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The Yankees Take Three of Four From a Red Hot Blue Jays Team and Start To Build Momentum

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

Now that’s more like it ladies and gentleman. This weekend the New York Yankees finally began to look like the team we all expected to see out of the gates. Alright so it took three weeks, but hey now the season has begun.

For the second straight start Luis Severino was nearly untouchable. Today’s seven inning one run performance lowered his season ERA to 2.32. Boone let Severino go over the 100 pitch mark for the first time all year as he improved his record to 4-1 in his five starts. It’s remarkable how consistently dominant Sevy has been since the beginning of last season.

Didi Gregorius provided the game’s first punch with a classic short porch homer to right. Sure is that a double in most ball parks? Yeah, but I don’t really care what you think.

That gave Didi six bombs on the year to go with 20 RBIs. The Yankees shortstop is looking at a 1.184 OPS which tops all players at his position by a healthy margin (no one else is over 1.000). Sir Didi has been a lightening rod and looks to be the perfect 3 hole hitter for this lineup.

A huge bright spot towards the bottom of this lineup has been rookie Miguel Andujar. His first seven games were a struggle to say the least as he went 3 for 28 with 0 homers and just 3 RBIs. He appeared to be swinging for the fences on every single pitch and needed to calm himself down. Well, over his last six games he’s been nothing short of a monster. During his current six game hitting streak he’s gone 13 for 24 with TEN extra base hits. Today he picked up four hits, including this RBI double in the 6th.

There were questions during spring if Boone and this organization were going to be comfortable starting two rookies in the infield. To begin the year that wasn’t the case but here we are on April 22nd as Gleyber Torres and Miggy Andujar are in there along side Didi and TA. Andujar has gotten an extra base hit in six straight games which trails only two bums by the names of Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio who did it in seven straight before turning 24. WOW. The last time the Yankees had a lineup this young (average age of 26 years 46 days old) was September of 1970. The days of buying old vets to fill voids are long gone.

Gleyber Torres made his debut major league debut today and went hitless. To no surprise he was extremely anxious at the dish and was chasing everything he saw in his first plate appearance. Imagine being 21 years old making your debut at Yankee Stadium in front of a huge crowd? I think I would swing and miss on every single pitch and then throw up immediately after for being so nervous. His next three at bats did not result in a base knock but he worked some counts and looked more comfortable up there for sure. I will say, his batting stance is quite intimidating and gives a small brain like mine real hope he’s going to be a machine for years to come. Hopefully he’ll get a hit tomorrow when I’m at the stadium so I can tell my kids one day I saw the best hitter of all time get his first hit ever in person. Just kidding, no one is having kids with me, let’s be real.

In the 8th inning Tyler Austin tried to reach on an infield hit but was initially called out. Boone asked for a review seeing clear as day Smoak’s foot came off the bag and Austin was safe. The replay was as obvious.

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The umps came back and called TA out. I mean the score was 5-1 at the time so it didn’t matter too much, but that just can’t happen. If this were a tie game or even worse a playoff game this would have to be taken up with the Supreme Courts to get an overturn on this injustice. How can you look at this review for five minutes and tell me he’s out. Just baffling.

Anyways, taking three of four from Toronto is big for this team. It lets this team gain some momentum as they get ready for a big stretch coming up. After a four game set with Minnesota to wrap up the home stand, the Yankees hit the road for LA and Houston only to come home for Cleveland and Boston. I mean those five teams will most likely all be in hot contention for the postseason so this will surely be a huge early test coming up.

If you haven’t already, make sure to buy your tickets for Barstool at the Ball Park for Cinco de Mayo, May 5th when the Yankees host the Indians at 1:00. Use the link below to buy.