LADY AT THE BAT: In Loss To Mariners, Sanchez Continues Sweet Start To Yankees Career

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In Loss To Mariners, Sanchez Continues Sweet Start To Yankees Career

First, let me get the bad stuff out of the way:

Michael Pineda wasn't as sharp as he could have been and Anthony Swarzak stunk up the joint  (Why hasn't he been DFA'd?). As a result, the Yankees coughed up two leads and lost to the Mariners by a score of 7-5. They are, once again, 5.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card spot.

There. I have done the chores. I have taken my medicine. I have eaten my vegetables. Now I can have my dessert:

Gary Sanchez. This kid is unbelievable! Last night he called Safeco Field his, going 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The numbers include two home runs, giving him eight on the season. He's the fastest player in Yankees history to eight career home runs.

Of course, as you already know, Sanchez made history even before last night's game, becoming the first Yankees catcher since Thurman Munson in 1976 to win the AL Player Of The Week Award. I know I'm not the only one who found this stat hard to fathom, what with players like Jorge Posada in the team's catching history. However, it's true. Sanchez secured the award with 11H, 4HR, 6RBI, and with a .524 batting average.

So, what else will they put on his Hall Of Fame plaque? Just kidding. As great a start as this kid has had, it makes absolutely no sense to think so far ahead like that. After all, everyone remembers how fast Luis Severino got out of the gate last year. An even better example would be Kevin Maas. Older readers who remember the Yankees teams of the early '90s know Maas' story, how he burst onto the scene, setting records with every home run he hit before the league caught up to him. Maas never was able to catch back up to the league. 

In any case, even if Sanchez comes back down to earth and remains there the rest of his career, he has still proven himself behind the plate. He calls a good game, blocks pitches well and has a cannon for an arm, that hasn't missed yet. That, in itself, is a win, both for the Yankees and their fans.

Very tasty dessert, indeed. Congrats, Gary, and keep it up!

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