Yankees: 3 biggest surprises of wild 2020 NYY season
By Adam Weinrib
The New York Yankees have gotten some nice surprises in 2020.
Prior to the most recent 10-day stretch, nearly nothing has gone the way the Yankees intended it to.
Offensively, many of the bats the team figured to lean on for production found themselves compromised by injury; even Luke Voit, the team’s possible MVP, has spent the past month holding off his “foot stuff.” On the mound, sparks have come from unexpected sources, though the usual suspects have also been quite good in Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka.
But you can’t win — even in a shortened season — without some mysterious things going right along the way. No MLB team has ever made a postseason run without at least a few contributions from sources you’d be hard-pressed to find in a preseason yearbook.
In a season of surprises, three in particular have stood out in the Bronx.
3. Deivi Garcia Being This Ready
Yankees youngster Deivi Garcia was not supposed to be this good, this fast.
The last time we saw Deivi Garcia prior to his midseason promotion, he looked timid in the strike zone, not ready to own the plate with any ferocity. His final Summer Camp tuneup was flat-out unimpressive, featuring several walks and a heavy dose of nibbling against the Phillies, as well as decreased velocity that didn’t seem quite as zippy as what was advertised.
But now? Entirely different story. Who would’ve pegged Garcia as someone whose development would accelerate in a month without a minor league season?
Apparently, the kid revamped his mound positioning, and that one tweak (as well as, we’re sure, several other things) led to a debut that wasn’t just successful, but outright dominant, putting Garcia firmly in the conversation for a potential Game 3 playoff start.
If you saw that coming when he arrived, then you’re lying. Outside of a stinker at Fenway Park on the mound once owned by Garcia’s idol Pedro Martinez, the kid has been spectacular.
The only pitcher who could potentially take that postseason duty away from Garcia? Easily the least-likely man to do so if you’d asked us one month ago, and the only pitching surprise who could ever out-rank Deivi.