The New York Yankees got a big 3-0 win at Camden Yards against the first-place Baltimore Orioles on Saturday to even their three-game set at one game apiece. The win is an important one for New York, as they now have a chance to win the series after dropping the first game last night, but the bigger story here is the Yanks young starting pitcher Shane Greene.
Greene followed up his first career win with another gem on Saturday, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings while giving up just four singles to one of the most potent offenses in baseball. Greene also stuck out nine batters, only walked two people and was only in one jam all game.
The win is impressive for Greene, who now has consecutive wins for a Yankees team that desperately needs starting pitching. Desperate is an understatement, considering four of the Yankees’ five original starters from the opening day roster are all on the disabled list. Greene now has 13.1 innings pitched in his last two starts and has only given up eight hits and two earned runs.
Greene’s great start means so much more than just today’s win for the Yankees. It gives the Yankees hope that Greene can step in and solidify this ailing New York pitching staff by stringing together quality starts. None of the Yankees’ injured starting pitchers will return within the next month or maybe even two months, making Greene’s recent performances very encouraging and extremely needed.
The Yanks hope it continues, as they won’t stay close in the AL East race if pitchers like Greene don’t step up and have great starts against division rivals. The Yankees need to win every game they can as of now, and Greene showed tremendous confidence attacking the Orioles talented lineup that holds the likes of Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz.
The Yankees bullpen has been impressive for the most part this season, so if Greene can continue to give 6 or 7 solid innings every time out, he’s giving his team a chance to win. Of course, it’s only been two starts and we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but Greene’s demeanor on the mound shows that he has the potential to be consistent. If he keeps it up, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be a part of the rotation for the remainder of the season.
With the Yankees pitching staff decimated, young pitchers have to step in and make a difference. So far Greene is stepping up and thriving in that role. His play will hopefully raise the confidence of other young pitchers on the team as the Yankees try to stay afloat in the tightly-packed AL East. Greene’s start on Saturday should inspire the entire Yankees team moving forward, not just his fellow starters.