Now That’s What You Call A Homestand

July 27, 2009 – 10:28 am

Robbie Drives In 3NYY 7, Oakland 5. This is pretty much the way you have to win with your No. 5 starter. Sergio Mitre struggled from the beginning, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings. But to his credit, he didn’t walk anyone, thus limiting the damage and giving the Yankee bats a chance. And that’s all they needed. Down 2-0 after the top of the first, the Yankees immediately re-took the lead on a bases-loaded double by “Clutchless” Robbie Cano. Eventually Mitre surrendered that lead in the 6th, but then again in the bottom half of that inning it was Derek Jeter driving in two runs to restore the lead for good. But even though it was Cano and Jeter getting the key hits, everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, and everyone except for Jorge Posada also either scored a run or drove in a run. So they got some offense all the way up and down the order — something that seems to happen quite often with this team.

So the Yankees end up with an incredible 9-1 homestand and in the course of the 10 days since the All-Star break have gone from 3 games back of Boston to leading the East by 2.5 games. Can they keep up the momentum over the upcoming 9-game road trip? The first three games against Tampa Bay will be a tough test — the Rays are arguably better than their 54-45 record might indicate, and are probably the second best team in the AL outside the East. But the Yankees have their pitching rotation lined up perfectly with their top three starters set to pitch the series. Can they win a fourth series in a row? We shall see!

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