Yanks get swept in Opening Series for first time since ’98 in 3-0 loss vs. Rays

The last time the Yankees were swept during an Opening Series, it was the year 1998 otherwise known as the year that the Yankees won the World Series. The Yankees are hoping that fate is repeating itself in 2012 as the Yanks were swept by the Rays following today’s game.

HUGHES PITCHED WELL: The Yankees were hoping to get a good outing from Phil Hughes. They did (somewhat). Although Hughes only gave up 2 earned runs (one of them was not supposed to happen), he was taken out by the fifth inning because he threw too many pitches.

PHELPS MADE DEBUT: David Phelps made his Major League debut today and was absolutely flawless, getting his first Major League strikeout and a ground ball to get the Yankees out of a small jam. Phelps had family members in the stands watching him which would give any person butterflies, but Phelps looked calm and collected.

OFFENSE WENT COLD: After scoring 12 runs combined in the first 2 games, the Yankees offense went silent. I bet the Yanks are glad that they can finally get out of Florida and head on to Baltimore where they could (finally) get a win.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are done in Florida (thank goodness, I thought the sun was frying their brains) and they will head out to Baltimore to take on the Orioles in a 3 game set in Camden Yards. Ivan Nova is scheduled to pitch tomorrow’s game, Freddy Garcia is scheduled to pitch Tuesday’s game and CC Sabathia is slated to pitch Wednesday’s game. All games will begin at 7:05pm.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on April 9, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. After this weekends baseball games I just want to leave everyone with this thought.

    If anyone needs confirmation that after just the first weekend of MLB fans across the country are in “bizzaro world” or that the earth’s poles are beginning to shift and effecting the natural order of things one only need look at the following baseball stats.

    From the sublime:
    Baltimore Orioles: 3-0 tied for the lead in AL East Division
    NY Mets: 3-0 leading the NL East Division
    Seattle Mariners: 3-1 leading the AL West Division

    To the ridiculous:
    NY Yankees: 0-3 tied for last place in the AL East Division
    Boston Red Sox: 0-3 tied for last place in the AL East (although not that unbelievable)
    Atlanta Braves: 0-3 last in the NL East Division
    SF Giants: 0-3 last in the NL West Division
    Philadelphia Phillies: 1-2 in 3rd in the NL East Division

    Now look at some of the premier pitchers performances this past weekend:
    Tim Lincecum – April 6th: 5 1/3 innings, 5 ER’s, 8.44 ERA for the game
    Matt Cain – April 8th: 6 innings, 5 ER’s, 7.50 ERA for the game
    Felix Hernandez – April 7th: 6 1/3 innings, 6 ER’s, 8.53 ERA for the game
    CC Sabathia – April 6th: 6 innings, 5 ER’s, 7.50 ERA for the game
    Josh Beckett – April 7th; 4 2/3 innings, 7 ER’s, 13.50 ERA for the game

    Now I have little doubt that the effects of the polar shift are temporary and that we will all soon escape from “bizzaro world” but remember the Mayan Prophecy of Armageddon on 12/21/2012. This weekend in MLB could be the 1st phase of that prophecy’s fulfillment.

  2. Def a strange first week. Amazing list of pitchers you put up that all had rough starts.

  3. Nice recap Delia. I def take away from the game yesterday that I was impressed with Hughes.

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