Record Last Week: 5-2 (45 RS, 30 RA)
Season Record: 25-19 (243 RS, 242 RA), 1.0 GB
Opponents This Week: @ Texas (3 games), @ Cleveland (3 games)
Top stories from last week:
- The week started off the same way the previous week ended, with the Yanks beating the Twins. Phil Coke earned his first career save as the team wrapped up it’s first series sweep* of 2009.
- With the team playing the best baseball it’s played all season, the Orioles were helpless when they came to the Bronx. CC Sabathia set the tone with a dominating performance on Tuesday, and the offense took charge on Wednesday. Ben and I were in the stands on Thursday as Joba Chamberlain took a liner off the leg (thankfully he’s okay) and the offense poured it on late. The second series sweep* of 2009 was in the books.
- All good things must come to an end, and it just so happened that the Yanks’ nine game winning streak came to an end when the defending World Champs came to town. AJ Burnett and Chien-Ming Wang continued their struggles in game one of the series, but the team rebounded with a walk-off win the next day against Brad Lidge. They mounted another comeback off Lidge yesterday, but alas, it just delayed the loss.
- Brian Bruney returned from a month long hiatus due to a cranky elbow, but he managed to make only one appearance before it sidelined him a second time. Chien-Ming Wang also came back from injury, but we think the Yanks may have rushed him. Thankfully Xavier Nady is close to starting rehab. Mo knows they could use the extra bat.
- It’s no secret the bullpen has struggled, but it looks like one guy has emerged as a potential stalwart. It might be tougher than expected to get some help since the Yanks are unable to add payroll right now.
- The New Stadium continues to be a hot topic, as one pitcher on the team expressed his frustration. It’s been just 23 games, so this bandbox stuff is a bit overblown.
- Lastly, the new Metro-North Station opened.
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* Two-game series don’t count