Week 20 Record: 3-3
Season Record: 78-46 (2nd in AL East
Week at a Glance: Yankees at Miami Marlins (2 Games)
Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (4 Games)
Recap it!: “Who’s next in line?” I find myself repeating that phrase so often, I feel as if I’m working the checkout lane at Whole Foods, rather than writing about baseball. Yes, the trainer’s room for the Yankees looks more like a Civil War-era hospital as of late, with shortstop Didi Gregorius joining catcher Gary Sanchez, right fielder Aaron Judge and starter CC Sabathia on the 10-day Disabled List due to a right heel contusion he sustained while running into Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales on Sunday. With the call-up of first baseman Luke Voit to fill Gregorius’ spot, this lineup has basically been constructed out of so many spare parts lately that it’s indistinguishable from a 1982 Cadillac Cimarron. God only knows when Aaron Judge will be back (As of this writing, he has not begun to swing a bat, which, you know, you kinda NEED to do.), but at least Gary Sanchez is getting closer to starting in rehab games. Despite this, the Yankees have been able to tread water. Why is that? Three reasons:
* Right fielder/DH/inexplicable soul patch enthusiast Giancarlo Stanton has been hot over the last 15 games, hitting .328 with 7 home runs and 14 RBIs, pushing his season stats to .285 with 32 home runs and 80 RBIs. I hate to gloat, but I TOLD YOU SO!!!! I AM A
PROPHET!!! I’m gonna gamble! *goes to Vegas* Aaaaannd I’m broke. Nevertheless, Stanton’s re-emergence (or re-re-emergence) has come at a most needed time.
* Pitcher J.A. Happ has pitched like a bonafide ace lately. Since coming over to the Yankees, Happ is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA. Happ isn’t blowing anybody away with his stuff, but he’s been able to pitch consistently, giving the Yankees a solid rotation option come playoff time.
* Third baseman Miguel Andujar has been red-hot over the last 12 games, hitting .388 with 11 runs scored, 6 doubles 6 homers and 15 RBIs, according to NJ.com. If ever there was a reason as to why the Yanks haven’t imploded despite the roster having the structural integrity of week-old breadsticks, the 23-year-old rookie is it. As I’ve said before, the issue here is not extended losing streaks, it is the fact that despite performing admirably, this team still hasn’t gained much ground in the division due to the Red Sox allergy to losing games. It’s quite strange that in a season in which this Yankees team invited comparisons to the 1998 world series juggernaut that won a then-record 114 games, it might actually be the Red Sox who break the record held by the 2001 Seattle Mariners for most regular season wins. It’s strange, and it triggers my gag reflex.
Look Out For: What will occur when Giancarlo Stanton returns to Miami to take on his ex-team? Can the Yankees sweep 4 games in Baltimore?
Hey, That’s Unfortunate!: Add closer Aroldis Chapman to the list of probable injuries, as he exited Tuesday night’s eventual extra-inning win against the Marlins with more knee pain. Chapman will undergo further tests.
Rant of the Week: Seriously, though. These injuries are out of control! What’s worse, every injury; every tweaked hamstring, busted knee and fractured wrist turn Yankee fans all across the
Twittersphere into amateur doctors and surgeons, leading to a whole mess on unsolicited medical advice from people who shouldn’t even be playing Operation, leave alone performing one. I understand that sports fandom sometimes lends itself to an inflated sense of self-esteem among its ranks (In other news, grass is green), but can we please, for the love of all that is good and pure in this world, leave medical advice to the actual medical professionals? Much in the same way I wouldn’t trust a tax attorney to fill in for a proctologist, so too should we leave highly specialized advice in the sports world to the highly specialized professionals!
Meme/GIF of the Week: Such as this guy here: