The Biggest Series Of The Year: Yankees Midweek Report
Nothing good. The Yanks lost two of three to Baltimore and then got ripped by Tampa Bay on Monday and Tuesday. The good news for New York? They stopped the bleeding with a solid back and forth win over the Rays on Wednesday 6-4 thanks to a big double and home run from Russell Martin and three more hits from that Derek Jeter guy. You have to wonder where New York would be without Jeter.
What’s to come:
A crucial four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The Yanks head into the series leading the division by one game over the Birds. Who would have thought that this series would mean something months ago? Pitching match-ups: Phelps-Hammel, Hughes-Chen, Sabathia-Saunders, Garcia-Britton. Three keys for New York in this series: starting pitching must shut down Oriole hitting, Granderson and Cano have to produce and the Yanks need to get out early to take the life out of the Baltimore crowd,which should be electric because they can taste a playoff berth for the O’s for the first time in what seems like forever in that very proud baseball town.
Highlight of the Week:
There weren’t many and Joba Chamberlain will never again be the Joba from 2007, but he was lights out in New York’s loss to Tampa on Tuesday night. He showed a blazing fastball and good off-speed stuff. In total, the embattled reliever pitched one inning with two strikeouts. More importantly, Joba showed confidence and put people away. We haven’t seen that in a LONG time.