Nicely Done, Boys

June 19th, 2014 by Jane Heller

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It’s always sweet to sweep. It’s especially sweet to sweep the team that’s in first place, a spot ahead of you, and that’s what the Yanks did against the Blue Jays. I admit that going into this series I was worried. The Jays had looked invincible. Clearly, they aren’t. The Yankees pitched well and got tremendous production from the 1-2-3 trio of Gardner, Jeter and Ellsbury, and saw guys who’d been struggling at the plate, like Beltran and McCann, come to life. Are there still holes to fill? Definitely. We need a reliable starter to replace Nuno. We need a bona fide long man in the pen. And we need a better reinforcement for Warren, Betances and Robertson than Shawn Kelley, who hasn’t bounced back from his long injury rehab. But this sweep was a great way to kick off the upcoming games against division rivals –  a real confidence booster for the team and Phelps in particular.

 

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4 Responses to “Nicely Done, Boys”

  1. Audrey says:

    Great series against the Blue Jays. The Yankees long record of wins against them at the stadium remains intact. So nice to see run production up and our young pitchers more than holding their own. Chase Whitley is a great discovery and it looks like Phelpsie is getting it together, too. John and Suzyn talk about what an example Tanaka is to the young pitchers, how much they admire him and want to learn from him. If that continues, we could have quite a pitching rotation in the coming years!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    I think Tanaka has rubbed off on the young pitchers the way Ellsbury has on Gardner, Audrey. Whatever works, right? Chase Whitley has been a nice surprise. I’d like to see how he does over the long term though.

  3. Diane Anziano says:

    A fantastic series. Can’t say enough good things about the contributions so many members of the team made to get these three wins. That pop up at first that Tex caught and he got run into by an opposing player was weird – they were reading the MLB rules on air afterwards and it still made no sense to me. Anyway, we’ve got a great weekend coming up; not only to play and try to sweep The Orioles, but tributes to Tino and Gossage and Old Timers’ Day – Matsui and Damon will be there for the first time – I’ve been to a few of them and they are always a great time. I’m still surprised that no other team in MLB does this every year – but then again, The Yankees have the greatest history!!! GO YANKEES!!!

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I still can’t believe it’s time for Old Timers Day, Diane. Seems like the summer is moving fast. I love that Matsui and Damon will be there.