New York at Toronto, May 15-18

Monday, May 15 2023 @ 09:00 AM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

The defending AL East champs come to town. Those bad men from New York.

The Yankees are 23-18 - that's .548 ball, which wins you 89 games out of 162. So far, that's only good  enough for fifth place in a five team division. As has often been noted, the AL East is a tough neighbourhood.

Do we sympathize with their predicament? I do not think we do.

The Yankees offense hasn't strted clicking yet. Anthony Rizzo has been terrific but Harrison Bader spent the entire month of April on the IL and Aaron Judge just spent ten days on the shelf himself. While both of them are back in the lineup, Giancarlo Stanton (surprise, surprise) and Josh Donaldson are still on the sidelines. Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu have been solid, but the young talent we've been hearing about endlessly - Oswldo Cabrera, Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza - haven't exactly taken the AL by storm. And Aaron Hicks and Isiah Kiner-Falefa have been pretty much unplayable.

Like the Jays, the Yankees have been able to roll over the same five starters through the first six weeks (Nestor Cortes had one outing pushed back a couple of days because of strep throat.) It hsn't worked out quite as well for them - Gerritt Cole has been awesome, Domingo German has been fine, but Cortes, Clark Schmidt and Jhony Brito have been Not-So-Good. The bullpen has had to cover up a multitude of sins, and they've generally been up to the task.


Mon 15 May - Brito (2-3, 5.81) vs Manoah (1-3, 4.83)
Tue 16 May - German (2-3, 4.00) vs Gausman (2-3, 3.38)
Wed 17 May - Cole (5-0, 2.22) vs Bassitt (5-2, 3.49)
Thu 18 May - Cortes (3-2, 5.53) vs Berrios (2-3, 4.70)