LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Sweep Bronx Half of Subway Series

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yankees Sweep Bronx Half of Subway Series

Sonny Gray probably will never forget his first Yankees win. In Yankee Stadium, during the Subway Series against the Mets, his line included 6IP, 2ER and 5K. I was in the ballpark for every one of his 104 pitches, and every other pitch that was thrown during the game. (I'll have more to say about that later today.) 

Gray's only mistake was a fat pitch to rookie Dominic Smith, who sent it the opposite way, over the left field fence for his first career home run. Indeed, it was a good day for Mets rookies. Amed Rosario also went deep. It was the second time this week that a raw rookie burned Aroldis Chapman. (Although, can you really call Rafael Devers a raw rookie? I don't think so.)

Chapman got hurt making the last putout of the game. His hamstring is sore (at the very least), but so is his pride, apparently. As far as I know, he has never pitched this poorly in his career. It was touching to see his reaction after giving up the Rosario homer. He remained in a catchers' crouch in front of the mound until Gary Sanchez came up behind him and patted him on the back. Regardless of the severity of his physical injury, the Yankees should put him on DL, so that he can get what he obviously needs: a mental break.

Speaking of Sanchez, he has been raking lately. He hit his fourth homer in seven games last night. Whether J-Lo and A-Rod have anything to do with it, I don't know. I'm just glad he seems to be returning to his late-2016 form.  

The Aarons: After returning to his terrible late-2016 form, Aaron Judge appears ready to break out of it. He did tie the single-season consecutive game strikeout record last night, but he continues to draw walks and knocked a huge double into left field. And Aaron Hicks has returned to his early-2017 form, a much-welcome sight.

Finally, Jacoby Ellsbury homered off Jacob deGrom, for the second time in his career. Ellsbury will never play up to that ridiculous contract, but you have to give him props when he deserves it. Last night he deserved it.

The scene shifts to Citi Field tonight. Beat the Mets, again.

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