On Thursday, Sonny Gray was the savior for the Yankees. Even though the team lost 5-1 against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, the athlete had an incredible debut. The 27-year-old right hander flashed perfect moments and finished with a respectable line: 4H, 6IP, 2 ER, 6SO and 3 BB. The team displayed the flaws that make them an imperfect contender, with or without Gray. In the first inning, the team committed three errors who welcome for their trade-deadline prize acquired from the Oakland Athletics. The package included outfielder Dustin Fowler, right-hander James Kaprielian and infielder Jorge Mateo. New York’s lineup managed one run on three hits with 11 strikeouts in Gray’s first outing. The responsible for this was Corey Kluber, who make the best hitters look hapless.
On Wednesday, the Yankees were shut out by Jordan Zimmermann and Detroit Tigers. These failures lowered his ERA to 5.35. On the other side, the division-rival Boston Red Sox are rolling plating 27 runs in their last three games, all wins. The Yankees maintain the best run differential in the American League East at plus-122. But the Bronx bunch is headed in the wrong and uncertain direction. General manager Brian Cashman didn’t only acquired Gray, he also engineered a deal with the Chicago White Sox that brought the right-handers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. Even though Gray was the big fish, he fail with the mission of propelling New York back to the October promised land.
The problem is that the team had many issues with the rotation, especially after Michael Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery. Gray was an All-Star and top-three AL Cy Young Award finisher in 2015. He’s under club control through 2019. The Yankees need to click offensively and they need to start playing tighter defines. Also, to jell as a unit, including the young players who’ve never been on the team before. If they can do that, the AL East is winnable.
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