Swing and a miss – That seemed to be the trend during one of the New York Yankees’ newest pitcher, Brandon McCarthy’s, performance against the Detroit Tigers, Monday night.
The Tigers now have the dream team rotation of Major League Baseball. They have three American League Cy Young winners making up their rotation: Justin Verlander (2011), David Price (2012) and Max Scherzer (2013). This star-studded rotation will be tough to match in any postseason series, but the Yankees already proved that they are ready for any matchup, as they won the first game against the Tigers, 2-1. The Yankees will be the first team to face three Cy Young winners in three straight games. Bring it on.
Monday night began the series of the Yankees versus the Tigers, Brandon McCarthy versus Max Scherzer. I bet more nerves were running through the Yankees fans than the Tigers. But McCarthy proved to be more confident in himself than others may have had in him.
McCarthy has made a huge improvement in his playing since joining the Yankees mid-July. While in Arizona, he was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA over 18 starts. Now McCarthy has improved to 4-0 in five starts as a Yankee. A helpful change that has improved his performance after joining the Yankees was varying his pitch selection. He has challenged hitters with his curveball and has been spotting his fastball during his starts.
During his performance against Scherzer, McCarthy lasted for 5 2/3 innings, and would have stayed in longer if he didn’t throw 69 pitches in the first three innings. But it was worth it as he only allowed one unearned run and five hits, striking out eight in the second inning alone. McCarthy handed the 2-1 lead over to the bullpen, in which Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson helped keep the game scoreless, further proving to be the American League’s best bullpen.
Overall it was a pretty tight game and great game to watch, probably one of the less boring ones of the season. Both teams offense and defense were working really hard to snag a win. A notable play made by Tiger Ezekial Carrera (who was making his first start in center field) who made a huge catch, laying flat out to grab Jacoby Ellsbury’s hit to center. The sacrifice fly even earned an impressed “wow” that was caught on camera by Derek Jeter as he watched from first base.
Yes, the Tigers rotation is golden but the Yankees are here to fight. Cashman didn’t work the trade market so impressively for nothing! Tonight David Price will make his first start for the Tigers and will be up against Hiroki Kuroda. I’m hoping for a miracle.