Yankees: Bombers need to take care of business and sweep Miami
The Yankees are fresh off a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays, with the weekend’s games offering a breath of fresh air. Or maybe the easy sweep of the Jays was a sign that the Bombers are returning to their mid-season ways when they regularly dealt out such dominant defeats.
The Yankees offense pummeled the Jays pitching staff over the weekend outscoring them 28 to 7 as they took care of business against a team they need to beat. Now they need to keep that going on their six-game road trip against two more of the worst teams in baseball in the Marlins and the Orioles.
The road trip starts in Miami where Giancarlo Stanton will return to town to take on Derek Jeter’s Marlins. New York has somewhat struggled against the league’s lesser teams this year, so Aaron Boone and Co. need to display that the gap between their record and the Marlins’ is no fluke.
Of course, we know that’s the case. The Yankees have the second-best record in baseball while the Marlins have the fourth-worst. The two teams are practically on different planets at this point. Still, every game against a struggling team is an opportunity for the Bombers to flex their muscles, and they should capitalize.
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Once again, the Yankees need some good news. With Aaron Judge’s recovery dragging along and Didi Gregorius leaving Sunday’s game with a scary-looking injury, the bad news continues to follow this team like a cloud.
Gregorius was placed on the 10-day DL today and now the Yanks will roll with Gleyber Torres at short and Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes at second base.
There’s not a better way to exorcise some of these demons than by going to Miami and beating up on a terrible Marlins team. It’s crucial that they sweep the short two-game set and continue to take advantage of their weak August schedule from here on out.
The series against Miami is also an opportunity to evaluate the depth behind Gregorius. Since they’ll be without Didi for at least 10 days, Boone needs to figure out the best plan of attack when it comes to filling that hole in the in-field and in the batting order. Didi has cooled off since his torrid early season success, but he’s still an impact bat who was swinging a hot bat before the injury and that won’t be easy to replace.