TORONTO – At the time, last season was over and Aaron Judge had almost won an MVP and Luis Severino a Cy Young, and Gary Sanchez had drilled home that he was the best hit catcher in this sport and close to the Yankees Bullpen It was a force of nature, well, it was quite difficult to talk about the value of Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes.
They were, after all, the 24th and 25th men on the roster, a couple of backups teaming up to meet five homers with a .636 OPS.
But when I start a question last season's MVPs, Aaron Boone – not even the manager of this team – intervenes with Romine and Torreyes. A manager understands that.
Look, the Yankees are blessed with lots of great players and there will be as many games in six months as on Thursday at the opening as Giancarlo Stanton heaves a whole team to victory on his biceps. But a roster is a fragile ecosystem. As Brett Gardner said, "It really does not matter what the roster is on February 20 or March 20 or April 1
The best clubs are those who brave the crisis because the players seize the opportunity. Last April, the Yankees in Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez lost two mediocre cornerstones and Torreyes and Romine did their best when the team needed them the most. Judge you might remember was not yet AARON JUDGE, you've taken the first step for a great season. Aaron Hicks began snatching midfield job from Jacoby Ellsbury.
Prior to Game 2 of the 2018 season, the Yankees put Hicks on the DL. Greg Bird was already there and so were Ellsbury and Clint Frazier, standing in some combination for many left-back thugs and a lot of outfielders.
"I do not feel like we're in crisis mode," Boone said. "I think we have the talent to do that, and I think we have the talent not only to hold, but to thrive."
In Game 2, Stanton became 0 for 4. He twice and twice extended his bat out. Richter went 0-for-4 with two double games. Gary Sanchez was also 0 for 4. The big bats were without hits in 12 bats. Wilder Weaked
But the Yankees won 4-2 because their No. 8 batsman, Brandon Drury, had an RBI double in the second and an RBI single in the fourth and the Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez moved to basically unintentional intentionally to go drury to load down the bases in the fifth with two down. Made sense as the best approach to protect a 2-0 downside. Finally, the next racket was racket number 9, Tyler Wade.
The young Infielder had been surpassed by Sanchez in his first two bats, a breath and a grounder to the first. That made Wade 9-for-61 (.148) in his career with two RBIs. Wade, on the other hand, adjusted the overall RBI score by adjusting a two-run double to the right center and blessing him with a burst of joy over his dugout.
"It's Game 2, but for me every game is a big game," said Wade. "I was fired."
Drury and Wade embody in many ways the work Brian Cashman and his associates have done over the last few years to compile this in-depth list. Drury was a player the Americans had been tracking for a while, a player they were looking at, such as Gregorius, Hicks, and Chad Green, whose upper limit had not yet been reached.
Wade is part of an excellent internal review. The Yankees took him in the fourth round in 2013, but early believed that if Wade had gone to college, he would have been selected as a first round. Yankee officials were not discouraged by his poor cameo last year because they were not the judge's in 2016 or Severino's starter work the same year. They saw an athlete, a player and a personality with whom he could remain patient.
"He's a confident boy and he should be confident he's a good player," Gardner said.
With Bird, Neil Walker will play many first base. This will give Wade the opportunity to show that he is not just a placeholder, especially for top prospects Gleyber Torres. Drury receives the third base spot with the acclaimed Miguel Andujar seeping down. Tyler Austin will initially receive many repetitions to prove he is listening while Bird heals. Until either Ellsbury or Hicks returns, McKinney will play and he got his first hit on Friday.
"If you want the season you want, you'll have to get contributions from people you do not expect," Boone said.
Last April was the rather anonymous duo of Romine and Torreyes. Friday night – as the muscle in the Yankee lineup slackered – it was Drury and Wade. As tall as Stanton, Judge and Sanchez are, it takes a whole team to achieve something special.