Happ stifles former team, offense explodes again, in 10-2 win

On a cool, cloudy afternoon in The Bronx, the Yanks dominated the Blue Jays, 10-2, to close out a three-game sweep of their divisional foe. After a rough start to the week, the Yankees got back on track this weekend with the sweep of Toronto. In doing so, they closed out their home stand with a 4-3 record.
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Today’s game was a special one for J.A. Happ, who got to take on his former team for the first time since being traded to the Yankees on July 26th. As he has done in all four of his starts since coming to New York, Happ pitched a solid game and picked up a win. Despite it being his shortest outing in pinstripes (5.1 innings), Happ allowed only two runs and struck out eight. The 35-year-old lefty is now 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his first four starts with the Bombers. He has been everything the Yanks hoped for and more. Out of the bullpen, Jonathan Holder and Sonny Gray combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to finish off the win. Of note is that Aroldis Chapman has not pitched since Tuesday, so beware next time he pitches.
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Offensively, the first six Yankees to come to the plate all scored. That was the first time since 1998 that New York did that. The big opening frame was capped off by a grand slam from Greg Bird, who the Yankees really need to get going. The Yanks tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning on a day where eight of the nine starters had hits. Red-hot Miguel Andujar and Kyle Higashioka each had multi-RBI games. Ronald Torreyes, who had three hits, and Gleyber Torres, were the only Bombers with multi-hit performances. As for Torreyes, he came on for Didi Gregorius after he was lifted following a collision with Kendrys Morales in the first inning. The Yankees’ shortstop was diagnosed with a bruised left heel that Aaron Boone said could lead to a DL stint.

With the win, the Yankees establish a new high-water mark for the season at 32 games above .500, but still trail the Boston Red Sox by 9.5 games in the AL East.

What’s Next?
The Yankees get to enjoy their first off day since July 30th as they head down to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton’s homecoming and a two-game series with the Marlins. The probables for Tuesday are Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03 ERA) for New York and Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.79 ERA) for Miami. The game can be seen on YES at 7:10pm

Recap by: Jake Graziano


  1. Win or lose this year, there will be decisions made on multiple players. Below is Brian Cash-Ninja's Blue Print for long term sucess that I was able to take a peak at during my last visit with B-Ninja:

    The Tough Questions:

    1-First off, Walker will not be on next years team.

    2- Gardner should not take a spot from Clint Frazier of a free agent signing, bench role or nothing.

    3- Next, what to do with Sonny Gray, Gregory Bird, and Gary Sanchez?

    4- Who will we sign from our team? D-Rob, Britton, Happ, Lynn, CC?

    5- What free agents will we target?

    TheAnswers to those Tough Questions:

    1- I would sign CC and Happ on 1 year contracts only based on their respective ages. If Happ can get more then let him go.

    2- I would then trade Sonny Gray and Gregory "Stanford" Bird to Colorado (Bird's backyard) for Jon (Snow) Grey!

    3- I would sign Patty Corbin and go with a 6 man rotation.

    Rotation (Corbin, Severino, Grey, CC, Happ, Tanaka): 6

    Corbin, Severino, CC, Jon Grey, Happ, Tanaka, and Sheffield will be the 7th arm and with injuries at one point him and Montgomery (after all star break) will be available to fill out rotation.

    Rotation Check.

    Bullpen (Chapan, Betances, Green, Britton, Holder, Acevedo, Adams/Kahnle): 7

    4-I would sign either Andrew Miller or Zack Britton.

    5-I would allow Acevedo, Adams, and Kahn battle for a bullpen spot.

    Bullpen Check!

    Roster (Sanchez, Realmuto, Harper, Torres, Didi, Andujar, Hicks, Judge, Stanton, Frazier, Wade, I would use the 25th roster spot for either Gardner/Torreyes/ or a guy who can catch and can play 1st?): 12

    6- I would consider Gary Sanchez in a 1st base platoon and as back up catcher to get him 500 plus at bats. Our roster will be much deeper this way.

    7- I would sign either Harper for left field and platoon him occasionally with Gary at 1st or Machado for 3rd and platoon Andujar at 1st, left field, and 3rd.

    8- Trade for JT Realmuto.

    9- Wade and Frazier will fill out roster and bench spots.

    10- Depending on how we finish I would consider bringing in a more experienced manager such as Buck Showalter.

    This should be Cashman's blue print for the next dynasty.

    1. "8- Trade for JT Realmuto."

      Easier said than done! Will the Fish even trade him?


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