Childish riddle: What’s tall, burly and kills losing streaks? CC Sabathia!
After yesterday’s mildly dispiriting loss, the Yanks needed to find a punching bag to let all their pent-up frustrations out. Fortunately, that punching bag came in the form of Jeremy Guthrie, a guy the Yanks have battered over the years (74.1 IP, 5.21 ERA, 1.69 HR/9). The result was a satisfying 8-3 victory.
- Nick Swisher’s impressive road trip continues after posting his second consecutive three-hit night. Overall on the trip, he’s batting .407/.448/.667 to go with 7 RBI in 7 games;
- Robinson Cano has matched Swisher hit for hit. After a 2-for-5 night last night, including hitting his team leading 6th HR of the season, Robbie goes into tonight’s game with a road trip line of .400/.475/.629, 5 RBI and 8 runs scored;
- WHAT?! Did I see Nick Johnson actually get a hit, take an extra base on a throwing error and then score on A-Rod’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning last night? Whoa, imagine that, a designated hitter that actually got a hit. Sarcasm aside, it was only his second hit since April 14th so anything good is a step in the right direction; and
- CC earning an extra portion at the post-game spread with his bullpen-saving (and losing streak squashing) performance last night. No, he wasn’t crisp, scattering 13 Orioles baserunners (11 hits/2 walks) over 7.2 IP. But who needs crisp when you can pitch into the 8th inning of a game on only 111 pitches? By contrast, it took Hughes 109 pitches to record six fewer outs last night. That’s why they pay Sabathia the big bucks.
- Every Yankee recorded a hit last night except for A-Rod. Whereas I though he was looking locked in at the start of the road trip — remember that mammoth blast against Oakland last Tuesday? — he’s looked off the last few days. Sure, Alex hit a few balls hard the past two nights but he’s also looked jumpy at the plate, specifically in the last AB of Tuesday’s game where he recorded an out on the first pitch; and
- Jorge Posada had to be removed from last night’s game after being hit by a pitch on his right knee by Jeremy Guthrie. Although Frankie Cervelli filled in admirably (2-for-4, 1 RBI), the Yanks should hope that Posada’s knee heals quickly. Hopefully Jorge’s back in the lineup by this weekend. In the meantime, will the Yanks make a roster move to bring up a backup catcher for tonight’s game?
The Yanks go for the series win tonight, with AJ Burnett (2-0, 3.20 ERA) facing off against lefty phenom Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38 ERA, 9.9 K/9). A win this evening would give the Yanks a very nice 6-3 record against AL East opponents.