This is a repost from Rebecca’s blog. Original can be found here.
So that game didn’t go exactly as planned.
You can divvy it up however you want, but the honest truth is that Phil Hughes did not pitch like a Game Two starter is supposed to pitch, and Colby Lewis did–at least enough to keep the Yankees unbalanced and make his pitches when he had to.
So now the Yankees head back to New York City, with the ALCS tied at one game a piece, and Cliff Lee slated to pitch on Monday and AJ Burnett on Tuesday.
Some, such as Ian O’Connor, might argue it’s time to panic.
Here’s why you shouldn’t.
1) Cliff Lee is not unbeatable, even in the postseason.
In Game Five of last year’s World Series, Lee pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned. No, the Yankees did not win that game–but that had more to do with AJ Burnett’s poor start than Lee’s good one, which wasn’t actually a good start.… Click here to read the rest