The first-place Yankees continued their march toward June in our latest simulation, and now find themselves 1.5 games ahead of the Red Sox atop the AL East. The Yanks kept that hold atop the division thanks to a four-game winning streak, though the week closed with a whimper in the Bronx.
Here’s how it all went down:
Masahiro Tanaka began the week with his worst inning of the season, allowing three runs in the top of the first to immediately put the Yanks in a hole against the lowly Mariners. But Tanaka settled down to toss five scoreless innings after the early hiccup, while the Yankees fought back and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Gio Urshela. The game remained tied until the ninth, when Chad Green served up a solo homer to Dom Thompson-Williams, who was brought to Seattle as part of the James Paxton deal. Thompson-Williams is supposed to be out for the season due to an achilles injury, so this isn’t fair, but alas, the Yankees lost 4-3.
New York got back on track the following day, beginning what would be a three-game sweep of the Twins, because of course they swept the Twins. Jordan Montgomery was masterful in the opening game,…