Brace yourselves, Yankees faithful. No matter what happens today, the New York Yankees have locked up their first winning week since the rain shortened second week of the season. An impressive three games to one series victory over the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals started it off, while a big win over the stingy Jose Quintana highlighted the White Sox series.
Of course, the three headed monster finally reared its head.
GOOD: Done BMC
Done BMC. No RUN DMC. Whatever catchy nickname you want to call them, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman finally closed out a game together on Saturday and it was nasty. Betances came into the game with two outs in the sixth and the rest was history.
10 batters. Eight strikeouts. Betances struck out all four batters he faced, Miller and Chapman two a piece. Their stuff was nasty, Chapman landed four of the top ten fastest pitches thrown this season.
It’s a good thing they were on point because…
BAD: The rotation is in shambles
I would hope skipper Joe GIrardi is not foolish enough to try to go with a four-man rotation while Luis Severino and C.C. Sabathia are on the mend. 24-year old Chad Green was actually having a breakthrough season in his first go at Triple-A since being drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft. If he is in the Bronx, he at least deserves one shot.
Green had a fantastic 1.22 ERA over seven starts for Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. He also struck out 36 batters over a team best 37 innings. The big 6-foot-3, 210 pound righty had just hit his groove. His last three starts saw him go at least six innings in each, striking out 20 and walking two while allowing one earned run. Simply put, he is stretched out and in midseason form. He has just a good a shot to go five strong to get to the bullpen as anybody else on the current big league roster.
INTERESTING: Mateo to second base?
Mateo is the prized Yankees prospect who has played his entire career at shortstop. When the Yankees brought in Didi Gregorius, they acquired one of the premier shortstops in all of baseball. He was also young and cheap. While he doesn’t have the same hit profile as Mateo, Gregorius does get some big hits — he is second on the team in RBI and 30-percent of his hits go for extra bases — and is invaluable in the runs saved department.
The Yankees are also super deep at shortstop — Wilkerman Garcia and Tyler Wade are both top ten Yankees prospects — and we all know they haven’t had depth at second base in quite sometime. This moves can only precursor what was discussed this spring and that an eventual Starlin Castro shift to third is inevitable. The way he has hit since becoming a Yankee, along with being an incredible defender, will give the Yankees quite the young sick infield of Castro, Gregorius, Mateo and Greg Bird. Not too shabby.
- Rob Refsnyder saw his 16-game hitting streak come to an end Friday night. The one time highly-touted “second baseman of the future” is still struggling to find his power stroke this season, with zero on the year. He has appeared at third base — where he has struggled — second base and his original position of right field this season, so he could be primed for a super utility role in the future.
- Jacoby Ellsbury sighting! After the Yankees decided to forego the disabled list and play a man short for eight straight games, Ellsbury was a defensive replacement in center field yesterday. He is expected to start Sunday, and many expect he will be hurt by Tuesday.
- Don’t look now, but Aaron Hicks is heating up. Hicks has hit .282 thus far in May with both of his 2016 home runs. He has hit safely in eight of his last ten games.
- Brett Gardner is struggling and it was evidenced in Saturday’s performance. The Yankees scored their lone two runs of the game when the bottom four in the lineup took action. Chase Headley started the rally with a walk, Hicks doubled him in, Gregorius singled Hicks in and then Austin Romine crushed a ground rule double to put runners on second and third, only to see Gardner ground out. This is the same guy that people still implore should be the Captain of the Yankees. It’s growing pretty tiresome to hear that about a guy hitting .223 in the season that he has been needed most.