The New York Yankees made easy work of the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, sweeping the double-header for their 7th straight win. The Yankees won Game 1 7-3 with J.A. Happ commanding the mound, and then a closer 6-5 win in the nightcap.
Chad Green pitched just one inning, allowing 3 hits and 1 run. The bullpen was sharp, though, as they allowed 3 earned runs across 8 innings. Chance Adams, who got the brunt of the work last night, was responsible for 3 runs allowed.
As the Yankees get healthier, they just continue to get better and haven’t been letting up. Even before that, the Yankees were playing solid baseball despite having to go out with what looked like a minor league club. Late in the season that group should be remembered fondly for what they did when they didn’t have any help from the high paying members of this club.
For the Yankees, they are playing at full throttle and are still slowly getting back their big bats. There has been no Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton, their most feared hitters in the lineup. Didi Gregorius, who doesn’t get enough credit, has been absent as well.
Gregorius recently began a rehab stint, so his return is getting closer. Chemistry has been great amongst the Yankees this season and hopefully getting guys back from injury doesn’t disrupt anything.
Ultimately, though, they are going to need them when it comes down to it late in the year, especially in the postseason. Domingo German will be tasked with getting the Yankees their 12th win in the last 13 games. The Royals hope to slow the Yanks down with Danny Duffy. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Royals pick.
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The Yankees have put a decent gap between them and the Tampa Bay Rays, as they’re 3 games up in the NL East going into Sunday. The Red Sox are all the way back in 3rd with a 7.5-game deficit. This division was expected to be between the Red Sox and Yankees.
After the Red Sox won the World Series last season that was the only logical conclusion. However, the Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start and the Rays have been better than expected. Given all of the injuries, the Yankees have been the biggest surprise in the division, though.
Domingo German has played a pivotal role in getting the Yankees into that position. He’s been pitching well and is fitting into an ace role in the Yankees’ rotation. The pressure of pitching in the Bronx isn’t getting to him in what is just his first full season in the major leagues.
He made 14 starts a season ago to get some experience and hit some bumps along the way. German finished with an ERA of 5.57, so going into this season, his effort in 2019 was going to weigh heavily on the Yankees’ success or lack thereof. And so far he’s aced the test.
German enters with an ERA of 2.60 and 0.98 WHIP. It’s a huge increase over what German was doing when he was getting his feet when last season. He’s still only made 23 starts in his career, so there’s a lot of room for him to grow and become an elite pitcher.
Elite pitchers don’t tend to have many games where they allow more than 3 runs. German to his credit only has one of those, which came against the Giants in San Francisco. He goes into Sunday with an ERA of 3.18 in his previous three outings. Duffy has been pitching well on a bad team this season. He’s been much better on the road, though. Duffy has struggled with an ERA of 4.50 and 1.44 WHIP in 16 innings of work. It’s hard not to ride with German and the Yankees at this price on Sunday in Kansas City.