The Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Orioles to bounce back from a 5 game losing streak, with CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, and Johnny Damon supplying the heroics. The Yankees lost the middle game of the series due to a poorly pitched game from Phil Hughes.
What I Liked
1) CC Sabathia- A complete game shutout performance to halt a long losing streak is exactly the kind of thing the Yankees expected from CC when they signed him to a huge contract this offseason. He allowed the first two runners to reach, and then proceeded to cruise through the rest of the game until he met a bit of resistance in the 9th. It was a dominant performance, and bodes well for a team that needs to start stringing together victories.
2) Alex Rodriguez- He is only 2-11, but he announced his presence in dramatic fashion by sending the first pitch he saw this year, a 94 mph fastball from Jeremy Gtuhrie, over the fence in left center. He looks to be running a bit gingerly and seems a bit tentative in the field, but that is to be expected for someone recovering from hip surgery. The Yankees desperately needed his presence in the middle of the order, and he delivered.
3) Johnny Damon- Damon is tearing the cover off the ball, hitting big home runs and reaching base to start a rally with regularity. He won yesterday’s game with a three run homer, and had at least 1 RBI and reached base twice in each game over the weekend. He is making the Yankees decisions about their outfield for 2010 very difficult.
4) Robinson Cano- Cano looked to be slumping badly, and he did have an awful game on Saturday, grounding into two big double plays as the Yankees tried to claw back from a large deficit. However, he did have 2 multiple hit games over the weekend, and both of his hits yesterday were for extra-bases. The Yankees need him to have a good year to lengthen this lineup, and it seems that his recent poor play was just a bump in the road.
5) Joba Chamberlain- Joba stunk in the first inning again, and had to endure the indignity of being mocked by an opposing batter after a home run. Instead of overreacting and doing something stupid, he buckled down and did not allow another runner to cross home plate. Until he works out the first inning foibles, he is not going to be putting forth dominant starts. However, he has pitched very well for a 4th or 5th starter, and has given the fans glimpses of the pitcher he will be.
6) Phil Coke- After a slightly rough start to the season, Phil looks like the only remaining trustworthy reliever at Joe Girardi’s disposal. Apparently Phil’s good showing at the close of 2008 was not a fluke, as his stuff looks sharp and he continues to throw it for strikes. When Bruney and Marte return, the three of them should really stabilize the bullpen.
What I Didn’t Like
1) Phil Hughes- Hughes could not escape the 2nd inning on Saturday, allowing 8 runs in just 1.2 innings of work. He got some bad breaks and had to work through some awful fielding, but it is time to stop making excuses for Phil. He mentioned mechanical issues that need to be fixed, and it is his responsibility to fix them. I know that he is just 22 and that it often takes a long time to develop pitchers. I just think that Phil clearly has the ability to be a good MLB pitcher right now, and he just needs to find a modicum of consistency if he is ever going to maximize his potential.
2) Edwar Ramirez- The guy cannot be trusted to get important outs, as he allows to many balls to leave the ballpark. Players just sit on one of his two pitches, and when they guess right, the results are not pretty. He is my candidate to be sent down when relievers begin returning from injury.
3)Hideki Matsui- Matsui cooled down over the weekend, garnering just one hit over three games. Joe Girardi needs to be flexible regarding his lineup and be willing to move Hideki up and down depending on his performance.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- many dresses are especially for wedding or for other events2 on Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees