First Bartolo Colon. Then Freddy Garcia. Less than a week after putting together back-to-back mediocre starts against the Blue Jays and prompting a fresh round of questioning as to whether the Yankees will be able to continue to count on their improbable contributions, Garcia followed Colon’s lead with a beauty of his own against the Rays, throwing 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and striking out seven. David Robertson came on and did what K-Rob does, adding two more Ks to his AL reliever-leading total, and Mariano Rivera closed it out with two Ks of his own as the Yankees beat the Rays 4-0. This marked the Yankees’ 5th shutout of the opposition this season.
The Yankees scored early — with first inning runs coming off the bat of Curtis Granderson, who once again took David Price deep — and late, as Eduardo Nunez cashed in two baserunners in the eighth with a big two-out hit.
Despite the team’s less-than-prolific offensive output of late (.312 wOBA in July, 93 wRC+), they’re stilling winning games (9-7), and I look forward to watching the Yankees really go to town once several of the lineup’s slumping players — Mark Teixeira (73 wRC+, .302 SLG in July), Russell Martin (32 wRC+, .220 SLG) and Nick Swisher (88 wRC+, .340 SLG) in particular – inevitably get their acts together and also start hitting for power again. I’d also call out Jorge Posada (-5(!) wRC+, .162 SLG), but at this point he looks pretty much cooked.
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