The New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox on Monday evening. After being delayed for 1-1/2 hours due to thunderstorms, the Yankees picked up right where they left off. With Jordan Montgomery leaving men on base for Luis Avilan, the relief arm managed to sneak his way out of the inning despite walking two batters.
The Yankees were without a bevy of players, including Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and DJ LeMahieu. Luckily for them, the Boston Red Sox are essentially a Triple-A team acting as a major league squad. They have now lost seven games straight and have a 6-17 overall record.
The Yankees will now host the Tampa Bay rays in a three-game series, beginning on Tuesday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch the first game against Blake Snell, with Gerrit Cole picking up the second game. James Paxton will finish off the series on Thursday before the Yankees travel across town to Citi Field to face off against the Mets.
FINAL SCORE: 6-3
The good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:
The good news, the Yankees’ offense has been unstoppable as of late. Despite missing three of their star players, the rest of the team picked up the slack. Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Luke Voit smashed two homers, collecting three RBIs. Thairo Estrada, who was filling in for Gio Urshela at third base, tallied a home run on the night as well. Overall, the Yankees dominated a lowly Boston squad who barely has enough pitching to get through games on a daily basis.
The final piece of good news is that closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his first appearance of the season. While he allowed one earned run, it was good to get him some action in a game where the Yankees were leading by a fair amount. This will allow manager Aaron Boone to utilize Zack Britton in a more strategic role.
The bad news, the Yankees will face off against the Rays without their three best players. Judge, who is reportedly 100% healthy, will be unable to play until he is reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Nonetheless, the offense has been solid, but the Rays represent an entirely different beast. Blake Snell is a fantastic pitcher, who currently hosts a 2.08 ERA over 13 innings.
Luckily for the Yankees, they have Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, who has a 2.31 ERA over 11.2 innings.
One of the more disappointing factors from the final game of the series was Gleyber Torres recording another error. He currently has six errors on the season, leading the MLB at the shortstop position. Miguel Andujar also looked lost in the field at times, losing his feet, as he tracked a ball down toward the wall.
Gleyber Torres has 6 errors at SS, the most in the league so far.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) August 18, 2020