Game 20: Yankees at Orioles

After losing rather miserably yesterday, the sun came up again today and the Yankees will get the chance to play again tonight. We are going to see the same lineup as the lineup from Opening Night, and for that I am happy. Here’s a look at it via Chad Jennings…

SS Derek Jeter

DH Nick Johnson

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

CF Curtis Granderson

RF Nick Swisher

LF Brett Gardner

LHP CC Sabathia

Phil Hughes battles it out

Last night Phil Hughes clearly didn’t have good control. Many inexperienced pitchers would usually just get hammered if they didn’t have their best control or stuff. However, Hughes made adjustments. He knew he wasn’t on top of his game, and he made in game adjustments with the help of Dave Eiland and in the end, he threw 5.2 innings and only allowed one run. To me that is impressive. Pitchers are going to through several games a season without their best stuff or their best control, and how they do in those starts is what separates the good pitchers from the great pitchers. Look at Andy Pettitte, there are many times he doesn’t have his best stuff but still pitches a great game. If Hughes can do this successfully, he could become a front-end starter.

Bullpen faltering

Lately, the Yankee bullpen hasn’t been too great. Now we all know how volatile bullpens are and how quickly they can turn around. However, I have a couple suggestions to help get it going in the right direction. First of all, call up Mark Melancon and get him some meaningful innings. At this point, it doesn’t look like Chan Ho Park is returning soon so a good right handed reliever, which Melancon certainly has the potential to be, would be very useful. To make room for Melancon on the roster, I would probably send Boone Logan back to AAA, although he hasn’t been bad. Secondly, I would like to see David Robertson used in a slightly different role. So far this season, Girardi has been keen on bringing in Robertson in tough situations with men on base. I feel Robertson may be better suited to be utilized if he comes in to start innings. These are just my suggestions, and they could or could not be a good idea.

All Star Game rules modified

Certain rules for the All Star Game have been changed. They will go into effect this year. Here is a quick rundown of the changes…

  • The DH will now be used in all cases regardless of whether the NL is home or the AL is home. That means no more pitchers batting (yay!). The AL DH will still be selected by the fans, but the NL DH will be selected by the NL manager.
  • Any pitcher who is selected for the All Star Game but pitched the previous Sunday will not be able to be used. Instead, he will be replaced on the roster. However, the pitcher replaced will still be recognized as an All Star.
  • Instead of the typical 33 man roster, there will now be 34 players. The extra player will be a position player, not a pitcher.

Overall, I like these rule changes especially the DH one, but the rules can be made better in my opinion.

1 thought on “Game 20: Yankees at Orioles

  1. The Yankees won this series. No surprise. They got stellar outings when they needed them most from the front end of this rotation. That is why they are there to get wins! Also what is up with Robbie Cano!?! He is doing absolutely amazing!! 8 HR’s and 2 just tonight! He is hitting over .400 now. I guess the pressure of hitting behind Rodriguez and Teixeira isn’t phasing him one bit. It’s actually helping him which was Girardi’s plan all along (or so we hope).

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