Saturday, September 9, 2017
The Rangers tightened the American League Wild Card race by rallying for an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at Global Life Park on Friday night.
The Yankees now lead the Twins by just 1 1/2 games for the top spot in the Wild Card standings. The Rangers remain 2 1/2 games behind the Twins and are now four games behind the Yankees after their seventh win in the past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Yanks fell 4 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, who beat the Rays.
Yesterday, I noted that one of the best things about Sonny Gray was that you know he probably isn’t going to suck when it is his turn in the rotation. Apparently we cannot say the same for Masahiro Tanaka, who was absolute garbage today. All of his pitches just fell flat. It was really odd, actually. Just a complete disaster. That said, the Yankees really need to score in innings later than the third if they’re going to win games, so the offense certainly shouldn’t be left off the hook, either.
Plus, Tommy Kahnle is broken and that sucks.
Big game for the Yankees on Saturday. Hopefully Luis Severino comes through. Only good things about last night were the Angels and Bucks losing.
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