Remember Arte Johnson on Laugh-In? (Yes, I’m dating myself). He had a character that would say “VERRRRRRRRRRRRY INTERESTING!”. For that is what the AL East and the wild card spots are right now, and the Yankees, surprisingly after the trade deadline selloffs, are in the thick of it.
Gary Sanchez homered, and Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam, as the Yanks beat the Rays 7-5 on Friday night in a game that featured three rain delays. With the win, the Yanks’ sixth in a row, the Yanks are now 75-65.
So here is a look at how the AL East stands right now. Tampa Bay of course, is WAY back.
As for the wild card, here you go:
Toronto (as of now, has Wild Card #1) +1
Detroit and Baltimore are tied for Wild Card #2, one game back of Toronto —-
Yankees -1 (need to jump two teams, Detroit and Baltimore)
Houston -2 1/2
Seattle – 3 1/2
Very interesting, indeed. The Yanks have won 12 of their last 16 games. Ever since A-Rod and Teix announced their retirements, they have taken off.
The Yanks scored immediately in the bottom of the first when Ellsbury singled and Refsnyder doubled him home. After Sanchez struck out, Castro singled but Refsnyder was thrown out at the plate.
The Yanks got two in the third to go up 3-0. Sanchez homered (12), and after Castro struck out, Teixeira doubled. Didi moved Teix up with a groundout, and that was huge because Teix was then able to score on a WP.
Michael Pineda gave up back-to-back HR to Logan Morrison and Stephen Souza (Souza is killing us this series) in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.
But in the bottom of the fourth, with two out, Refsnyder and Sanchez singled, Castro walked, and Teix hit a grand slam to make it 7-2. Teix’s HR was #12 of the season and #406 of his career, putting him one behind Duke Snider on the all-time list.
The Yanks then held on, giving up two in the sixth and one in the ninth, to win 7-5.
One thing that worries me a bit: Betances has been struggling lately.
One thing about Sanchez. It’s not just the HR. It’s the defense as well. He picked a runner off of second in the game with that cannon of an arm he has.
Nice patience: The Yanks drew 11 walks in the game.
Once again, Girardi was Captain Hook, pulling a starter before the starter could go the necessary five for the win. At this point in the season, with extra pitchers available because of the extended rosters, and needing to play catch up in the standings, he is playing matchup more than usual. It’s all about getting the win, no matter who gets it.
Pineda 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.07.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.23
Warren (w, 5-3, 4.88, Cubs/NYY) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.49 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.13 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 10) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.41.
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