LADY AT THE BAT: Castro, Bullpen Secure Huge Win, Keep WC Hope Alive For Yankees

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Castro, Bullpen Secure Huge Win, Keep WC Hope Alive For Yankees

After the Royals scored the first four runs of last night's game, things looked pretty grim for the New York Yankees. As hot as Kansas City has been lately, and as lock-down as their bullpen has been, there was little doubt in my mind that the Yankees would lose the game and leave town having gained no ground in the race for the second Wild Card.

Well, beginning in the sixth inning, they really showed me something. First, starter Luis Cessa completed what turned out to be not such a bad outing after all. Then, the bullpen went to work, giving up nothing more than a few walks for the next seven innings. After a total of 13 innings, the Yankees had won the game and the series, and are now just 2.5 games behind the second WC holder, the Baltimore Orioles.

While this surprisingly shutdown bullpen was doing its work, the offense was doing theirs. Especially Sarlin Castro, who went 3-6 with a home run and two RBIs. Castro has been en fuego lately and, according to Yankee brass, he has finally figured out the American League. If that is the case, what a difference it would make to the lineup for years to come.

Heck, forget years to come. The stretch run is right in front of us. Castro has come into his own just in time. He and his middle infield partner Didi Gregorius could lead this lineup a long ways. Also, if Gary Sanchez does half of what he did over the past two weeks, it could get downright dangerous for opposing pitchers. 

Opposing pitchers (and, hopefully opposing hitters), your work just got a whole lot harder. After two straight last-man-standing wins, the Yankees are definitely a force to be reckoned with. They might not get the job done when all is said and done, but they'll definitely give it their BEST effort.

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