The White Sox came limping into Yankee Stadium on Monday night, a broken bunch that looked as if it would break more.
Instead, Chicago hung with the Yankees, earning a split in the four-game series.
1. The starting pitching was lights out in this series. AJ Burnett, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia each produced solid starts, giving the Yankees a chance to win each game.
2. We saw some signs of life from Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher, who both came up big in Game 4. Gardner now has three home runs and Swisher finally hit his first last night.
1. Rafael Soriano's struggles continued. He pitched poorly in game 1 and really laid an egg in game 2. But, Joe Girardi is sticking with him. What else can he do?
2. Although the bats came to life in the final game, the Yankee offense was missing in action throughout most of this series. I don't think you could call what they were in a slump.
They ran into three great pitching performances, especially Phil Humber's in Game 1. There also was some stellar White Sox defense, including Brent Lillibridge's game saving catches in the ninth inning of Game 2.
It's back to AL East opponents this weekend as the Yankees play a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
With Jose Bautista in the Jays lineup and the Yankees leading the Majors with 41 homers, this series could easily turn into Home Run Derby.
That being said, we'll probably see three pitchers duals. Go Yankees.