After losing the series against the Twins, a team we used to beat regularly (the less said, the better), I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about facing the Mariners, who’ve been nipping at our heels for the Wild Card slot.
The trade happened and we got D-Rob, etc., but I was still wondering about a starter. It turned out the resilient, bounce-back Yankees of 2017 won three of the four games in Seattle and they just kept showing how they don’t quit. Judge seems to have rediscovered his home run stroke and Chapman was back to his high-velocity self today, but everybody’s contributed lately. Tanaka continues to be a puzzle; he had a rough inning on Saturday giving up four runs, but then he settled down and pitched well. CC has been pitching his heart out this season, and I wouldn’t mind keeping him when his contract is up – at least for the short term. Severino has earned the “ace” moniker for now. Will we sign Yu Darvish as has been rumored? Okay with me.
Not good news about Castro re-injuring his hamstring, by the way.
Again, what I love about this team is that they went through a long rough patch but never folded. And now, just maybe, they turned a corner in Seattle this weekend. Winning can become a habit for a team. As a fan, it’s a habit for me. More, please.