Tonight’s a night where most sports fans are watching the NFL Draft, especially with no Yankees game. I’m the exception; I’m watching the Orioles currently beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in the 7th inning. But while I do that, it seems like a good time to give my random thoughts on the Brewers series.
The Yankees are slated to face Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza while Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and David Phelps will oppose them. I’ll have the pitching match up post tomorrow, but I don’t expect the Yankees to have many at-bats against the Brewers pitching except for Matt Garza, who was previously a Tampa Bay Ray. Not only are the Yankees pitchers expected to pitch–they also have to hit since the Yankees are going to a National League ballpark.
Like Joe Girardi, I’m not a big fan of having the pitchers hit since it takes a powerful bat out of one of the Yankees regulars hands, but it does give Girardi a reliable option for later in the game. One thing that was impressive was the pitchers have proven they have power. Masahiro Tanaka hit a few balls in the seats during yesterday’s batting practice and even David Phelps showed some power. Phelps did say he was comfortable with hitting, but he really wants to bunt–preferably with runners on base.
So, with the Yankees preparing for their series against the Brewers, I’ll leave you with this small tidbit I left out of my notes yesterday which has to do with instant replay:
— Joe Girardi and the Yankees have challenged nine times this season. They’ve had seven calls overturned and two of them stand. That’s actually not bad; it means Girardi know when to use the challenge to his advantage unlike the Boston Red Sox who have been at the short end of the replay stick.