Sunday, May 25, 2008

Yanks Come From Behind, Sweep M's With 6-5 Victory

Now that was a fun game to watch. I was a little animated during the 8th inning rally. Jumping up and down, slamming kitchen cupboard doors, some Joba-esque fist pumps and twirls. It's a good thing my wife and son were out because things got a little crazy. Unlike a lot of the previous games this season, I couldn't write the Yankees off when they were behind late because they're a much better looking team now then they were just a few short days ago. What a great win! A nice way to end the homestand and to get back to the 500 mark. Ball game over. Yankees win. Thuhhhhhh Yankees win!

Chien-Ming Wang pitched worse than I expected but he still pitched well enough where on most days the Yankees offense will get him enough runs to win. Wang hasn't exactly benefited from much run support this year. I think this is the 3rd game I can recall where he pitched well enough to win but came up short. At least the team bailed him out and he didn't get sacked with the loss. Wang struggled a little bit with his control. He had a season high 4 walks today and he's been walking quite a few hitters in his recent outings. This is his 4th straight game issuing 3 walks or more. That stretch marks the 2nd time in his career he's walked at least 3 a game in a 4 game stretch. He needs to regain a little of the control. But he kept the team in the game which allowed them to eventually claw their way back into it and pull out the victory.

Edwar Ramirez has been quite a surprise this year. He's now thrown 12.2 scoreless innings this year, allowing 13 baserunners on 6 hits and 7 walks, but he's neutralized the opponents by picking up 15 Ks. I was skeptical when the season started about Edwar's ability to pitch at the major league level but he's erased all those doubts. I would have no problems making him the set up man.

God bless Mariano Rivera. Best. Closer. Ever. 'Nuff said.

Outside of the 8th inning there wasn't much to get excited about from n offensive standpoint today. As I blogged after last night's game, the Yankees have never really hit Jarrod Washburn. Washburn pretty much had their number again today. The Yankees did today what they've been so good at doing in years past but have failed to do most of this year and that's hit the opposing team's bullpen. I think this is the Yankees 1st win this season when trailing after 7 innings. The 8th inning was really exciting. I'm glad to see that they've gotten away from swinging for the fences and worked more on keeping the line moving. It's something I've talked about quite a few times this year. The 8th inning today was a perfect example of what I mean. We're starting to see more and more of it and it's no coincidence that it coincides with a 5 game winning streak.

The slingshot is officially on. You couldn't ask for a better way to end the current homestand. A come from behind win. A 5 game winning streak. A 500 record. And an offense that's finally hitting the ball. The slingshot is in full effect. This team has to be real confident right now. D-Raz looks to extend the winning streak tomorrow with a Memorial Day matinee in Baltimore. The O's are in the midst of a 5 game losing streak of their own so the Yankees really have momentum on their side for this upcoming series. Things are really starting to look up.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Jason said...

Great five-game winning streak, and good to see the bats come alive to provide wins in myriad ways--blowouts, a pitchers duel, and a late-inning comeback. Today was a different story, as the team continues to struggle against lefties. It's hard to believe that Olson was the same guy the Yankees creamed last week, for he shut down the Yankees today. Rasner deserved better, throwing one heck of a game and allowing only the homer to Markakis. Hawkins and Veras hastened the collapse. Still, it's just one game. Yet the team's ability to move above .500 is annoying.