So this is how the Yankees’ season gets saved?
With Greg Allen’s legs, Estevan Florial’s power, Tyler Wade’s glove and whoever else is healthy enough to take over at the last minute when someone inevitably gets sick or bruised or broken, as DJ LeMahieu (stomach bug) did shortly before Tuesday’s first pitch against the Philles?
For the record, it was the backup catcher Rob Brantly who started for LeMahieu at first base, only because Chris Gittens — the usual fill-in for the understudy to the replacement — came down with an Achilles tendon problem, an issue that wasn’t revealed until after Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the surging Phillies, another game they should have lost on paper going against Aaron Nola.
“It’s kind of like, what else can you throw at us?” Aaron Boone said. “We were kind of talking through maybe having Gary [Sanchez] play first or Rougie [Odor], but Brantly’s played a few games at Triple-A at first base, so we were just like, let’s go. It’s another opportunity.”
Since we’ve already counted out the Yankees more times than we can count, maybe desperation will ultimately squeeze the best out of the pieces remaining. Or at least rouse a few of the regulars, who should start to worry about their new RailRiders teammates making them look bad (cough, cough … Giancarlo Stanton … cough, cough).
Speaking of Stanton, he did stir in the later innings, spiking his bat…