Thursday, April 17, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 10:25 AM
It has been a long, long time since I watched a day/night double header where the Yankees shut out the opponent in both games.
It is immaterial that I recognized not a single name from the Cubs line-up. I understand they are committed to a re-building program. Good for them.
A win is a win, right? They all count.
But think about this, for a moment; The Cubs' pitching staff ended yesterday with a 2.0 ERA in both games ( I assume that the run we scored on, " catcher interference, " gets recorded as unearned on the pitcher's record).
What I am trying to say is that the Yankees are not showing enough offense to beat decent teams. If you look carefully, our efficiency yesterday with runners in scoring position was quite pathetic.
Nonetheless, two shutouts in a row was great theater.
I was pleased that the Yankees brought up John Ryan Murphy rather than Romine, and that Murphy got a hit in the nightcap. He also looked pretty good behind the plate. Could he be a legit catching prospect?
I still remember Anna's HR from a week or so ago ( his last base hit?). But what happened to the dude with a plus .400 on-base percentage from AAA? Will he get comfortable and break out, or do we have a .150 guy as our utility infielder?
Solarte is beginning to look like a real player to me, and I didn't think we had any young position players with potential ( except, of course, for the depth at catcher we always proclaim).
I am also amazed with Kelly Johnson's work at first base. And he is pretty quick, going down the line to first.
Is our Sizemore related to their Sizemore? I gather that ours has MLB experience and is not a rookie.
Needless to say, our pitching staff is getting it done. They are the key.