The Yanks Head Home

June 15th, 2014 by Jane Heller
Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Actually, the above photo is not the Yankees’ charter. It’s the private plane Tanaka flew to New York a while back. Not too shabby, right?

What was shabby was Vidal Nuno’s performance, if it can be called that, in today’s finale against the A’s. Every pitcher has a bad game here and there, but I just don’t see this guy getting it done over the long haul, and nobody seems inclined to do anything about it.

Still, there were promising developments on this road trip. The offense came to life, albeit not today, with Jeter and Ellsbury making a potent combination. Gardner too. And despite the constant injuries Teixeira comes down with (wrist, hammy, rib/obligue/lat/whatever), he’s still capable of hitting when he’s in the lineup. Beltran too. And the bullpen has been mostly good lately. So it’s not as if this team can’t win ballgames. It’s that they don’t do it consistently. They need to go on a tear now that they’re back in the Bronx, because it’s the division rivals they’ll be facing. I wish Tanaka could pitch every game. I wish….Well, never mind. The point is I’d like to see the 2014 Yankees settle into their own ballpark with its inviting dimensions and knock the ball over that short porch in right field. Early and often.

 

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2 Responses to “The Yanks Head Home”

  1. Audrey says:

    Yesterday’s game was a sad ending to a good road trip. Unfortunately, I think you are right about Nuno, Jane – he is not cutting it. he was so effective last year but needs to work on it some more. The big league hitters are on to him and he’s not fooling anyone anymore.

    The bright side of yesterday’s game was the Yankees’ attempt to come back in the ninth. Too little too late but still a valiant effort.

    I hope the offense we started to see is just a small sample of what we will get this home stand. New York fans deserve to see their Yankees crank it up. I’m really happy to see Tex producing and the holy trinity of Gardner, Jeter and Ellsbury has the opposition saying their prayers. Hope Cervelli adds even more punch and sure wish McCann would start bringing the bat he’s supposed to. Must have left it in Atlanta – could someone ship it to the Bronx, ASAP?

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Agree about Cervelli, Audrey. Maybe he’ll be the spark plug the team needs, although Murphy’s done a pretty good job as backup catcher. If McCann would produce more offensively, I’d be thrilled. I guess he’s still adjusting to the pinstripes, but he needs to get over it already.

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