Look out MLB! The New York Yankees are here, and they have never looked brighter! The Yankees improbable sweep of the Jays comes just days after fighting for their playoff life in what was said to be “the biggest game of the year” by Joe Girardi. The Yankees have now put themselves into a position to compete for either wild card position, and the division. They aren’t just chasing the second wild card anymore. They can make it three different ways.
The Yankees are playing by far their best baseball of the season, and every day there is a new hero. The Baby Bombers keep impressing with each and every day. The Yankees are making some serious noise and with a series against Tampa Bay looming now the Yankees have to continue to surge through the series. Before the series I said the Yankees needed to go 8-2 during their home stand. They now just would have to go 5-2 over their final 7 games in this home stand to complete that goal.
Bryan Mitchell was absolutely brilliant in tonight’s game. He was the definition of what this team has been all year; gutsy, resilient, and courageous. Mitchell started the game off by giving up a soft single to Devon Travis. He then struck out Donaldson and induced a ground ball double play.
Mitchell ran into trouble again in the 3rd after walking the first two batters and bringing up the top of the order the Yankee starter got another big double play and then got Donaldson to ground out. Mitchell started the 6th allowing a double down the line to Devon Travis.
The Yankees then turned to Severino. This was a moment that reminded you a lot of the 1996 Mariano Rivera role. The Yankees needed just 12 more outs to secure the sweep. Severino would escape the sixth with no damage, and in the seventh with a runner on second and 1 out there was a bang, bang play at first base. Initially the runner was ruled safe, but upon further review he was ruled out. Severino then ramped up a 99 MPH fastball to strike out Melvin Upton.
Clippard came on in the ninth and say the Jays down in order.
The Yankee offense was rather quiet until the third inning. The one thing they did was work Stroman’s pitch count. Getting him to 97 pitches after just 5 innings of work. The Yankees struck in the third for two runs off a Starlin Castro missile to left field, and a Brian McCann RBI line drive single down the line. The Yankees were unfortunate in the fourth with Brett Gardner on and Jacoby Ellsbury up to bat. Ellsbury hit a double to left field, but the ball hopped over the fence and prevented Gardner from scoring on the play.
In the bottom of the seventh the Yankees had runners on first and second and Tex came up to bat with 2 outs, and Tex struck out ending the threat. Though the Yankees offense struggled they gave the young pitching staff a lead that they never gave up.
Player Of The Game: Bryan Mitchell and Luis Severino
The Yankees have struggled to do anything in games where they go to pull off a sweep this was a gutsy performance by two young pitchers. Neither of them caved or ever looked intimated by the Jay’s
The Yankees have never been in a better position to make the playoffs than what they are now. The Yankees are meshing at the right time and right now I think they prove to be the scariest team in the majors; however, the Yankees can not allow themselves to have a let down against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have to ride this high as long as they can and continue their march toward the post season.