Coming off a series against the Detroit Tigers in which they were heavily considered the underdog, the New York Yankees showed why the game has to be played on the field, and not on paper, taking 3 of 4 from the Tigers, a team that looked on paper, like an almost all around superior team to the Yankees. But that’s why the game is played on the field. The Yankees outpitched, and outhit the Tigers all series. The Yankees have really been starting to show signs of clicking as a team, and no area is a better example of that than the starting rotation. Since the All-Star break, the Yankees’ starting rotation has been as dominant as any in baseball. They are second in the AL in ERA since the break, and have given the Yankees a chance to win day in, and day out. Wait, wasn’t this rotation supposed to break down and completely fall apart when Masahiro Tanaka went down? It was, but that’s why the game is played on the field.
Shane Greene was the latest Yankees’ starter to put up a dominant performance yesterday, throwing eight innings of shutout baseball. The key to this whole series was the Yankees’ starting pitching. Who would have thought that a rotation that included Shane Greene, Chris Capuano, and Brandon McCarthy would compete with the likes of Max Scherzer, David Price, and Justin Verlander? No one. But that’s why the game is played on the field, and not on paper. They will look to keep it going against the Indians tonight.