Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yankees live to fight another day

Glad to see the New York Yankees still had some fight in them.

I was beginning to worry that the Yankees would go quietly into the night with the way their offense (except Robinson Cano) and pitching (except Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera) abandoned them. But they got a gutty outing from CC Sabathia to win Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and stave off elimination. The Yankee ace wasn't sharp by any stretch of the imagination, but he battled to get through six innings only giving up two runs by summoning the right pitch when he needed it.

The Yankee offense finally showed up in a performance that bodes well for the rest of the series, with Cano getting some help from his crew. Glad to see the hitters respond to that APB before the Bronx Bombers faded away.

So all eyes turn to Arlington where the Yankees will attempt to take two games from the Texas Rangers in their own home. I expect to see Phil Hughes bounce back from his disastrous Game 2 start to pitch well, supported by a resurgent offense. If the Yankees win Game 6, they will still have to contend with Cliff Lee in Game 7. It's a tough chore, but I'm a lot more optimistic about their chances today than I was before yesterday's game. Surviving elimination will do that for you.

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