The New York Yankees are sending six players to the All-Star game. That provided little consolation during a lost weekend against their crosstown rivals.
Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Yankees return to the Bronx to open a series with the Detroit Tigers.
The first-place Yankees entered the second leg of the Subway Series following an emotional three-game sweep of AL East archrival Boston. The momentum, however, did not carry over as they were swept by the Mets for the first time since interleague play started in 1997.
“We never think that anyone can sweep us or even win a series from us,” All-Star Gary Sheffield said after Sunday’s 6-5 loss. “You have to give them credit.”
The Yankees got awful starting pitching in all three games and were just as bad out of the bullpen. Tom Gordon, who later Sunday was named to the All-Star team by AL manager Joe Torre, allowed two hits, including the winning home run Sunday, and three walks in 2 1-3 innings in the series.
New York’s problems weren’t strictly limited to pitching. All-Star Alex Rodriguez is stuck in a 1-for-19 slump which has dropped his average to .273.
“When we get swept by anyone, it shouldn’t happen,” Rodriguez said. “We don’t ever expect that to happen, so we’re not happy about that.”
The Tigers are also stumbling into this series, having lost four straight following a six-game winning streak.
After Sunday’s 10-8 loss at Colorado, the Tigers found out they will be sending more than one player to the All-Star game for the first time since 1994.
Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was voted in as the starter, and Torre tabbed Carlos Guillen as a reserve. Guillen leads all shortstops with a .394 on-base percentage and .954 on-base plus slugging percentage.
“To me, I felt like I made it, you know,” Guillen said. “I had pretty good numbers. I understand there’s a lot of good shortstops. You’ve got (Miguel) Tejada, Michael Young, they have good numbers. I’m very happy.”
The Yankees are 32-11 against the Tigers at home since 1996, and are 18-6 against them overall since the start of the 2001 season.