If there was anything Major League Baseball learned about Gary Sanchez last year, it was he had a cannon for an arm.
That’s why it was surprising to Starlin Castro when two baserunners during the Yankees 7-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday ran on Sanchez. Sanchez immediately threw out both runners.
“I don’t know why they run,” Castro said. “It’s unbelievable, because both of them got a good jump and they were both out by two feet. It’s pretty amazing. Not even close.”
Last season, Sanchez threw out 41 percent of base stealers.
Sanchez is excited to help the team in anyway he can. That’s why he prides in throwing out runners as much as when he hits home runs.
“I’m contributing, I’m helping the team, I’m helping my pitcher and it’s exciting.” Sanchez said.
— The Yankees play a split-squad game against both the Detroit TIgers and the Boston Red Sox. Neither game is available to watch, but with a MLB.TV subscription, you can listen to the Red Sox radio broadcast.
— The game that isn’t on T.V. is the one Masahiro Tanaka will start. Go figure. With Tanaka finally getting the ball, that means the starters that are locked in the rotation are finally getting some live action.
— The Yankees still haven’t disclosed if they were going to tinker with the lineup regarding Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury returned to game action on Sunday where he played behind Gardner in the starting lineup. Ellsbury went 0-for-3.
— All of the starters that are competing for the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation are making Girardi’s job a little bit harder. Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chad Green all pitched scoreless innings and Cessa is going to start this afternoon as the competition has a second go-around.