The New York Yankees season finally restarted after the postponement due to COVID-19 breakout by the Mets. Today’s doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves marks the Yankees 26th and 27th games of the Bombers 2020 season. So we continue with our three takeaways from the Yankees doubleheader.
Takeaway #1: Gerrit Cole Gives Up Another One
On uncomfortable trend for Yankee fans, this season is that Gerrit Cole, their ace, has had a home run problem. Gerrit Cole is undoubtedly an elite pitcher in MLB. And currently in MLB homeruns are hit at an exponential rate. The Yankees are relying heavily on Gerrit Cole to anchor their pitching staff. And with that comes the expectations of controlling opposing teams and limiting damage. With the home run given up to Acuña Jr, Dansby Swanson, and Marcell Ozuna, Gerrit Cole has given up 10 homeruns. For the season, Cole has only surrendered 15 runs, 13 of which came on homers. The homerun bugaboo will need to be squashed by Cole because, in the playoffs, homeruns seem even bigger.
Takeaway #2: Luke Voit Continues to Rake
The Yankees were facing off against a rookie making his Major League debut in Ian Anderson. And if not for a solo home run in 6th inning, the Bronx Bombers would have been held hitless in seven innings. So despite the fact that the Yankees were off for five days, the Yankee first baseman would deliver a big hit to keep the Yankees from making a strange version of history.
Takeaway #3: Aaron Judge is Back…But Pulled Out
In another “hold your breath moment,” the Yankees leader, Aaron Judge, was pulled out of the second game of the doubleheader. At this point, anytime a player is removed from the game, Yankee Universe believes the worst-case scenario. Yankee fans will have to wait and see what the diagnosis of why Aaron Judge was pulled. The Yankees had five days off, and another off day tomorrow, there was little “rest” reason for Judge to be pulled from the game. But given how 2019 and now 2020 has gone for the Bronx Bombers it doesn’t look good.