The final weekend in April and the beginning of May will feel a whole lot like October for the New York Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers kick off a 13-game stretch Friday night in Anaheim that will see them play the four teams — the Angels and Astros on the road, followed by the Indians and Red Sox at home — they’re most likely to meet in the playoffs … if they get there, that is.
Will they survive relatively unscathed? Here’s what you need to know as the boys in pinstripes, riding a six-game winning streak, enter the toughest part of their regular-season schedule.
Another Bout with Trout: Mike Trout has performed very well in 34 career games against the Yankees. He’s a career .325 hitter against the Bronx Bombers, and his .627 slugging percentage against them is his highest against any AL team.
It’s a small sample size, but the Red Sox are one of the few teams Stanton has actually had success against this season. He went 7-for-12 (.583) in the three-game series against the Red Sox from April 10-12.
Judge also hit well against the Red Sox in that series (6-for-11 with a HR), but he hasn’t enjoyed the rivalry overall: He’s 17-for-84 (.202), with three home runs, 16 walks and 32 strikeouts.
After Bruce’s decisive drive to center field off former Mets farmhand Matt Bowman (0-1) with two outs, the Cardinals claimed he missed first base and challenged. A 56-second replay review confirmed Bruce touched the bag, and the NL East-leading Mets (15-6) closed it out for their 10th comeback victory of the season.
“We were all like, what’s going on? And Jay was like, why are they challenging that? I stepped right on the middle of the bag,” Callaway said. “So that was interesting.”
There was no doubt in Bruce’s mind that he touched them all.
“I’ve hit a few home runs in my career and I’ve never even gotten close to missing that base,” Bruce said. “That would be a new low for me.”
Cespedes also has been slumping — he started the night hitting .195. But his homer off starter Luke Weaver tied it 4-all in the fifth. The drive traveled an estimated 463 feet to left field, the third-longest by an opposing player in the history of Busch Stadium III.
“He was losing the strike zone with the fastball so I was focusing on catching the changeup,” Cespedes said through a translator. “I caught it and I hit it.”
Bruce’s eighth-inning single sent Todd Frazier from first to third before Adrian Gonzalez tied it at 5 with a sacrifice fly.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler lasted a season-low four innings and gave up four runs. Former ace Matt Harvey allowed a run over two innings in his first relief appearance since being demoted to the bullpen.