Here we are at the Jake Taylor International Airport in Cleveland. After spending five days in Cleveland among the midges, I’m ready to go home. Enough is enough.
The Yankees open a three-game series against Texas tonight. The Rangers lead baseball with 83 home runs, the Yankees are second with 80. Meanwhile Yankee Stadium allows more home runs than any park. The over/under for home runs in the series has to be at least 20, no?
I asked Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia about whether pitching at such a launching pad has changed their approach. CC dismissed the idea, saying his stuff is good enough not to matter. But Pettitte admitted there is a mental adjustment to make.
“You’re going to make the pitch you want and somebody might hit it out,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. You need not to walk anybody, limit the damage and hope your boys hit more than their boys.”
The Yankees didn’t know at the time that their new park would be such a launching pad. But signing two strikeout pitchers in Sabathia and A.J. Burnett really was a good idea. The fewer balls put in the air in the Bronx, the better. It also further emphasizes the intelligence of having Joba Chamberlain in the rotation.
In the meantime, it’ll be nice to get home. Thanks for reading on the road trip. We’ll have more later on.