At this point, I don’t know what to say about A-Rod. The guy is out of his mind right now (well, he always is, but this time in a good way). Six home runs in the first seven games, and 15 RBI. I don’t really want to say too much. Let’s just ride this out as far as it goes. I’ll say this – if he is going to be his normal self this year, the Yankees are going to score 1000 runs.
The real story of the night was Andy Pettitte providing the Yankees with another strong performance on the mound for his 150th win in pinstripes. Dandy Andy went 6 strong shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and a walk. He looked very comfortable and was attacking the strike zone, not really falling behind anyone.
So far, this series has been a big confidence booster for all involved. Everyone is swinging the bat fairly well – even Melky had 3 hits tonight and looked much better at the plate.
Moose takes the hill tomorrow before we head out west and a series sweep over the defending Central Division Champions could be huge. Moose looked lousy his last time out, with his fastball topping out at 85 mph and he was not able to locate it. That could have been a result of the cold weather and the rain out throwing off his routine, so Moose could bounce back tomorrow. It will be very interesting to see his velocity and control tomorrow against a team that can grind out at bats.
The Yankees have gotten out to early leads in both games of the series and tomorrow night that would be a huge lift once again. They’ll be opposed by Ramon Ortiz, who has a live arm at times, but once he gets hit a bit he can unravel in a hurry. A couple first inning runs tomorrow night could allow the Yankees to coast to a sweep. We’ll see…