Have faith in all the kids. That is the next step for these Yankees.
Once again Aaron Judge came through in a huge way for the Yankees on Thursday night with his solo skyscraper home run in the seventh inning proving to be the difference in the 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on yet another frozen night at Yankee Stadium.
For Judge that was the 61st home run of his career, coming in his 199th game, the fastest any major leaguer has made it to 61.
The Yankees have done a terrific job in having faith in the young players in their system such as Judge, and it is time to show that faith again by calling up Gleyber Torres now.
The starting infield Thursday night was Ronald Torreyes at third base, Didi Gregorius at short, Tyler Wade at second and Neil Walker at first with Miguel Andujar getting the night off. Torreyes made a throwing error in the fourth that cost CC Sabathia an unearned run, one of two unearned runs he gave up on the night. Torreyes did drive in a run with a two-out single in the second.
The other run Sabathia allowed came on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the third, one of two Sanchez passed balls on the night.
The 9-8 Yankees are off to a sloppy start. That error was the 18th they have committed this early season, eight more than their opponents. Before the game Aaron Boone said the Yankees would have a defensive practice on Friday, something that had been scheduled.
Last night’s win doesn’t change the dynamic, bring up Torres and get him right in the mix. There is still much growing for the young Yankees to do and it is better now to get them all on the same page. The Yankees already have saved a year of control on Torres and he is sporting a slash line of .372/.408/.558 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
This is about the Baby Bombers growing together and the Yankees have nothing to lose by making the call to bring Torres to The Bronx. Adding a player who is expected to be rock solid is the way to go because this is all about coming together as quickly as possible.
As for the slumping Giancarlo Stanton, he was moved to the cleanup spot and made some progress as he was more in control and comfortable in his at-bats going 1-for-3 with a walk.
With young players there are always rough edges to smooth out no matter when Torres gets the big-league call. Remember it was not too long ago that Judge had issues breaking in with the Yankees. Now he amazes night after night and is the coolest customer on the club.
Judge being Judge.
“He wins a lot of pitches,’’ Boone said. “Whether he doesn’t get a hit or is hitting the ball out of the ballpark or walking it seems like every single at-bat is a grind for the pitcher. Because he controls the zone so well and obviously the power. He is really in tune with what he wants to do up there and he goes up there and executes and wins a lot of pitches.’’
Judge figured it out relatively quickly, but he still had to figure it out.
The Red Sox are off to a scorching start but Judge is not about to panic.
“You don’t want to be around .500, you want to win every game but it’s still April 19th, it’s still early,’’ he said. “We still have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of things we have to improve on and we have the team to do that. We’ll look up maybe in August-September and if we continue to work on the little things we’ll be where we want to be.’’
With Brandon Drury out indefinitely it’s time to give Torres a chance to see what this is all about. It’s not like the Yankees are running on all cylinders anyway. This is a good time to check it out and if Torres is overmatched he can always go back to Triple-A.
“Everybody in this clubhouse is always going 110 [mph],’’ Judge said of his teammates.
Let Gleyber Torres join the club.
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