LADY AT THE BAT: Green, Yankees Salvage in SD, Enter Last Stretch Before Break

Monday, July 4, 2016

Green, Yankees Salvage in SD, Enter Last Stretch Before Break

Yesterday, as the Yankees missed a key scoring opportunity in the top of the 1st inning, I wondered, yet again, how it had come to this. To wondering if the Yankees would be able to avert a three game sweep at the hands of the worst team in the N.L. Central.

Of course, I knew the answer. As usual it was a combination of poor pitching and absent hitting. The same combination that has the Yankees sitting, yet again, one game below .500.

Sunday, however, thankfully, had some pleasant surprises in store. Notably, Chad Green going 6.0 IP, giving up just 1 ER and the back-end of the bullpen (Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman) bouncing back from less than optimal recent performances. The offense showed up as well, including Mark Teixeira, who became the fifth switch hitter in MLB history to hit at least 400 career home runs.

Green, in particular, had a nice day. Throwing a fast ball that reached 97 mph and offsetting it with a low to mid 80s slider, Green was able to silence most of the San Diego hitters (old friend Yangervis Solarte not withstanding). I still think that, in light of his Saturday performance, Ivan Nova is safe, but Green seems to be a viable option. Not that the Padres are the best opponents to gauge a prospect's promise, but don't tell Nathan Eovaldi that.

With the Yankees essentially running in place over the weekend, we didn’t learn anything different about them over the past series. In fact, the only thing I learned was that, maybe I will watch the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game later this month after all. Not having realized that Petco Park was no longer the place where all HRs go to die, I was dismayed to see how often the Padres took Yankees starters deep during the three game series.

The Yankees have seven games left before that aforementioned All-Star Break. They’ll need to go 4-3 over that stretch to go into the break at .500. Sounds easier than it is, especially considering their opponents are in the A.L. Central, likely the best division in the A.L. at the moment.

Nevertheless, if the Yankees want to make some noise coming out of the ASB, going into it at .500 would be a great start.

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