Is that too much of a Spring Training 2.0 power shower? Not when the season that opens Thursday in Washington has 60 games. Not all Yankees starters will dominate like Jordan Montgomery, who smothered the Mets on a Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. There will be games where the Bombers have to live up to their nickname.
They certainly did it on Sunday when Gary Sanchez, Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton also scored. The judge returned to the left in the first run of Corey Oswalt and Sanchez reached the second game to the left of Oswalt in the fourth. Sees opened the sixth with an explosion that nestled in the net above Monument Park in the center of Drew Smith, the judge made a left circuit in the sixth circuit of Smith and Stanton starting the seventh against former Yankee Chasen Shreve reached the bleachers of the left field.
The power show followed Clint Frazier leading the Mets’ Rick Porcello into the upper deck of Citi Field on the left on Saturday.
The long bullet act turned Montgomery’s gem into background noise. Riding like an ace instead of a fourth or fifth starter, Montgomery played with a range of Mets that housed Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and JD Davis.
In five clean innings, Montgomery allowed two hits and shot six. And he wasn’t the star act.
Sanchez and Stanton hit the ball further, but the judge crushing two homers must have calmed some nerves in the Yankees world because of the stiff neck that four days ago was not 100%.
Remember the judge never played a game in Spring Practice 1.0 due to an injury initially diagnosed as a shoulder problem, but which turned out to be a fracture of the upper right rib . Then the neck problem surfaced.
“I was confident he would be in good health. The time he spent outside served him well, ”said Aaron Boone of the judge taking advantage of the coronavirus shutdown that started on March 12. “This has allowed him and the training staff to build a smart preparation schedule to get him in a position where he’s ready for opening day. ”
None of the Mets pitchers on Sunday night were near Max Scherzer, the right-hander at the Nationals stud who Gerrit Cole will oppose. Still, Scherzer will need to navigate a lineup where eighth-place hitter Brett Gardner broke a record 28 home runs last year. Yes the ball was live, but Gardner will likely reach eighth place.
Sanchez, Stanton, and Voit have deadly right-handed power, but the Yankees roster only feels fully complete when the judge is healthy and anchored. Now they all look healthy, which wasn’t the case almost every day last season.
“I think they continue to confirm what we were seeing at the start of summer camp when the guys were in good shape, sort of fighting,” Boone said. “I think they took all the intrasquad games and all the live reps and treated them like very important things. I think the first chance to play against other teams, we saw a number of good guy fights, it was good to see him again tonight. “