How nice to have a quick two-game sweep of the Reds back home at the Stadium. It wasn’t a 10-game winning streak, but I’ll take it.
Random observations….Montgomery pitched a gem on Tuesday night and Severino was superb yesterday. Kudos to them. I know nothing about the Cincinnati Reds and their offense, but our two starters looked really tough…….Clint Frazier is proving to be a nice addition to the team, both offensively and defensively. Which creates a dilemma for the Yankees when Aaron Hicks comes off the DL. Too many outfielders? Does one of them get traded for a starter? Can we keep both, along with Gardner and Ellsbury? (Judge is untouchable, obviously.)….As for the other Frazier, Todd (or as John Sterling called him “The Toddfather”) hit into a triple play in his first at-bat on home turf Tuesday night, but the Toms River, NJ native smacked his first homer yesterday. How cool would it be if he provided real offensive pop at third base after coming over from the Cubs… I’m still worried about Betances. He’s been so shaky that I find myself wincing every time he’s on the mound. At least Chapman seems to have straightened out his mechanics. But Cessa needs to go. He’s not helping, not even for mop-up duties….With the trade deadline getting closer, I’m eager to see if Cashman pulls off a trade for a starter. There’s no longer a question whether this Yankees team is a contender. They are, and another strong arm in the rotation would only solidify our position. But the immediate goal is to trample the Rays during this next series. They’re our pesky rivals, so it’s essential that we don’t lose ground to them.