Saturday August 11th brings a stormy day — massive thunderstorm to start the morning at 8am and predicted rain and thunderstorms through the afternoon as the Yankees have a 1 pm game scheduled against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Rain, Rain, Rain
But no more Domingo “Pray for Rain” German — the Yankees added J.A. (pronounced Jay) Happ and Lance Lynn at the All Star break and the Yankee pitching staff now looks very solid — especially after two good starts from J.A. Happ (now 12-6 on the year) and two good performances (4 1/3 innings of shutout relief and a 7 1/3-inning shutout start) from Lance Lynn — their first two appearances as Yankees. During this past 1st week of August with 90-degree temps, high humidity and thunderstorms every night except Thursday here in NYC — the Yankees won 4 straight because of excellent starting pitching (although Yanks were in Chicago first part of the week).
Today, in the rain, it will be Lance Lynn. Last night, after the rain, it was Masahiro Tanaka. He got belted; had been pitching lights-out in his previous starts so it was an off night. And the Red Sox won again (19-12) so Yanks are 9 games back.
Taking the Reign
No fear. With this starting pitching staff (Luis Severino, Tanaka, Happ, Lynn, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray waiting in the pen) the Yanks are poised to move from 29 games over .500 (currently 72-43) to 40 games over and a 100-win season. And a single-game playoff. Looking forward to the ride.