Little-known, light-hitting Rays infielder Taylor Walls, in a moment of courageous silliness, suggested about a week ago that the Yankees are “very beatable.” That only proves Walls has no future in scouting once his ballplaying days are over.
The Yankees are very beatable in the sense that Secretariat was very beatable.
Or Michael Phelps.
Or Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
The Yankees are just bludgeoning folks daily. Some nights, like Friday, it doesn’t even seem fair.
The Dodgers were supposed to be baseball’s best team, and right now they are no better than a clear second. The Yankees’ 13-0 victory over the Tigers on a cool night in The Bronx was the season’s most dominant performance yet.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was pitch-perfect two batters into the seventh inning before Jonathan Schoop lined a clean single to center field to halt history. It was the second straight night the Yankees’ starter threatened the history books, after Jameson Taillon carried a perfect game into the eighth the night before.
The Yankees are a threat to do something special, and they nearly did so two nights is a row.
This time, they even had room for some very nice nostalgia, and the comeback kid, Manny Banuelos, made his Yankees debut a decade after he was supposed to become the club’s next ace. Banuelos threw two shutout innings following Cole’s seven.
“We banged, we played good D and Manny got in. It was a good night,” Cole declared.
Aaron Judge posted a four-hit night, including his 20th homer, as “MVP” chants rang out on Judge bobblehead night. But afterward, when the team had sealed its fourth straight win and eighth victory in 10 games, the talk was as much about Banuelos as the team’s two biggest stars.
“I’m so happy man. I made my dream come true” Banuelos declared, triggering some teary eyes among even the hardened reporters. “This is amazing … everyone knows this is a great team. To be part of it is huge.”
This team looks so good, its biggest hurdle is the record book, as the league appears to be little challenge lately.
The Angels brought the supposed best two players in the sport here earlier this week and they left The Bronx bruised, battered and swept. So what was anyone expecting from the Tigers, the fashionable preseason pick who have turned out to be toothless?
Surprise star Jose Trevino plus sudden hero Matt Carpenter and Anthony Rizzo all joined Judge in the homer brigade. Carpenter has four homers his first five games as a Yankee, off the scrap heap (he’s the third to do so in pinstripes, joining Dave Kingman and Eric Hinske).
The Yankees have turned out very different from what we all imagined, and very different indeed from what Walls suggested.
Very beatable? Hardly.
Sure, they are beatable, in…
Read More News: Yankees look unstoppable as they continue to steamroll opponents