What the Yankees did in their three-game sweep of the White Sox was serve a loud and clear warning that they could be a Dream Team between now and their October campaign for that elusive twenty eighth world championship.
Aroldis Chapman stood sneering on the White Sox from 60 toes, 6 inches away, two outs away from saving a 4-3 win.
Aroldis Chapman, who had not surrendered an earned run or blown a save in 2021.
Aroldis Chapman, pumping triple-digit warmth on a sizzling spring afternoon.
Ninth inning. His inning.
Until Andrew Vaughn blasted a 432-foot solo dwelling run 110 mph into the right-center-field seats.
And it wouldn’t matter.
Because the Yankees (28-19) would decide him up within the backside of the ninth inning the way in which he had picked them up all season in his ninth inning.
And it figured that on the finish of per week that noticed Gleyber Torres rebounding with a vengeance (3-for-4, two RBIs on Sunday and 12-for-19, 10 RBIs off the COVID listing), a Corey Kluber no-hitter and a triple play, it was a walk-off stroll from Aaron Judge towards Liam Hendriks that gave the Yankees their 5-4 victory and six-game profitable streak.
“Look, we have enormous expectations in that room,” Aaron Boone mentioned. “And also, have the confidence that we’re able to play at that level.”
Messages despatched in May are lengthy forgotten by the lengthy, sizzling summer time. But staring down a formidable White Sox staff the way in which the Yankees did, with scary beginning pitching and protection — a pair of double performs and a sliding catch in brief proper by DJ LeMahieu — is nothing to sneeze at.
“I don’t know if it’s sending anything, this is what we expect,” Boone mentioned. “We expect to be a great team.”
And right here’s the factor — whereas nobody can probably anticipate the starters to proceed this type of historic run, Jameson Taillon’s 5 scoreless innings made it 35 consecutive scoreless innings for the starters — it ought to provide pause to the AL East on the very least that Giancarlo Stanton has been on the IL and Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez are hitting lower than their weight and Clint Frazier lastly confirmed indicators of awakening main off the ninth with his third hit earlier than stealing second. And oh by the way in which, Luis Severino and Zack Britton will quickly be becoming a member of the celebration.
“When we’re out there having fun, we’re confident, we’re a dangerous team,” Judge mentioned.
They have received 23 of their final 32 video games and but are solely twentieth in slugging proportion and have hit a ho-hum 58 HRs.
“I still think the slug’s gonna be there, and we’re gonna have a stretch where we really slug,” mentioned Boone, “but it can also manifest itself in tough at-bats, quality at-bats when you need ‘em.”
They are the Bronx Grinders greater than they’re the Bronx Bombers for now, passing the baton from one batter to the following, and after two innings, they’d prolonged Dallas Keuchel to 52 pitches. When it actually mattered, left-handed Tyler Wade legged out a gradual curler towards lefty Aaron Bummer to arrange Judge towards Hendriks, who hasn’t forgotten yielding an enormous AL wild-card HR to him in 2018 when Hendriks was with the A’s.
“The guys weren’t gonna be denied and had a lot of winning at-bats,” Boone mentioned.
The Yankees had been ready for Taillon to pitch in, to hold the torch for a rotation that had been so dominant it might name have referred to as itself the Blankees, and he did it principally with his fastball, lastly mustering up some killer intuition — the White Sox had been 1-for-10 in two-strike conditions towards him.
“All of ’em have been on the attack, and really pounding the strike zone with their stuff, executing their full arsenal time and time again,” Boone mentioned.
Remember, this was as soon as a 5-10 staff, off to its worst begin since 1997.
“Earlier in the season, a lot of people were panicking, but we weren’t,” Frazier mentioned.
If these Yankees are on their strategy to turning into a Dream Team, will probably be everybody else’s nightmare.