Just What They Needed

If you had asked Joe Girardi to draw up a list of things he wanted to see tonight, I imagine it would have looked like this:

1- A Win!

2- A deep start by CC

3- No need to use Green, Robertson, or Chapman

4- The bats wake up.

If that was the list, he must be really happy. This game worked out perfectly as the Yankees saved the big part of their bullpen for tomorrow and Wednesday while getting the win and seeing the bats wake up. Really the only downer was Betances, but you can’t fault Girardi for trying him out in that spot.

So, the Yankees are alive and a win away from tying things up. Sonny Gray takes the back for the first time since Game 1 of the ALDS. He hasn’t looked great recently, but we know the talent is there. Facing him will be Lance McCullers Jr. Yankee fans of my vintage remember seeing his Dad pitch in the 80’s for the Yankees. Junior got smacked around in three innings by the Red Sox. Hopefully, the Yankees can repeat that result.