The Yankees wasted a nice effort by Andy Pettitte in Game 2 of the ALDS. And, now, I would not be shocked if this series goes to five games.
The Yankees really need Hiroki Kuroda to pitch well in Game 3. You never know what you’re going to get with Phil Hughes in Game 4 – especially the way he allows homeruns and the way the Orioles hit them.
The Yankees bats, sans the meltdown by Johnson in the 9th inning in Game 1, have not been impressive, overall, in these first two games. New York needs to improve there.
Worst of all, the Yankees had the Orioles pinned down on the emotional mat after Game 1. And, now, they let them back up. Baltimore can now savor this win, a wonderful victory for their franchise in so many ways, for a solid 40 hours before they have to play again. That’s a lot of time for it to resonate in system and add spring to their step.
New York needs to win Game 3 now and stop this wave which the Orioles are building. If you are the Yankees, you do not want to be down two games to one in this series with Phil Hughes going for you in Game 4. Sure, anything can always happen. But, if the Orioles do win Game 3, they will smell the blood in the water and it will be very, very, tough for New York and Phil Hughes to win Game 4.