How exciting is this team? For most of the season we knew losses were coming and that, one way or another, The Yankees would find a way to lose. That mentality is totally gone now. With an infusion of young energy thanks to guys like El Gary, Judge and Austin, this team is rejuvenated from top to bottom.
Looking at the last few games we’ve seen big hits and solid innings from rookies but even the veterans have seemed to have more energy and excitement. Earlier in the week we saw Ellsbury kick things off with a first inning home run to give us a lead. We saw Gardner go up against the wall to end the game Tuesday and celebrate like a kid playing Little League. Then last night McCann goes deep twice to keep us in a game where CC was struggling. These guys are all professionals but it’s hard to think that the excitement these young guys are bringing isn’t contagious.
I know it’s just a tweet but The Yankees are 12-6 since El Gary tweeted out that these young guys may be young and naive enough to make a run at the playoffs.
On April 23rd, Blake Snell made his MLB debut at Yankee Stadium and pitched well. The Yankees spoiled his coming out party though, with a Brett Gardner walk-off. Tonight Snell faces a different and younger lineup but the Rays lineup faces Michael Pineda.
Pineda hasn’t won since August 5th and has lost three times against the Rays so far this year. Tampa has had his number and has scored 18 runs in 14.2 innings. All of these number point to the offense needing to put up some big numbers tonight to counteract the possible (probable) ineffectiveness of Pineda. Much of the bullpen is rested and hopefully Girardi will give Pineda another short leash, but with our lineup we’re never out of any game.
PS: Tonight we cheer for Toronto and Detroit.