With today’s 9-1 victory over Boston and Detroit’s 6-5 loss in Detroit, the Yankees have locked up home field advantage throughout the American League postseason.
Jesus Montero was hyped for many of the Yankees fans waiting to see if he would live up to the hype. Today may have been the day that he showed what the Yankees could expect from him in a season sooner than later, and when he does it against the Boston Red Sox, it really pleases the Yankees fans. The young Yankees hitting prospect came a triple short of the cycle in the Yankees dominant win. The homegrown talent of the Yankees past and present were the stars of today’s game. The last hyped Yankees hitting prospect, Derek Jeter, went deep with a three-run home run off of Jon Lester and Jesus Montero drove in 4 runs today. The Yankees offense did not let up against one of the very best in the game in Jon Lester as the Red Sox lefty didn’t make it through the 3rd inning as he surrendered 8 runs on 8 hits. However, there may have been something more surprising than the Yankees offense, their pitching.
Freddy Garcia took his turn at auditioning for the postseason rotation and may have put together one of his best starts with the Yankees. The soft-tossing righty threw 6 shutout innings against the Red Sox, a very good offense that Garcia normally has many problems with. Garcia’s soft-tossing sub-90 mph pitches don’t make for an effective starter but he has the type of pitches that are hard to expect and can add a twist to a team’s scouting report of the Yankees and can add to the deception of the mixed arsenal of Garcia.
The Red Sox’s September struggles have become very evident and the possibility of them missing the postseason altogether has taken the spotlight as the Rays victory today and the Red Sox loss puts the Rays just 1.5 games back in the Wild Card race.