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Yanks Week 16 Recap: A Winning Week

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By: Boots

Monday – Wednesday @ Twins:

L 4-2, W 6-3, L 6-1

On Monday, Girardi left Caleb Smith out to rot.  In a 2-2 tie, Smith came out of the pen and threw two scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th.  Girardi brought him out for the 8th, which was the right move, but how long he left him out in the 8th was mind boggling.  Mauer and Sano started off the inning with back to back singles.  Bring in one of the new, shiny toys right?  Nope.  After a Kepler strike out, Smith allowed two more hits and the damage was done. Final: 4-2 Twins.

Luis Cessa started on Tuesday and underwhelmed, surprise!  The story in this game was the bullpen.  Shreve, Warren, Betances, and Chapman combined to throw 5.1 scoreless innings allowing only a three hits and two walks.  The offense exploded for five runs in the top of the 5th to take a 6-3 lead and never looked back.  The onslaught started with a two run double by Sanchez, was followed up with an RBI single by Judge, and finally capped off with this two run homer from Sir Didi.  This was the beginning of a monster week from Didi. Final: 6-3 Yanks.

Let’s win a series.  Just kidding, still not happening.  Wednesday might have been the most boring game of the year.  Montgomery has been struggling as of late, but to be honest, I’m not worried about it.

Montgomery had one bad inning on Wednesday, but there was no coming back from it. The Twins put up a six spot in the second, and that was all she wrote.  All in all, Montgomery was able to settle down and put up four zeros afterwards.  Let’s go to Safeco. Final: 6-1 Twins.

Thursday – Sunday @ Mariners:

W 4-1, W 5-1, L 6-5 (F/10), W 6-4

2017 Luis Severino just keeps being more and more fun to watch.  Sevy brought his A+ stuff to a match up with King Felix on Thursday (7 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).

Not to be outdone, King Felix made only one mistake over his seven innings, allowing this homer to Brett Gardner in the 6th.

The Yanks lineup gave the Mariners’ bullpen a little beatdown over the final two innings to pull away and win 4-1.  Don’t look now, but Chase Headley (yup you read that right) is on fire hitting .313 in the month of July. Final: 4-1 Yanks.

Friday will be known as the day that Aaron Judge broke Statcast.  He hit a three run homer so high and far that it couldn’t be tracked using Statcast’s tracker.  See below from all different angles and calls.  The homer put Judge in sole possession of the major league lead once again.

CC continued his rebound 2017 season picking up his 9th win (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) bringing his ERA down to 3.44 on the year. A winning streak! Final:  5-1 Yanks.

Tanaka gave a whole bunch of ehhh on Saturday (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).  The long ball continues to haunt Tanaka with him allowing two more (although both solo shots).  Judge made sure to let everyone know he was officially out of his slump belting his second homer in as many days, despite this one not going to the moon.  Cano put the Mariners on top in the bottom of the 8th with a homer off David Robertson only to have Torreyes tie it up in the top half of the 9th.  The game was over in the bottom of the 10th when Nelson Cruz extended his American League lead in RBI with a walk off single. Final: 6-5 Mariners.

Finally win a series.  Please.  Brett Gardner did his best to make that happen leading off the game.

Didi chipped in with two of his own, the second one here.

Didi has been scorching hot since the all-star break and a big reason the Yanks had their first winning week in almost two months.  Caleb Smith struggled in his first start of his career unable to get out of the 4th inning.  Really might be time to make a move for rotation help since Smith, Cessa, and Mitchell have now started three out of the last seven games.  Another great day from the pen helped pick up Smith after his short start and make sure the Yanks went home to the Bronx on a winning note.

Team Takeaways:

  • A winning week.  That is something that hasn’t been said in about six weeks.  The Yanks did just enough to take three out of four in Seattle.  The lineup is heating up, the bullpen is showing signs of dominance (see below), now look out for a move for some starting pitching help before the deadline.
  • The Yanks bullpen took home MLB’s bullpen of the week.  Please take a step back and read that again.  This is the same bullpen that couldn’t hold a lead for the past month.  Picking up Kahnle and Robertson is paying dividends already. Full article here.

Record & Standings

Week record:  4-3

Overall record:  51-46

A look ahead:  2 vs. CIN, 4 vs. TB

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Around The League

  • Jose Altuve has been on another planet this entire year, leading the American League in hits and batting average, but he has taken it to another level in the month of July.  Here are some stats that put his month, season, and career in perspective.

  • Clayton Kershaw, who is enjoying yet another Clayton Kershaw season, went down on Sunday with a lower back injury.  Keep your fingers crossed that it isn’t a serious injury, seeing as a lower back injury sidelined him for most of the second half last year.
  • In the same week that the best pitcher on the planet left with an injury, the best hitter on the planet came off the DL and didn’t miss a beat. In his eight games since coming off the DL, Trout has three homers, six RBIs, and two stolen bases. Long story short, the man can still do it all.

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