On Friday past, in came the New York Yankees for a sold out, 3-game weekend series vs. the Indians at Jacobs field. Everyone remembers "the sweep" in Yankee Stadium back in April. Names come to mind with a shudder like A-Rod, Jeter, and Giambi. But the rest of the team...who are those guys? The way they played, they will be household names very soon. Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Andy Phillips, and Jose Molina are not names that are readily associated with the Bronks Bombers...until now.
They hit, they pitch, they sparkle in the field, they do so many little things to beat you like working pick-off plays to perfection and executing a game plan. Still, in the game this afternoon, it was apparent that these same Yankees were in fact human...even beatable! (But we countered their line-up with Chris Gomez and Astrubal Cabrera...Who are those guys?)
Time is running out and Detroit looks to be putting their season back together. With 44 games remaining, eight of which are with Detroit, the Indians must put together a game by game plan to win the division. Otherwise, they will be home for the playoffs.
It starts Tuesday with a two game set vs. Detroit. We are one half game behind the Tigers in the division. Our two best pitchers are scheduled to go, C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona. Execute a plan and get back to a 1 to 2 game lead in the division, depending on the outcome of the Oakland/Detroit game on Monday.