Wednesday, August 23, 2017


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I have been searching for the offense for days, weeks really.  I even put out a missing post on Twitter in hopes of finding the offense.

And yea, we won some and lost many more, but I never really felt like the offense had it together, until we went to Detroit and found some.  As the YES Network said in the coverage last night, the Yankee offense miraculously woke up and the bats sparked with runners in scoring position and a shift of Aaron Judge to the clean up spot.

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"(Gary) Sanchez has been swinging extremely well and I thought I'd put him in front of Judge and see if we can get a lot of production from those two together again," Girardi said before the game last according to  There's good reason for the drop in the batting order even if it's to cleanup.  "Heading into Tuesday, Judge was hitting .167 since July 14 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 58 strikeouts in 124 at-bats in 35 games. He'd also struck out a Major League record 37 games in a row since July 8," reported  Jacoby Ellsbury pinched hit for Judge in the middle of the 7th as the Yankees widened their lead on an Aaron Hicks home run, 11-1.

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Joining the team in Detroit was Masahiro Tanaka who had a good lead by the middle of the third, with the Yankees up 7-0.  His success, after his short trip to the disabled list, is either our loss or our gain, depending how you look at it.  "The better Tanaka (4.92 ERA in 133.2 IP) pitches down the stretch, the more likely the Yankees are to at least capture an AL Wild Card spot--if not comeback to win the AL East. But the better Tanaka throws, the more likely the 28-year-old is to opt-out of his contract after the season, giving the Yankees a difficult long-term decision to make in a potential bidding war," reported

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So the Yankees taste the sweetness of a big win after losing the series to Boston and losing a lot of fans' confidence after the excuses script from Joe Girardi spewed out last week following the Aroldis Chapman demotion from closer to "use at any time."  This week has started out well and oh yes, we found the offense that somehow got lost earlier this month.  And Let's Go Cleveland!

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
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