After going only 1 and 2/3 innings against the Tigers, you wouldn’t think Freddy Garcia would be smiling. After giving up 6 runs, Joe Girardi yanked him from the game. The Yankees would rally, but a fly ball off the bat of Eric Chavez fell about 10 feet short to end the game. After a comeback victory in game 1 of the series, the Yankees fell to the Tigers by a score of 7-5.
We Have “Confidence”: Those were Joe Girardi’s words before Garcia made this start, but i’m wondering what kind of confidence that is. He’s made 4 starts, and his ERA is above 12, and players are hitting over .400 against him. I have “confidence” that Garcia has no more than 1 start left with the Yankees this year.
The Positives: The Yankees bullpen was forced to pitch great once again, and for yet another game they did. They pitched 7 and 1/3 innings of 1 run ball. Rapada, Phelps, and even Epply threw well. Nick Swisher continued his successful April, hitting 2 more home runs, and putting his RBI count up to 23, which is first in the AL. Curtis Granderson proved that he can still hit left-handed pitching, when he belted a solo shot off the player he was traded for, Phil Coke. Granderson has 17 home runs off lefties last year, which was the most in baseball.
Up Next: The Rubber game of the series will send CC Sabathia to the mound, as he’ll face off against Max Sherzer. It really feels like we need this game to get going in the right direction.
What concerned you guys most about today’s game? I would be happy to have some conversation about it.