'Boomer & Gio': Yankees Have 'No Excuse' To Lose AL East To Rays

Boomer and Gio
June 18, 2019 - 9:08 am

The Yankees entered Monday's contest against the Tampa Bay Rays with just a half-game lead in the American League East.

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However, Masahiro Tanaka stepped up and put together a gem of a performance, striking out 10 on his way to a complete game, two-hit shutout.

The win puts New York in a good position, giving them a 1.5-game lead over Tampa Bay with an influx of talent right around the corner.

Brian Cashman already swung a strong deal over the weekend, acquiring slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with Seattle.


Encarnacion will join forces with the rest of the Bronx Bombers, including Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, who appear to be just days away from returning to the team, to give the Yankees the most potent lineup in all of baseball.

'Boomer & Gio' opened Tuesday's show talking about how impressive this Yankees team looks on paper, and how New York now has no excuse to lose the American League East, especially to the Rays.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton

"I think I've given the Rays more credit than most, because last year they won 90 games," Gio said during Monday's open. "They come back and have been around first place for most of the year. If this were any other team, then we'd be giving them more respect, but because it's the Rays, we haven't been. However, the Yankees, with Encarnacion, Stanton coming back, Judge coming back... what this team is, there is no excuse. I'm sorry, you cannot lose the division to these guys.

"Just watching this series last night, and what the Yankees are, and the Rays are good. They might get a Wild Card, and they might be a factor in the American League. But the Yankees, if they lose the division, it better be to a surging Red Sox team, and not these Tampa Bay Rays, because the difference in talent, and what Brian Cashman has done with this team, it really is remarkable."

To listen to the entire opening segment on the Yankees and their pursuit of another World Series Championship, click on the audio player below.