If MLB wants to re-do the scheduling again and make every team play its divisional rivals more each season, I would have no problem with that. It would just mean more free wins at home for the Yankees against the Blue Jays. If you were keeping track, that tally is now up to 15 straight after last night.
Chase Whitley continues to impress as the team’s de facto 3rd starter. He got the same hard work treatment that Tanaka did on Tuesday night, needing 98 pitches to complete 5 innings. But he held to the Jays to 5 singles and 2 runs in those 5 innings, left with the lead, and ended up with the W. If Vidal Nuno could come close to matching Whitley’s consistency, the rotation would be in pretty decent shape.
The Yanks got another early run thanks to Brett Gardner‘s speed. He singled to lead off the 1st, got to second on an error, moved to third on a flyout, and scored on Alfonso Soriano‘s single away from the shift with 2 outs. The rest of the offense was almost entirely off the bat of Brian McCann. He hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 4th to regain the lead for the Yanks after Whitley’s rocky top half of the inning and put the game away in the 7th with a base-clearing triple to the wall in right-center. Patience, power, and speed. Big Mac’s the total package.
Joe leaned on his bullpen aces to secure the win for Whitley. Warren worked the 6th and 7th, Betances the bulk of the 8th in his usual fireman role, and D-Rob a 1-2-3 9th. Wonder if any will be available tonight.
– Rough outing for Jose Ramirez. Joe tried to steal some innings with him in the 8th after McCann boosted the lead to 5 runs and Ramirez gave up a pair of doubles to The Melkman and Joey Bats. Young pitcher, really good hitters, short leash. That’s a tough combination. Joe tried to test him and he didn’t pass.
– Brett Lawrie left the game after taking a fastball from Whitley off his left hand in the 4th. X-rays were negative, but if he ends up not playing tonight I think there’s the chance we see a Yankee batter take one from Drew Hutchison.
– That’s 14 hits in the last 10 games for Gardner, 9 in his last 5.
– Adam Warren matched Betances’ perfect 2-inning job on Tuesday with one of his own last night. It included striking out the side in the 6th. Where would you rather have this guy, ‘pen or rotation?
– Want that sweep tonight. Need it. Hopefully Phelps has his big boy pants on and doesn’t revert back to being a corner nibbler.