As Mark Teixeira said, a 6-3 West Coast trip is generally considered an accomplishment regardless of circumstance. The way the Yankees did it, after starting the trip 0-2? They were thrilled heading into Monday's off day, completing a 6-3 trip with Sunday's 5-3 victory over the Angels.
"It's great," Joe Girardi said. "Our guys really played well on this road trip...I thought we played pretty well at home before we left, the Mets and Toronto series, but before that we were struggling. We were struggling to win series, there were times we'd win the first game and we couldn't win the next two, and we weren't playing well. But we've played much better the last five series and that's encouraging."
The Yankees have won 13 of their last 17.
"For us to start off this road trip 0-2 and to finish off the way we did, I always talk about tenacity," said Nick Swisher, who hit his third home run of this trip Sunday. "That definitely shows the intestinal fortitude of this team."
Girardi said he always has high expectations for his team, though going 6-3 after dropping the first two wouldn't have had him predicting that kind of final mark for trhe trip.
“I really believe in this team, I really believe we can do a lot of things and we did it,” Girardi said. “I thought it was a very good road trip. Going in, would I have predicted we’d go 6-3? I would have felt pretty good about that. But being 0-2, not so much.”