Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yankees Come Back for Sweep

The Yankees have swept the Toronto Blue Jays in a four game set at Yankee Stadium. Behind today's win was Phil Hughes and Lyle Overbay who both came up clutch when they were called upon to do something either at the plate or on the mound. The Yankees have a record of 15-9 this year and have more than a handful of comeback wins in the young season. They say that the best indicator to a winning formula is coming out on top in close games. The Yankees won all four if these games against the Blue Jays bytes runs or less and Mariano Rivera collected three saves in the series with Joba Chamberlain notching the remaining one save when Mo was unavailable. The starters did a great job in this series, aside from Ivan Nova who left his start early in the game. Phil Hughes was in attack mode today and went after the aggressive Toronto hitters. He piled on nine strikeouts and his lone walk came intentionally in the sixth to Adam Lind so he could pitch to Izturis with two outs. If Hughes was more economical with his pitches he could have easily gone eight strong innings.

The hitting on this team has been timely and that counts more than compilers who hit to raise individual statistics. Lyle Overbay came up big today against Dickey with Hafner on first in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a permanent lead. Brennan Boesch also hit a home run early in the game to give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. These players are coming up big in spots that count and every day it's someone different. Yesterday, Travis Hafner had a big day and today it was Boesch and Overbay. The Yankees now have a 15-9 record and a four game winning streak.

The Houston Astros come into Yankee Stadium for a three game set for their first visit to the Stadium as an American League team. The Astros are a horrid baseball team, coming off a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees will try to do what the Red Sox did to the Astros and hope to have an extended winning streak. Andy Pettitte will get the start against Lucas Harrell tomorrow night.

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