LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Can't Best Kluber, Lose Ground Again

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yankees Can't Best Kluber, Lose Ground Again

The Yankees tried. They didn't succeed. Corey Kluber was (and is) too good.

Luis Severino tried his best to hang with Kluber, but the Indians hitters had other ideas. Adam Warren made things worse when he relieved Sevy, and Chasen Shreve made sure things were just out of reach.

Then, instead of the Blue Jays playing spoiler, they fell to the Red Sox, so the Yankees have slipped back to 3.5 games out of first place.

With Jaime Garcia on the mound tonight, the pressure will be on. What a terrible trade. Of course, no one will be saying that if tonight is the night Garcia "becomes a Yankee." Hey, we can only hope.

I was glad to see Aaron Judge on the bench last night. He should be there again tonight as well, although Joe Girardi said he might pinch hit him. I hope not. In fact, let him have the entire series off.

Most of you know the story about .179, how Judge has that stat in his phone to remind him of how terribly he played in 2016. According to an article by Bryan Hoch, Judge has batted exactly .179 in his last 27 games. Hoch also said the Yankees have asked Judge several times if that left shoulder of his, which he keeps icing after each game, is really more of a problem than he has let on.

Girardi told Hoch, "We've talked about it a number of times and he says no he doesn't think so. That's another thing you look at as a manager. He's a tough kid. He wants to be out there everyday for his team. I'm figuring the rest will probably help all of his body and that's why I'm choosing to do it."

Rest your weary body, Judge. Rest your minds, Yankees. Bounce back tonight.

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