Yanks Stomp Rangers Yet Again 12-3

Burnett pitched a very good game and got tons of offensive support, especially with a seven-run fourth, as the Yanks blew out Texas 12-3. Regular reader Mike F. brought back the W in his first trip to the new digs, and loved the new place according to several texts during the course of the joyous evening.  Way to go, buddy. Matsui and Posada each launched three-run bombs, with Posada driving in four in all on three hits, batting .313.  As Frank the sage aptly said last night in a raucous chinwag, Posada is the linchpin for the bottom of the order in addition to being the guts of the team.  With Cano having earned hitting fifth, Posada’s presence moves capable people into the bottom third, and Jorge has always mashed.  His throwing error ended the Yanks’ major-league record 18-game errorless streak, but so be it.  It’s a good defensive ball club, made all the better with Teixeira who has not only routinely made highlight reel plays but, as The Sage and I discussed last night, hasn’t committed an error.

Burnett allowed a three-run homer in the third to Cruz but was otherwise sharp, allowing 8 hits and just a walk in seven strong innings, fanning eight on 110 pitches/71 strikes.  His fastball was routinely 95-97 and his breaking pitches were good and enticing.  After Teixeira was twice hit, firing up the normally placid first baseman, Burnett buzzed Cruz’s tower with a heater.  I like that–mess around with the batters and get a scare right back.  Burnett has my respect.  Tomko and Veras each pitched a perfect inning, making 16 of the last 20 games the Yanks have won.

Jeter scored his 1,500th career run on some payback from Teixeira.  JD drove in Melky to tie the game at 3 with a single, pushing Jeter to third. After Teixeira got beaned, A-Rod hit a grounder to second for what would have been a sure DP ball, but Teixeira wiped out Andrus with a wide, hard, but clean slide to cause a subpar throw, resulting in A-Rod beating it out to plate Jeter, 4-3 Yanks.  Cano’s single to right scored JD, 5-3 Yanks, Posada’s single through the hole into left scored A-Rod, 6-3, and Matsui’s blast to right center cleaned ’em up, 9-3.  In the sixth, A-Rod walked, Cano singled, and Posada absolutely launched one to deep right to cap the scoring.

In addition to Posada’s outstanding night at the plate, Matsui was 2-5 with the three-run bomb, his eighth, with 22 RBIs, batting a more respectable .268.  Jeter extended his hit streak to 16 games with a 3-4 night, batting a robust .319.  Cano is at .310 after going 2-5, driving in his 32nd run.  Melky the Clutch and Brett the Jet each had a hit, with The Jet getting his 9th RBI.  JD was 1-3 with 2 walks and his 32nd RBI, batting .301.

That makes five starters with an average over .300.  After 52 games, in which the Yanks reached another milepost of going 10 games over .500 at the beginning of June, the Yanks have 6 regulars with at least 25 RBIs, four of those over 30, and Posada (25 in 28 games) and A-Rod (20 in 24 games) have averaged nearly an RBI a game in injury-shortened duty.  Six players have an OBP of at least .373.

All told, the Yanks are tied for the AL lead in runs with 300 (5.77/game), second in batting average at .282, first in OBP at .359, second in slugging % at .484, second in HR with 82, an improved fifth in RISP with .276, seventh with RISP two outs at .253, and eighth with the bases loaded at .321.  New York has committed the second-fewest errors in the AL with 21, and has the third-best fielding % at .989.  The Yanks are 12th in team ERA at 4.85 but 4th in batting average allowed at .263. I also love the fact that the starters are not just pitching well but going deep into games.  It’s becoming easier to expect them to go seven strong, as Burnett did last night.  He, Sabathia, Joba, Hughes, and Pettite have all been good and reliable lately, having everything to do with why the Yanks are in first in the tough AL East with a 31-21 record.  Not to be overlooked, it has everything to do with why they’ve thus far handled a vastly improved Texas team that entered last night’s game not just in first in the West, but 10 games over .500.  In the four games against the Rangers, who lead the AL in homers thus far with 84, the Yanks have only allowed 13 runs–7 of those in one game last week when Joba struggled.

Pettite (5-1, 4.10 ERA) faces Scott Feldman (4-0, 3.91 ERA) tonight at 7:05.  Bring back another W, Mike.

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  1. Every time that I hear Feldman’s name, I think of Seinfeld’s bizarro world. Because I believe the “Kramer” of that world was named Feldman.

    And I wrote a “piece” if you want to call it that, on the Yankees defense over at my blog if you want to check it out.


  2. I dont think I could have had a better time for my first game there. i still need to put together my thoughts but have been so busy with other things…

    I’m hoping for another great one tonight-hoping it doesn’t rain…

  3. So happy for you to have that game as your first at the new Stadium, Mike. It looks like rain is in the area but, even if it does rain, might just delay and not postpone things.

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