Thursday afternoon, prior to the New York defeating the St. Louis Cardinal by a score of 7-6, on a walk-off moon-shot by the polar bear, Pete Alonso, the Mets announced that Max Scherzer would be out for 6 to 8 weeks. Scherzer removed himself from the game in the middle of a batter with 2 outs in the 6th inning. Even though they are in first place and twelve games over .500, the Amazin's need pitching help.
The big question now facing both teams, is will they get there? Red Sox are 24-25 since the All Star break. Conversely, the Yankees are 32-16. Both teams are being chased by Seattle, Oakland and the an old division friend stacked with talented youth, the Blue Jays. The Mariners and Toronto are playing great baseball right now while the Yankees struggled to take 1 of 3 games against the Orioles this weekend and were blown out by the Blue Jays on Monday 8-0. The Red Sox have lost 2 straight and continue to flounder.
The New York Yankees suffered another gut punch from the Boston Red Sox last night at Fenway Park with a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in 10 innings. It's not just a loss to the team you are chasing in the standings, it's the way you lost, again. One out from the celebration of victory, with the Bombers leading 3-1, Yankee reliever Chad Green served up a game-tying double to Red Sox slugger Kíke Hernández in the bottom of the 9th. If that wasn't bad enough, after taking the lead in the top of the 10th inning, 27 year old Brooks Kriske, with 10 big league innings under his belt took the soggy mound for the Pinstripes and proceeded to set a Major League Baseball record, no not in a good way.
Late this afternoon, after appearing on The Drive with Charlie & Dan, ESPN TV analyst Buster Olney reported that several New York Yankees tested positive for COVID-19 prior to tonight's scheduled second half opener against the first place Boston Red Sox. The 7pm game was immediately postponed. According to the ESPN reports, New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta were among those that tested positive.