Saturday, July 27, 2013
CC"s Struggles Continue
Rafael Soriano's reunion with the Yankees didn't begin as nicely as he would have liked it to. As the left fielder, Soriano went 0-5 but drove in a run and scored a run. The Yankees need Soriano to make things happen in that barren lineup that Girardi is sending out every night. The Yankees showed you something tonight as they were able to chip away in the latter innings to make Joe Maddon use his closer. Even though Rodney was only used for one out Maddon will think twice before pitching him tomorrow and on Sunday. Girardi took Cano out of the game after his third at-bat and David Adams did well as his replacement, going 2-2 with two RBI. The Yankees will take offense from anyone who is willing to provide it. Travis Hafner continues his struggles. His average now stands at .205 and the Yankees are getting closer to parting ways with the designated hitter. After acquiring Soriano from the Cubs, the Yankees don't have a real need for a left-handed DH. The majority of at bats at the designated hitter position will be used by Soriano, Jeter and Alex Rodriguez if he returns.
Chris Archer and Ivan Nova will square off tomorrow afternoon in the Bronx for a matinee. The Yankee bats need to back Nova who has pitched very well since coming off the disabled list. Archer has pitched great since his promotion after a rough start.