Close one. Too close, actually.
- Watching Hisanori Takahashi handle the Yankees for six innings…all I could think about was Kei Igawa. Man, how bad is Igawa if Takahashi can cut through the Yankees line-up like he did with slop? Ah, the secret of throwing strikes.
- Great night for Kevin Russo. (I’m a fan of his, in case you don’t know.) Bad job by the YES booth for giving him tardy props on getting his first big league knock.
- Related, that was the Yankees offense this evening – Kevin Russo and bad Mets fielding. Yikes. A really bad showing by the Yankees bats here.
- I thought the Yankees were going to lose the game in the seventh – first when Marte came in and then, again, when Chamberlain came in. Somehow, I thought one of them would blow it. Lucky pitch by Joba getting Wright looking in that frame. (I was a little nervous about Mo in the ninth after the Davis hit. But, not as much as I was in the seventh.)
- Javier Vazquez. Interesting. He allowed three baserunners and zero runs in six innings. That’s really good. But, then he bruised his index finger bunting in the seventh – and Javy is supposed to be the king of sac-bunts, right? You know, when he made his last start, and lost, allowing only two runs in seven innings, a friend of mine told me afterwards “Yeah, he gave up two because the Yankees were shutout. Somehow, I’m sure, if the Yankees had scored two runs in that game then Vazquez would have given up a third run. He’s just a guy with a knack for being good, but, not good enough to win.” Maybe there’s something to that? Maybe with Javy “it’s always sum-din”? Well, at least the x-rays were negative…
- I’ve mentioned this a lot at this blog, but, it’s worth repeating – one of my favorite baseball truisms is: Each season, every big league team is going to win 60 games, no matter what, and, every big league team is going lose 60 games, no matter what – and it’s what they do in the other 42 games that will define their overall record. And, tonight was one of those “other 42 games.” Take the win and be happy about it, Yankees fans. Maybe it was given more than taken, stolen more than earned, and more fortune than cultivation, etc. But, like they tell the kids in preschool: You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
Hopefully the Yankees will make a better showing tomorrow. And, if they don’t, hopefully the Mets will be just as bad as they were today and the Yankees will still get another win.