As last night's game against the Angels was winding down, I came across the following tweet on my timeline:
Somewhere in Pa. Nick Swisher is sticking pins in a Chris Parmalee doll . lmaoooo— Mr. Wolf (@BigBadWolf_1) June 9, 2016
Swisher must now think that the day of his return to Yankee pinstripes will never arrive, because although it was just one game, Chris Parmalee, making his first start at 1B, was the star of the game. Parmalee went 3-5 including two home runs. He also batted in three.
He went into the game with great numbers against starter Jered Weaver, but even after Weaver left the game, thanks to (what I thought was a somewhat premature hook by) Mike Scioscia, Parmalee continued to rake.
It was as if he put the rest of the lineup on his back and carried it to victory. Along the way, Carlos Beltran, the team's best player this year, hit his third home run in as many days, and the top-of-the-lineup tandem of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner actually showed up for a change. It all added up to a comfortable 12-6 win for the Yankees.
So, what happens now? Does Parmalee go into a platoon with Rob Refsnyder? It's probably too early to decide that. If Parmalee continues to hit, that might definitely be the way to go.
Tonight the Yankees go for the four-game sweep, as well as another shot at .500. Based on who they'll be facing, team and pitcher alike, I like their chances. Go, Yankees.