LADY AT THE BAT: Josh Tomlin, Another Rookie, Silences Yanks

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Josh Tomlin, Another Rookie, Silences Yanks

Last night the Indians' Josh Tomlin retired the first nine Yankees he faced and held them to a run on three hits in seven-plus innings. It was his first Major League start.

The Yankees rarely, if ever, have any success against pitchers they have never seen before.  Why? Why would a lineup as potent as that of the New York Yankees be unable to hit a rookie pitcher making his first Major League start?

No one seems to know the answer to this question. I'll venture a wild guess:  At first the Yankees didn't take these pitchers seriously. They assumed they'd be successful against them and, as a result, went up to the plate without a solid game plan. But now, it has happened so many times with so many different pitchers that it is in their heads.

I'm probably way off base here but I don't know what else to say. For that matter, neither do the experts.

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