Yankees - 000 306 010 - 10 11 0
Red Sox - 000 101 010 - 3 9 0
Phil Hughes / Josh Beckett
After a couple of bad starts, Beckett rebounded against the Orioles (7-6-2-0-6, 106) last Sunday. Hughes has been outstanding. In 25 innings over four starts, he has allowed only 10 hits (including nine singles) and four runs, though he has walked 12. Right-handed batters are 3-for-39 against him this year (.077, with a .199 OPS).Scutaro, SS
Here is your series preview, courtesy of SoSH's mabrowndog. You won't find anything anywhere even 10% as good. Snips:
Tampa Bay (12-1 on the road this year) is in Oakland tonight.NYY - 19-8 (.704)It's fair to say the Yankees have yet to be truly tested. The average current W-L record of the teams they've played so far is 13.1-16.0, and only 3 of their 27 games have been against teams with a record better than 15-14. Meanwhile the Sox' average oppositional W-L is 14.6-14.3 with 13 of 29 games against teams better than 15-14. ...
2nd in AL East
1.0 game behind TB
2nd best record in AL
BOS - 15-14 (.517)
4th in AL East
6.5 games behind TB
6th (T) best record in AL ...
Pettitte (14.9), Burnett (14.0), Sabathia (12.2) and Hughes (11.3) rank 4th, 5th, 8th and 12th in VORP among AL starting pitchers. They're 15-1 with a 2.14 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a .216/.288/.300/.588 opponents' batting line. ...
Where the Yankees appear to have flubbed their management of Joba Chamberlain's development, they've hit it out of the park with Hughes. ... [a ton of solid info on Hughes]
What the hell is up with Cap'n Intangibles' low walk total? Just 5 in 123 PA, or 4.1%?? He's on pace for the lowest walk rate and OBP of his career ... Sure enough, he's swinging at far more junk outside the strike zone ... [hitting] a shitload more grounders ...
Curtis Granderson's on the 15-day DL with a groin strain and is likely out until late May. ... An MRI revealed inflammation of [Pettitte's elbow] joint but no ligament damage. ... [Posada missed two games] with a "mild calf strain" ... The 40-year-old Rivera hasn't pitched since April 30 and wasn't available at all this week due to "left side stiffness", whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. ...
And: Andre Ethier of the Dodgers has 11 walk-off hits since 2008. No other player has more than five. ... Joe Posnanski remembers Robin Roberts and explains why baseball has never been better than it is right now.