Tuesday – Wednesday vs. Reds:
W 4-2, W 9-5
Tuesday was arguably the best start of Jordan Montgomery’s young career, taking a no hitter into the 6th inning (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). See his postgame interview here.
Montgomery was helped by Todd Frazier in his first AB in pinstripes in the Bronx when he collected an RBI on this triple play. Weird play all around.
Didi added some insurance in the 4th with a sac fly, and then again in the 8th with a solo homer.
Final: 4-2 Yanks
The Yanks made quick work of the Reds in this short, two game stand with an offensive explosion on Wednesday. Before I get into the offense, I have to talk about how damn good Severino was again. (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) In addition to his A+ fastball, Severino had his best offspeed working the whole game, both slider and change up. See them both on display here.
Clint Frazier got the first two runs on the board with RBI singles in consecutive ABs in the 3rd and 5th. The offense exploded in the 7th with a five spot led by an RBI double from Sanchez, RBI single from Holliday, and homers by Didi and the Toddfather. Short sweep, bring on the Rays. Final: 9-5 Yanks.
Thursday – Sunday vs. Rays:
W 6-5 (F/11), W 6-1, W 5-4, L 5-3
Thursday ended up being the perfect combination of dominant relief and timely hitting. The Yanks entered the bottom of the 9th trailing by one run and ended up getting incredibly lucky on this seeing eye single from Sanchez.
The bullpen (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) kept the game tied until the bottom of the 11th when Brett Gardner was able to send everyone home by putting one in the bleachers. Final: 6-5 Yanks.
Friday was Tanaka’s day. He was absolutely incredible from start to finish (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K). When Tanaka is on like he was on Friday, it looks like he is throwing a wiffle ball.
The offense was paced by three homers from Gardner, Judge, and Frazier.
Final: 6-1 Yanks.
Saturday featured the first bullpen fuck up in a couple weeks, but when you’re hot, you’re hot. Caleb Smith started the game (probably his last of the year, hello Jaime Garcia) and struggled to give the Yanks any length. After exiting the game in the 4th, Girardi turned to Adam Warren to clean the mess and throw the 5th. Then binder Joe did something these eyes have never seen binder Joe do, throw out the binder! Betances in the 6th! At this point the Yanks were trailing 3-2. Chase Headley pinch hit in the bottom half of the inning and hit an opposite field homer on the first pitch he saw to give the Yanks the lead.
Robertson gave up a game tying homer to Duda in the 8th, but Gardner played hero for the second time in three days. Final: 5-4 Yanks.
Sunday was the first dud of the week. Kind of nice that this one came on the backend of a five game winning streak. Jordan Montgomery started and just flat out didn’t have his good stuff or location as he was unable to get out of the third inning. The Yanks had plenty of opportunities to strike and blow the game open, but seemingly left multiple men on every inning. Ronald Torreyes was the lone bright spot on offense as he had a two run homer, a double, and drove in all three of the Yankees’ runs.
Final: 5-3 Rays.
- The Yanks picked up the 5th starter that they desperately needed Saturday night in Jaime Garcia.
- As I mentioned in last weeks’ recap, the now first place Yanks have been continuing to send out Bryan Mitchell, Caleb Smith, and Luis Cessa to start game after game. This is not a recipe conducive to taking home the AL East crown. Garcia provides the Yanks with a veteran, inning eating, ground ball thrower down the stretch. He is slated to make his first start Thursday in Cleveland.
- With less than 24 hours to go until the trade deadline, the Yankees are still rumored to be the front runners to land Sonny Gray. If they can go out and get a deal done without giving up Torres, Frazier, or a very top end arm, sign me up. Gray would provide the Yanks with a high end arm for years to come that pounds the bottom half of the zone.
Record & Standings:
Week record: 5-1
Overall record: 56-47
A look ahead: 3 vs. DET, 4 @ CLE
Around the League:
- Adrian Beltre became the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club on Sunday.
- Beltre just keeps on hitting. At 38, although having an injury shortened year, currently is hitting .310 in ~200 ABs. When it is all said and done, Beltre could find himself in a pretty exclusive 3,000 hit/500 homer club joining the list below. (yup that’s a screenshot from Sporcle)
- While Adrian Beltre is putting together an all-time resume, Nolan Arenado is establishing himself as far and away the best third baseman in the game today. Arenado is currently hitting .315 with 23 homers and 91 RBIs while playing top notch defense at the hot corner.