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After an opening-weekend split against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees came home for a two-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays and the bats came alive, but those are not my main takeaways from this quick series:
1st thought – How about the starters? – The starting pitching was supposed to be a weakness of this team was it not? Well, through six games, only one starter has allowed more than a single run and that was Luis Severino in yesterday’s win. Jordan Montgomery pitched a fantastic five innings, allowing only one run on two hits. Would like to see him use less pitches, but that is something that can come. Severino has looked on fire though, mowing down both the Jays and Rays in his two starts, combining for 14 strikeouts in his 13 total innings. Only one pitcher out of the bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in significant work, and that’s last year’s converted reliever Chad Green, who’s thrown 3.1 innings.
2nd thought – Get ready for a roller coaster – Monday: Giancarlo Stanton struck out five times (and got booed). Tuesday: Stanton rockets a home run in his first at-bat, then strikes out three more times. Yankee fans are going to have to ride the emotion because, as we all probably expected, it will not be all sunshine and rainbows. The middle of New York’s order combined for five K’s, but also drove in six runs.
Next up for the Yankees is a four-game set with Baltimore, which will be another chance for this lineup to unload and score a lot at home.