I was worried about a let down before a pitch was ever thrown in this series, and despite losing Game 1, the Yankees were far from disappointing in this three game set. Severino and Cessa were shelled the first game, and only Judge could drive in a run, but Game 2 saw the Yankees score 11 with 16 hits/5 HRs. It all came down to the series finale, like many Yankee series this year, and what a game that was.
C.C. Sabathia came out with his second straight bad start, and the Yankees came back for the second straight time to get him off the hook. The Aaron Judge Home Run Train keeps chugging, as he had another 3 this series, which gives him the MOST HOME RUNS IN 26 GAMES BY A PLAYER 25 OR YOUNGER (13)! While all this is going on, the Red Sox and Orioles are apparently trying to kill each other in Boston, so everything is coming up PINSTRIPES.
The Empire goes into the holiday in FIRST PLACE. May the 4th be with you all!
New York Yankees Top 3 Stars of the Series
- * Aaron Judge: Obviously he’s hitting BOMBS at an alarming rate for Yankee opponents, but he’s also hitting .330 with an astounding .433 on-base percentage. Any time a guy is over 100 points higher than a .300 batting average for OBP, you’re looking at something special.
- ** Brett Gardner: Reached base 8 times in three games, and led the emotional charge in Game 3 that caused Joe Girardi to get thrown out arguing the strike zone. He’s had a multi-HR game in each of the last two series, and “life is a Gardner brothers and sisters, dig it”.
- *** Adam Warren: The Yankees pitching staff struggled a little against Toronto, but Warren’s 1 inning of relief, with 2 of C.C.’s runners inherited, was masterful. I’ve been on the Board of Directors of the Adam Warren Fan Club since 2015, so I have to give respect where it’s due. His performance saved this series for the Yankees (with the help of the offense).
Gary Sanchez: Hit a HOMER on the first pitch he seen in his first rehab at-bat for the Railriders.
Starlin Castro: Had 2 hits-a-game this series, and has 13 multi-hit games on the season, as he leads the Yankees in batting average (.362).
Dellin Betances: Bounced back from a sketchy 0.1 innings in Game 2 to mow down Toronto in the 8th inning of Game 3.
Matt Holliday: Big part of the Yankees offense in both wins, but especially with the 3-run banger in the first inning to put the Yankees in striking distance after C.C.’s sketchy start.
Chris Carter: Tied the game with a broken bat blooper in Game 3, as he fills-in for the injured Greg Bird. Another clutch hit from a guy playing due to injury.
Aroldis Chapman: Six saves deep, and about to get his World Series Ring as the Yankees play the Cubs next.
Joe Girardi: Sacrificed himself for the team as part of the Game 3 comeback, and has used his Magic Binder to get the Yankees into first place after 9 series.