Hope everyone’s enjoying the Fourth of July safely! Anyway, onto the events of the weekend.
1. Way to go, Bartolo Colon! I didn’t get to watch any of this because I was with friends for the day, but everything about the start just sounds fantastic. 6 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K? Yes, please! It looks like Bartolo picked up EXACTLY where he left off and that’s just fantastic. Of his 80 pitches, 69 were fastballs (four seamers or two seamers, per Brooks) and he managed those six strikeouts despite just two total swings and misses. If you told me at the beginning of the year that Colon would be racking up all these strikeouts despite throwing almost all fastballs, I would’ve told you that you were nuts. I’m so glad that I’ve been proven wrong.
2. In a similar vein, Freddy Garcia continues to somehow get it done. He may not have had many strikeouts yesterday, just one, but he didn’t walk anyone and that’ll get the job done every time. I’m not sure how much more he can keep it up, but I still think the Yankees made the right decision in sticking with him and sending Ivan Nova down to Scranton to keep it up if Garcia breaks down or someone else gets hurt.
3. I understand why people may be upset at Nova being sent down, but I get it. He had options and sending him down keeps the Yankees deeper. It’s obvious that he’ll be needed again at some point in the season and putting him in AAA instead of the bullpen can keep him stretched out and on rotation.
4. I’m going to defer to friend of the blog Hannah Ehrlich on this one:
5. I know some people are annoyed at the fact that neither CC Sabathia nor Mark Teixeira made American League All-Star Team. Frankly, I’m finding it hard to care and I hope that every other Yankee selected to the team a) pitches on the Sunday before the ASG b) has a “family issue” (made up) that must be attended to or c) can fake an injury before the game. I don’t want anyone on my favorite team risking injury in what amounts to an exhibition game (do NOT get me started on that home field advantage thing). Not worth it.
6. I’m glad the 2011 Subway Series is over. I’ve already made my feelings about this known but I’ll reiterate them: The Subway Series is a giant “meh” to me at this point. It’s awesome the Yankees won the series two games to one (and should’ve swept it), but that the victories came against the Mets doesn’t add anything to them. But I will say one thing: I am beyond glad that the Yankees are done with NL parks until (hopefully!) the World Series. It’ll be great to go back to watching pitchers face nine REAL hitters every night.
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