The Red Sox are currently the Yellow Socks until they lose. The Rays aren’t as strong as you think right now. The Yankees are trying to get something going. Let’s see what happened this week and what’s to come over the weekend.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Shane Baz went five innings and gave up two runs against the Blue Jays in his major league debut. Yandy Diaz went 3-for-4 and hit his 12th home run. Joey Wendle hit his 11th home run. Keven Kiermaier went 3-for-4. The Rays won 6-4.
Drew Rasmussen went five innings and gave up two runs. Brandon Lowe and Mike Zunino went 2-for-4. The Rays lost 4-2 but not before Kevin Keirmaier caused a bit of a problem with stealing Kirk’s wristband card that fell out during a play at home plate. The card was returned the next day.
Luis Patino went three scoreless innings. Austin Meadows hit his 26th home run. Randy Arozarena went 3-for-5. Diaz went 2-for-3. Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4. Kiermaier got hit by a pitch from Ryan Borucki. Benches were cleared and Borucki was ejected. The Ryas won 7-1.
Now I mentioned earlier that the Rays aren’t as strong as you may think. The reason is that the Rays should be playing better and because they padded first place so well, it doesn’t seem like it. Their pitching, especially Ryan Yarbrough, seems tired and they can only go so many ways to try to rest the overworked arms without overworking others. I don’t think the Rays see past the ALDS if their pitching doesn’t get better.
The next series for the Rays is facing the Marlins in Tropicana Field. David Robertson, Shane McClanahan, and Shane Baz are scheduled to start.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Red Sox continued to wear their City Connect jerseys because they are on a winning streak. Eduardo Rodriguez lasted 4.1 innings and gave up two runs to the Mets during a quick two-game set. Enrique Hernandez hit his 18th home run. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 and hit his 23rd home run. Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-4. The Sox won 6-3.
Chris Sale went five innings and gave up two runs. Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs and went 3-for-4. J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3. Rafael Devers and Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4. The Red Sox won 12-5.
"I'm pretty sure Fenway is going to be rocking for this next series" Kyle Schwarber is already looking ahead to the Yankees in town.@RedSox | @WebsterOnTV pic.twitter.com/d8ay5Mkcrt — NESN (@NESN) September 23, 2021
The Sox will continue to wear their City Connect jerseys against the Yankees this weekend. Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, and Eduardo Rodriguez are scheduled to pitch.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The Rangers came into town and Nestor Cortes Jr took the mound. He lasted 4.1 innings and gave up three runs. Gary Sanchez hit his 22nd home run. Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3. Aroldis Chapman got his 28th save. The Yanks won 4-3.
Jordan Montgomery went 5.2 innings and gave up one run to the Rangers. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st home run. Joey Gallo hit his 38th home run. Judge went 2-for-4 and hit his 36th home run. The Yankees won 7-1.
Corey Kluber faced his former team and went 4.1 innings. He gave up three runs. Sanchez hit his 23rd home run as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning. Kyle Higashioka went 2-for-3. Gio Urshela went 2-for-4. The Yanks complete the sweep against the Rangers and won 7-3.
Who is he? Gary. pic.twitter.com/LXBO4vAx9n — New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 23, 2021
Next stop: Fenway Park to face the Red/Yellow Sox for three games. This weekend can determine the fate of the Yanks postseason. Gerrit Cole, Cortes Jr, and Montgomery are scheduled to pitch.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Robbie Ray lasted 4.2 innings and gave up three runs against the Rays. Teoscar Hernandez hit his 29th home run. Lourdes Gurriel Jr hit his 20th home run and Marcus Semien hit his 41st. The Jays lost 6-4.
Alek Manoah went six innings and gave up two runs. Gurriel Jr hit his 21st home run and went 2-for-4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr went 2-for-4. The Jays had a problem with Kevin Kiermaier taking a scouting/sign card that fell off of Alejandro Kirk’s wristband during a play at home plate. The card was given back the next day although I feel like that should have been given back immediately. In my opinion, it’s wrong because it’s stealing signs by literally stealing the card. Dropping the card doesn’t make it anyone to claim. It should have been given to the umpire or to Kirk immediately. The Jays won 4-2.
Julian Merryweather opened for the Jays. He pitched a scoreless inning but Ross Stripling gave up five runs in the 1.1 innings he pitched. Guerrero Jr went 2-for-3. Borucki was ejected for intentionally hitting Kiermaier on the back. Benches cleared and it was announced the next day that Borucki received a three-game suspension, which he is appealing. Montoyo, the manager, served his one-game suspension on Thursday. The Jays lost 7-1.
Steven Matz went three innings and gave up two runs against the Twins in Minnesota. Teoscar Hernandes went 2-for-4 and hit his 30th home run. Semien went 2-for-5. The Jays lost 7-2.
The Jays continue their series against the Twins this weekend. Jose Berrios, Robbie Ray, and Alek Manoah are scheduled to pitch.
The Orioles went to Philadelphia for two games. John Means went 6.2 scoreless innings and hit a double. Pedro Severino went 2-for-4. The O’s won 2-0.
Conner Greene was the opener for the Orioles. He went one scoreless inning. Cedric Mullins went 2-for-5. Pat Valaika went 2-for-4. The O’s lost 3-2.
Keegan Akin went 5.1 innings and gave up one run. Valaika went 2-for-4. Austin Hays went 1-for-3. The O’s lost 4-3.
Zac Lowther went five scoreless innings against the Rangers in the first of four. Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-4 and hit his 31st home run. Hays went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd home run. The O’s won 3-0.
🗣️ SEPTEMBER HAYSBALL! pic.twitter.com/PRseQEsLkw — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 24, 2021
The O’s continue their series against the Rangers. Alexander Wells and John Means are scheduled to pitch.
With the Jays loss and Mariners win, the Jays are only one game ahead of the Mariners. The Yankees took the second wild-card spot with their win on Wednesday. The Red Sox stay in the top wild-card spot and their magic number is now seven. The Rays clinched a playoff spot. The elimination number for the Jays is at nine right now for the wild-card. This weekend should make the wild card standings more exciting. Buckle up!