Moral victory for the Yankees yesterday: they did not play. They made up 25% of their deficit toward first place, way to go!
Meanwhile the Angels pulled off a feat that I believe to be a first in ML history: they won back-to-back games in which they trailed by 5+ runs going into the bottom-of-the-ninth. They scored 7 runs (and counting, sort of) to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 10-9 walk-off win, and then turned a 5-0 deficit into a 5-5 tie which they won in 10. Elias reports that no one had trailed by 5 or more in the seventh inning of back-to-back games and come back to win for some 20 years, but the seventh is MUCH easier than the ninth. Cool, huh?
The Mets, in their entire history, have only hit 7 home runs in a single game three times, the last being yesterday in Philadelphia. The other two were ALSO in Philadelphia. I guess the ballpark and the team are direct factors!
Today the Yankees are bringing up Jordan Montgomery to start against Tampa Bay at home. This is a deviation from the plan that had no 5th starter until the 16th, and will be the major league debut for Montgomery. The change is due in part to the two pitchers coming up: Tanaka has labored in both starts, and was lights out last year on 5 days rest, and Sabathia was much sharper in his first outing than in his second (though he won both) and might also benefit from an extra day. I assume this means that Chad Green gets the April 16 start (Montgomery and Green were both lined up to pitch that day) and that Montgomery will likely return to Scranton regardless of how well he pitches. But perhaps not – with this delay I think Severino may line up to pitch on the 16th, and so Montgomery/Green would get the 17th, so Jordan could just stay up and pitch that day.
In the aforementioned 6-5 Angels win, Mike Trout drove in the tying run in the ninth, giving him 8 on the season and enabling him to catch noted RBI-specialist Ronald Torreyes, the Yankees’ utility infielder and 9th batter (with Didi injured). Of course Trout has played an extra game, so Torreyes RBI/game are still better!
Historical note: the Yankees all-time best regular season came in 1998, when they won 114 games. In THAT season, they also started out on the road, and they were an identical 1-4 after 5 games, and won their next two to be 3-4. So this team is almost exactly tracking the 1998 team (that team was actually 0-3, while this one was 1-2). Of course, this team better keep winning if they want to keep up the parallel: the 1998 team may have been 1-4, but they were also 15-5!
Every team in baseball now has at least two losses, and every division except the NL East has a division leader with 2 losses (the AL Central has two, tied for the lead).
Most improbable start: the Arizona Diamondbacks are 7-2 and +17 in runs. Perhaps even more improbable is the Cincinnati Reds at 6-2 and +18. Enjoy it while you can!
I love this game!