Big night in the Bronx last night as the Yankees put a dozen on the struggling The Angels Angels of Anaheim. Without the bullpen struggles in Baltimore this would be 6 in a row we would be all the way back and above .500. Instead we sit at the bottom end of “Mostly Back” with a chance to sweep a 4 game series tonight in the Bronx.
Eovaldi didn’t look great last night but after the stellar May he had, he was due to come back to earth. However, when the lineup can pick up a pitcher who struggles like Nathan did last night you have a winning recipe. Chris Parmalee was the big story with 2 home runs after signing a minor league deal that would only give him a shot on the big club if Tex got injured. It was clearly the easiest bet in the world that Tex would go down for an extended period of time, and that normally wouldn’t be ideal, but Parmalee and Refsnyder are playing well and could force the Yankees brass to make some tough decisions around what to do when a struggling Tex get healthy. If that ever happens in 2016.
A win tonight brings us back to .500 and puts us in a position to be back in the race for a playoff spot. In order to do that we need to get though Jhoulys Chacin and his 2-3 record with a 4.50era. Chacin had a rough outing last time out, giving up 3 runs over 5 innings, but through a complete game in his prior start. Our lineup hasn’t played well against him with Starlin having the most success at .273 in 11 at bats. For The Yankees we have Nova on the mound and he gets abused by Pujols and Trout to the tune of .333 and .429 batting averages. Add in Pujols’ 2 home runs and there is some concern heading into this start after getting knocked around a little on Saturday.
The key to this sweep is the top of the lineup setting the table to let the heart of the order drive them in. This isn’t different from any other team but if you look at games like last night’s you can see what a dramatic shift it is for guys like Beltran (3 home runs in 3 days) and A-Rod (4 multi hit games in the last 5) to get them started. A win tonight moves the meter up and with Detroit coming to town this weekend, we could be above .500 before the end of the weekend.