Yankees shipped off to Boston for a middle of the week road trip before they head back home to host a series with the Orioles. This road trip begins a nine game stint in which the Yankees will take on divisional opponents. The first game of this series was supposed to take place on Tuesday, unfortunately mother nature decided it'd be best played later on in the season. Well, today we finally got to see Yankees take on the Red Sox, the best rivalry in sports is back, marking the official beginning of the baseball season.
Aaron Judge, who has been on an absolute tear this season continued that trend tonight. In the second inning with Starlin Castro on base, he blasted a ball to right centerfield for a home run. Yankees jumped out to an early run lead 2-0 behind the power of Judge. That wasn't the only big play Judge would make, he also flashed the leather in the field. He made a Jeter-esque play when he chased down a foul ball leaping in the stands head first to catch it. Laying out into the stands putting your body on the line is a savage move by this young kid, can't say enough about how much he has impressed me thus far. In the 6th inning Yankees tacked on another run when Greg Bird doubled off the green monster and Aaron Judge came around to score. It was now 3-0, Severino was dealing for the Yanks, he was basically untouchable with his stuff tonight. Red Sox really never threatened, Severino went 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. What a night for the young ace, that's right I said it, young ACE.
Betances entered the game in the 8th, he shut it down. Does that really surprise anyone. What should surprise you is when Chapman came in for the 9th and almost blew the 3-0 lead. He had no command of his slider or fastball. The more concerning part was that his fastball velocity was way down. He wasn't consistently touching 100 mph like he normally would, I don't know why, although it's most certainly not sitting well with me. He allowed one run, but he had a man of third and first when he allowed a deep fly ball to left field that every Yankee fan watching shit their pants while watching, then it hooked foul. Thank the lord, I thought a Severino gem was about to go to waste, I thought we'd never be able to close out a game against the Red Sox at Fenway ever again, and then Chapman struck out the batter. The Yankees win and all is alright in my world for the moment. Beating the Red Sox in Fenway is my favorite type of win, how could you not enjoy kicking a team's ass while their fans scream your team sucks loud enough to hear on your television set at home, I love this rivalry.
Great start to our first divisional stretch of the season. The Yankees face Chris Sale tomorrow, meaning today was a must win if we didn't want to ensure 2 losses in this series. If we win tomorrow that'll be a huge boost for the Yankees and it'll show just how real this team is, although I'm not necessarily expecting that to happen. Regardless, I'm just excited for another 9 innings of the best rivalry in all of sports.