The fans/citizens in London got exactly what they were hoping for: high-scoring, exciting games from two of the best teams in Major League Baseball. Due to the smaller confines of the makeshift baseball stadium, the scoring was much, much higher than we’re used to seeing here in the states; which maybe gave Londoners a false expectation of the game. However, it did provide the spectators a bang for their buck and hopefully got them interested in our nation’s pastime!
Objective baseball fan point of view:
These games were unbelievable. Fifty runs scored in two games; three 6-run innings, and one 9-run inning. Yankees kept trying to run away and bury the Red Sox, but Boston kept fighting back to make the games interesting and exciting. It was phenomenal television.
Though there weren’t as many home runs hit as you’d expect when 50 runs are scored over two days, if you’re part of the “balls are juiced” conspiracy, this weekend is your argument. The balls were jumping off the bat all weekend long, Yankees’ reliever Adam Ottavino said the ball wasn’t spinning over there like it does here in the states. I’m not sure why that would be, but if Ottavino (owner of the league’s best slider) says the ball’s not spinning, I’m going to assume the ball’s not spinning.
Ottavino’s spinless slider aside, the ball was jumping off the bat all weekend. The brand-new turf created an extremely fast surface which played into it as well, but it was wild to watch. It was almost as if the Yankees/Red Sox brought their big-league lineups, and left their big-league pitching behind.
This was evident within an hour of the first pitch. After the Yankees exploded for six runs in the top of the first inning on Saturday, the Red Sox followed it up with six of their own in the bottom half. When you’re trying to expand your sport to a more global audience by playing games like this in London, these games were absolutely perfect. Whether they like baseball or not, these games were a hell of a lot more exciting than a soccer game.
The stars showed out. Aaron Judge hit a bomb. J.D. Martinez hit a bomb. Xander Bogaerts hit a bomb. D.J. LeMahieu reached base 236 times, or some stupid fucking number like that. Again, it was phenomenal television.
This is where the NFL fucked up. They send garbage matchups to London to try to expand their audience. They’re the NFL so they can probably get away with it for longer, but it produces garbage television. Major League Baseball sent the best. They sent their most heated and historic rivalry and they put on an absolute show.
Next year, they’re sending the Cubs and the Cardinals. The second-most heated and historic rivalry. Well done, Major League Baseball, well fucking done.
Yankees’ fan point of view:
BRIAN, IF THIS DOESN’T TELL YOU NEED ANOTHER FUCKING STARTING PITCHER, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL!!!
Ok, sorry, but these games were absolutely horrific for Yankees’ pitching. Saturday, Tanaka couldn’t get out of the first inning without blowing a 6-run lead. Sunday, you used an “opener” who allowed three home runs in the first six hitters.
I understand you keep winning, because you have given us a pow-how-erful lineup, but can we expect to score 15 runs a game against Justin Verlander/Gerrit Cole in the ALCS?
Saturday’s game, the Yankees stretched the lead to 17-6 at one point. An ELEVEN run lead. You still had to use the quartet of Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, AND Aroldis Chapman to close out a 17-13 win.
Sunday’s game, the Yankees stretched the lead to 12-4 at one point. An EIGHT run lead. You still had to use the quartet of Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, AND Aroldis Chapman to close out a 12-8 win.
Sensing a theme here?! This formula will not last. The offense is ridiculous, yes, it’s legendarily deep. The usage of your four best relievers is going to wear them out by the time we get to October; the time we will need them the most. If Dellin Betances ever makes an appearance this year, that’ll help as you’d then have 5 devastating relievers. Better yet, should Luis Severino ever make an appearance this year, that would fantastic.
If not, you need to add another starter or two. Luis Castillo would be excellent. A 26-year flame throwing stud under contract through 2023 would be the perfect complement to Luis Severino. Also, if they both pitch for the Yankees this year, we can get rid of the weekly opener, as well as.. J.A. fucking Happ. Don’t get me started on him.
The coup de grace for the rest of baseball would be finding a way to get Max Scherzer into this rotation. That would be the fatal blow to Major League Baseball that would make the Yankees virtually unbeatable.
Brian, I don’t care what it takes; Make. It. Happen. You have plenty of assets that would be appealing to the Nationals that they would probably pull the trigger. You can even offer them players that would help now, if they think they’re good enough to compete for a WC spot. Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Greg Bird, Estevan Florial, Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade, Albert Abreu; to name a few. Or send them all, I don’t care.
Make. It. Happen.