Today’s edition of ESNY’s Bomber Buzz talks about the continued dominance by the New York Yankees during interleague play and updates you on the latest trade deadline drama.
There’s nothing like showing the other league who’s boss, and the New York Yankees are sure representing the American League well.
With their 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, the Bombers improved to 10-5 during interleague play in 2017. That officially clinches their 20th non-losing season series in 21 years of Interleague play (since 1997).
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Including a two-game series split with the Reds earlier in the season, the Yankees are 2-1 against them and 10-8 all time (5-2 at the current Yankee Stadium). Overall, though, no one does it better than the Yankees when it comes to taking on teams from the National League.
The #Yankees clinched their 20th non-losing season series in 21 years of Interleague play (since 1997) with their win tonight.
— ChristianKouroupakis (@TheRealCkESNY) July 26, 2017
Bank On Chase:
Yankees’ first baseman Chase Headley‘s 1-for-4 night extended his hit streak in games started to 11 (since July 8). While that’s impressive in itself, the switch-hitter has found success in a larger sample size. Since June 7, Headley has gone 43-for-133 (.323) with 12 doubles, 21 runs scored and 19 walks.
The Yankees and Oakland Athletics are “making progress” on a trade that would ship right-handed starter Sonny Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Bronx, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Depending on the asking price, adding these two names would surely turn the Yankees into legitimate contenders compared to what they look like now: a playoff team with a playoff life of one round. Thanks, Houston Astros.
In all seriousness, however, this potential trade is picking up a ton of momentum, especially with the Braves fading in the sweepstakes.
Sources: Yankees making progress with A's on potential Gray/Alonso trade https://t.co/dAjdUknT7f
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 25, 2017
Caleb, The Sequel:
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Joe Girardi thinks LHP Caleb Smith has “earned another turn in the rotation” and will give him another shot on Saturday when the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Smith surrendered four runs over 3.2 innings of work in his first career start but a 7-0 record and 2.44 ERA over 16 starts in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre absolutely justifies another look.
LHP Caleb Smith has earned another turn in the #Yankees rotation, Joe Girardi said.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 25, 2017