The rain delay only made last night’s finale more annoying. But primarily, the annoyance was the lack of offense from a team that knows how to hit. Witness Game 1 of the series when the Yankees had hit after hit in beating the Tigers. Game 2, however, was a precursor to last night – i.e. a dispiriting showing. No longer in first place (sniff), the boys are off to Cleveland to begin a huge series against the big, bad Indians.
Tonight marks the debut of new and highly coveted starter Sonny Gray going up against Kluber. Will he deliver? There are bound to be nerves throwing his first game for us, but it’ll be a tremendous letdown if he gets thumped. So hear me, Yankees batters: Give this man lots of run support!
Sometimes the Yankees “play up” when they’re facing a real contender, outdoing themselves at the plate. I hope tonight is one of those times. I’d also like to see the defense cut down on errors. Seems like every box score lately shows at least one.
Anyway, I’m sort of nervous about this series after the last two games against Detroit. Now is not the time for the bats to go silent. We cannot slip too far below the Red Sox. Can. Not.