Yankees Bats Come Alive, Lead Yankees to 3rd Straight Win
The New York Yankees blew out the Cleveland Indians 14-1 on Tuesday night, moving to 4-4 on the young season. 40 year Andy Pettitte looked like a Spring chicken, giving up only 1 earned run in his 7 innings. Cleveland's bats were no match for the Veteran and were out of the game by the 5th inning. Pettitte moves to 2-0 this year, with a miniscule 1.20 ERA.
The Yankees already look like a completely different team than they were against the Boston Red Sox in their opening series. The Yankees offense was at their best from the beginning of the game on. They registered 18 hits, 5 home runs, and had four players with multiple RBI. New York received a major boost from 2B Robinson Cano. After hitting two home runs in his last game, Cano added another long bomb and had 5 RBI. His bat woke up in a huge way, and the Yankees will need him to play this way all year.
If the Yankees could hand out early team MVP awards, Kevin Youkilis and Francisco Cervelli would certainly earn recognition. Youkilis hit his second homer of the year, pushing his average to .367. The 3B was struggling with the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox last year, but he's proved the new environment is working for him. Cervelli has answered the call at catcher for New York. After getting stuck at the Triple-A level last season, Cervelli already has 6 RBI and is hitting .353. He's been a spark plug for the Yankees.
The Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struggled miserably and was ejected in the 4th inning after hitting Youkilis. He was replaced by Brett Myers, who was scheduled to start Wednesday night. The Yankees should have another field day with whoever Cleveland chooses to start on short notice. New manager Terry Francona certainly has his work cut out for him Former Yankee Nick Swisher had 2 hits for the Indians in his first series against New York.
Despite their injuries, New York is still looking like a force in the AL East. If they can weather the storm until Granderson, Jeter, and Teixeira come back, they could put together an 85-90 win season. Their replacements are coming up huge for New York, proving again that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is one of the best in all of baseball.