The New York Yankees faced off against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday evening in the first game of a three-game series. With Jameson Taillon on the mound, the Bombers were in a good spot to continue their winning streak. While Taillon struggled to a degree, the Yankees’ offense was unstoppable, hitting double digits against the Twins for their 40th win of the season and seventh consecutive victory.
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Main takeaways from the Yankees slug-fest over the Twins:
The Yankees have the power!
Yankees finally returned Giancarlo Stanton from the 10-day injured list this past weekend, and he’s already making a significant impact. He launched a 445-foot homer with a 111 mph exit velocity despite striking out three times on Tuesday night.
In fact, the Yankees hit three homers on the evening. Aaron Judge plastered a two-run shot in the first inning, and Anthony Rizzo jacked a 410-foot bomb in the seventh, driving in DJ LeMahieu and Judge.
When the offense is hitting at this level, the Yankees are simply unstoppable. Winning their first game of the series keeps them seven games ahead in the AL East and propels them to a 3.5-game lead in all of baseball.
Jameson Taillon struggled for the first time this season:
This season, Jamison Taillon has been phenomenal for the Yankees, coming off a near-perfect game in his last outing against the Los Angeles Angels. However, he struggled a bit against the Twins on Tuesday, giving up nine hits and four earned runs over 4.0 innings. This was by far Taillon’s worst performance of the year, but luckily his offense came to play and provided plenty of run support.
Joey Gallo getting hot?
There has been nonstop proof to justify trading Joey Gallo this season, but he’s enjoyed a bit more success over the past few days. Gallo has posted three hits, one homer, and two RBIs in his last two games. If he can continue to generate contact like he’s been lately, he could revive his quality and provide the batting order with some extra juice.
However, the Yankees need to see more consistency out of Joey if he’s going to retain his spot as an everyday starter in the outfield.