Taking this weekend’s series with the Rays really was a must, and the Yankees accomplished it – barely. On Friday night Tanaka delivered a good start, and both Beltran and A-Rod homered. Last night it was Evo on the hill, pitching well, and while the Yanks were being no-hit for most of the game, Castro’s homer was just enough to give us the win in a surprise comeback. Saturday was the blemish – another stinker by Pineda.
Yes, he’s still young. Yes, he’s got talent. But is he one of those guys who wasn’t meant for New York for whatever reason? The majors are full of pitchers who did well elsewhere but failed for the Yankees. Is it too early to know? And what to do with him in the meantime? Apparently, the brain trust feels he should keep making his regular starts. I’m thinking a stint in the minors to work out the kinks might not be so bad.
Beltran continued his great hitting over the weekend, but now he’s injured. How badly? Didn’t sound serious, but it takes 40-year-old athletes longer to recover. And A-Rod, aside from that one homer, has looked dreadful. Teixeira pinch hit yesterday but is otherwise still suffering from neck spasms. Between the three of them, there goes our power. John Sterling was hammering home how well the Red Sox are hitting this season – they’re far and away the offensive leaders – and I was thinking how anemic our hitting has been by contrast. How things turn around, given where both teams were last year.
On to Toronto.