OK, in case you missed the game, Aaron Judge didn’t hit his 61st home run. Instead, the likely AL MVP simply went 2-4 with a pair of buzzer-beating doubles, was walked in the eighth, and he scored two runs as well. He now leads the AL batting title race by 0.004 points. Yeah, I’m disappointed too, but we still have a Yankee win to wrap up!
It seems like the yankees won the Jameson Taillon business. Roasny Contreras and Miguel Yajure gave up a combined ten runs of the 14 New York earned tonight, while Taillon didn’t give up at all, and the Yankees swept this quick two-game series 14-2 in the Bronx.
The game started exactly as it should. Aaron Judge lined a double to lead off the bottom of the first, Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton had great PAs to work walks, and that brought up Oswaldo Cabrera:
I don’t know if Cabrera will be an every day guy in the majors. Even with the salami, he was a little below average hitter, but you figure there’s some upside in the bat and he can play well at five or six spots on the diamond. All of that adds up, if he can figure out a little better power, to at least a terrific utility player and maybe more.
He added his fifth RBI of the game on a line drive double to left-center, a really nice piece of hitting from a rookie:
But if we’re talking about good shots, well, may I introduce you to Gleyber Torres:
That was the first of two long balls Gleyber would hit that inning, bringing home four runs of his own. He also added an RBI single in the fifth to bring Judge around, as he and Cabrera both had five RBI nights — steak was on sale in the Bronx tonight.
Luis Severino returned, making his first start since July 13th. He was limited to about 60 pitches, but boy did he make them count – pitching five innings, allowing a single run, striking out six while walking one. His stuff was as good as ever, but what caught my eye the most was his fastball command:
There are two or three mistakes here, but throwing a 98 with high spin buys you some margin for error. More importantly, the way he was able to locate that strongly along the vertical edges of the zone is super encouraging to me.
We’ve seen hitters start to adjust to high fastballs, elevating their swing path and catching to heat, but going in that hard, as long as you locate, there’s just nothing a hitter can do. He will take it, and be called, or smell, or even if he makes contact the bat will saw at the handle.
For Sevy to be able to command that pitch multiple times tonight is a great building block for the rest of the season. The fact that he was able to go five full, throwing 64, including a six-pitch final frame, should also be really encouraging. I expect the Yankees could be cautious with their start, perhaps cracking a sixth starter in the rotation to give him an extra day off, but tonight certainly made me think Severino can start a playoff game without needing much contingency.
Well, the next chance for history comes tomorrow, as the Yankees begin a four-game series with the Red Socks. The weather may be a challenge, but if we have baseball, Jameson Taillon will face Michael Wacha, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15pm EST.