With the 2010 Major League Baseball season more than halfway over and the most boring sports day of the year upon us, I figured I’d hand out a midterm report card to the New York Yankees. Professor Poedubicky plays no favorites, and isn’t afraid to tell his pupils if they need to be more productive…
Through 72 games, the New York Yankees are sporting a record of 45-27 and are first in the AL East, by far and away the best division in baseball. So far, there is little reason to panic. The team is on pace to win 101 games and has scored the second most runs in baseball. The Yankees have done all of this with numerous injuries (Nick Johnson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Marcus Thames, etc, etc.), but one injury not listed is, in my opinion, one of the most consequential so far throughout the year. The injury? Alfredo Aceves and his ailing lower back. Check out the article to see my reasons as to why the Yanks need to get their “Ace” back in the bullpen as soon as possible.
As many of you already know, the Yankees have been ravaged by injuries. The Yankees currently have six players injured with four of them currently on the disabled list. Here’s a list of the MASHEES.
Talk about going from a low yesterday to a high today! The Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 11-9 on Marcus Thames’ ninth inning walk off home run against Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. Someone give this man a pie!
Before I start, here’s a brief overview from the game. Phil Hughes squared off against Daisuke Matsuzaka and neither was great. Javier Vazquez pitched in relief. And got the win. My favorite closer in the entire world blew the save opportunity. On top of that, Adam and I saw David Wells, David Cone, Brian Cashman, Boomer Esiason, Randy Levine, Aaron Boone, and met Nick Swisher. What. A. Game.
Andy Pettitte returned after an eleven day absence and threw 6 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball. Pettitte’s line improves to 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA! Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada homered off relievers, Jesse Crain and Ron Mahay in the Yankees, 7-1 victory. The Yankees record improved to 24-12 on the season.
In the final game of the series, the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-5. Andy Pettitte got the win and Alfredo Aceves got the save for the Yanks to give them a sweep of the O’s. The win puts the Yankees at 19-8 on the year before they begin another road trip, starting off in Boston.