LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Win, Gain Ground, Look To Repeat This Week

Monday, August 28, 2017

Yankees Win, Gain Ground, Look To Repeat This Week

After a rough start, it was a very productive, successful weekend for the New York Yankees.

The rough part began before the first game of the Mariners series, when the suspension were announced. Unlike so many I interacted with over the weekend, many of whom thought he deserved at least 10 games, I was pleased with the four games handed down to Gary Sanchez. Austin Romine's two-game ban was a joke, however. I hope the entire suspension is scratched on appeal.

It remains to be seen how the Yankees will handle this. They can stagger the suspensions, of course, with one player dropping his appeal. But who will be the back-up catcher while either guy is gone? I'm glad I don't have to make that decision. It could be hard to avoid losing either of them for the upcoming Red Sox series. I was looking at the 40-man roster the other day. I cannot figure out who they'd choose to remove so that a guy like AAA C Eddy Rodriguez could be added. It's wait and see time, I guess.

As for the Mariners series, the loss of the first game right after the suspensions were announced was really hard to take, especially after the Yankees had left the bases loaded three times. Three times! Then the crushing blow, made possible by Aroldis Chapman.

But this team did what it has done most of the year. They got up, dusted themselves off, and went on to win the next two games. I had a feeling Sonny Gray would be his true self against the Mariners, a team he is more than familiar with, and he was.  Jacoby Ellsbury turned back the clock, Starlin Castro announced his return in a big way and Greg Bird landed back home gracefully. Also, Masahiro Tanaka continues to improve, which makes me wonder if he should take a short DL stint every year at this time.

Players Weekend came and went and the world didn't end! People can be so ridiculous. If the Yankees had lost the series, many would be saying it was because of the uniforms--and only a few would say they were kidding.  My only complaint about the initiative was that you had to do too much research to find out what some of the nicknames meant. Even the broadcasters didn't know some of them. It's got to be easier next time. (Oh, yes, there is going to be a next time. Sorry, haters.)

The best thing about the weekend, by far, was the fact that the Yankees picked up two whole games in the AL East standings. They are now just 2.5 games behind the Red Sox. Let's hope they can be no further behind than that when Boston comes to town on Thursday.

But, first things first: The Cleveland Indians. Kluber vs Severino tonight. Can't wait!

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