Yanks Week 10 Recap: Aaron Judge Is An Alien
Tuesday – Thursday vs. Red Sox:
L 5-4, W 8-0, W 9-1
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Masahiro Tanaka fucking stunk. Another start, another barrage of homers, another case of not giving any length, another loss. Chris Carter had two of the strangest swings I’ve seen all year, one going for a homer.
And one going for a strikeout with the bases loaded that almost hit him in the face…
Kimbrel came in the bottom of the 8th, faced five batters, and struck out all five while only getting four outs. Overall, another big fat dump from Tanaka that was too much for the Yanks to overcome. Final: 5-4 Red Sox.
Wednesday was a much needed bounce back win for the Yanks. CC picked up his 7th (!!!) win of the year, lowering his ERA to 3.66 on the year. Sabathia absolutely cruised through the entire night (8 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K), making it four consecutive dominant starts.
The offense was paced by the bottom half of the order with 5-9 hitters going 10/19 2 HR, 6 RBI. Carter had his second homer in as many days, crazy I know. Final: 8-0 Yanks.
Thursday saw a matchup of Big Mike Pineda and the softest man in the bigs, David Price. Smart money would be on the Yanks in this one, with Price’s career ERA being nearly a run and a half higher against the Yanks than against the rest of the league. This start was no different. Price did his best Tanaka impression giving up six runs on three homers (Sanchez, Judge, Gardner) over five innings. Pineda was never really tested over 7 strong innings (4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Might as well change it up and put in a video of some Gary Sanchez defense showing off his cannon. Final: 9-1 Yanks.
Friday – Sunday vs. Orioles:
W 8-2, W 16-3, W 14-3
Can you name the top two AL Rookies in WAR? Every single baseball fan on the planet knows that Judge is #1, but Friday’s starter Jordan Montgomery is sitting right there at #2 (and tops for ALL rookie pitchers).
Montgomery gave the Yanks solid length and effectiveness (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). The one issue that has plagued Montgomery early in his rookie year is his number of walks, but he seems to have straightened that out as of late.
The offense was led by 2 homers from Hicks, and one from Castro. Solid starting pitching and a billion homers is a decent recipe for success. Final: 8-2 Yanks.
Saturday and Sunday don’t need a full write up, they just need infinite highlights. Over the course of 48 hours, the offense pounded out 30 runs and 9 HR (3 from Judge, 2 from Sanchez, 2 from Castro, 1 from Didi & Holliday). Severino was sharp and continued to look like a top 5 pitcher in the league on Saturday (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), and Sunday’s pitching was a rare bullpen day. Gotta love those. Enjoy some homers.
- The Yankees dominated this week. They won 5 of 6, and none of the wins were even close. Top to bottom, everyone in the lineup contributed, the starters looked strong, and the bullpen put up zeros. Baseball seems easy when everyone just does their job.
- Aaron Judge is from another planet. As of writing this on Sunday night Judge leads the AL in all three triple crown categories (and leads in runs scored by 9). Oh, and this is decent company.
- Tanaka Time: I cannot wait until I can get rid of this bullet point. You have to think the leash is going to shorten and he only has a couple more dud starts left. He had Sunday’s start against Baltimore pushed back a day to face the light hitting Angels on Monday.
- Over the Yanks mini 5 game winning streak, Gary Sanchez has caught fire. 9/17, 4 HR, 13 RBI
Record & Standings:
Week record: 5-1
Overall record: 37-23
A look ahead: 3 @ LAA, 4 @ OAK
Around the League:
- Max Scherzer became the third fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts trailing only Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson… decent company
- Kenley Jansen logged his 200th career save on Sunday. He also picked up his 43rd strikeout in 2017 without registering a walk, giving him the most K’s to start a season without walking a batter
- The Braves introduced “Beat the Freeze”. Just watch the video, it’s incredible.