Surprise, surprise. The Yankees toppled Minnesota once again, this time to the tune of a 7-1 score. It’s too bad tomorrow’s forecast is no good, because another nice easy victory would have been fun to watch. Anyway, this afternoon’s victory brings the Yankees to 20 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Since I mentioned the forecast, I’m going to keep today’s takeaways brief. We’re trying to prepare ourselves for the impending hurricane at my home, so I don’t have a ton of time to really dig into this game anyway. Besides, how much is there really to say about another beatdown of the Twins?
- Tyler Wade deserves some love. With today’s 2-for-4, Wade is up to .278/.355/.343 (97 wRC+) this season. He opened the scoring with an RI single in the second and scored in the fifth on a wild pitch. The guy is on fire this month: he entered today’s game with a .433/.528/.533 (201 wRC+) in August. We’ve given the Yankees a lot of crap for relying on Wade as the team’s primary infield depth, but credit where credit’s due: he’s been terrific. And it’s been especially important to get production out of him with Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela sidelined due to injuries.
- The big guys stay hot. Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit both delivered two-run doubles in the fifth inning to blow this game open. Stanton had a 177 wRC+ dating back to the Field of Dreams game entering today, and as you know, Voit has been red hot too.
- Get lost, Josh Donaldson. Gerrit Cole struck out the Twins’ designated hitter twice today and Donaldson did nothing but whine about it. The pitches were clear strikes, so I don’t know what his problem is. I know he has a problem with Cole and the sticky stuff, but it’s been very, very nice to see Cole get the best of him multiple times.
- Ho hum, another good Gerrit Cole start. Not much else to say about this. Six innings, no runs allowed, and six strikeouts. He wasn’t dominant, but he got the job done and escaped a couple of jams this afternoon. It’s pretty hilarious to say that he wasn’t dominant in an outing that he shut out his opponent for six innings, but I’d bet he’d agree.
- Weird moment for Rougned Odor. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a player call for time, have it granted, and then hit a ball out of the yard. So bizarre, and yet:
- Lastly, what a moment for Andrew Velazquez. You’ve heard the story by now, but very cool to see the 27-year old shortstop from the Bronx hit his first career home run in pinstripes:
There’s no way these two sides are playing tomorrow given tomorrow’s forecast. Not sure why they didn’t plan to play a doubleheader today instead, but it is what it is. It might be difficult for the Yankees to get to Atlanta for their next series Monday, but they’ll cross that bridge when they get there.