The Yankees make the short trek from Anaheim to Oakland, where they will face the Athletics. As I write this article, the Yankees and Angels are concluding their series, with the Yanks taking the first game, and the Angels squaring things up with a 6-5 win in extras the following night. It’s been a good year for the Bronx Bombers, who are playing their best baseball in a while.
They came on strong last season, and showed glimpses of what could be, but they ultimately fell short of reaching the postseason. In 2017 the Yankees are putting it together and playing like contenders.
A lot can change between now and September, so we’ll see if this is just a hot first-half of the season and if they keep it going in the second-half. There are always a few teams who play great one half and trash the other, so we’ll see if it transpires with the Yankees. In any case, it does appear that the Yankees found a star.
Ever since Derek Jeter left, there was a whopping hole there for the next Yankee All-Star to emerge. Aaron Judge could be the one to fill that void in the Bronx. I’m always cautious with saying this guy or that guy is the next coming thing in baseball, but I do feel confident about Judge.
He has the rare combination of strength, speed, contact, and fielding abilities. From our first look at him, he does possess all the tools possible to become the new big Yankees’ star. He doesn’t have the likable factor of Jeter, but he is going to make for a quality player for years to come.
Judge currently has 22 HRs, 49 RBIs, .341, and whopping .448 OBP. It’s going to be a historic year if he keeps at this pace. And if the Yankees continue at this rate, they’re going to be playing baseball in October. Get our free Yankees vs. Athletics pick below at The Sports Geek.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 3.55) vs. Sonny Gray (2-2, 4.34 ERA)
The Yankees are getting their moneys worth out of Judge, but he will get his big payday if he continues playing like this. He is making around $500,000 per year, which is peanuts in comparison to what a Trout, Pujols, or Miguel Cabrera is making. All three of them solidified themselves long ago, so let this be that stage for Judge.
Jordan Montgomery will step up for the Yanks on the mound tonight at Oakland. In a year that Tanaka has taken slow to get started, Montgomery has shouldered some of the load. He holds a 3.55 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP in what is his rookie campaign. He’s been playing his best of late, allowing just 4 runs total across his last four starts. Montgomery owns a 1.59 ERA in his last three outings. He’s held up on the road as well, posting a 3.21 ERA overall.
The Yankee bullpen has done a great job this season, too. They are 3rd in the majors overall with a 2.87 ERA. Even better, the bullpen has a 2.74 ERA on the road. The Yanks offense has been flourishing as well. Note that they are 1st in the majors, with 5.81 runs per game on the year. In their last ten games, they’ve averaged over 7 runs per game in their last ten games as well. Montgomery and the Yankees should be able to handle the struggling Sonny Gray.
Gray has had some problems and his numbers are sliding some more. In his last three outings, Gray has a 6.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. The A’s on the season have a record of 27-38 following a loss to the Marlins on the road yesterday. They head home with their heads laying low. I think the Yankees should keep them down with a win tonight.
PICK: YANKEES (-120)