Yankees’ Win Completes 4 Game Sweep of AL East Rival Toronto Blue Jays
With a 3-2 victory over R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, the Yankees moved to 15-9, good for second place in the AL East. Though the Yankees are still dealing with injuries to some of their best hitters, the fill-ins have continued to carry on the Yankee way.
The Yankees outscored the Blue Jays by only 6 runs in the entire series, but they managed to pull out 4 wins. Their bullpen was fantastic, combining with quality starting pitching to keep the Blue Jays' offense at bay.
The Yankees' three runs on Sunday came via the homerun. Brennan Boesch connected for a solo homer in the 2nd inning and Lyle Overbay added a two run blast in the 7th. Both homers came off of the former Mets' CY Young winner Dickey. Dickey has struggled with the knuckle ball so far this season, to the tune of a 4.50 ERA.
Phil Hughes remained hot on the mound, giving up only 2 ER with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. After a slow start, Hughes now has three consecutive starts of 2 ER or less. Boone Logan and David Robertson bridged the gap to Mariano Rivera, who pitched a scoreless inning for his third save in the series. He already has 9 saves on the young season with a miniscule 1.80 ERA.
Pitching will be critical for the Yankees as they remain in contention in a stacked AL East. C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte have been great all year taking the pressure off of the bats. It will remain to be seen if the starters can hold up all year.
The offseason's big movers, the Blue Jays, have severely underperformed this year. At 9-17, they are currently in last place in the East. Jose Reyes' injury has hurt Toronto. They have serious work to do if they hope to get their season turned around.
New York hosts the Houston Astros for a 3 game series to conclude the season's first full month. No matter the result of their last two April games, the Yankees will finish the month above .500. At this rate, the Yankees are poised to be a powerhouse in the AL all year. If Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson can return healthy enough to contribute, New York should have no trouble making the postseason.