Saturday, May 26, 2012
The Yankees have no problem with thinking of themselves as a team that leans on the home run. When their lineup is able to get their power game on track, the results usually wind up being favorable.
It worked that way on Friday, as Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher homered to help the Yankees open a long road trip in style, outslugging the Athletics 6-3 on Friday at O.co Coliseum for their third straight victory.
“Home runs are great,” said Teixeira, who hit one of the Bombers’ three blasts off Oakland starter Tyson Ross. “You’re going to go through stretches where you’re not going to get hits with runners in scoring position.
“You’re going to hit balls at people. That’s the name of the game sometimes. But home runs don’t get caught and we’re a team that’s used to hitting a lot of them. We’d like to hit a little bit more.”
As SG has noted, the Yankees’ power has allowed the Yankees to actually score a goodly amount of runs this year despite their woeful production with runners in scoring position. If they improve their batting average with RISP than this offense could really be amazing.
Hopefully pitching against Oakland in Oakland will give the Yankee pitching staff a bit of a respite. The Yankees face old friend Bartolo Colon on Saturday with CC on the hill, in what dred has aptly dubbed a “big matchup.”