Last night was an elimination game for the Texas Rangers in what seemed like a postseason event for the New York Yankees. The event was the Yankees must-win to take their 8th series in a row. The postseason feel was due to the new excitement being created by the Yankees’ pitching that has been off the wall good.
New York Yankees pitching is exciting
The Yankees started the season slow with rusty pitching and nearly non-existing hitting that led them to the bottom of the American League East. Since then, things have turned around most due to some stellar pitching that has been demonstrated by seven shutouts and a nearly perfect game.
No better demonstrated in this last series with the Texas Rangers. Game one was a bit disappointing as the Yankee’s most dependable pitcher Gerrit Cole failed to hold down the Rangers, although he had carried the team on his back for most of the season. In game 2, Jameson Taillon didn’t have his best outing, but the Yankee bullpen pulled him out with 4 innings of scoreless relief. Game 3 was one for the history books. Corey Kluber pitched a no-hitter falling just one walk short of a perfect game. Game 4, a game the Yankees needed to complete a series win, was for the most part no different; Domingo German pitched masterfully for seven scoreless innings for the second shutout of the series.
Hitters still need to pick it up
It’s no secret that the New York Yankees hitting has been sadly deficient to begin the season, but recent sparks have shown that that may be changing. And that was no more evident than in the Texas Rangers series. The hitting has picked up dramatically. In one game, every single starter in the lineup got a hit, minus one.
Make no mistake, there is still room for improvement, particularly in the consistency of the Yankee hitting. The Yankees, even though they took the Texas Rangers series, they could only score 2 runs. You don’t win many games when you only score two runs. But for the Yankees, the pitching made that a reality.
Yankees hit with several injuries
The piling up injuries for the New York Yankees is getting concerning. First, Gleyber Torres came down with Covid 19; he is back with the team now. But since the infection of 9 Yankees staff members, other injuries have plagued the team. Aaron Hicks (wrist) return to the team unknown. Giancarlo Stanton (left quad) 10 day IL. Greg Allen (oblique) day to day. Ryan LaMarre (hamstring), day to day. Clint Frazier (cranky neck) day to day.