Very solid opening series for the Yanks. Great performances from Wang and Hughes as well as the bullpen (though, after the first game or two last year the bullpen looked good, also). Mussina didn’t pitch terribly: that type of performance will keep the Yanks in the game. Also, Moose caught some bad breaks on bloop hits early, though that has a greater chance of happening when you don’t have much ability to miss bats. But either way, Burnett was really good and yet the Yanks still brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th. If Moose matches up against worse pitchers, he’ll get his wins.
I have to say for the Blue Jays though, that Halladay-Burnett-McGowen is probably the best 1-2-3 in baseball. So when the Yankees can take 2 out of 3 without Pettitte, that’s a good series.
Buster Olney agrees somewhat with my sentiment on the Jays starters:
After watching the Jays’ three-game series against the Yankees, it’s a
coin flip for me as to whether Toronto or the Indians has the best
1-2-3 starters in the AL right now.
I have to disagree with the Cleveland part though. As a matter of fact, I had to sit for a moment and try to figure out who Cleveland’s 3rd starter is, Westbrook or Byrd. I assume he means Westbrook. Cleveland’s first three may end up more useful, simply because they’re better at staying healthy, but if we’re talking ability to dominate, I have to give the Jays the nod.