In his series preview, Larry suggested that the unknown Chicago starter, Philip Humber, whom the Yankees had never faced before, would no-hit the Bombers over nine innings. Larry is prone to exaggeration. Instead, Humber limited the Yankees to one hit over seven innings. If not for a seventh inning single from Alex Rodriguez, Humber probably would have no hit the Yankees.
On the surface, Humber didn’t seem like the kind of never-before-seen pitcher who shut down the Yankees so routinely last season. For one thing, he’s right handed. For another, he can top 93mph on the radar gun. But, he pitched in the mold of Carl Pavano. None of his pitches were over powering, but, according to Al Leiter, he mixed a decent fastball with two different breaking pitches and a changeup to keep the Yankee bats off balance. He mixed in a little magic too, because at one point during the potential no-hitter Leiter confessed to Michael Kay that he couldn’t figure out why the Yankees wouldn’t have been able to hit Humber with a paddle.… Click here to read the rest