As much as their offense has begun to click, the Yankees’ resurgence has been centered around a string of great performances by their much-maligned starting rotation. Pitchers such as Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda had shown flashes of brilliance in earlier starts, but in the last couple of weeks, they’ve all put it together.
Nova was great again last night, going seven innings and striking out six, walking one and offsetting one of his five hits allowed with a single of his own, as the Yankees shut out the Braves 3-0. The job was wrapped up by a patchwork bullpen that was missing a blistered Rafael Soriano, as Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Cory Wade and Boone Logan all chipped in to a perfect final two innings, striking out three more Atlanta hitters in the process.
The shutout may have been saved by Nick Swisher, who robbed Brian McCann of at least a double, and perhaps a home run, with a fourth inning leap at the right field wall.
The offense put plenty of men on against a ...