With the New York Yankees injuries continuing to pile up, wins are getting harder to come by and the team is starting to slide fast.
Tonight, the Yankees are hoping pitcher Vidal Nuno can repeat his last start vs. the Angels, allowing just one run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
But the real concern for the Yankees is not as much the pitching, but can the offense score enough runs to win?
The Yankees have never faced Mets righty Zack Wheeler, which is not ideal for a team that has a history of getting blanked when facing a pitcher for the first time.
(Stats courtesy of MLB.com)
Zach Wheeler - 2014 Pitching Stats
W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO AVG WHIP
1 3 3.89 7 7 39.1 39 20 17 2 18 1 39 0.265 1.450
Patience is key with Wheeler, as hitters have had more luck drawing a walk then going deep on him.
Batters are hitting .342 with runners in scoring position (RISP) against Wheeler this season, so there is no excuse for stranding runners on base this evening.
And with last night’s resurgence of the offensively anemic Mets in the Yankees bandbox, you can bet that the Amazins will be raking.
The Yankees have a line-up on paper that can rival anybody, but so far the bats cannot seem to gel as a unit.
The bottom line is the nightmare of the 2013 Yankees is starting to re-materialize, and that was not supposed to happen.
This is why the Yankees need this win way more than the Mets now, if not only to save face but also to spawn encouragement that they are really not this bad.
As the great Yogi Berra, who turned 89-years old yesterday, once said:
“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”