The finale in the four-game series was postponed, but there’s still lots to talk about regarding the past few days – primarily the starting pitching. Wow. It was great throughout. Pineda, Montgomery and Severino were spectacular with Severino going his deepest – into the eighth inning. Bravo to all. If the bullpen hadn’t blow Game 2, Montgomery would have had the win, but that’s an area the Yankees will have to address: middle relief. It’s shaky. Betances, on the other hand, has been terrific filling in for Chapman as our closer. (Take that, Randy Levine!)
There was just enough offense (Gardner and Didi have been hot and Sanchez seems to be coming around), and the defense was superb for the most part. The bad news was losing Ellsbury. I didn’t see his collision with the wall in real time, only the replays, but I winced each time. Big-time ouch. And now he’s out with a concussion. I wish him a speedy recovery and in the meantime we have Hicks…and Refsnyder, who will get another chance to prove he’s Major League worthy.
Next up is Oakland this weekend. More rain is forecast on and off, so we’ll see how much baseball we’ll get in. Ditto for the Memorial Day matchup at Camden Yards against the O’s. I’m sure the players don’t mind getting a rest. Some of them are pretty banged up. And Tanaka could really use the extra time to figure out how to pitch like an ace.