The Bronx Tales: The Blue Jays aren't as scary as they seem
At the beginning of the season, every proclaimed the Blue Jays as that team. "World Series team", "AL East Champions", "Best team in the American League". It's early in the season, but the Yankees have edged out the Blue Jays 4-3, while outscoring them 20-14. Again, still early, but worth noting.
Besides Vladdy Jr., they aren't this big bad wolf. The Yankees can beat them. Coming into the series with a 9 game win streak, the momentum continued proving it was no fluke.
The first game was a classic Monty start. Five strikeouts in five innings. Just a solid outing from the southpaw. The bullpen closed out the game seamlessly thanks to Gleyber's 3 RBI night. Game 2 showed that Jamo can be a solid and consistent starter. 6 innings and one earned run. You really love to see it.
On top of that, the bats were alive. Everyone got into the mix. Hicks, Donaldson, Marwin, it was a hitting day for sure. Top that with Judge's 9th homer of the season. I've set the over/under from the Rizzo/Judge duo at 75.5.
Oh, Stanton joined in on the fun too. The Yankees are 18-1 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game. Music to my ears.
That's 11 in a row.
In the finale, the Yankees couldn't extend their sweep streak, but tonight still boasted a few noteworthy items.
After a 9 run evening the day before, the bats were a tad quiet. Joey Gallo, who's been out with groin stiffness, returned to the lineup and delivered a nice game-tying home run. It was New York’s major league-leading 35th bomb of the season. Welcome back baby!
Nestor allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out three. It wasn't his night, but the bullpen held their own, as usual. Mike King retired nine batters in a row, and Clay Holmes played his part as well, with a 1-2-3 eighth.
Boone was heated at umpire Marty Foster after a questionable strike call on Aaron Judge. As the Skipper mentioned, he's 6 FOOT 7... Boone and Foster went back and forth in his his second ejection of the season. Honestly, I love when he gets fired up, it reminds me of Torre and Girardi.
Taking 2-of-3 from the Blue Jays in Toronto. That's a massive W in itself. They now have three against the Seager-Semien Rangers then two more against the Blue Jays. Gerrit Cole gets the start on Friday verse a familiar name, Glenn Otto, a pitcher who was part of the Gallo deal.
IT'S MAY DAY...