The New York Yankees have RETURNED from the London Series and have just ONE week remaining before the All Star break PAUSES action AGAIN. They will RESUME playing baseball in the United States tonight in Queens when they face the CROSSTOWN rivals, the New York Mets. The TWO teams SPLIT the FIRST edition of this year’s Subway Series at Yankee Stadium, now the Yankees are looking to WIN two on the road before heading to Tampa Bay this weekend.
When play STARTS tonight, the Yankees will be WITHOUT Luke Voit was SENT to the TEN day DL earlier today. Voit was PULLED from Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox and did NOT play in Sunday’s game. ALL signs were pointing towards him NOT being seriously hurt but with the All Star break next week it was a good PRECAUTION to REST Luke and get his batteries RECHARGED for the SECOND half of the season.
After the game on Sunday, the MLB released the FULL rosters for the All Star Game, the Yankees ALREADY had DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez STARTING in the game BUT on Sunday night we found that the ONLY other Yankee that would be going to Cleveland with DJ and Gary is going to be Aroldis Chapman. The BIGGEST snubs on the roster are Voit, Gleyber Torres, AND Adam Ottavino who all DESERVED to be there and it is a SHAME that they are NOT going to be there because of the STUPID rule that EVERY team in the MLB has to have an All Star even if they are TERRIBLE. I think the SNUBBING is going to MOTIVATE those guys in the SECOND half and that is going to HELP the Yankees MORE than them playing in an EXHIBITION game in the MIDDLE of the season.
NOTHING else of note has happened in Yankeeland between Sunday and now. I will be CURIOUS to see how the team EARLY in today’s game and if they are still JET-LAGGED from being in London this weekend. Their bodies being OUT of tune is the ONLY thing that is going to STOP the Yankees from BEATING UP on the Mets, who have a TERRIBLE bullpen like the Red Sox and we know what the Yankees did to that TERRIBLE Red Sox bullpen in London, I expect the SAME results at Citi Field this week.
Game ONE: Tonight- Zack Wheeler vs James Paxton
Game TWO: Wednesday Night- Jason Vargas vs TBA*
*- All signs are pointing towards Domingo German RETURNING from the DL and making the start on Wednesday, but SINCE he is still on the DL, the Yankees have listed that slot as “TBA”
After the QUICK Subway Series, the Yankees will head to Tampa Bay to take on the DEVIL Rays with a chance to BURY them in the standings and having a HUGE lead in the AL East going into the All Star break.