If you’re a Yankee fan, I suggest you watch this three-game series at Wrigley pretty closely.
It goes without saying that the Cubs are the MLB’s most feared ballclub, pretty much in every aspect. They have a strong rotation and bullpen, multiple MVP candidates on the offensive side, and young talent with tremendous potential all around the field. Not to mention, they have one of the best managers in baseball and in case you forgot, they’re coming off a World Series-winning season.
The Yankees have gotten off to a red-hot start this season, owning the third-best record in baseball at 18-9. Their pitching, both rotation and bullpen, has been nothing short of stellar, and they’ve had plenty of early success offensively. Aaron Judge has made himself into an early Rookie of the Year favorite, leading all of baseball with 13 home runs, and all of the American League in slugging percentage, runs and OPS.
This series will be an early test to see whether the Yankees can be real contenders, or just had a good April. The young guns of the Yanks are getting an opportunity early in the year to see what its like to face a complete team, which is necessary experience in order for there to be any success.
Although not all of the “Baby Bombers” will be present for this series [Greg Bird & Tyler Austin on the DL, Gleyber Torres & Clint Frazier yet to reach the MLB], winning a few games in Chicago would be a huge boost for the team, and instill confidence in guys like Judge and Gary Sanchez.
They just took game one of the series yesterday, thanks to a ninth-inning 3-run homer off the bat of Brett Gardner when the Yankees were down to their last strike. To put in perspective just how impressive of a comeback this was, the Cubs were 152-0 when they had a two-run lead in the ninth over the last three seasons. The late rally was definitely a good sign of just how resilient this club can be.
Joe Girardi will send out Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino today and tomorrow to face Brett Anderson and Jon Lester respectively. If the Bombers can take at least one more game in this series, it would mean a lot in terms of taking them to the next level.