Homestand over, road trip begins
The Yankees wrapped up their 8-2 homestand at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, falling in 11 innings to the Phillies and dropping two out of three to the defending World Champions. Despite that setback, there’s a chance that we’ll be looking back at those 10 games at home as a pivotal moment in the team’s season, depending on how this all plays out.
Why? Because this was the homestand where Yankee Stadium really began to feel like there might be some kind of home-field advantage for the Yankees — I keep thinking back to when David Wells appeared at the new place and he proclaimed that the Yankees “have no advantage here.”
It may be a homer-haven, but these 10 games against the Twins, Orioles and Phillies proved that they could play winning baseball in New York. What’s more, the Twins and Orioles were absolutely miserable and couldn’t wait to escape (as for the Phillies, well, they’re a pretty good team).
By the way, the Yankees are 12-4 since Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup. Yes, he’s been an all-or-nothing hitter, but that presence is impossible to replace in the lineup. It’s amazing that people were actually saying they’d be better without A-Rod; the Cody Ransom era proved that it wasn’t the case. The ripple effect on Mark Teixeira can’t just be a coincidence. He thinks he’s getting more fat pitches to hit as a result.
Here’s what’s on tap for the Rangers series as I write to you from deep in the heart of Texas…
Monday 5/25 at TEXAS
RHP Phil Hughes (2-2, 7.06) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 4.71) 2:05 p.m. YES
Tuesday 5/26 at TEXAS
RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.70) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (4-4, 3.12) 8:05 p.m. MY9
Wednesday 5/27 at TEXAS
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-2, 5.28) vs. LHP Derek Holland (1-1, 4.82) 8:05 p.m. YES