About four and a half weeks ago, I exchanged questions and answers on the Twins and Yankees with Neil Keefe of Keefe and the City. He's also written for WFAN and CBS New York. Now that the teams are facing off once again, this time at Target Field in Minneapolis, it was time that we caught up with our familiar foes. Thanks to Neil for his time!
Masahiro Tanaka walked through the Twins the first time these two teams played each other this year. Can this guy take home not just the AL Rookie of the Year award, but the Cy Young as well?
7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K
Chase Whitley pitched well against the Twins last time, but his effort was ruined by a David Robertson implosion. Looking at Whitley, he's posting a better-than-average swinging strike rate but that's not translating into very many strikeouts. The slider looks good though. Are those strikeouts going to come?
David Phelps is also an interesting character as far as strikeouts are concerned. His swinging strike rate is way below average, but he's managing quite a few strikeouts by catching guys looking at strike three. What is it that's catching batters so off-guard that they're stuck with the bat on their shoulders?
Do the Yankees already regret signing Brian McCann of the Fun Police? Or are you hoping, like I am with Ricky Nolasco, that he finds a way to provide more value down the line?
I don't regret the signing of him because the Yankees needed an upgrade and stability at catcher, but he has to start playing like the Brian McCann I thought we were getting and not the one we have gotten