After a rough weekend in Boston, the New York Yankees were left with few bright spots. One of these silver linings was Chance Adams.
The early August series against the Boston Red Sox is one the New York Yankees and their fans would like to soon forget. The Red Sox took all four games and embarrassed both the Yankees pitching and offense in the process.
However, there is one player that will not be forgetting this series any time soon. Chance Adams.
He made his major league debut when he started for the Yankees in the third game of the series on Aug. 4. The soon to be 24-year-old was called up from the Yankees Triple-A affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders to take the place of the recently acquired J.A. Happ, who contracted hand, foot and mouth disease and was placed on the disabled list.
While the Yankees lost that day 4-1, Adams pitched well for his first time in the big leagues. He went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits and struck out two. Despite falling one inning short of a “quality start,” he kept his team in the game.
As of now, Adams’ role with the team is a big question mark. Happ is set to return to the Yankees’ rotation Thursday against the Texas Rangers and Adams is still on the major league roster.
Rather than thank Adams for keeping the game he started close and send him back to Triple-A after Happ is activated, the Yankees should give him another chance. Yes, the pun was intended.
Adams was tasked with shutting down the best team in baseball in his first ever major league start. That is far from easy and he managed to do a pretty good job. Had it not been for a mistake to Mitch Moreland in the first inning and a lack of Yankees offense, Adams’ debut would have been much more memorable.
Not only did Adams perform well enough to warrant at least another start, but the Yankees starting rotation could really use the help.
Starting pitching has been a concern all season for the Yankees and it has only gotten worse. Luis Severino has not been himself in his last six starts, CC Sabathia has struggled to stay in games long enough to give the overworked bullpen a rest, Masahiro Tanaka has consistently been inconsistent for much of the season and Sonny Gray has been so bad he’s been taken out of the rotation.
At this point in the season, the Yankees have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by trotting Adams out there for another start. If it goes well, they can try him out again. He’s already broken the ice and made his first start. He’s pitched well against the best team in baseball. Perhaps he could breathe some new life into the dormant starting rotation.