What a finale last night against the Sox! After we were shellacked in Game 2 (Sonny Gray has to go, and Sale is truly the elite of the elite pitchers in baseball), the Yanks stormed back with a vengeance, knocked David Price around and wound up with a Janer worthy of my undying admiration.
Not only was Severino superb, nearly as good as Sale, but Aaron Hicks performing a hat trick? I mean come on. Three homers against the Sox was brilliant – even more so because he’s a switch-hitter and they came from both sides. In that regard and his speed, he reminds me of Bernie Williams. Loved it. There was even a homer by the third-string catcher!
If only we had four more Severinos and the offense could bash like that every night. It was definitely my kind of game – no stress, just happiness.
Friday night’s game was great too in a different way. It featured a surprising outing by CC and by “surprising,” I mean that Boston has been known to hit him pretty hard. Not this time. He was masterful. And we got just enough offense to win comfortably.
So if you ask me, I think this pennant race is going to come down to which young players Cashman trades away to get a good starter. I’m praying it’s not Andujar or Gleybar, but I know that’s who teams covet. And to get a good player, you have to give up a player that hurts. The most obvious trade pick is Clint Frazier because we’re full up on outfielders. And of course Sonny is expendable; the guy can’t pitch in NY and will probably do just fine in a smaller market like he did before.
So bring on Atlanta. I just hope the Yanks don’t let down, the way they sometimes do after the adrenaline rush of playing Boston.