The New York Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays this past weekend and CONTINUED the whole Devil Rays franchise. The Yankees took THREE out of four this weekend against the TRASH Devil Rays. Yesterday, the Yankees CONTINUED the BEST tradition in Sports, Old Timers’ Day in the Bronx, where we saw some of the OLD players play another game at Yankee Stadium. After the game, the Yankees headed down to Washington for the SECOND time this season to play 1.5 games starting at 5 PM tonight. They will complete the SUSPENDED game from May and play a game that was rained out. They will return to the Bronx later tonight to continue their Home Stand, so booking a hotel in Washington will not be needed this time around.
Yankees- Devil Rays Series Recaps-
Game 1- Domingo German has NOT been good this season, but the Yankees DESPERATELY need him to play in the rotation, he gave up a Home Run on the FIRST pitch of the game, so it seemed that his STRUGGLES will continue. He was able to calm down and LIMIT the Devil Rays to just THREE runs in the SIXTH inning, which is ACCEPTABLE for him.
A year ago this weekend, Gleyber Torres suffered a Season ENDING injury while running the bases and need Tommy John. This year he has made it to the Majors and hit the MOST Home Runs he has hit in a season and it is only the MIDDLE of June. After Aaron Hicks opened up the scoring for the Yankees in the FIFTH inning, Gleyber Torres delivered the BIG BOMB to continue his AL Rookie of the Year campaign.
Th Yankees took the lead with that Home Run and despite the Devil Rays taking control of the game for the first FIVE innings, the Yankees CRUISED to a 4-3 WIN after the Bullpen being PHENOMENAL once again.
Game 2- Jonathan Loaisiga made his Major League DEBUT for the Yankees on Friday Night and it could not have gone better for Johnny Lasagna. He had FIVE shutout innings and was able to get his FIRST win in the Majors thanks in large part to Didi Gregorius.
Gary Sanchez who has been TERRIBLE lately had a BIG Three-run double in the EIGHT inning to EXTEND the Yankees lead and the Bullpen was SHUTTING DOWN the Devil Rays again to give the Yankees a 5-0 win.
Game 3- After taking a look at the TWO young Yankee pitching prospects, the Yankee ACE, Luis Severino took the mound on Saturday. Sevy SHUT down the Devil Rays having EIGHT Shut Out innings and thanks to a Gleyber Torres TWO run Double, Sevy was able to get his TENTH win of the season which is TIED for the Major League LEAD.
The Yankees were expecting a TON of production from Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, and they have NOT lived up to expectations thus far this season. The two SLUGGERS went Back to Back on Saturday and maybe they will go a TEAR as a result.
The Yankees Bullpen FINALLY gave up a run to the Devil Rays but Aroldis Chapman came in to get the save and Yankees won 4-1 to WIN the series against the Devil Rays.
Game 4- CC Sabathia has been the BEST pitcher in baseball every time he pitches after a Yankees Loss but he has been PEDESTRIAN after a Yankees WIN, he gave up THREE runs in the first TWO innings and the Yankees were not able to score THREE runs and took the loss.
The Devil Rays are NOT a good team but the Yankees had some positive signs this series. Seeing that Gary Sanchez had FOUR RBI’s during the weekend was HUGE and they need him to take over for a next few weeks. The Yankees and the Devil Rays will play again this weekend in Tampa Bay so the DOMINATION should continue against the Devil Rays.
Dellin Betances has been to the last FOUR All Star Games and EARLY on this season it seemed as if he was not going to make it back there this season but he has been GREAT in the EIGHTH inning and maybe will return to the All Star Game this season.
The Yankees take on the Nationals tonight for 1.5 games with the two teams being TIED at 3 in the SIXTH inning in the first game of the night. The Nationals were in the Bronx last week so both teams are very FAMILIAR with their opponent.
Sonny Gray and Erick Fedde will be pitching in the COMPLETE game tonight that is going to start after the SUSPENDED game is finished. The Nationals and the Yankees are a preview of the World Series so the QUALITY of baseball is going to be GREAT compared to the Yankees- Devil Rays.