This was a ‘classic’ Yankees win. What do I mean by that? Well the Yankees, knowing that David Pauley wouldn’t be able to throw 100 pitches because he hadn’t started in a couple of weeks, waited him out then took advantage of a weak bullpen. They got a strong bounce back start from their young all-star Phil Hughes, who went 7 strong innings and did not issue a walk (my favorite part of Phil’s line).
All sounds great, right? Well, you do have to take this win with a grain of salt. Not only did they trade away my pick for the 2010 AL Cy Young award who was scheduled to start in Cliff Lee, the Mariners are the worst hitting team in the league. Still, you are supposed to beat up on teams like this so I can’t complain too much.
There are two things I can complain about though. How many more times do we have to see Chan Ho Park go out there? I’ve read stories about how Park needs to go only 1 inning to remain effective. Nonsense. On the year, Park has just 5 clean outings out of 21 appearances. He has gone from the 7th inning man, to the mop up man. Every time he comes to the mound, I want to hurl.
The insane part is, David Robertson has been worse! While he may not have let up as many runs as Park, Robertson has just 4 clean outings out of 31. Robertson has a 1.787 WHIP! Why are we not optioning him down to AAA at this point? Let him work it out in AAA, while we at the very worst see someone else get shelled. I can’t see it happen to Robertson or Park anymore. I just can’t.
It was a victory after all, and I have to go out on a good note. This is why I saved Tex for last. With his 2 homers last night, Teixeira is 10 for his last 27 (.379/.438/.963) with 4 homers and 10 RBI. Overall, he is 34 for his last 110 since June 8th (.309/.408/.636) with 9 homers, 9 doubles and 25 RBI. While A-Rod’s power numbers have come into play in that stretch, he hasn’t really caught fire like Tex has and Cano has been struggling with the bat recently. If they could get those 2 to get hot with Tex, it’d be hard for the Yankees to lose.