Bring On The World Champs!

May 22, 2009 – 10:40 am

NYY 7, Baltimore 4. Beating up on the poor Baltimore Orioles was starting to get a little embarrassing, so I guess it’s a good thing this series is now over. This time the Yankees inverted the game plan from the previous wins, jumping on an early lead and then hanging on for dear life when the middle relief took over and at least made the score respectable (for the Orioles that is). Once again it was Robbie Cano and Melky Cabrera getting the key hits, but the nice surprise was seeing Alfredo Aceves come in and take over after Joba Chamberlain had to leave early because of an injury (apparently a minor one) after only facing four batters in the first. Three of the wins in the current 9-game winning streak now belong to Aceves, and since he got roughed up a bit in his first appearance of the season, he’s thrown shutout ball over 9.1 innings, while striking out 5 and only giving up one walk. Nice to have someone else in the bullpen besides Brian Bruney who doesn’t scare the beejeezus out of you when he comes in to the game!

Joba Out EarlySo now things start to get interesting with the NL East leading and current WS champion Phillies coming to town for three games, and then on to Texas for a 3-game set with the AL West leading Rangers. It’s one thing beating up on the likes of the Twins and Orioles. The next six games will tell us just how legitimate the recent streak is. And to make things even more interesting, Toronto is quickly fading away (as most people suspected they would), and the AL East is quickly shaping up to be a battle between Boston and the Yankees (again, as most figured it would). Amazingly, we’re only one game back of the Red Sox in spite of the very slow start. The rest of the season could be shaping up to be a pretty good run.

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