The Yankees took three of four (should’ve been four out of four) from the lowly Cleveland Indians this weekend, so let’s wrap this baby up quickly.
THE GOOD: THE OFFENSE
The best thing about this weekend’s series with the Yankees was clearly the offense. They put up 8, 11, 7, and 11 runs during the wrap-around series, which means they averaged 9.25 runs per game. Robinson Cano had ten hits, including two home runs, during the series. Nick Swisher also had a strong series, knocking nine hits as well as a home run. Surprisingly, his batting average is up to a totally un-Swisherian .317 (.397 OBP/.563 SLG/.960 OPS). Either way, the offense definitely led the way.
The starting pitching (non-CC Sabathia division) was also great this weekend. Between the three of them, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte gave up just six runs.
THE BAD: CC SABATHIA
CC was pretty dull on Saturday. The five strikeouts and two walks in six innings? Quite good. The five runs on seven hits? Not so good. That start was the third time in the last four starts that CC has given up at least five runs. CC’s last five starts have not been great. Over 28.2 innings, he’s given up seven HRs (2.34/9), 34 H (10.85/9), and opponents have hit a rather robust .291/.346/.538/.885). Hopefully, he rebounds back to his normal form in his next start.
THE UGLY: SATURDAY’S BULLPEN
Yeah, I don’t quite know what to say about this embarrassment. This is the second such time we’ve seen this kind of meltdown (vs. Boston) so hopefully that’s it because breakdowns like that are rare. If I was a betting man, I’d say we won’t see anther blow up like that soon.
Anyway, the Yankees welcome the Orioles to town for the next three games and will send Javier Vazquez, Phil Hughes, and CC Sabathia to the mound against Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and the horribly unlucky Kevin Millwood.
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