NOVA vs. O’SULLIVAN:
Nova has looked better with each start this season posting a 3-2 record, with a 4.08 ERA over 35 innings pitched. In his last start he pitched over seven innings against the tough Rangers line-up and in two starts prior Nova went a full six in both.
Luckily for the Bombers, just days later the second time they faced O’Sullivan the bats had figured him out. This season O’Sullivan has a 1-2 record, posting a 3.41 ERA over four starts. He has given up just one home-run, 11 earned runs, with 14 strikeouts, 14 walks over 29 innings pitched.
Look for A-rod to pound on the kid, as he has a .444 batting average, with four hits, two doubles, one home-run and two RBIs in his nine career at-bats against the 23-year-old O’Sullivan. While the red-hot Curtis Granderson has three home-runs in seven at-bats and I expect (pray) both will come up big.
I thought the Yankees might lose one game out of all three against Kansas City otherwise they would sweep, but now the series is up in the air; and so is first place in the AL East if the Yankees loss a second game in a row.
I predict the Yankees will win this game 6-2 and take the series. Nova has proven himself and if he can go six innings that would be another step up for the 24-year-old.
Bottom line is this Yankee team knows when they need to win and even though this game is not vital, it is sure darn close.
A little cushion would sure not hurt before playing the Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Mets and Toronto… all in a row with no day-off till May 26th when they head out West.
YANKEES QUICK NOTE:
Looking at the bigger picture, it is so mind-boggling is how much time was wasted focusing on the Yankees rotation issues coming into the season and it has literally been the team’s saving grace.
The starters have given up five earned runs or more only three times in 2011, which is tied with the Indians as a baseball leading best so far this season. I mean who knew… other then GM Brian Cashman?
The Yankees pitching has been solid as can be so far in 2011, but we have all been so brainwashed into thinking that a man’s age represents his skills but that is just not true in baseball. For some reason no one wants to accept this fact and I don’t know why? That is for another post…but soon.
- A-Rod shows signs of hitting stride (nypost.com)
- New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox and the Importance of the Weekend Series (bleacherreport.com)
- Yankees get good news after Soriano MRI (cbc.ca)
- “Granderson and Nova carry Yankees in Texas” and related posts (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- Yankees Vs. Royals: How Are Things In Kansas City? (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Royals knock out wobbly Yankees (reuters.com)