The New York Yankees began the week playing against the New York Mets. This split town four game matchup is the first and only edition of this year’s ever so loved Subway Series. The first game, held on the road in Queens, was a real up and down battle. It seemed as if one team was running away with it, but they would end up blowing it later. Starting it off with a Wilmer Flores home run, the Mets took an early 1-0 lead. A wild pitch in the 4th tied the game up at 1, paving way to two more Yankee runs the next inning. The 3-1 lead, was then taken away later in the game on a Matt Reynolds home run in the 6th. However, a two run single off the bat of Didi Gregorius tied the game up in the 8th. In extra innings the Yankees struck early on a Starlin Castro sacrifice fly to right field. Dellin Betances, going for his first save of the year, almost gave Yankee fans a run for their money allowing two runners in scoring position before striking out former Yankee Curtis Granderson to take the game 6-5. It was a truly fun one to watch that led to a good Yankees victory.
One factor to why the Mets are as good as they are, is their starting pitching and it was shown. An exciting matchup between Jacob deGrom and Masahiro Tanaka lasted in an all out domination for the Mets. deGrom showed why he’s one of the best pitchers in the game today going for seven strong innings striking out eight. His off-speed pitches were really effective, as Yankee hitters looked absolutely confused. On the other side, the Mets were absolutely teeing off of Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka’s statline included eight hits and seven runs (six unearned) given up. Everything was going for the Mets this day, as they pulled out a 7-1 win.
Shifting to the Bronx, the series continued with Chad Green going up against Steven Matz. Moving over to the rotation due to a recent trade involving Ivan Nova, Green showed he still has some work to do. He had a tough time getting guys out, allowing eight hits, four walks, and three runs in just under four innings. Luckily for Green the Yankees’ offense was able to get his back. Facing a two run deficit, the Yankees took the lead back off of doubles from Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius. The real bang however, came when Mark Teixeira took a fastball into the right field seats. The three run home run was his 10th of the year, and gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Another man that deserves his name to be called out is Luis Severino. The 22-year-old starting pitcher has struggled during his time in the majors this season, having an ERA north of 6. He’s been hurt and has been in the minor leagues for most of the year, but was called back up not so long ago. In this game however, Severino showed that he can be a viable piece for this team for years to come. In relief for Chad Green, Severino threw for four really solid innings only allowing one hit. He fought through a bases loaded jam in the seventh striking out, Michael Conforto with the tying runner on base. It was the best Severino has pitched all year long, being a true reason to this 9-5 Yankees victory.
It wouldn’t be right if the Yankees played the Mets without facing up against Bartolo Colon. The 43-year-old All-Star looked great as always, allowing only one run through 6 ⅔ innings. He did what you want a starter to do being able to limit opposing hitters to the point to where the offense can kick in. For the Yankees, starter Nathan Eovaldi was solid throughout, but two home runs given up in the 5th ultimately led to him getting the loss because of the lack of run support on his side. Besides a home run from Aaron Hicks, nothing seemed to execute and that was why the Yankees lost this one by a score of 4-1. The two New York teams will split this year at a 2-2 record against each other.
After their series against the Mets the Yankees stayed in New York and welcomed the Cleveland Indians. The offense was unleashed for the first game as both teams combined for 20 runs and 27 hits. The game was pretty one sided however, as the Yankees were up 6-0 through just three innings. Both teams got it going, but the Yankees never trailed at all this game. A Starlin Castro grandslam, a four hit game for Jacoby Ellsbury, and Gary Sanchez’s first career RBIs are all needed to be said in a 13-7 win for the Yankees.
Coming off of that high scoring affair, the Yankees had to face off against former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Kluber did not disappoint going for eight strong innings and being a real imposing threat to Yankee hitters. The only thing worthy to be said for the Yankees is that young catcher Gary Sanchez scored the first run of the game on an RBI double as well threw out two different runners trying to steal second base. For the pitching C.C. Sabathia struggled to get anything going once again, turning a two run lead into a 3-2 deficit. The Yankees said hello to an old friend later in the game, as Andrew Miller came into close it for the Indians. Despite giving up a hit to the leadoff man, Brett Gardner, Miller got the next three batters out and sealed the deal to a 5-2 Cleveland victory.
Masahiro Tanaka had a chance to redeem himself after his dismal game against the Mets and he took it. The Yankees’ ace struck out eight through six innings and only allowed a run on six non effective hits. The offense was able to strike early on Indians’ Carlos Carrasco, making Tanaka have a lead the whole game. The Indians fought back with two more runs later in the game, but new Yankees closer, Dellin Betances was able to nail a four out save getting the Yankees a win in this rubber match by a score of 3-2.
Yankees’ long time slugger Alex Rodriguez has officially announced his retirement from baseball effective on Friday, August 12th. The 42-year-old spent the last 13 years on the Yankees as well as 7 years on the Seattle Mariners and 3 years on the Texas Rangers. “A-Rod” has put up absolutely phenomenal numbers during his career having over 3,000 hits, 696 homeruns, and over 2,000 RBI. A 14 time All-Star, a 3 time MVP, and a 10 time Silver Slugger Award winner, Rodriguez was a key contributor to the Yankees recent success, helping the team win the 2009 World Series. Despite having a highly controversial career, centered around the use of performance-enhancing-drugs, Rodriguez will certainly be known as one of the best baseball players of all-time. A-Rod will continue to work for the Yankees after Friday as a special advisor.
Like A-Rod, another Yankees’ slugger will be announcing his retirement. Mark Teixeira, acquired by the Yankees in 2009, has stated that he will hang up his cleats at the end of the season. Teixeira is a 3-time All-Star, a 5 time Gold Glove Award winner, and a 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He is one of only five switch hitters to have over 400 home runs in his career. His most productive season came in his first season with the Yankees coming in second in MVP voting. The 36-year-old has not had the numbers he’s been used to having and as a result of many injuries he’s deciding to call it quits.
Batter of the Week: Jacoby Ellsbury
GM – 7
AVG – .393
R – 6
AB – 28
H – 11
BB – 2
HR – 0
Pitcher of the Week: Luis Severino
GM – 1
W – 1
IP – 4.1
ER – 0
H – 1
BB – 1
K – 5
The Yankees will play their final week with A-Rod on the roster with matchups against division rivals Boston Red Sox as well as the Tampa Bay Rays. Both series will last three games. Make sure to tune in on Friday if you want to see Alex Rodriguez’s final game of his career.
Matchups at Boston
Luis Severino (1-6) vs. Rick Porcello (14-3)
Nathan Eovaldi (9-8) vs. Drew Pomeranz (8-9)
Michael Pineda (6-10) vs. Steven Wright (13-5)
Matchups vs. Tampa Bay
Chris Archer (6-15) vs. C.C. Sabathia (6-9)
Matt Andriese (6-3) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (8-4)
Jake Odorizzi (6-5) vs. Luis Severino (1-6)
– Weekly New York Yankee Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com.