The New York Yankees continued tonight against the Boston Red Sox. And as we have, we will continue with our three big takeaways from the Yankees 7th game of the 2020 season.
Takeaway #1: Aaron Judge is on Fire
The Yankees slugging right fielder is tearing the cover off the ball. Over the last four games, Aaron Judge has hit four homeruns. Two nights ago, against the Baltimore Orioles, Judge hit a go-ahead three-run homerun to give the Yankees the lead and the victory. Last night against these same Red Sox, Judge delivered another big-time blow with a two-run homerun. And here tonight again, Aaron Judge hit a homer for the fourth consecutive game. Judge did so for the first time in his career. In our bold predictions, we predicted that Aaron Judge would be among the handful of players that would reach past the twenty homerun mark. And at this pace, Judge will pass the thirty homerun marker.
Takeaway #2: Mashiro Tanaka 2020 Season Debut
During Summer Camp, Mashiro Tanaka would take a 112 mph line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton off the head. The Yankees would be concussion protocol procedures and hold Masa back. So tonight we would see the 2020 season debut of Tanaka. Masahiro would pitch 2.2 innings of work with three strikeouts, one walk, on four hits and two runs. Tanaka is an essential piece for the Yankees in 2020, as his postseason pedigree alone would be worth resigning him. But in the season itself, Tanaka keeps the Yanks in the ballgame and always gives them a fighting chance.
Takeaway #3: Best in Baseball
While the season is still very much in its infancy stage, every game matters more in the shortened 60-game format, with a shortened season where every victory is the equivalent of nearly three, having the best record in baseball matters. The Yankees find themselves at the forefront of MLB with the best record. Again, it’s a small sample size in a season that’s a small sample size, but if the Yankees maintain this pace, the World Series will return to the Bronx.