I know it’s early in the season but there’s no escaping the fact, the Yanks are struggling. It is important to note, whenever any team faces the Yanks the atmosphere becomes playoff-ish for them. Everybody wants to beat the Yanks and it shows, it’s a confidence booster for the opponents. The Yankees sub-par, mediocre starting pitching has to bear down and complete at least 6 full innings in order to help our chances of winning more possible. These early inning barrages are becoming too overwhelming. We cannot be falling behind from the get go, the American League East is much stronger this year.
A night removed from making history — in handing manager Buck Showalter his 1,000th career win — a plucky Orioles team continued to roll on Wednesday, silencing the Yankees, 5-0, for a series victory that keeps the 2012 club surprising the baseball world.
Coming off their best homestand since August 2010, Baltimore has won five of its last six series, improving to seven games over .500 for the first time since July 19, 2005.
“We’ve got a great team,” said starter Jake Arrieta, who went a career-high eight scoreless innings in a dominant outing in which no Yankees batter got to second base. “We all know that in order to get people on board, we’ve got to show it. We plan on playing the baseball we’ve been playing, especially against these guys.”
After dropping Monday’s series opener — their fourth in as many games against New York — the Orioles proved their mettle, responding with back-to-back wins that gave credence to starter Jason Hammel’s warning that this year’s club wasn’t “going to be taken lightly” anymore.
Instead, these Orioles — winners of eight of 10 games and six of eight series overall — continue to be led by a surprisingly strong starting pitching staff, with Arrieta’s stellar outing preceded by quality starts from Hammel and lefty Brian Matusz. The trio’s efforts marked the first time the Orioles have held New York to two runs or fewer in three consecutive games in the Bronx since 1978. In the series, they had a combined 1.33 ERA over 20 1/3 innings, allowing 16 hits, three earned runs, striking out 18 and walking three.
“We’ve been confident all year,” said Matt Wieters who called a masterful game behind the plate and went 3-for-4, including his team-leading seventh home run and an RBI double. “We trust our ability, and we believe in the guys we have in that clubhouse.”
Never short on confidence, Arrieta got into a solid rhythm, throwing his breaking ball for strikes early and often and turning in his best start of the season as a result. Coming off a pair of losses, the 26-year-old — who lamented that his biggest problem was not putting guys away — was aggressive, tying a career high with nine strikeouts and not issuing a walk for the first time in six games.
“Just outstanding location and sink,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Arrieta, who allowed five hits in the 111-pitch effort. “Sometimes pitchers are going to make you look bad.”….Read More
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