Aug 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) walks off the field after being relieved during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Yankees have now won seven of their last 10 games, and their hitting has been on fire. Yesterday, they knocked the Detroit Tigers’ newly acquired ace David Price out of the game in the third inning, after collecting nice consecutive hits. The Yankees are now 2.5 games back in the chase for the second wild card, and they still have one game remaining against the Tigers—the team they are chasing. If this groove continues the Yankees’ run will continue.
They need hot hitting and solid pitching to sneak into the second spot in the American League. Getting on the board early has been key for the bombers. When facing teams with great rotations, such as the Tigers, it’s important to get early hits and try to knock out the starting pitchers. It’s imperative to also make the starters throw strikes, and not swing at any pitches outside of the zone. Working the count results in a high pitch count, and that’s something that will always work in the Yankees favor.