A day late yes, but hopefully not a dollar short. The Yankees took 2 of 3 in the huge series against Boston, falling to only Chris Sale over the weekend.
If you are reading this within the hour it’s been released, the Yankees are probably back of the Sox after their extra innings debacle on Monday, but that doesn’t effect the weight of winning a divisional series against your top rival. It is a long season, but these two teams are going to rest atop of the AL East for the rest of it. This will surely lead to some tug of war, that will likely see both teams pulling ahead and falling behind; so be sure to keep watching.
Game 1 (Yankees 8, Red Sox 1)
Yes, not throwing CC against Philly probably cost them a true chance to sweep, but pitching him Friday was vital to getting ahead in this series. It always helps when the team can get ahead early, but when you do it with a vet like CC on the bump it can be a true game changer.
It’s been a joy to watch CC’s transformation, and although Father Time remains undefeated, it’s been impressive to watch Sabathia thwart him over the past two season. He pitches with a complete mastery of the baseball, and a great understanding of the opposing lineup; switching up looks for each hitter each time around the lineup. It was the kind of stat line that reflects the pitcher CC has become: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s.
The Bird Man of New York soars again! I’m a big Greg Bird guy, and even though he’s struggling, I’m confident in his ability to turn it around. He’s the prototypical Yankee first basemen (Big Lefty, Power, Good Eye/Glove), and when he’s on it will change the Yankee lineup. Bird went 2–4 tonight with 2 Solo jacks to feul the Bombers. Judge and Andujar each added a 2-run HR of their own (Andujar had 2 other hits), helping the Yanks coast to a series lead.
Game 2 (Yankees 0, Boston 11)
Buzzkill.com — look it up. This would have been a perfect time for Sonny Gray to win over a lot of Yankees fans. Honestly, he didn’t even need to win the game, but a quality outing at home against Boston would have assured fans that their is something there with Gray. That was not the case Saturday, as Boston burned the Yankees in every phase of the game.
I don’t even want to talk about Gray, because he sucked. 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, and 0 K’s. Completely dominated. He’s now got a 4.68 ERA since joining the Yankees, and it’s clear that they need help in the rotation.
Chris Sale 2 Hit the Yanks in this one, which (in case you don’t follow baseball all that much) means their was pretty much nothing to see as far as the Yankee offense. I would say the bad pitching and hitting would have made it a long day for the Yanks, but Chris Sale made sure that this game moved along just fine.
Game 3 (Yankees 11, Boston 1)
Haymaker for haymaker, the Yanks fired back on Sunday with a dominant win for Sunday Night Baseball. They continue to crush David Price, who seems to be the antithesis to Chris Sale for Boston; and Severino continues to be one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Severino isn’t a bulldog, or even a horse, the guy is a goddamn pitbull. When he toes the rubber its about beating whatever guys is 60 ft 6 in away wearing a different uniform. He throws with intent, pitches with pace, and puts his trust in the hard work he’s done to improve his secondary pitches. I don’t even know if I though Severino would be THIS good this quickly, but he continues to anchor this Yankee rotation as they search for help in the rotation. His final line: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, and 6 K’s, and although the walks are high, he still battled to give the Yanks length while holding the Sox scoreless.
The offense re-appeared after a casual night off Saturday, coming up with a total of 11 runs in the team’s victory. 8 of them came during Price’s 3.1 inning outing, and 5 of those 8 came via the long-ball. Sure, Judge and Torres homering was awesome; but Aaron Hicks with 3 JACKS and Kyle “Higgy” Higashioka with his first big-league hit going a mile over the left-field fence really got the blood flowing. It just continues to show that this team has an offensive that might just be the greatest of all-time when all is said and done.
A very odd Yankees — Sox series. These are typically all low scoring, bullpen-spending, edge of your seat matchups; but these three games were pretty much decided by the 5th inning. I don’t expect this trend to continue between these two teams the rest of the year, but it was still odd to watch over the weekend.
Right now, the Yankees have to find a way to take Tuesday night’s game vs the Braves. Which Domingo German will show up? That’s ultimately going to be the question that decides the game. He’s 2–1 against the teams with a .500-or better record this season, so Boone and the Yanks hope that guy walks out to the mound Tuesday.