Hey there Yankee fans! I'm back for another Friday installment to once again call out our beloved Bronx Bombers. If you remember last week's article, I depicted a weekend of domination for the Yankees as they prepped to take on the last place and hapless Seattle Mariners.
Well Mr. Sabathia answered the bell one week ago today, as did the rest of the Yanks in a three-game sweep of the M's over the weekend.
On this particular weekend Aug 10th-12th, the Yankees again face a last place team in the Toronto Blue Jays. Decimated by injuries and lackluster effort (Blue Jays)the time is ripe for the Yankees to sweep the hated Jays in a three game set.
As you may have saw earlier this week, the Yankees begun a four game series against the contending Detroit Tigers. With Verlander on the docket in game 1, the Yankees wilted striking out 14 times against the right hander, tying a record that had survived since the 1950's for any RHP. That particular stat amazed me.
Well, the hangover carried over into Tuesday as the Yankees and Tigers battled in a slugfest, where Yankee pitching couldn't contain AL MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera, perhaps the best hitter on the planet. He destroyed Yankee pitching, it didn't matter who was on the hill.
As fickle Yankee fans, the panic button again was starting to be pressed a bit. However, any true Yankee fan could attest that the series vs. Detroit was going to be no cakewalk, especially in raucous Comerica Park. My mindset was of that at least the bats came alive when needed most and the Yanks had two more games to right the ship.
And right the ship they did. On Wednesday, CC Sabathia took the hill and was given a 7 run lead only to see it wilted down to one run by the 7th inning. Granted Sabathia wasn't his ace-like self, but manager Joe Girardi panicked and went to the bullpen. The Yankees survived however on some timely hits in the latter portion of the game and went on to win 12-8.
Thursday brought us a hot and humid day game from Detroit where behind some terrific defense and timely Home runs by Eric Chavez and Mark Teixiera the Yankees earned a split in what seemed destined to be a Detroit disaster. It will be remembered as one of the key games of the season. Make Note
Now, the Yankees continue the road trip just north of the border and face a listless Blue Jays squad without Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and numerous others. Tonight, Freddy 'Meatball' Garcia, as I've coined him, takes on Ricky Romero. Just like last Friday, it's time the Yankees take all life out of the Blue Jays.
Rogers Centre always leads to tons of runs being scored in it's hitter friendly environment and I expect the Yankees to knock the cover off the ball for the next three days. And let's face it, next week doesn't get any easier when the Yankees come home for four against the Texas Rangers and three with the Boston Red Sox.
These type of series are key to Yankee success. Once again, I'm calling the Yankees out. Don't fool around with this Blue Jays' club. It's time to put our empirical foot down and squeeze the life out of the blue birds.
Anyone else with me?
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