Jorge Posada shaking hands with Mariano Rivera after a Yankees win. It’s a picture that looks like something from another era, but it’s a positive picture, and regardless of what happened last night, this was a positive road trip for the Yankees.
Six games on the road, in unfamiliar parks, without a designated hitter, the Yankees won four times. They’ve won 10 of 13 since that three-game sweep against the Red Sox, and although last night leaves a sour taste, this team’s playing pretty well right now.
“If you can win two series, that’s what you’re looking to do,” Joe Girardi said. “You’re looking to win every series, and we were able to do that. You don’t like to lose the last game, but I thought our guys played pretty well on this trip.”
There were more positives than negatives this trip: Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia were outstanding, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher stayed hot, Posada’s trip wasn’t wasted and Cory Wade kept looking like a nice pickup. You could add plenty of kind words about Alex Rodriguez, Dave Robertson, A.J. Burnett and Robinson Cano, who’s starting to show some of the consistency he had last season.
One game doesn’t ruin a road trip, and last night certainly doesn’t ruin this one. An off day today, and another on Monday means the Yankees get a little bit of a built-in breather the next few days. That’s a good thing, as well.
“It didn’t end up the way we wanted it to,” Russell Martin said. “But I thought overall it was a good road trip. Played some good baseball day in and day our. Four and two, I’ll take it any day.”
Just a quick note: After a terrible incident yesterday morning, I’ve shuffled some plans, rented a car, and I’m now driving home to Missouri for a funeral. I have some blog stuff that I was working on yesterday to bridge the gap while I was supposed to be flying to New York, but ultimately things might be a little light today. Not sure how much I’ll be able to write when I get home. Just wanted to give you all a heads up.
Associated Press photo