Oh, what might have been this weekend in Boston. The Yanks had every opportunity to storm in after Judge’s triumphant Home Run Derby win, beat the Red Sox and re-assert themselves as leaders of the AL East. It could have happened. It should have happened. But noooooo.
With the exception of the long fly ball that Jackie Bradley caught in that weird triangle last night, Judge looked tired, just as I’d feared when he entered the Derby. All those swings, as effortless as they seemed, had to take a bit of a toll. Which is why I’m not a fan of exhibitions in the middle of the baseball season, but I’m in the minority so I’ll move on.
In the four-game series that ended in a split, the starting pitching was great but the offense was not. In fact, last night’s shutout by Boston was the Yankees’ first of the season. Not a good trend.
Friday night was a heartbreaker – a game the Yanks should have won if not for the shaky bullpen. Saturday was a bright spot, sparkling pitching and timely hitting. And then came yesterday, the doubleheader in which we shut them out 3-0 and then they shut us out 0-3.
And just like that, our hopes of drawing tantalizingly close to first place were dashed.
We have a new first baseman, Garrett Cooper, a kid who came to us from the Brewers, and it makes me sad because it means Bird is done for the year. Speaking of which, Michael Pineda??? That was big news and seemed to come out of nowhere. A torn UCL, whatever that is? Probably TJ surgery on his elbow? I wish we’d traded him before the injury happened. I wish we’d gotten Quintana from the White Sox, but Cashman let him go elsewhere. I’d better not start listing all my wishes, because one of them was getting Chris Sale last off-season.
And so the season trudges on in Minnesota. The Twins used to be reliable foes; we beat them with regularity. But there are too many question marks at the moment, and the players have to be exhausted. We shall see what we see.