Well, its that time in the season where the first half seemed to have flown by. Many teams have shown that they are contenders, early, and are winning their way to the top of their division. Unfortunately, the Yankees are second in their division, but are 1st in the Wild Card. Anyways, before I start grading the Yankees on their performance during the first half of the season, I would like to update you on the standings.
Burnett and Pettitte) and leads the starting rotation in ERA with 3.70. He has also pitched 2 complete games through the first half of the season, and is the only Yankees pitcher to do so, so far. He has 89 strikeouts while only walking 41. If he can keep up the good work, he could be in line for between 15-20 wins.
Deja Vu crept in on the Yankees offense today, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4. The Yankees swept the Twins for the second time this year, beating the Twins 7 out of 7 times this year. The victory also marked the Yanks 13th win out of their last 15 games. But the main reason for Deja Vu was due to the Yankees offense. Almost for the second time in three games, each of the Yankees starters had at least one hit, except for Nick Swisher who went 0-5.
|Rodriguez, A, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.247|
|Cabrera, Me, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||6||.277|
2B: Cano (23, Liriano), Cabrera, Me (13, Liriano).
HR: Teixeira (21, 5th inning off Liriano, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 2; Cabrera, Me 2; Ransom; Gardner.
RBI: Ransom 2 (10), Gardner 2 (19), Jeter (36), Teixeira (63).
2-out RBI: Jeter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.
The Yankees continued to pound the ball Wednesday night, and remain undefeated against the Twins this season, capping off a 4-3 victory. A.J Burnett wasn’t his sharp self last night, throwing a couple of wild pitches (curveballs) into the dirt, but the Yankees bullpen and offense were able to hold off the Twins, winning 12 of their last 14 games.
|Cabrera, Me, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Matsui, H, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.268|
2B: Posada (10, Swarzak, A), Jeter (16, Swarzak, A).
TB: Jeter 3; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Posada 3; Cano; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Swisher (45), Gardner 2 (17), Rodriguez, A (45).
2-out RBI: Gardner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Gardner; Cano 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.
Brett Gardner: 1-4 with a 2 run single
Today, the Yankees we’ll look to sweep the Twins with Alfredo Aceves (5-1) getting the start for the Yankees, taking the place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Francisco Liriano (4-8) will start for the Twins, looking to help the Twins salvage a win in the final game that these two teams will play this season. (Except for the possibility of the post-season) As mentioned before, the Yankees have won 12 of their last 14 games and have beat the Twins 6 out of 6 times this season, so they’ll look to officially sweep the Twins for the entire regular season. I honestly don’t have a prediction for this game because I’ve never seen Aceves start and am not sure how well he’ll do. Liriano is also having problems this year, and is sporting a 5.49 ERA coming into today’s game. So, it looks to me that today’s game will be an offensive battle for both teams.