Wow. The New York Yankees just got beaten by Carl Pavano and the Minnesota Twins. Yes, the same Carl Pavano that was paid 40 million dollars by the Yankees, and made a grand total of 19 starts in four years. This is by far the most irritating loss of the year. Pavano’s fastball never got any higher than 87 mph, and he was throwing straight junk. Coming in the game, the Twins were 2-7, and Yankees fans looked at this series as a great opportunity, but we just wasted the first game.
Freddy Garcia pitched quite lackluster for the second straight game, going 5 and 2/3, giving up 5 runs. With Hughes and Garcia pitching the way they are, lets hope the killer P’s(Pettite, Pineda, Phelps) get back to the team quickly.
The Positives: It’s hard to take many from this game, but three Yankee players come to mind. Derek Jeter continued his hot start with another inside-out homerun to right field. He had two hits to move his batting average up to .378. Curtis Granderson also had a good night, hitting a deep homerun into the upper deck in right, and then making a fantastic defensive play to deny Justin Morneau an extra-base hit. And last is Alex Rodriguez. He had 2 hits and another line drive that unfortunately went straight to the left fielder. He is starting to look more comfortable at the plate, which is going to be key if the Yankees have success this year.
Look Ahead: CC Sabathia will be back on the mound tomorrow night, looking to get his first good start under his belt. Bottom line: this is a must win against a below average team, with our ace on the mound.
For a second straight night the Yankees went to extra innnings. Tonight it was Nick Swisher who came up big, with a towering two run homerun to right field. Obviously its great to sweep the Orioles and get back to even water (3-3). Nothing has come easy this year, but New York battled to get back to .500 before their home opener against the Angels on Friday.
CC definately did not have his best stuff, but he battled to give the Yankees 6 innings. He gave up 4 runs, but it could have been much worse. The only thing that concerned me about CC tonight was his velocity, which topped out at around 91-92 mph. (I think I did see one 93 in there) He kept his team in the game, and gave them 6 innings, which was desperately needed after last night’s 12 inning game, when the only reliever not to enter the game was Rafael Soriano, who got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth.
The offense continues to stuggle with runners in scoring position, but as long as the team is winning we’ll try to ignore that. Jeter and Cano both look to be confident at the plate, but I cant say that about many others. It’s good to see the Grandy man get off the schneid with a two run bomb in the first, and another RBI to tie the game.
Now we look ahead to Friday, and the home-opener against the Pujols led Angels. If the Yankees are going to make a run this year we all know that they’ll have to beat the Angels, who made waves this offseason signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to big deals. Hideki Kuroda will start for the Yankees, and lets hope he can improve on his first outing against Tamba Bay.