When the Yankees called Chase Whitley up, they didn’t know what they were going to get out of him. Whitley wasn’t stretched out to be a starting pitcher when the Yankees placed him in the rotation, but he impressed and was able to beat the first team he faced, the New York Mets. Whitley has opened some eyes, and tonight for the first time, he’ll be on the National stage facing the Boston Red Sox on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
While Whitley takes center stage for the Yankees, the Yankees are hoping they can score runs for him and at least take the series against their arch-rivals. The offense is what doomed Masahiro Tanaka in last night’s game and the Yankees have been known to be quite inconsistent when it comes to scoring runs. To help the Yankees get run production, Joe Girardi tried mixing up the lineup, putting Alfonso Soriano in and leaving Ichiro Suzuki on the bench. While it seemed like a logical idea at the time, it didn’t quite work out in the Yankees favor.
Tonight the Yankees need to focus on claiming a series win. If they can do that successfully, then they should be in pretty good shape going into the next series when the Tampa Bay Rays come to town.