Week 10 Record: 4-1 (2 games postponed)
Season Record: 37-17
Week at a Glance: Yankees at Detroit Tigers (make-up doubleheader), Yankees at Blue Jays (3 games), Yankees at New York Mets (3 games)
Recap it!: Folks, that foul precipitous harpy has unleashed her thorny doom upon us yet again, raining out two games in Baltimore this week. We’ll get to my weather rantings in just a bit. For now, let’s do our best to recap some of the games the Yankees DID play this week.
* The Yanks still managed to win at a good clip this week, taking two of three from the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. What is notable about that series is that this team tried their best to lose it. To wit, the team committed a brain-scalding FIVE errors and still won, thanks to a pair of homers (one of which was a game tying, two-run jack in the ninth inning) by a very-much alive outfielder Brett Gardner, and a game-clinching walkoff single by dynamo rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres.
* Just when you thought the game couldn’t get any weirder, the proceedings took a Monty Python-on-mescaline-level turn for the absurd when in the top of the tenth, prior to Torres’ walkoff, a wild pitch by closer Aroldis Chapman went sailing over the head of catcher Gary Sanchez, which would cause the runner at second to advance to third. Seems logical enough, right? WRONG, sassafras! The ball bounced off of the foam padding above the backstop and caromed right back into Sanchez’s glove as if guided by The Force, enabling
Sanchez to gun down the runner, Astros second baseman Tony Kemp, before he slid into third. Now, I’m not one to look gift horses in the mouth (that’s what gift mules are for), but that was some Angels in the Outfield-level luck right there, almost to the point of appearing rigged. This seemingly deity-defying good luck cannot possibly happen again, so savor it while you can, loyal readers.
* First baseman-and-semi-pompadour-enthusiast Greg Bird is back, and he’s brought that swing with him, legging out his first career RBI triple on Friday. Elsewhere in the lineup, right fielder Aaron Judge continues to torch the Orioles, socking a long two-run shot in that same game, bringing his career stats against Baltimore to .426, with 11 home runs and 26 RBIs, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. I’ve got some good news and some bad news, everyone. The good news is outfielder/designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a bad slump and hit a two-run bomb on Saturday. The bad news is, the man saw his shadow, and must now endure six more weeks of slumpage.
* Sonny Gray actually had a good start Friday night. Stop laughing, it’s true. Now, to call Sonny Gray’s season inconsistent is to undersell the very definition of the word to unfathomable extremes, but he actually performed quite well, giving up one run over six innings of work, while striking out six and walking none. Granted, his opponents were the galactically-terrible Baltimore Orioles, but every good start by Gray builds the case that he can be a valuable pitcher one the games become important. At a point in the season where the trade market for starting arms is thin, and the price for said acquisitions is laughably high (Seriously, Twitter, stop trying to sell me on the idea of Cole Hamels), there is something to be said about more consistency from the Yankees rotation, Gray especially. He can pitch, but more good starts are always welcome.
Look Out For: What will happen when the Yankees play a day-night makeup doubleheader against the Tigers? What’s the interesting storylines coming out of round one of the annual Yankees-Mets interleague series? Will there be any more rainouts?
Hey, That’s New!: Don’t look now, but backup catcher Austin Romine is on a 10-game hitting streak, going 14-for-29 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs, according to Newsday’s own Anthony Rieber. What’s noteworthy about this is this streak spans a grand total of 33 days and counting. And this guy’s THE BACKUP CATCHER?!??!? Imagine the kinds of depraved acts that other clubs would partake in to have Romine start for them. I’d guess it would involve lutefisk, Vaseline, and a Grand Central Terminal bathroom.
Rant of the Week: I’ve written this column for a little over ten weeks now, and I’ve already spoken about rainouts more than any person ought to at this point in the New York Yankees 2018 campaign. I must state for the record that WE ARE NOT EVEN AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF THE SEASON!!!! There’s been enough bad weather forced upon us to turn even Al Roker, stout, proud weatherman that he is, into a JABBERING MENTAL PATIENT! Now, I recognize the ultimate futility in yelling at weather (As if it would actually do something), but this has now mamboed past the realm of climatological oddity into utter farce. What’s worse is, short of building a Bond villain-style weather-change machine, there isn’t much that can be done to fix the problem. *hears whispering* What’s that? Build retractable roofs over stadiums? SUCH TALK IS HERESY, YOU KNAVE! BE GONE!
Meme/GIF of the Week: Another rainout?