A week that started out with so promise for the New York Yankees went down in a hurry. They won their first three games of the week to inch them closer to a playoff berth. Despite trading Aroldis Chapman on Monday, the Yanks proceeded to win their first two games in Houston against the Astros, one of the teams they are chasing. Then they lost the finale on Wednesday before seeming to be lifeless on Friday night against the last place Tampa Bay Rays, losing their second straight game. Saturday was not any better as they once again could not solve Drew Smyly and dropped a 6-3 decision. One guy that had a pretty good set of games was Chase Headley, this week’s Yankees’ Player of the Week.
The Yankees’ third baseman put together a solid week at the dish and made some nice plays at the hot corner. When his team needed a big performance on Monday against Yankee-killer Dallas Keuchel, Headley delivered. He went 2 for 3 and was involved in both New York runs in a 2-1 victory. His fifth inning single tied the game at 1 and he led off the eighth inning with another base knock. He came all the way around to score on Austin Romine‘s double to give the Yanks an important win. The following night, his 2nd inning single gave the Bombers a 2-1 edge, a lead the team would not surrender on the way to a 6-3 victory. He also plated another run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to make it a 3-1 margin. He was one of the only bright spots in Friday’s debacle, with two hits in four at-bats as the Yanks lost their second straight by a score of 5-1. On Saturday, he reached base three times, scoring on Brett Gardner‘s two-run home run and adding a solo shot of his own but New York lost for the third consecutive game. Headley is in a groove but his team is in a funk.
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