Friday, July 5, 2013

Is it a turn around or just the Twins?

 The Yankees started the Independence Day fireworks a few days early this year when they swept the Minnesota Twins, a team the Yankees have always had success with on Monday, July 1st, they won by a score of 10-4. Robinson Cano was the star of the game going 3-4 and going deep twice. After ending the month of June in a rather disastrous way by getting swept by division rival the Baltimore Orioles, playing the Twins was just what the doctor ordered. Since 2004, the Yankees have played  Minnesota 67 times and have gone 46-21, not to mention their constant wins against the Twins in the ALDS. In Game 2, the Yankees won 7-3 and once again Robinson Cano stole the show going 2-4 and hitting a huge 3 run home run in the 7th inning. Game 3 was all about CC Sabathia who won victory number 200 in his hall of fame career en route to a 3-2 New York victory. And finally Game 4 on the 4th of July the Yankees won 9-5 and finished off the sweep of the Twins (where have you heard that one before). It is hard to sweep a 4 game series from any team, especially on the road but the fact that they did it to the Twins, a team they beat constantly and the fact that the Twins are an average team at best may not be as big of an accomplishment as some may think. Yes, the Yankees turned back into the Bronx Bombers even with guys like Luis Cruz and Alberto Gonzalez playing a position filled by Derek Jeter for the past 17 years, but you have to look at the pitchers on the Twins; guys like Kyle Gibson, Jared Burton, or Anthony Swarzak. With all due respect to these guys because they are still major league pitchers, they aren't Clayton Kershaw. Odds are, this clubs fortunes are turning around for the better, but the real test is this weekend. Only 2.5 games separate the second place Orioles and the third place Yankees so this three-game series over the weekend will be very interesting.

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