The 2020 season continued for the New York Yankees tonight with their Home Opener against the Boston Red Sox. The biggest rivalry in baseball was once again renewed in the Bronx with Jordan Montgomery on the mound. So as we have, we will breakdown our three most significant takeaways from the Yankees 6th game of the season.
Takeaway #1: Monty Still Looking Good
Tonight’s home opener would be Jordan Montgomery’s 2020 season debut. And Monty would deliver a solid performance. Over the course of 5.2 innings of work, Montgomery would strike out four, only walk one, while scattering five hits. Jordan would allow a solo homerun in the third inning to Michael Chavis. However, outside of that one blemish, Monty pitched the ball well. Jordan Montgomery’s pitching progress was halted by Tommy John Surgery a couple of seasons ago. Now, however, Jordan is fully healthy and looking to help the Yankees forge away to World Series bliss.
Takeaway #2: Aaron Judge Does it Again
Last night against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, Aaron Judge delivered a massive three-run homerun to give the Yankees the lead, and ultimately the game. Fast forward to tonight, and Aaron Judge provided what was eventually the winning blow with a three-inning two-run homerun. Aaron Judge is crucial to the Yankees success. Thus keeping the slugging outfielder healthy is the Yankees number one priority. However, in a shortened season where every game is worth nearly three wins in a typical season, Judge’s presence in the lineup is unprecedented. It’s been said on several occasions by different former players, that Judge’s mere presence in the lineup causes the opposing pitcher to pitch differently to everyone. Tonight, Aaron would deliver another significant hit for a team with lofty expectations.
Takeaway #3: The Bullpen Giveth and Taketh Away
Before tonight’s game, we would be informed of Aroldis Chapman’s clearance from the COVID-19 “injury” list. This news will give Yankees manager Aaron Boone just another weapon to attack opposing teams. But as quickly as the story of Chapman’s return, we would find out about another Yankee reliever. Tommy Kahnle will likely need to undergo Tommy John Surgery. This is a significant loss for the stellar Yankees bullpen. Now, while the Yankees can absorb this loss, arguably better than any other team in MLB, this loss still hurts the Yankees in terms of their capabilities and versatility. The Yankees must figure out a way to navigate the rest of the 2020 season without one of their key weapons.