Phil Hughes will take the mound at Yankee Stadium for the first time since last season, but he won’t be in pinstripes when the game begins at 1:o5 p.m. He’ll pitch at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Minnesota Twins, hoping to keep his former teammates off balance and giving the Twins the series victory. However, it won’t be an easy task as the Yankees are sending out Chase Whitley, who has been very good since coming up from the minor leagues.
This is the first American League team Whitley will face during his time in the rotation; he’s faced the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals and he’s done pretty well in 14 innings of work. Whitley made it past the fifth inning for the first time in his last outing against the Cardinals and he has a 2.57 ERA coming into this afternoon’s matinee.
The Yankees offense has been quite silent in the past few games. Three runs was just enough to win the game yesterday but that won’t be the case every night. The Yankees need to get the offense rolling, and they need to show that the Yankees spending spree in the offseason was worth . It payed off with Masahiro Tanaka, didn’t it?