Sunday Morning Perspectives (After the Double Header Sweep)
WIN! – With the double header sweep yesterday, the Yankees won another series at home. Their success has been remarkable. It’s absolutely unbelievable.
Katie Sharp has the details:
Yankees Last 17 Series at Home: Won vs BOS (Aug 2-4) Tie vs ARI Won vs COL Won vs TB Won vs TOR Won vs TOR Won vs HOU Won vs TB Tie vs NYM Won vs BOS Won vs SD Won vs TB Won vs BAL Won vs SEA Won vs MIN Won vs KC Won vs BOS (April 16-17) — Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 4, 2019
That’s 15 of 17 series that the Yankees have won, without losing any. Wow!
A Week – What a difference a week makes, right? A week ago I was ready to post a picture from the Boston Massacre of 1770. Things looked bad, bad, bad for the Yankees and then, beginning with the Yankees’ victory on Sunday, the Red Sox went off and dropped seven games in a row. Seven! Right when it looked like the Sox were primed to go on the run every Yankees fan has been fearing, they collapsed.
Since last Saturday, the Yankees are 5-1. Amazing.
Momentum – Momentum is one of those “talking points” that commentators write about and pundits talk about that means very little or next to nothing in baseball. If there was such thing as momentum, the Red Sox would still be rolling and the Yankees would be continuing an epic slide. As John Sterling says, “You’re only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher.” If momentum was a powerful force, it wouldn’t be able to be so radically changed so quickly (and this happens all of the time in games, with teams, and etc…).
Bob Costas – When I watch the Yankees, I often do it without the sound on as I read, multi-task, or do any number of things.
I enjoy the Yankees announcers (as I have written, especially John Sterling)… I think Ryan Ruocco has done an amazing job. I also love the analysis David Cone provides. John Flaherty is a true professional in the booth. Ken Singleton is all class. For the most part, all the announcers do… Still, I have a million things I am trying to do, all of the time, so I often multi-task as the games are on.
Except, I didn’t do that for either game yesterday. Bob Costas sat in the booth and added (because he’s so so so great) a level of professionalism, class, and excellence to the telecast that brought it to a new level. I just had to listen.
All year long, the Yankees have had players step up and fill the gaps when others have gone down. With Ryan Ruocco and Bob Costas, the same has occurred in the broadcast booths.
Handle With Care – I don’t know how the Yankees keep winning with all of their injuries. Edwin Encarnación is now injured with a wrist fracture. This isn’t good. How is it that every Yankees player (seemingly) gets hurt. This seems to happen every single day. For Encarnacion, this could be a long term injury:
Regarding Edwin Encarnacion’s wrist fracture (and understanding every player and every injury is different), Aaron Judge had a wrist fracture and missed 48 games last season. The Yanks have 53 games left. — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 3, 2019
And now… Aaron Hicks also might be injured again???!!! I have to be honest, when Hicks slid home late in the game last night, I thought, “Oh no, he’s going to get hurt.” Little did I know, he might have already been hurt:
Aaron Hicks hurt his elbow making a throw to third base. He will have an MRI tomorrow. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 4, 2019
How much more of this can the Yankees withstand?
And why are the Yankees so fragile?
Parrot – I don’t love that Encarnacion is injured, but I do love how the Yankees’ players put a cast on the stuffed parrot in the dugout. If I were a big league player, that’s exactly what I would have done. It’s a long season and you have to have fun. I love when teams are having fun. (I love it more when they’re winning, but, fun is also very important!)
Clint – I get why each of the other players have been recalled before Clint Frazier (the Yankees value defense, the Yankees need an infielder, the Yankees need a first baseman, etc…) but if Aaron Hicks is hurt, then they have to bring up Clint Frazier. They just do. It’s time. Bring Clint up and let him MASH.
Tyler Austin – The Giants released Tyler Austin yesterday. I wonder if the Yankees will bring him back as a depth piece to stash at AAA until the next injury.
The Giants designated Tyler Austin for assignment yesterday, btw. — Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) August 3, 2019
And finally…. Just keep on keepin’ on Yankees! The Yankees are now 15 games ahead of the Red Sox in the loss column. They are 9 games ahead of Tampa. The goal is to keep at it and secure first place, then home field in the post season…