Posted on: April 21, 2008 7:36 am

Roller Coaster Ride...4/14 - 4/20

Week Three for the New York Yankees was a roller coaster ride, which started off with the Yankees ripping off three wins in a row...A two game sweep of the Tampa Rays and a royal beating of the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx...Those three wins were followed by three losses, as the Red Sox took a split in New York and the Baltimore Orioles taking the first two from the Bombers in Baltimore...The Yankees finished the week at 4-3 as the pitching game completely shut the O's bats down!!

Speaking of bats, it seemed like the Yankees bats finally woke up by scoring 33 runs in the first 4 games of the week, but than Baltimore's pitching did a number on them this weekend..If it weren't for a garbage time bases loaded clearing double in the 9th of Sunday's game the Yankees would have been held to 6 runs in 3 games...

Week three was a week that saw us get Derek Jeter back from a quad injury, but could also be a week that we lose Alex Rodriguez to the same injury...This week the Yanks had to play with their third catcher of the year, Chad Moeller, due to the injuries of Jorge Posada and Jose Molina...Posada was back DH'ing or playing first, but has not been able to play a complete week!! Better the injuries now rather than later..

My Week Three Player of the Week was a tough one this week, since two players deserved it...I went with "The Captain" Derek Jeter, as he batted .387 (31 at-bats and 12 hits), while pounding two doubles, 1 triple, driving in 10 runs, while scoring four of his own runs...He played a major part in all four Yankee wins...My Runner-up this week is Andy Pettitte!! He pitched 14 innings, gave up only 9 hits and 3 earned runs, while striking out 10 and winning both his games...

Joba Chamberlain also returned from his brief stint on the bereavement list and pitched in the final two games of the O's series...His season totals are 6 1/3 innings pitched, 1-0, with 3 holds, and an ERA of 1.42...He has 8 strikeout's while only allowing 7 baserunners!!!

Week Three also continued the struggles of the other two Yankees young guns, Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes!!!

So the first 20 games of the Joe Girardi era is a split...10-10!!!

Posted on: April 14, 2008 5:17 pm

Week Two Review...4/7 - 4/13

The second week of the season was very unfriendly to our New York Yankees...They lost both series 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals...If it wasn't for their win on Monday against the Rays, the Bronx Bombers would have been 2-4 for the week, but still one game under .500 at 3-4 is a weak they would like to forget...The Yankee bats are still sleeping and can the real Robinson Cano, please stand up!!! This guy was my pick to win a batting title and he looks lost out there...The highlight of Week Two was Chien-Ming Wang's near no-no in Boston!!! A complete game, two hit performance uping his season's record to 3-0...He is proving to put last October way behind him!!!

The theme of Week Two in Yankee-Land was the injury bug...Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada were both sidelined with injuries for most of the week, but two others stepped up and played great for the Bombers in Jose Molina and Alberto Gonzalez...Gonzalez is a young defensive shortstop, who came over in the Randy Johnson deal, that wasn;t considered a threat with the stick...He proved that to be wrong!!! I'll get to Molina in a bit...

Mike Mussina had himself one fantastic start and one so-so start in Boston, but he gave the Yankees a chance to win both games...You can't ask for much more than that!!! Mussina, Wang and Andy Pettitte picked up the Yanks three wins this week...The three wins gave the Yankees a record of 6-7 for the young season!!!

My Yankee of the Week for Week Two is Jose Molina...His stats are as followed...(.375 batting average, 24 at-bats, 9 hits, 6 doubles, 2 runs batted in, and 3 runs scored)...It's a shame that Molina's week had to end with a hamstring injury...My Week Two Runner-Up is Bobby Abreu, who also had a solid week, by driving in 4 runs and hitting 1 homerun!!!

The Joba Chamberlain watch....Season Totals (5.1 Innings Pitched, 3 Hits Allowed, 6 Strikeout, 0 Earned Runs, 1-0 Record and 3 Holds)

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