Thursday, July 4, 2013
Offense Explodes Again
David Phelps did a serviceable job today, allowing four earned runs in 6.1 innings. He had good control today, as shown by him not handing out any walks. However, Phelps left something to be desired because of the potential he has in any game of shutting down the opposing offense completely. The Notre Dame graduate won his sixth game of the year to go along with a 5.01 ERA. The earned run average is very high but at the same time, when Phelps keeps his team in the game they tend to score a lot of runs for him. He and Phil Hughes have pitched similarly this season, but Phelps has been more lucky in the win category. They both have their great starts and then both fall into bad habits on the mound when they give up the big inning. With Phelps and Hughes the big inning has been their problem all season long. Like today, Phelps surrendered three earned runs in the seventh inning before he was taken out of the game. Two of the runs were given up by the bullpen who entered the game in place of Phelps.
The Yankees have to feel good about themselves after sweeping a four game series, which is not easy to do especially as a visiting team. With Baltimore's loss the Yankees creep one game closer to the wildcard spot that is currently occupied by the Orioles. Speaking of the Orioles, they will be in town for three games in the Bronx beginning tomorrow night. The Yankees have an opportunity to make a statement after getting swept out of Camden Yards earlier in the week. Ivan Nova will make the start in place of an injured Hiroki Kuroda who was sidelined with a sore hip flexor. Miguel Gonzalez will start against the Yankees. Gonzalez has had a lot of success versus the Yankees, but the Yankees are catching him at the right time with their offense blossoming the way it has lately.