If anyone told me I’d be glad to see Nunez back in the lineup and playing shortstop, I would have said, “Nah.” But he put a spark in the Yankees today against the O’s and became the player of the game. We now have about 1,000 infielders (yes, I’m exaggerating), but Nunez will surely bump the rest – Cruz, Adams and Gonzalez (unless he’s already gone) – and be a fixture until Jeter comes back and probably even after that.
Pettitte hasn’t been himself since coming off the DL, but he always manages to battle and he did again today. It was the offense that worried me – and shouldn’t have. Down 0-3, they, too, battled and not only tied the score but won the game and their sixth in a row.
What a turnaround from the series at Camden Yards. The Yankees looked overpowered, over-matched, over-everything-ed by Baltimore, but now? Not so much. If they can just hang in there a little longer, they might close the gap in the standings and be in contention after all.