After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece.
Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the Yankees bats could crush the ball against Rays’ Erik Bedard enough to win no matter what.
Until I remembered that the Yankees faced Bedard at the Trop back on April 18th, and scored four earned runs off him in the second inning. Mind-you, the Yankees lost the game 11-5, thanks to their bullpen being ineffective and the Rays relievers doing the opposite.
Ideally the Yankees batters need to come at Bedard swinging early, and score enough runs if Sabathia is done after the five innings, which is a crap-shoot at this point.
Pineda had been down in Tampa a-mid a 10-day suspension for using pine tar, but he flew back to New York this past Tuesday night after experiencing back pain, while throwing a simulated game.
Considering the 25-year old is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that had him in rehab for the past two years means there is good reason to be concerned here. I have read that the teres muscle is not directly connected with the rotator cuff but is right below the shoulder, which cannot be good.
With Ivan Nova out for the season too, the Yankees starting rotation is in some rough shape.
Not a thank you for playing on average 160 games a season; or appreciation for being one of the best players in baseball for the last nine seasons.
Yankees fans don’t seem to care that Cano was part of the 2009 World Series Championship Team; or how Cano took part in the funniest prank since Jimmy Fallon took over the Tonight Show this past Monday night.
There was not highlight montage in center field before the game highlighting all Cano’s biggest Yankee moments, like the Red Sox did to thank Jacoby Ellsbury in Fenway Park just a week ago.
Superstar second baseman Robinson Cano returns to Yankees Stadium this week, after signing a massive 10-year $240 million contract. But that hasn’t been enough to drive up ticket prices. Yankees tickets for the series are 51 percent below the season average, and each game has seen a decrease in weekly trend. That could be because even with Cano in the lineup, the Mariners are only 10-14, which is one of the worst records in the American League. The Yankees schedule continues its run of home games throughout the week with three games well below the season average.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia got off to a tough start, but has pitched well his last two outings. Against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox he let up just three combined earned runs in 13 innings of work. Still, prices for the game are the lowest of the series with an average price of $45 after a 54 percent drop over the week. And that’s knowing the Yankees have a chance to hit a couple of bombs against 34-year old Chris Young. The last time Young faced the Yankees he posted a 4.50 ERA at Citi Field. At Yankee Stadium the fly ball-pitcher might be in trouble. Continue reading ‘Prices For Robinson Cano’s Return To Yankee Stadium Are 51% Below Season Ticket Average’ »