Tagged: Rays

*2.5 GAMES AHEAD* – 7/27


   A.J. Burnett (9-4) vs. James Shields (6-6)


   The Yankees have been scorching hot lately, and with Burnett on the mound tomarrow – there seems to be no end in sight. Pitcher for pitcher, batter for batter, New York’s been playing some of the best baseball in the league since the All-Star break. Here’s a look at why:

   A. Excellent Pitching
   Outside of the loss on Saturday, our rotation’s been as good as the world predicted it could be. Pettitte, Chamberlain – even the shakey starters have been going deep and allowing practically nothing. The biggest surprise in my opinion has been Joba. In his last two starts, he’s made it beyond the 6th inning – looking every bit as dominant as A.J. or CC.

   B. Excellent At-Bats

   The hitting’s been huge for the Yanks, and it finally seems as though our huge investments are paying off. We already knew Teixeira was coming around, but like a lot of teams – you don’t want to rely on one or two players scoring your runs everyday. With Posada hitting homeruns, Hinske hitting homeruns, and even Jeter going yard – we’re really coming through when we need it the most.

   C. The Red Sox Losing!

   I can’t lie – the winning wouldn’t be nearly as sweet if the Sox weren’t slumping right now. If things were neck-and-neck this entire time, the wins would be downplayed by the need for sole possession of first.