Seven Straight And Headed For Fenway

August 5, 2011 – 10:08 am

NYY 7, Chicago 2.

  • Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes appear to be engaged in a game of “whatever you can do I can do better”, and so far neither one seems to be giving in. After Hughes shut out the White Sox for six innings on three hits, Nova certainly matched that and maybe even slightly out-performed him, going 7.2 innings and giving up just one run while striking out ten. No doubt Nova is yet again going to draw the short straw and get sent back down — I don’t see any other option for the Yankees — but he’s clearly made a case for himself and figures to be a critical player in the stretch run.
  • At this point you really have to like the Yankees position. At last they are back to tied with Boston for the division lead, and they seem to be playing their best ball so far this year. The offense is at long last finally starting to hit like everyone expected, the bullpen is far stronger than anyone expected, and somehow they’ve ended up with the “problem” of having six decent starters. Well, that’s really five starters, but apparently to be politically correct you have to continue to call A.J. Burnett your No. 2 starter. But point is you couldn’t ask for much more right now, and yet if A-Rod comes back healthy later this month, they will be all that much better. With the wild card pretty much a lock for the AL East second place team, that leaves the last third of the season one long shoot-out for the division title. And it all begins with the weekend series at Fenway. This could be fun!

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