14 Sep 2012
Did last night’s win feel like something special? Well, it was because that was the first time the Yankees had won back-to-back games since August 15th!!
Since August 15th, the Yankees have done the following: LWLWLLLWLWLWLLWLLLWLWLWLWW That’s an 11-15 stretch for those of you keeping score at home.
Here’s another stat that sort of sums up everything about this team right now. Last night Michael Kay said that in the Boston series, Derek Jeter was 2-for-2 with runners in scoring position. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-31.
And let’s spend a minute on Derek Jeter. He tied Willie Mays on the career hits list last night. Willie Mays! I don’t normally get wrapped up in individual accomplishments, but that is a brand name he just passed. I wish people would just cool it on the talk of Jeter being able to pass Rose someday, but think about what he could do. With 232 hits he will pass Tris Speaker for fifth on the all-time list. Look at the names that would be ahead of him: Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial. That’s it, think about that for a second.
So, the Yankees took 2-of-3 from Boston. It wasn’t easy, but they did it. Now they have the reeling Rays coming to town. If ever there was a time for the Yankees to play small-ball, this is it. I am not normally a fan of that style of play, but Tampa has the third-worst offense in the AL to go with the best pitching in the league. If I were the Yankees, I would think long and hard about dropping some bunts down this weekend.
Nice to see Eduardo Nunez resurface yesterday. With Jeter still hurting and a lefty on the mound tonight, how about a repeat of last night’s lineup? Nunez looked pretty good in the field too.
One last note. Phil Hughes since May 6th: 14-8 3.46ERA.