Saturday, June 22, 2013
Pitching and Offense Align
On the pitching side, David Phelps was not economical with his pitch count as he was lifted with two outs in the sixth inning having already thrown 102 pitches. His control has not been great of late, as he continues to walk batters. The one thing about Phelps that everyone was raving about is his ability to throw strikes. He has gotten away from that formula this year, resulting in more walks. He needs to be able to pitch to any batter and not just that hitters he feels comfortable against. Of all people, Phelps walked Yunel Escobar. Escobar swings at pitches early in the count, so how Phelps manage to hand him a walk is beyond me. Following Phelps' departure from the game the Yankees bullpen did the job as they provided 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. The only base runner allowed by the bullpen was given up by Robertson, who gave up a base hit to Wil Myers.
The Yankees will try to get a leg up in the series tomorrow afternoon against the Rays as they will send CC Sabathia to the mound to face rookie Alex Colome. Colome is making his second career Major League start as he pitched himself to a victory in his first start against the lousy Miami Marlins. Sabathia has had a lot of trouble pitching against Tampa Bay in his career as a Yankee so tomorrow afternoon should serve as a good test to see where Sabathia is mentally against a team that has dominated him.