For May 12, it was about as pivotal a game as the Yankees have had all year. A loss to Kansas City would have ended the series at 2-2 after the Yankees won the first two games. Not a good thing. With a 7-3 win, the Yankees take three of four from the champion Kansas City Royals after taking two of three in the opening series of the home stand against the Red Sox. The win Thursday night gives the Yanks a 5-2 record on the current home stand. Up next, the Chicago White Sox, only the second best team in the city of Chicago but also the second best team in the Major Leagues.
Perhaps a corner has been turned.
Chase Headley broke a season long extra base hit slump with an opposite field two run home run in the second inning. All of Headley's hits before Thursday's game were singles. Nathan Eovaldi (five innings) and Kirby Yates (a perfect 6th) held down the fort for six decent innings that set the stage for the Yankees first showing of their three headed monster in the final three innings. A couple of Yankees insurance runs late, kept closer Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen in the ninth, while Chasen Shreve recorded the final outs of the game. The other two parts of the late inning trio, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller really strutted their stuff in the 7th and 8th innings.
For now, it's let the good times roll, but if the corner has been turned, what exactly will we find just around the corner?
So far, the over thirty (and in the case of Alex Rodriguez, over 40) guys have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies. The group including CC Sabathia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner and ARod, have all had these issues. The good news is that all have recovered or are close to returning from their various injuries. But, in other bad news so far, Michael Pineda has pitched himself to the verge of not being tendered a contract following the season. Luis Severino has pitched to the point that the shuttle to Scranton is lurking near the clubhouse door with the engine running. Both need to turn their seasons around and soon.
Just after the 91st anniversary of Yogi's birth, it ain't over 'till it's over, but there still are major issues standing in the way of truly turning the corner during this 2016 season.
The last week of games have been a good start, though.