Ready for another trip on this tilt-a-whirl strip?
It could provide you with life-changing emotions. It could break out of its bolts and make havoc throughout the Yankees universe.
Is it Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton is back together, and what choice do you have – and the Yankees – to give the two high-performance, injury-prone behemoths another shot at the playoffs near the corner?
The Yankees celebrated the return of the Judge in the chain Wednesday night with a set-homer, 13-2 Blue Jays beat at Yankee Stadium, his seventh consecutive win that put him one and a half games ahead of Toronto for second place in the East American League. That none of these omers came from Judge, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, or Stanton, who rested after returning Tuesday, underscored the depth and breadth of this explosive line. Safety catcher (and former guest columnist for the Post) Kyle Higashioka went to the bottom three times, to cry out loud.
“We’re in full force now, and we’re going to be at the end of the season playing baseball,” said Clint Frazier, who also played at home.
Alas, for better or for worse, it feels like a safer gambit betting on the Yankees to win the 2020 World Series that bets on both Judge and Stanton to go through for the duration of this season. of fakakta without even recovering from a new lateral disease or aggravating an old one.
The Yankees and the Judge (right calf stretched) and Stanton (left muscle tendon) will do everything possible to avoid the deja vu. As Stanton played one game and then sat down, the Judge didn’t start Thursday, according to Aaron Boone, who explained, “After we go next days next time and then in three and four in a row, we build like that. “Boone said the team chose this scheme instead of spending more time working on the alternative site in Scranton.
Meanwhile, Stanton said he had worked to change his routines in an effort to prevent history from repeating itself: “I pray, in play, all these adjustments, and I’ll have those …. We have a new warm-up, new routines. in the middle of the game if certain things happen in the game. If I’m DHing and I don’t get the bases for two bats, it’s an hour and a half without movement. You have to do more between bats and things like that. “
Since his impressively enduring 2018 season, his first trip with the Yankees in which he led the team with 158 games while grinding through a left-handed tendon problem (yes, the same), Stanton’s longest run of robustness in the regular season he was 25 days old, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12, Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, when he stretched his right quadriceps. From its activation Tuesday to the scheduled Game 7 of the World Series, on October 28, it is 44 days. The judge made it through the last four months of 2019 intact, even though he took a new injury on the road (a stress fracture in his rib) that would have put him off for a large part. of this season if not for the pandemic and has visited the injured list twice in this short season.
Boone said he was not curbing his enthusiasm for the return of his two big males, he proclaimed. “I think they’re healthy.” And when a journalist who sounded like Debbie Downer (OK, it was me) asked Stanton if he was feeling anxious or uncertain about his ability to stay on the field for the next month-plus, he replied politely, “No. , you can’t look at it that way. Honestly I was just really happy to finally come back and help. … We’ll leave all the other things out. “
It’s nice to be back, to be optimistic, isn’t it? Needless to say, Frazier, Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman, even as they see their game time reduced, should stay on high alert, as Miguel Andujar fell in Scranton.
“A lot can change between then and next week, and 10 days from now, and three weeks from now,” Boone said, pointing out that he has learned a few things in recent years. Here you go with Judge and Stanton, preparing for the potential pitfall while dreaming about the obvious payoff.