The AL East Gauntlet Begins – New York Yankees Midweek Report
New York took two of three in Cleveland which was important considering how they got manhandled by the White Sox right before. The momentum stalled though, as theYankee bullpen failed in game one against Toronto, notably Rafael Soriano, who gave up a three-run shot in the 9th to Colby Rasmus as the Yanks lost 8-7. In the loss, Derek Jeter hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th and Robinson Cano went deep twice. The Yanks beat Toronto in game two thanks to Phil Hughes’ great start and manufactured runs but fell in game three with inconsistent starting pitching and bullpen work from CC Sabathia and a host of others.
What’s to come:
After an off day on Thursday, the Yankees’ stretch of 22 straight games against AL East opponents continues with a three game set against the resilient Orioles and a four game set at Tampa Bay. Then it’s off to Camden Yards for four against the Birds in Baltimore.Baltimore has hung-in the Wild Card and AL East races despite many national baseball people counting them out months ago.
Highlight of the Week:
Phil Hughes picked up his 500th strikeout in the 7th inning of Tuesday’s game against Toronto. Hughes won the game, as did the Yanks 2-1, and improved his ERA to 1.29 inhis last three starts. Whether Phil Hughes is a long term guy in New York or not, people forget how young he is at 26.
Article by Mike Lidsley at PinstripePassion.com