The General Manager of the Yankees must have had a pretty big grin on his face after this one. A couple of years ago when Brian Cashman was pondering the decision to trade for Johan Santana, he had to consider this game as the best case scenario argument against doing so. Think about it, Cashman decided to hold on to Hughes and go after Sabathia in the 2008-2009 offseason. The fruit of this decision could not have been more realized than this season to this game.
Hughes, the prize of the package that would have been sent to the Twins, is pitching like an all star, an ace even. And this game featured the pony that Cashman decided to put his money on, and that horse went 8 full shutout innings. To make it sweeter, they beat Santana. And to make it even sweeter, it was against the crosstown rival Mets. Ok, you want to sweeten the pot even more? The Yankees now have sole possession of 1st place. Add that to the World Series championship last year, and I’d say Cashman made some smart moves and non-moves.
On another note, is it just me, or is the ball not flying at all to left field? When Tex crushed that grand slam, I thought it was going to at least be 10 rows back yet it barely went out as it hit the top of the ball and bounced over. Either way, I’m sure Teixeira will take it.
Lastly, I feel like I say this every year but, Mariano Rivera might be having his best season. The last time Mo gave up an earned run was against these very same Mets, on May 21. That’s right, an entire calendar month without an ER. In that stretch, hitters could only produce the following slash rates : .030/.111/.030. It will truly be a sad day when “Enter Sandman” is no longer played in the 9th.