A split series with the now 4-8 Minnesota Twins is all the Yankees can now hope for. There are many words that could describe Yankees fans feelings right now, but none would hit home more than dissapointing. With a tough stretch of games upcoming, the Yankees targeted this series as a good opportunity to get rolling, but the Twins had other plans. The night ended on a towering fly ball from Mark Texeira that was about 10 feet short of a homerun. Hiroki Kuroda was anything but good, allowing 6 runs in 4+ innings. The bullpen proved strong once again, but the bats just did not have anything in them. Kuroda, who pitched fabulously in his last start, falls to (1-2) on the year. So far its been hit or miss for Hiroki.
The Captain Continues: Derek Jeter is on fire to begin his 2012 campaign, and he continued that with his 3-5 night. He had two singles, and another homerun to right center field to make it a 6-5 game. Worn out? Too old? No range? He has everybody thinking otherwise. Boone Logan Impressive:The lefty was very effective tonight, including striking out 4 straight batters at one point.
Cano Back On Track: The much talked about slow start by Cano is being way overdone. This guy is the best hitter on our team,(Besides Jeter at the moment) and has actually looked pretty good at the plate, he’s just not getting the breaks. He went 2-4 including his first homerun of the year. Many more to come.
Look Ahead: The Bombers finish their four game set with the Twinkies tomorrow, as they’ll send Phil Hughes to the mound. Lets hope he can simply keep the Yankees in the game during his time on the mound. And hopefully he doesn’t get to many 0-2 counts, because he can’t put away hitters.
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.
It was Jackie Robinson Day around baseball today, and the Yankee bats finally woke up. The Yankees defeated the Angles by a score of 11-5.
Derek Jeter is off to a great start to the year, and has been on fire after getting hit number 3000 last summer. After hitting a line drive double to right in his second at bat, he cracked a 3-run homerun into the short porch in right. It was a Jeterian swing, as he took a middle in pitch, kept his hands in, and drove the ball to the right field seats.
Raul Ibanez also hit a 2-run homerun, his being a little more extravagant than Jeter’s. He hit a towering shot to right field. Ibanez’s age was questioned when the Yankees signed him, but he has come up with some big hits for the team. He only has 4 hits this year, but he has 9 RBIs.
Ivan Nova wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad either. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs, striking out 8. The win marks the 14th straight decision that Nova has gotten for a win, which ties him with Whitey Ford.
Jim Joyce, the home plate umpire, gave the fans some comedy, with his constant yell/shriek of his strike call. How can he yell that loud, that many times? Another thing I found funny was Mark Texeira stealing a base, he actually looked somewhat fast….lets hope he’s not sacrificing power for speed.
Overall it was a good night for the Yanks, and they come out of this series with 2 out 3 wins, against a very talented Angels team. Tomorrow night could be trouble, as we have Wild Freddy pitching, and are facing Carl Pavano.(Yeah, that GREAT Yankee)