LADY AT THE BAT: Gray Better But Yankees Lose To Astros

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gray Better But Yankees Lose To Astros

Things went as expected in Houston last night. Charlie Morton was better than Sonny Gray, and the Astros beat the Yankees 2-1, ending their nine-game winning streak.

Then again, things didn't go exactly as expected. Gray probably had his best start to-date: 6IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K. Austin Romine was his catcher again, renewing the argument about personal catchers. But was it really Romine that made the difference? Maybe it was the weather. Who knows? I just hope he builds on this start. We'll see this weekend when, as it turns out, Romine will catch him again, since it will be a day game after a night game.

Speaking of Romine, it was he who broke up Morton's no-hitter. I joked around on Twitter that it happened because I had just arrived home. If only I had that power! 

There were only two other Yankee hits in the game. Brett Gardner awoke from an offensive malaise to drive in rookie Gleyber Torres, who had doubled earlier in the inning.

Torres is off to a fine start, both with the bat and with the glove. There's a growing consensus that he will not be sent back down to Scranton. The kid is here to stay. 

Is Miguel Andujar here to stay, as well? Brandon Drury won't be joining the Yankees in Houston, but no announcement has been made about the series this weekend at the Stadium. I'm in the camp who believes Andujar should continue to start while Drury sits on the bench. (I actually don't believe there is anyone in the other camp.) They will just have to DFA Neil Walker, although, perhaps they will string him along until Greg Bird is ready to return. We'll see what happens.

Awards, Past & Present
To no one's surprise, Didi Gregorius was named AL Player Of The Week. He was his usual humble self when it came to discussing it, much like Aaron Judge was all of last year, when he was winning awards and getting so much recognition.

Judge was so successful last season that now, anything he does becomes big news. He had a day off last night (though, he did draw a walk during a pinch-hitting appearance), his first of the year. There was an entire article about it on MLB.com. I remember when such a big deal was made when he played his first full game in spring training a few months ago. It all reminds me of celebrities who get a ton of attention for just walking down the street. Of course, hearing about Judge sitting down is way more interesting than, say, Kim Kardashian walking down the street.

Jordan Montgomery vs Justin Verlander tonight. Let's hope Detroit Tigers Verlander shows up. Go Yankees. 

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