The New York Yankees were looking to put the finishing touches on a sweep on Sunday, but the Astros had different ideas. Behind a decent performance by Justin Verlander, the Astros cruised past the Yankees by a score of 9-4. J.A. Happ didn’t have anything close to decent, as he got exploited by a heavy hitting Houston team yesterday. Happ was chased out of the game after 4 innings of duty. He left the game with some tough numbers to digest.
The damage report indicated 11 hits and 8 runs allowed for Happ in that short amount of time. He can sit down and clear his head in anticipation of his next start, while the Yankees begin the week with CC Sabathia on the bump. The uncertainty of what Happ and Sabathia are going to do makes the Yankees’ rotation a bit bumpy. However, Sabathia looked pretty sharp in his latest showing, so it could be a sign of him turning it around after some struggles.
The Yankees were in all likelihood going to acquire a pitcher before the trade deadline anyway, but I think the performance of Happ on Sunday pretty well puts more pressure on them to add another arm. Especially at home, he cannot be trusted much longer for the Yankees. Putting him out there might be fine now with their offense, but relying on Happ and Sabathia when the stakes get higher in a few months might be dicey.
Domingo German is expected to return soon and flamethrower, Luis Severino, hopefully will be back in late July. Who knows how his injury is going to shake out, though. A healthy German and Severino suddenly makes their rotation dangerous, and they wouldn’t have to pick up an ace in a trade, but it’s going to be a guessing game with Severino. Sabathia will command attention on the bump on Monday, while the Blue Jays turn to Aaron Sanchez. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Yankees pick.
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The Blue Jays were planning on using Aaron Sanchez has trade bait this season. Get a good season out of him and his value will be solid. Yeah, about that. Sanchez has struggled tremendously and the Blue Jays will be lucky to get a bag of baseballs for him at this point. He might be useful to provide back of the rotation depth, but that type of asset isn’t going to give the Jays much in return.
His trade value continues to sink, and now the Blue Jays are trotting him out there against this Yankees’ lineup. They may have only scored 4 runs yesterday, but that was against Justin Verlander. Expect them to get a hold of Sanchez and do some damage on Monday.
Sanchez enters Yankee Stadium with an ERA of 5.49 and 1.67 WHIP. In his last three starts, he got rattled for an ERA of 13.50 and 2.37 WHIP. Sanchez has surrendered 14 earned runs in just his previous 6.2 innings of work. That’s not how you get teams interested in your services. He has been worse on the road, with an ERA of 6.08 and 1.80 WHIP. Conversely, Sabathia has only been able to pitch at Yankee Stadium.
The road has been too unkind to Sabathia, but home has done a nice job of saving his numbers. He owns an ERA of 2.18 and 1.12 WHIP at home as opposed to a 6.30 ERA and 1.63 WHIP on the road. After getting touched up for 10 hits and 5 earned runs against the White Sox, Sabathia settled in with just 1-run yielded against the Rays in his most recent outing. He also allowed only 3 hits in 6 innings, while striking out 7 batters. It wasn’t a pleasant day for the Yankees on Sunday, but expect them to get things straightened out on Monday with the Blue Jays in town. A win by multiple runs makes this an attractive MLB pick on the runline.