It would have hurt to lose this one – having a 6-3 lead and only needing 12 outs to nail it down. So, while this one was not the cleanest of victories, it’s still a big one.
Worm Killer Wang is in a slump. His “Game Score” for this contest was 31. In the last two starts before this one, his “Game Score” for each was 37. This is the only time in his career that Wang has posted three games in a row with a “Game Score” of 37 or less. (In both 2006 and 2007 – bizarrely each time on August 8th and August 13th! – he had back-to-back games with scores of 37 or less. But, he’s never done in for three games in a row – until now.)
Wang’s next start is a day game, on Thursday, at the Stadium against the Blue Jays. It’s important for him to have a good start that day. If he posts four bad starts in a row, well, maybe then it will be time to break out some Hsiung Huang Wine and see if that can turn things around. Hey, you never know – a big night on the town led to a perfect game for David Wells…
While it has been beat-up on Jeter time, lately, at many other Yankees blogs, that single of his (in this game) in the 12th inning was a big play. It set up the win.
Last note: Robby Cano is now 3 for his last 24. (He was 21 for 52 before this mini-slump.) Hopefully, this is not the start of another bad stretch for him.