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.
On a day where Hip Hip Jorge (Jorge Posada) threw out the first pitch, it was Hiroki Kuroda who stole the show. The free agent pick up showed Yankee fans why he was worth signing, even at age 38. He got ahead in nearly every count, and had the opposing squad(LA Angels) totally off balance with his off-speed pitches. He threw 8+ innings, and was given a standing ovation upon his exit in the top of the ninth.
Another highlight was A-Rod matching Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time homerun list with 630 homeruns. It was vintage A-Rod, belting a shot just right of center field. If he could get back to hitting like that, the Yankees will be in good shape. A-Rod had 3 hits in 4 at bats, and brought his average back above the mendoza line, where it belongs. Lets hope this game is launching pad for the rest of his season.
Curtis Granderson added his second homerun of the year with a lined shot to right field, and Nick Swisher continued his clutch hitting with a bases clearing double in the first inning.
After a sluggish start, New York has won 4 in a row, and, until today, you can’t say they were performing on all cylinders. Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tommorow, and if you read my previous post, you’ll understand my concern.