Entering today, April 6th, with a 2-2 record, the Yankees needed to show up in a big way today against the Orioles. The Bombers showed the world that they are legitimate title contenders with their 7-2 win. Although the Orioles aren’t necessarily an amazing team, two straight wins while recording 7+ runs is a remarkable feat this early in the year. Yesterday’s game was an indicator of how the Yankees can put up numbers against bad teams. But today’s showed their offense, defense, and pitching, all working together while firing on all cylinders.
The scoring began early, with a Jay Bruce homer in the second. Unfortunately for Baltimore, they did not let up. Four Aaron Judge RBIs gave them a 7-0 lead entering the ninth. Judge has proved to be the MVP thus far for the Yankees. He has posted an average of .364 to complement an OPS above 1.000.
The scoring was aided by a DJ LeMahieu RBI double play and a Giancarlo Stanton RBI double, both coming in the fourth inning. The O’s attempted a rally with a Rio Ruiz homer that made the score 7-2. However, this rally did not amount to anything.
Ace Gerritt Cole also delivered in a big way to complement the stellar offense. In seven innings, Cole proved his worth by recording 13 Ks and allowing zero runs on four hits. This was enough to prove that Cole is one of the best pitchers in the league.
All in all, today was a good day for Yankee fans. If this April 6th game is anything to model their season ahead against, Yankee fans have a lot to look forward to. The Yanks play again tomorrow, April 7th, again in the Bronx against the Orioles. They currently maintain a lead in the AL East, with a 3-2 record.