I saw none of the game yesterday, but got occasional score updates while having a beer and a burger at a terrific bar, Hackney’s, in Chicago last night after a conference. I also got late score updates on the phone with Frank the Sage as the game wound down. The team is rolling in all facets right now, blowing out Cleveland 10-5 and, with Boston losing 5-3 to Toronto, 1 1/2 games up on both in the tough AL East. Sabathia was good, going seven strong and allowing 7 runs, 5 hits, 3 runs earned, 3 walks, and fanning 8 on 113 pitches/70 strikes. The big guy has been very good of late, going 4-0 in his last five starts with a 2.08 ERA, 32 K, 9 BB, 2 HR, and a complete game. Robertson pitched a perfect eighth, but Veras was for some reason allowed in the game in the ninth and, predictably, allowed a solo homer, then another run. I only have three words for the Yankees on Veras–DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. Let my Veras go…
The offense was hot, making Carmona pay for his mistakes and Cleveland for their defensive miscues. Matsui was 3-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI, his 19th. He’s 7 for his last 16 to raise his average 21 points in his last four games. Jorge hit a solo homer (his 6th) to lead off the sixth, giving him 21 RBIs. Cano was 2-5 with 3 RBIs, 31 on the year. He’s hitting .320, hitting consistently well, doing much to shoulder the offensive load, and not to be overlooked had 2 two-out RBIs last night. Jeter was 2-5 with 2 RBIs, giving him 25 thus far and a .302 average. What a year Jeter is having thus far–/302/.373, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 10/11 in stolen bases, 11 doubles, and a 13-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average 32 points by going 23-59 (.390). Crucially, he has only committed 2 errors and has a .989 average. Great start for The Captain.
Teixeira was 2-5 with a double and 2 runs, batting .276. He’s raised his average 45 points with his own 12-game hitting streak in which he’s hit 20-51 (.392), 7 HR, driven in 16, and scored 13 runs. Clearly, A-Rod’s return has had a positive influence on Teixeira. Clearly, also, he’s seeing the ball well and just mashing. His homer against Holland in Texas was absolutely crushed. A-Rod was 1-3 with 2 walks, batting .260 and looking better every game. Swish hit his 10th homer with 29 RBIs, scoring twice and, while only hitting .227, has a .368 OBP since he’s worked 34 walks. Brett the Jet scored twice without a hit, but is hitting a respectable and useful .271. He and Melky have combined for a productive CF tandem thus far, doing a considerable amount to solidify the bottom of the lineup.
The Yanks are 29-20, 1 1/2 up on Boston and Toronto. Hughes (3-2, 5.16) faces that asshead PaVoldemort (5-4, 5.50 ERA) as the Yanks look to make it four straight, wrapping up what has been an excellent May (17-10, after starting 3-7). End May strong with another win, and please, please beat that asshead PaVoldemort.
[Edit: I forgot to mention this earlier, but remembered while running this morning. Frank the Sage made a good point in last night's chinwag, saying that a sign that the Yanks are on is making teams pay for their mistakes, such as the two errors Cleveland committed last night.
I said last night, what's the point of keeping all those pitchers, including the inherently untrustworthy Veras, while the bench remains precariously thin and Shelley is mashing in SWB? He now has 18 homers but sits in SWB while Veras and, as Pete Abe rightly mentions, Berroa, barely play and do poorly when they do.
I never root for injuries and cetainly didn't for these, but the Yanks really must take advantage of Sizemore going on the DL and the likely absence of Martinez who was hit on the knee with ball last night.]