Monday, May 26, 2014

Start in St. Louis a Homecoming for Phelps

For Yankees Pitcher David Phelps, tomorrow's start in St. Louis means something. 

Phelps, who has given up just 2 earned runs over his last 12 innings pitched, grew up rooting for the Cardinals 15 minutes away from Busch Stadium, making this a rare homecoming for the youngster. 

It looks like he intends to make the most of it.

“I am excited and my family is to see me out there,” Phelps recently told the New York Post's George A. King III. "One of the best memories is, I was listening in 2005 when Pujols hit that home run off Lidge. I was listening in the car.’’

So far this season, Phelps has been solid for the Yanks, going 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 34 innings. In a game against the Red Sox April 10, he even recorded save, tossing 2.1 perfect frames. 

Still, #41 did lose his last outing to the White Sox (7 IP, 2 ER), making this start one of a rebound.

It won't be easy, as the Cards' Lance Lynn is 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA, but in the end, being on the home field should give Phelps the advantage, even though he isn't actually standing in Yankee Stadium. 

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