Ok, so I’ll admit that I didn’t watch the entire game. I did watch up until the 7th, and here’s some thoughts.
First, you can increment the quality start tracker for Hughes as he improves to 8-1. He may not have had his best stuff, but he grinded it out. He bent, but did not break. With that win, Hughes moves into a 3 way tie with Buckholz and Price for the league lead. The AL East youngsters have truly dominated this first third of the season.
Then you have Swisher, continuing his bid for an all star selection. I don’t personally think he’ll make it since on the field he’s one of the lower profile Yankees, but I definitely think he deserves it.
The other star of this game was Curtis “The Manderson” Granderson. Since coming back, he’s fashioned the following all star calibur slash line .324/.390/.595, with 6 XBH and 8 ribs in 41 PA. THIS was the droid we were looking for.
But after the Yankees broke it open, I decided to turn to my recording of the Strasburg start. Wow. That kid can pitch. He AVERAGED a 97 mph fastball, hitting 100. He threw a devastating sinker at 96. His curve ball was 82, and his change up 88. All 4 pitches were nasty with tons of movement, and it allowed him to punch out 14 batters in 7 innings of work. I simply can’t wait to see him pitch against a major league team. It should be fun.
Lastly, watching that game on MLB network, just made me want to say that I miss Jim Kaat. Yankees brass, if you’re reading this, please get him back. Please.