(The look of winlessness. Courtesy of The AP)
Another frustrating loss yesterday. But at least we can all take solace in the fact that the last time the Yankees started the season 0-3 was 1998, and they ended up winning 114 in that regular season on their way to a World Series title.
- I know he was too rich for their blood, but the Yankees probably should have signed Carlos Pena
this offseason just so they wouldn't have to face him. He cracked another HR off of Phil Hughes
yesterday and went 6-12 w/ 2 HR, 3 R scored, and 7 RBI in the series. Dude is the definition of a Yankee killer.
- Hughes pitched the best out of the 3 Yankee starters this weekend, although I don't know how much that matters when he only made it through 4.2. His fastball velocity was up and he mixed his change in well, both of which are encouraging signs. He just needs to be more efficient and finish guys off with 2 strikes.
- Rough day for Swish at the plate. He came up twice with A-Rod and Teix on base, 2nd and 3rd and 1 out in the 4th inning and at the corners with 2 outs in the 6th, and couldn't bring them in.
- It wasn't an ideal situation, but David Phelps
made his Yankee debut in the bottom of the 8th with his family in attendance, so tip of the cap to him.
: That less-than-ideal situation was 2 on and 1 out and Phelps handled himself very well in his Major League debut, getting a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning and the threat.
- A Rod:
1-3 with a 2B, BB, and a SB. He was the most consistent hitter in the whole series and looked very smooth at the plate, in the field, and on the basepaths.
- Jeremy Hellickson:
I didn't really give him his due in my post-game rant, but he was very good yesterday. He mixed his fastball and change incredibly well and kept the Yankee hitters off balance all day, and was very efficient with his pitch count. Just a shutdown performance.
- Raul Ibanez:
Went 0-4 at the plate with 4 LOB and had that ridiculous misplay on Matt Joyce's "triple" in the first inning that cost Hughes a run.
The cellar-dwelling, winless Yankees head to Baltimore to take on the undefeated, division-leading Orioles. Yep, you read that correctly. Ivan Nova
takes on Brian Matusz
, first pitch at 7:05PM EST.