The Yankees made it nine straight on Thursday night, with a 7-4 win over the Orioles.
They’re hitting, they’re pitching, and suddenly their bullpen has so much depth that people are fighting for jobs.
That’s how good it is in Yankees’ land right. That’s a reminder to you “quick to press the panic button” Yankees’ fans, that a baseball season is made up of six months. Not three weeks.
And now, in the midst of a nine-game winning streak the Yankees will welcome the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, for a Memorial Day- three-game series.
The Phillies will be coming into New York, winners of six of their last seven, despite the fact that their team ERA is 5.33, which is second worst in the National League behind those DREADFUL Washington “Natinals“.
The Phillies do mash at the plate though, and will love the idea of hitting in New Yankee Stadium. A ball-park that makes even the lightest hitting utility infielder want to grab a bat and take a couple swings.
But, if you’re the Yankees, here is a nice notion for you…The next three days you will be sending A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia to the mound.
You’ve won 9 straight, and you’ll be sending to the mound arguably your 3 best starters.
The Yankees will be facing the likes of Brett Myers on Friday night, J.A. Happ on Saturday and Cole Hammels on Sunday. Happ will be making his first start of the season on Sunday after the Phillies finally realized that Chan Ho Park has been done for about 4 seasons now.
As a baseball fan, the Cole Hammels vs. CC Sabathia matchup on Sunday is the sort of great battle that actually makes interleague worth it (For example: the Diamondbacks will be heading to Oakland this weekend to play the Athletics…plenty of seats still available). Last time Sabathia met the Phillies was the NLDS last season.
As a baseball fan, even if you hate interleague play- sometimes you got to swallow that pride and be greatful for a sweet matchup.
A matchup like the one going down in the Bronx, this first weekend of summer.