Initially Joe Girardi couldn’t come up with a reason for the Yankees interleague success. He was asked during a postgame press conference this week, no explanation came to him, and he’d moved on to another question. Then it seemed to occur to him.
“You do have a National League catcher and a National League pitching coach,” Girardi said. “And I think seeing a lot of that National League hitters probably has helped us.”
Russell Martin and Larry Rothschild are certainly familiar with the National League, and so far the Yankees are 11-4 in interleague play this season. They’ve assured themselves a 12th consecutive winning record against the National League. Their interleague schedule comes to an end this weekend against the Mets.
“It always helps when you know the other hitters,” Martin said. “It has to help. I don’t know how much it helps, but I definitely feel comfortable calling games against guys that I’ve seen a lot.”
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