The New York Yankees continued their campaign against the Boston Red Sox. So we continue our look at this season and recap the latest battle for the Bronx Bombers with our three biggest takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Gerrit Cole Dominates the Sox
The New York Yankees ace, Gerrit Cole, has been undoubtedly one of the best in MLB this season. And tonight, we witnessed one of the main reasons that Cole was brought into to dominate. In seven innings of work, Gerrit Cole threw 95 pitches and struck out eight along the way. Cole would give up a fourth-inning homerun to Alex Verdugo, but that would be the only run the Red Sox would get off of Gerrit. The Yankees paid an exorbitant price for Gerrit Cole ($324 Million); however, thus far, Gerrit has been everything the Yankees could have hoped for, and we haven’t even seen his true greatness yet. Tonight was an excellent start, but there’s more magic yet to come from Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes.
Takeaway #2: As we Said; Gleyber & Gary are Heating Up
Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez are extremely vital cogs in the Yankee success plan. And they are especially crucial given the positions they play. “Up the Middle” positions are given a premium in terms of responsibility and importance. So when the Yankee shortstop and backstop aren’t playing well, it can severely affect the team.
So that brings us to the last two games for the Bronx Bombers, and Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres are beginning to heat up. The bats for both of these Yankees have laid dormant nearly all season. But over the last two games, Gleyber Torres has gone 5-7 with 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, and 2 Runs Scored. And for Gary Sanchez, he’s gone deep in back to back games and only struck out twice. (Which is significant because, in Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Sanchez struck out twice in just that game.) With Torres and Sanchez heating up, the Yankees are likely to create even more separation from the rest of the AL East.
Takeaway #3: Aaron Judge to the IL
One of the biggest takeaways from this game didn’t take place on the field. And it didn’t even take place during the game at all. But it was before the game when the Yankees placed the hottest hitter this side of the Mississippi River, Aaron Judge, on the Injured List. The Yanks would put Judge in the IL with a “very mild” calf strain.
However, Yankees fans are skeptical, as they’ve been burned before by the “estimated times of return” for Yankee injuries. All one Yankee fan must do is think back to last season when Giancarlo Stanton played in less than 20 games for the season. Judge was placed on the 10-Day IL (retroactive to 8/12/2020.) So Yankee fans are hopeful this will be the time that the estimates are accurate. Outside of Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge is the most essential piece to the Championship caliber team the New York Yankees possess in 2020. Thus getting Aaron Judge back, healthy, is critical to the Bronx Bomber’s ultimate mission…”WIN EVERYTHING!!!”