The Yankees Blew The Doors Off the AAA Marlins Last Night As Aaron Judge Continues To Mash

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I knew the Marlins were bad, but goddamn is that bunch a poor excuse of a baseball team. Caleb Smith, last night’s starter, never stood a chance. The former Yankees starter/reliever couldn’t get a single player to chase a pitch in the first inning, seemingly working a full count to ever hitter. Even though the Yanks only scraped across two in the first, Smith had thrown 42 pitches and was exhausted. He would only last seven outs, exiting surrendering five runs. One of those coming off the bat of Mr. Aaron Judge.

Judge finished the night reaching base three times in five at bats continuing his torrid start to the season. Yesterday I came across an incredible stat that shows #99’s adjustments from last year. (SI)

Last year he saw more sliders (703) than anybody in baseball and was worse at hitting them (.158) than anybody in baseball except Mark Reynolds and Jose Bautista. This year he’s hitting .588 against sliders (10-for-17)—the best batting average on sliders in all of baseball.

You heard about him being hungry in the offseason to prove 2017 wasn’t a fluke and adjustments like that are reasons to believe the best is yet to come. So far he’s hitting .351 with an on-base-percentage at .479. With Gardner off to a hot start and Giancarlo, Gary, and Didi hitting behind him, Judge in the 2 hole has become one of the most dangerous hitters in the world to pitch to. Now that you can’t get him out with a slider I’m not sure how you can attack him anymore. Whenever Giancarlo gets going (still not even close to worried about that) I simply don’t know what pitchers are going to do.

Didi Gregoius broke out of a mini-slump (entering last night hitting .176 in 17 at bats) with a two homers to get himself back on track.

Gary Sanchez kept his hot hitting going since John Feitleberg woke him up in Fenway. Last night he picked up another three hits and is quickly regaining his 2017 form.

Luis Severino bounced back nicely from his struggle in Boston, going six easy innings of one hit ball, striking out eight. He could’ve easily gone another inning, but it was 11-0 after six frames and there was zero need for Boone to send him back out there.

Gardner, Tyler Austin, and Andujar all picked up multiple hit games with Aaron Hicks driving in two early runs with a double in the gap. It’s really nice to see Hicks back in this lineup, letting Stanton DH while he mans center and provides a switch hitter all around bat.

Listen it’s the Marlins. They’ve got a guy named Tomas Telis hitting in the DH spot. Any win over these guys probably shouldn’t count, but hey I had fun. Was it as good for you as it was me? I’ll never not enjoy a 12-1 victory in The Bronx. The one sad part of the night was seeing Starlin Castro on the Marlins. Poor guy didn’t even get that big of an ovation from the crowd which was odd to me since I thought he deserved a warm welcome. He’s just stuck on this team of bums while we have all the fun without him and that has to be a shitty feeling. It’s a business, but it’s cruel sometimes.

As the game really got out of hand, some news from the Scranton team broke about Gleyber Torres. He was taken out of the Rail Riders game in the 5th, sparking some speculation either he was getting called up or was hurt. Now he wouldn’t have been getting the call up tomorrow since Wednesday is the magic day he gains his extra year of service time, but maybe they would take no risks and just bench him in prep for Thursday? Maybe even worse it was an injury that could set him back further from a near future call up? In the end it was a stiff back, probably in result of the cold, so he was pulled as a precaution. False alarm folks, he’s going to be just fine.

Tonight we get some Tanaka Tuesday before CC Sabathia returns from a short DL stint on Thursday against the Jays. It’s time to start rolling.