The New York Yankees are in the final stretch of the shortened 2020 season. So we continue our coverage of the Yankee season with three takeaways from the series.
Takeaway #1: Bombers Bring Out Bats in the Bronx
The New York Yankees have been nicknamed the Bronx Bombers for many years. But over the three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees accomplished a never before seen feat. The Yankees would become the first team in MLB history to hit six or more home runs in three consecutive games. The Yankees also set a record by hitting 19 homers in the three-game stretch. New York would even outscore the Blue Jays 43-15. So in a critical series, the Yankees came out swinging.
Takeaway #2: 8 Straight Wins
The New York Yankees found themselves one the losing end of 15 out of 20 games just a few weeks ago. But to look at this team now, you would never have believed that was the case. New York has returned to playing “Yankee Baseball” ever since the call to arms by Yankee GM Brian Cashman. During the eight-game win streak, the Yankees have outscored their opponents 71-20. What makes the eight games even more important is the significance of each series against the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. During the Yankees four-game series with Baltimore, New York just went through their 15-20 losing stretch. And more importantly, they were only a couple of losses from falling out of playoff contention.
Fast forward, and with a four-game sweep of Baltimore, the Yankees needed to gain ground on Toronto for second place in the AL East. This brings us to this three-game series, and the Yankees dominated. Last night’s 10-7 victory was the closest of the three-game set. And those numbers are skewed by a rough outing from Jonathan Holder. Because going into the ninth, the Yanks held a 10-3 lead. The Yankees were able to lock it down and keep the winning streak alive.
Takeaway #3: Stellar Starting Pitching
One aspect of the monstrous offensive outburst that will be overlooked is the fact that’s the Yankees got outstanding starting pitching. Deivi Garcia, Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka all pitched seven innings of three-run or less baseball. Having the Yankees entering the final stretch on the backs of incredible starting pitching and a booming offense bode well for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees are jocking for playoffs positioning. And if they can make it all the way back and catch the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East crown, the AL Wildcard round will take place in Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Cathedral is where the Yankees do the most damage. And it played host to a remarkable stretch of baseball.