LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Get Off Schneid At Minute Maid

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Yankees Get Off Schneid At Minute Maid

When Jordan Montgomery left last night's game with elbow tightness after just one inning pitched, I became convinced that the Yankees were just eight innings away from their second straight loss to the Houston Astros. After all, Justin Verlander was on the mound for Houston, in Houston, in a ballpark the Yankees hadn't won a game in in seven tries.

I didn't count on the bullpen doing the stellar job it did. Nor did I count on the bad decisions AJ Hinch made after the eighth inning. But there you have it. The Astros went on a collision course towards Gary Sanchez, and he made sure it hurt, and that it hurt badly.

But, the bullpen! They were horrendous out of the gate and, at times, it seemed as if they'd stay that way all year. But last night, led by the kid, Domingo German, they threw eight scoreless innings. Green gave a representative performance, Betances turned back the clock (please stay back, please), Robertson was terrific, and Chapman reached 100 mph while striking out the side.

Back to Sanchez. What a shot. And what a bat flip, too. On the YES post-game show they suggested that Sanchez was showing off to get back at Ken Giles, who they say celebrated too much after he recorded the save the previous night. Really? I've seen worse. As the saying goes, you're trying to hard, bros. Then again, they pointed out that Sanchez glanced at Giles twice shortly after he began his home run trot. Is that why Giles tried to beat himself up? Ha, oh well.

Depending on what we find out about Montgomery (hopefully, it's nothing too serious) Domingo German will slot right into his spot in the rotation. He deserves it. In the past, every time an opportunity arose, Luis Cessa always got it. Well Cessa's on the DL, so they have to give German his chance, now. 

Sunday on Sunday. Let's do it.

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