The Yankees took the rubber match of a three-game set against the Jays behind the pitching of Ivan Nova to cap the weekend. Monday they take on the Tigers for the first of four games in the Motor City. The Bombers are maintaining their 2.5-game lead over the Rays in the standings and are relying on some unknown names to keep them there.
Nova upped his record to 2-2 on Sunday, and Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.77) and Freddy Garcia (1-1, 2.00) will both get starts in Detroit as will CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25) and AJ Burnett (4-1, 3.93). Colon, who was not in the rotation when the Yankees left spring training, has been a wonderful surprise. Garcia has also impressed. On the downside, it’s Phil Hughes’ spot that Colon is filling, while he tries to figure out what the heck is wrong.
At the plate, the Yankees’ numbers have been offensive, and not in a good way. Cano is batting .320 and doing some good work with the bat but with the exception of some new/er faces, the lineup has been stinking up the place.
Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Curtis Granderson are the only ones besides Cano batting above .280. Martin has proven himself to be a great addition this year and Chavez is showing some of his flashes of old. Granderson gets to head back to Detroit this weekend and show the Tigers why they should miss him.
In all, the Yankees are doing ok and are leading the division. They need to get better as the year goes on, but it’s hard to criticize when the team has lost no more than two games in a row.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits