Ok, I wanted Ellsbury benched for a couple games for the rookie Heathcott and Ellsbury did go 2 for 5 tonight (his three outs were all strikeouts) But he did get two hits and hopefully it is the start of a rebound.
The big story tonight is the kids that Cashman refused to trade at the deadline—Severino and Bird.
For the two of them led the Yanks to a 3-1 win tonight over the Rays.
Severino got the win to go to 4-3, 3.12. Bird got an RBI double and solo HR to drive in two of the Yanks’ three runs.
The Yanks struck first. In the second Beltran walked and Bird doubled him in.
The Yanks went up 2-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by Headley after a pair of walks.
The Rays got one in the bottom of the sixth when that joke of a ballpark had a ball hit into or through one of their catwalks and Ellsbury lost track of the ball.
Bird’s seventh HR of the season gave the Yanks an insurance run in the ninth. 3-1 for the final score. The win put the Yanks at 80-65 and kept them 3 back of Toronto in the AL East.
They are 3 1/2 up on Houston (see below) for the first WC spot and five up on the Twins for the second wild card spot.
Their magic # just to get into the play-in game is 13.
Severino (W, 4-3, 3.12) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.17
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 1.43
Miller (34th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.80.
Tanaka is going Friday for the Yanks, but you wonder what Girardi may have to do to line him up for the wild card game. As of now, Severino is lined up for the WC game & Tanaka for Game 1 of an ALDS (provided the Yanks win the WC game).
If you didn’t see it, Texas has passed Houston in the AL West, meaning the Yanks could see Houston and Dallas Kuechel in a WC game.