BALTIMORE – A year ago, at this time, Gary Sanchez was considered the most complete hitter in the Yankees, but then experienced a nightmarish season dominated by the poor defense, the deadwood and two trips to the disabled list.
On Sunday at Camden Yards, where the Yankees destroyed the pitiful Orioles, 15-3, up from 33,102, the designated hitter of the day had three home runs and drove in six career runs to set professional records in each category when the Yankees attacked seven homers in a season. game. For the first time since July 31, 2007.
As impressive as it was, the depth the Yankees talked about during spring training played an important role in their third straight win, which improved their score to 5-4 by facing a three-game series against the Yankees. Astros in Houston that will be much bigger. Test for visitors that hit against the slope served by the Orioles.
Raised Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre on Monday when Giancarlo Stanton went on the disabled list, Clint Frazier went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs.
At the beginning of spring training, the idea was that for Domingo German to form the team, the right-hander was going to be in the bullpen because there was no space in the rotation. Then, the ace of the personnel Luis Severino fell by a problem in the shoulder and CC Sabathia was suspended at the beginning of the season and opened the year in the IL.
That created a place in the rotation for the German, and he has thrown very well in two starts. Mixing a change with a fast ball of mid-90s and commanding his pitches, the German did not allow a hit until Hanser Alberto hit a single with one out in the sixth. He allowed two contaminated runs and two hits in more than six innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.
Catcher Austin Romine noted that the Orioles were in trouble because of the poor quality of their attacks against the German.
"They were not very [many] "Comfortable at-bats," said Romine. "[A lot] of weak contact ".
Ideally, the Yankees wanted Frazier to get a steady diet of at-bats at Triple-A after playing in just 15 major league games a year ago because of concussion problems that came up in spring training. Now those at-bats are coming in the majors and he has got the most out of them.
"Sometimes you need the entire roster of 40 men," said Frazier, who gave a colossal home run that won the game on Saturday night and homered in the second and ninth innings on Sunday. He also had a single producer in the sixth. "We have a really good team, even when the guys are down."
The names in the IL are great. In addition to Severino. Sabathia and Stanton, first hitter / center fielder Aaron Hicks, third baseman Miguel Andujar, elite trainer Dellin Betances, shortstop Didi Gregorius, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are on the shelf.
However, after losing four of the first six games against the Orioles and equally inept with the Tigers at home, the Yankees stepped on the neck of the Birds to get three wins this weekend.
After hitting home runs in two runs in the third, seventh and eighth innings, Sanchez faced Hanser Alberto, who moved from second base to the mound in the ninth in search of a fourth.
"I tried to do what everyone was thinking," said a smiling Sanchez, who flew to the left. "But I got under him."
Romine was victimized by Alberto for his first home run of the year in the ninth to increase the Yankees' total to 14 in all three games.
Because the Yankees have historically been built to hit homers, they have given themselves the silly idea that they hit too many and do not make runs in other ways.
It is a mentality that does not keep the water with your manager.
"It's never too much for us," Boone said.
Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Collin McHugh are waiting in Houston for suddenly alive Yankee bats and will present a tougher challenge than the Orioles.
However, during three games against a very bad team, the depth with which the Yankees apparently spoke throughout the spring was enough and at least during a weekend stopped questions about the Yankees' chances of surviving with so many important names. on the shelf.