The Bronx Bombers edged out the Seattle Mariners earlier today, 5 to 4. The win is New York’s fifth straight. It appears as though the Yankees’ additions at the trade deadline were exactly what the team needed. Though the squad could have used a power arm in the bullpen, especially now that Aroldis Chapman will miss time, it appears as though the Yankees might be playoff bound. That’s quite the statement considering the team’s slow start to the season.
Judge, Odor, LeMahieu and Higashioka Shine in the Yankees’ Win
Kyle Higashioka and DJ LeMahieu worked some magic on the basepaths, helping the Yankees notch the victory over the Mariners. The combined efforts of the two turned a double play groundball into a game winning run. Rougned Odor and Aaron Judge went yard in the game, helping the Yanks win their 10th of their last twelve. Judge’s long ball was his 23rd of the season.
Giancarlo Stanton started in right field once again. This was Stanton’s second start in the new position. He made a spectacular leaping catch of what looked like a game-changing blast. Stanton’s catch gave the Yanks all the momentum they needed. Aroldis Chapman is currently dealing with left elbow inflammation. Jonathan Loaisiga took Chapman’s place.
What Lies Ahead for the Yankees?
Yankees fans will be happy to know pitcher Corey Kluber is making progress toward returning to the mound. Kluber has a strained pitching shoulder. He threw 40 pitches yesterday, squaring off against actual batters for the second time this past week. However, it might be another week or so until Kluber rejoins the rotation.
Hardcore Yankees fans might remember Mariners’ pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had a no-hit bid in his lone appearance at Yankee Stadium. In early May of ’19, Kikuchi no-hit the Bombers across fine innings. Kikuchi is 7-6 with a 3.89 earned run average.
Luis Gil, a rookie, will pitch for the Yankees. Gil is 1-0, having made only one career start. Gil tossed six shutout innings versus the Orioles.
This should be an entertaining matchup as long as both squads’ managers don’t rest the starters. Major League managers have been known to rest their stars on Sundays so be sure to take a close look at the lineups before considering a wager on the game. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05.