Maybe it’s me, and maybe I’m alone on this one, but sorry, I’m not impressed with the Yankees.
They came to the South Side this week. They brought the best record in the American League. They had hit the most homers. Did all of them come against teams that should be contracted?
Credit the White Sox for displaying the talent to come back and the nerve to get big hits at big times, especially after a wasted weekend in Kansas City, but the Yankees failed to end the first two games in the first inning when they had the chance.
Sox starter Gavin Floyd got yanked in the third inning of the opener, but he never should’ve finished the first, not if the Yankees were the YANKEES the way people talk.
Sox starter Francisco Liriano got into a load of trouble in his first inning Tuesday, allowing a homer on the first pitch and proceeding to load the bases, but the Yankees managed only two runs. The big, bad Yankees managed only one more run the rest of the way. Liriano somehow went from a likely early shower to six innings, and the Sox came back to whip the Yankees for the second night in a row.
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a failure to knock out Floyd and Liriano, not Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. Great teams know when it’s time to win games and then do it. The Yankees didn’t.
Maybe it’s an uncharacteristic turn for the Yankees. It’s certainly a small sample size. But still, I’m not impressed. Which makes me more encouraged about the Sox.
The Sox were the team with the clutch hits. The Sox were the team that wouldn’t quit. The Sox lineup was more relentless.
Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham beat the Jeter-Cano-Teixeira Yankees Monday night. Kevin Youkilis and Paul Konerko beat the Jeter-Cano-Teixeira Yankees on Tuesday. What else you got?
The Sox have not seemed fazed. They were down early both games and came back with a vengeance. They assaulted the Yankees the way the Yankees are alleged to assault opponents.
What’s more, the Yankees played the opener like it was a playoff game. Manager Joe Girardi brought in three relievers in the fifth inning --- the fifth inning of a game in August, do you hear me?
And let me tell you something else: The Yankees absolutely have to hit a ton because their pitching isn’t that good and isn’t that deep.
I mean, Freddy Garcia? Seriously?
Ivan Nova is a guy with a win total that barely exceeds his earned-run average. Girardi has used seven pitchers in this series. The Sox have scored against five of them. Next.
Maybe the Sox wouldn’t stand a chance in the postseason. Maybe all their kids would wet their pants the first time they experience the big sound of October in Yankee Stadium. Maybe the Yankees would be a different team -- that certainly would be the case CC Sabathia pitching twice in the first round – but right now, this week, in the Cell, I’m not impressed.
What’s more, I haven’t seen where the Sox have been the least bit intimidated. I don’t see evidence they would scream for mommy if they got the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs.
Now, if only the Sox can beat the Royals to get there.