Things are going well for the New York Yankees to say the least. Chapman returned to their team after winning a World Series with the Chicago Cubs last season. Now they have one of the best closers in the game wearing pinstripes again.
He is rejoining the company of the Yankees other hard throwing bullpen member, Dellin Betances. The trio, also known as the Yankees “three-headed monster” may have been broken up last season as the Yankees let go of Andrew Miller, but Betances and Chapman make a pretty mean two-headed monster.
In addition to an elite pitching staff the Yankees have a new generation of sluggers on their team. One of them is Gary Sanchez, who just might have had one of the most clutch second half’s of a season ever in 2016 for New York. He launched 20 home-runs in less than 300 at bats for the Yankees.
He made a loud impression for New York, and any opponents to cross his path. He is not done yet either, the catcher may only be getting started. He is off to a quiet start, but the Yankees know power exists in Sanchez. Right now the 24-year-old is working on getting his health to 100 percent as he is currently on the 10-day DL, but he is expected to be activated on Friday.
Sanchez is not the only player on New York’s team that can hit the ball far either. There is another player. The New York Yankees have a newly found power in Aaron Judge. As he towers at 6′-7″ in height, and is easily mistaken for a walking skyscraper, he has the power in his swing to match his size.
The 25-year-old right fielder is off to a big start in his 2017 campaign. He has been hitting home-runs left and right for the Yankees. Yesterday’s New York game was an example of that. Contributing one long ball may have been more than enough out of Judge, but he hit two of them. Judge and Brett Gardner hit two homers apiece in the New York Yankees 11-5 Tuesday night win over the Blue Jays, according to CBS Sports.
Judge’s pair of homers last night were far from his first on the year, and may be far from his last. He now totals 12 long balls on the year. In addition to that he is posting a .313 batting average. In just 83 at bats he is on pace to have a very productive season with New York.
With an effective lineup, and pitching staff, the Yankees season is underway in a promising direction. They are tied with the Baltimore Orioles with 16 wins on the year and just nine losses. New York currently sits second place of the AL East, with a two game lead over the 14-12 Boston Red Sox.
Yesterday the Yankees handed Toronto their 18th loss of the year. New York has walked away with a win in five of their past seven games. Tonight they will be playing their third game against the Blue Jays.
Will the New York Yankees have a winning season? How many home-runs will Judge wrap up the year with? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod