I’m happy about the win tonight. To be honest, I thought (coming into this game) that today’s game entry, once the contest was in the books, would be:
And, if you would have told me, for fact, that A-Rod, Sheff and Godzilla would go oh’fer in the game, then perhaps even worse thoughts (if that was possible?) on the game outcome would have come to mind.
So, yes, obviously, the “W” was unexpected and is very much appreciated.
This all said, I don’t believe that “Small came up big.” In his career, before tonight, he averaged allowing 15.52 base runners per 9 innings pitched (BR/9). And, this evening, for this game, his BR/9 mark was 15.21. Folks, WYSIWYG. And, what I see was not something overly impressive – outside of the way Aaron Small handed the ball to Torre in the 6th (as I thought he did that hand-off like a classy pro).
On July 7th, I said that the Yankees would have to go 13-8 over the rest of the month to show “us” whether or not they were a good team. Since then, the team has gone 8-3 and only needs to split their next 10 games to make that 13-8 score. I like their chances.