The Yankees return home Friday to lick their wounds and try to put a halt to their worst stretch of the season after dropping their get-away game in Boston and going 1-3 against the Tigers.
Over the five game stretch they scored an anemic 15 runs (eight of which came in their 8-0 win) and batted .199. The pitchers’ ERA totaled a less than impressive 4.39.
Phil Hughes became the team’s first 5-game winner with his victory in the night cap of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Achieving a moral victory, but not a W for his record, was Javi Vazquez who bought himself more time in the rotation with a decent seven-inning, two-run performance in the day game of the twinbill. Unfortunately for him and the Yankees, Rick Porcello and the Detroit bullpen kept the Bombers off the board.
The Tigers shut out the Yankees to close the series on Thursday. CC Sabathia was not at all at his best but Justin Verlander was, going 6 2/3 innings before the bullpen was called.
So, the Yankees are back home to face the Twins. It’s far too early to panic but it is good to take stock of were things stand.
Andy Pettitte is day to day, while Alfredo Aceves, Nick Johnson, and Curtis Granderson are all on the 15-day DL. Aceves will hopefully be back soon, but Johnson and Granderson could be out much longer.
New York is two games behind Tampa Bay, and three ahead of Toronto. The Blue Jays lead the Red Sox (who are now over .500 – cue the band!) by 1.5.
After the Twins visit, the Red Sox come in for two games followed by the Rays for a pair. The Yankees head to Queens for a Subway Series weekend after that.
I’m not thinking that the next week is make or break, but it could create distance in the AL East. Who moves farther from whom remains to be seen. What do you think? Should the Yankees bother worrying?
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Written by Stephanie Geosits