The Chicago Cubs played 18 innings against the New York Yankees on Wednesday in a day-night double header. And in those 18 innings, they scored exactly zero runs.
The Yankees won the games 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. The Cubs were victimized by the future of the Yankees rotation, as it was the 25-year-old Masahiro Tanaka striking out 10 in the day game and Michael Pineda going six shutout innings in the night cap. While the Cubs might not be the most intimidating lineup in baseball, this kind of success from the Yankees’ rotation is the last thing that their divisional foes in the AL East wanted to see.
New York entered the season with a number of question marks in the rotation. In particular it seemed like their success would largely hinge on Pineda’s ability to reach the sky-high potential the Yankees saw when they traded for him. Between his success and the early dominance of Tanaka, it looks like the Yankees might have the kind of rotation to hang around the playoff picture, even with their huge question marks in the infield. The Yankees (9-6) take the field next on Thursday against the Rays.
As for the Cubs (4-10), they will take another shot at scoring a run when they take the field at home against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend.