Friday, June 21, 2013
First Pitch: Will the bats wake up tonight?
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- The Yankees haven’t been able to score many runs this season, but they’ve always had success against Roberto Hernandez -- formerly known as Fausto Carmona.
Hernandez (4-7, 5.02 ERA), who will start for the Rays on Friday night, is 1-6 in his career against the Yankees (12 appearances, nine starts) with a 7.50 ERA.
The Yankees beat Hernandez 9-4 in Tampa Bay on May 24; the right-hander gave up five runs on six hits in a season-low four innings. In his last four starts against the Yankees, Hernandez has surrendered 26 earned runs on 39 hits in 20 2/3 innings.
On Thursday night, the Yankees started the following batting averages: .280, .260, .278, .221, .224, .270, .242, .263, .098. Not exactly Murderers' Row.
On the season, they’re hitting just .238 as a team and averaging 3.9 runs per game.