The Yanks acquired Britton and Happ since I last posted, and I’m supposed to be heartened by that. I’m pleased we got a starter and a premier reliever, really I am, but I’m still reeling from the loss of Judge. His injury could have been worse – a fractured wrist is better than, say, a torn ACL – but when they say he can’t swing a bat for three weeks, that means rehab afterwards, then getting his timing back, then playing some minor league games, etc. We won’t see him for awhile – and this is occurring during a crucial stretch in the season.
As for Happ, he only gave up a solo homer at the Stadium yesterday so his debut in pinstripes was a success, and the Yankees won the finale in the series with the Royals. Britton will add to an already strong bullpen, so that’s all good.
But what’s up with Severino? Talk about going through a slump. He’s been awful the last couple of times out. I wonder if he’s hurt, thrown too many pitch and has “dead arm” or it’s something else? We need him desperately to be our ace, as Sonny Gray is unpredictable, CC is CC, Tanaka tends to alternate really good outings with not-so-good ones and Cessa isn’t cutting it.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox hardly ever lose, and it’s going to be tough to catch them and win the division. We have head-to-head series coming up and I’m nervous about those contests. Boone will be tested to see how he handles this tricky time in his rookie season.