New York Yankees: Looking Back at the A's Series (The Late-to-the-Party Edition)

Bernadette PasleyContributor IJune 3, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Yes, I know. The series ended two days ago. The Yankees have moved on to Anaheim. I'm late to the party.

But I didn't want to move on to other posts before I said a little something about the Yankees' three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics earlier this week. 

 

Highlights

1. Bartolo Colon and his complete game shutout in Game 1. If this guy isn't voted Comeback Player of the Year, it'll be a complete injustice. I just hope MLB doesn't uncover any wrongdoing regarding the stem-cell procedure he underwent.

2. Hits with runners in scoring position! The Yankees appear to have gotten over their inability to hit with RISP. Although, on second thought, I think I'll reserve judgement until they face a better team. Like the Angels this weekend.

3. Overall, the offense, which had awakened in the final game of the Mariners series, stayed awake in this series. Mark Teixeira is on a roll, Nick Swisher is finding his stroke and Derek Jeter keeps inching closing to hit No. 3,000.

4. While the Yankees were sweeping the A's the White Sox were sweeping the Red Sox. The Yankees now have a two-game lead in the AL East. Thanks, Chisox!

 

Lowlight

No harm, no foul, since they had the lead each time it happened, but the Yankees ran themselves out of innings several times during this series. Time to get your heads back on the basepaths, guys.  

 

Looking Ahead

The Anaheim Angels are next (I refuse to call them that other long name).  The things I'm hoping to see in this series include:

1. A good outing by Ivan Nova. If it's not good, his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy.

2. No Dan Haren. Hopefully his back issues keep him off the mound this weekend.

Three more west-coast games and then, finally, back to normal viewing times. It can't come fast enough.

Go Yankees!