The Yankees will spend today traveling to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a National League showdown this weekend, but in the meantime, let’s look at some of the positives and negatives from the most recent Yankees series against the Angels.
The Starting Rotation: Coming into the series, it seemed the Yankees weak link was the rotation, especially after a brutal series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, the starting pitching was great. David Phelps and Vidal Nuno continued to impress while Hiroki Kuroda bounced back from his last two lackluster outings and had a great start. The rotation still is a question mark but it was great for three days to see the rotation lock down and keep the opposing hitters off balance.
Derek Jeter: Yes, we know Derek Jeter’s bat was a problem entering the series, and I still don’t think three days is enough to tell us if Derek Jeter’s struggles are gone, but for the last three days, seeing Jeter getting five hits with a home run was a nice change. Before the series, the media called Jeter ‘old’, and he surely remembered that. “You guys said I was old (when the series started),” Jeter said. “Am I young now?”
RISP: Okay, so this mostly applies to yesterday, but the Yankees were 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position in last night’s win. It sure beats them going 0-for-10 in 14 innings against the Rays, am I right?
David Robertson: Robertson made a cameo appearance in Saturday’s game, quickly retiring three batters to get the save. This is probably not hard to believe, but Robertson is still perfect in save situations. He is Mariano Rivera‘s successor after all.
The Bullpen: Aside from David Robertson (and Preston Claiborne), the Yankees bullpen was not good this series. The bullpen (mostly Shawn Kelley) gave up six walks in the first game, Kelley gave up a game tying single in the second game and Dellin Betances didn’t have his command in the third game. The bullpen still isn’t the biggest question mark but the last three games were quite concerning.