- CC Sabathia was excellent once again, going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8. He did not allow a hit until the Yankees has taken a 7-0 lead, and two of the three runs against him came off seeing eye singles, with a Gardy Sizemore homer accounting for the third. CC has pitched like an ace over the last month, and it is no coincidence that the Yankees have turned it around as a club over that period. THe pitching has stabilized, with Sabathia being at the forefront of that improvement.
- Derek Jeter is on fire, as he notched another 2 hits and added 2 RBI. As I discussed last week, he looks better in the field as well, and he is likely to finish the season as the best SS in the AL. Those expecting a steep decline for Derek Jeter look like they are going to have to deal with some disapointment.
- Nick Swisher homered and walked, and he looks a lot better over the last few days. Perhaps he just needed Xavier Nady to near a return to get him going again. Hideki Matsui added three hits last night, and he too has looked much better over the llast week. However, he could barely run the bases last night, and looked like Nady may steal some of his at bats while he rests his achy knees.
- David Robertson has looked sharp since returning from the minors. He has retired all 8 batters that he has faced, and has been attacking the zone with regularity, something that should catch Joe Girardi’s eye in a bullpen that walks way too many batters. He struck Grady Sizemore out last night by getting ahead and then challenging him with his fastball. It was an impressive showing.
- Jose Veras should be just about out of chances. At this point, I would rather see Melancon, or if the Yankees are not ready to bring him back, even Casey Fossum. Veras looks lost on the mound, and I have doubts that he would even be claimed off waivers should the club designate him for assignment.
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