The New York Yankees just closed out a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers, and in those four games, they faced the last three American League CY Young award winners and the two pitchers with the most wins in the AL.
In the four games against the good resumes of Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander, and Rick Porcello, the Yankees walked away with three wins and took the other into extra innings, allowing all four to leave New York without a win. That is a big upside to a Yankees team that has been pushed to use creative ways to win with the offense and pitching that is available to them.
The team did not necessarily have to hit their way to victory either. Although, catcher Brian McCann looked great with two home runs and collecting four RBIs in the series. The Yankees pitching was the story, though. The most runs the Yankees gave up to the Tigers was four in their 12-inning game that Price started and took into the eighth. For the rest of the games, the Tigers only managed to score no more than a run, making it easy for the Yankees offense to take the lead and keep the lead against a team that, in recent seasons, was known for their dangerous lineup.
No matter what opponent you’re up against, when your team takes three out of four in a series, and in three of them, allow one run or less, that is something to feel great about. To do it against a pitching rotation many are expecting to carry a team into the ALCS this October makes it taste even sweeter. If the Yankees were to continue to pitch the way it has been, and the offense were to click, the team could be enjoyable to watch in the AL East.