, L 7-5, W 7-0, L 3-2

Girardi giving Sanchez the day off on Wednesday paid off in a big way on Thursday north of the border in Toronto.  Take a look at these two moonshots with a couple nerdy stats sprinkled on top.

Sanchez wasn’t the only one enjoying leaving Camden Yards, Hicks had a monster game with 4 hits and 6 RBIs.

Hicks went from being a nonfactor last year to potentially an all-star when it’s all said and done.  Ellsbury remains sidelined with his concussion, which certainly is not a problem with the way this outfield is playing.  Final: 12-2 Yanks.

Win one, lose one.  That’s been the way of Yanks for the past couple weeks.  Friday was no different with Big Mike on the mound. Pineda struggled giving up five runs over five innings of work. The offense did their best to make a comeback in the middle innings, but it wasn’t enough. Judge hit is MLB leading 18th homer, but also hit this BOMB during BP.  Final: 7-5 Jays.

Jordan Montgomery battles. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he seems to make the big pitch. Luckily for the Yanks, he didn’t have to on Saturday.  Montgomery was in complete control all afternoon (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).  The only knock on Montgomery has been his walks.  I’m confident these will decline as he gets more comfortable at the big league level, having had no control issues in the minors. The offense hit 4 homers in the 8th including back to back to back jacks by Holliday, Castro, and Didi. Final:  7-0 Yanks.

Sunday was the make or break game of the road trip. It looked like the Yanks were going to take home the win with Severino outdueling Stroman. They scraped together two runs over six Stroman frames, but a two-run shot by Smoak in the 6th, and a solo homer by Donaldson off Clippard in the 8th was enough for the Jays to take the game and a split in the series. Severino was dominant again, making only one mistake over seven innings (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).  Final: 3-2 Jays.

Team Takeaways:

  • Aaron Judge is not a human being.  We are two months into the season and Judge is leading the MLB in homers and has taken home two AL Rookie of the Month awards. Every ball he hits is mashed (not really, but go with it).

  • Tanaka Time:  Kind of sucks that this needs to be a consistent bullet point every single week.  Do I have hope that this will pass? Yes.  Do I think there is some injury that either he or the team is hiding that is causing some of this?  Yes.  Something needs to change though, because despite being on top of the AL East, they are trotting out an automatic L with Tanaka.
  • There needs to be a change at third base.  Unfortunately, it shouldn’t be Gleyber Torres.  Since getting called up to Scranton, Gleyber has struggle to adjust on both sides of the ball.  He is the answer at third, maybe even later this season, but not today.

Record & Standings:

Week record:  3-4

Overall record:  32-22

A look ahead:  3 vs. BOS, 4 vs. BAL

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Around the League:

  • Robbie Ray has been the best pitcher in the bigs over the last two weeks.  Yup you read that right.  He currently is 3-0 over hit last three starts, riding a 24.2 inning scoreless streak in which he’s only allowed 8 hits while striking out 25.
  • At the time of writing this the Astros have won nine in a row, soon to be 10.  That would put them at 42-16.  Let that sink in.  42-16.  See you in October
  • Albert Pujols hit his 600th homer.  Enjoy this video of the best right handed hitter of this generation (don’t worry Trout, you’re next).

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