Though it wasn’t high scoring, last night’s game was quite exciting. Here’s what I was thinking during and after the game.
–I really liked the way Javy Vazquez pitched last night. I thought he mixed his pitches well and his breaking stuff had good movement. The 7th inning at bat versus Travis Hafner. Despite missing badly on the first pitch and then throwing ball two going down 2-0, Vazquez battled back and struck Hafner out swinging on a well placed fastball. He may not have gotten fantastic run support last night, but Javy pitched well nonetheless.
–I know it’s just four at bats, but Derek Jeter did not look good last night. Three groundouts and a strikeout…but, to be fair no one was really putting good swings on Westbrook last night.
–Curtis Granderson’s homer was nice to watch. He absolutely crushed that ball for his third homer in two games and hopefully, he’s turned a corner and will stay hot. Since getting home from the Oakland and Seattle trip, Granderson’s got a .314/.366/.583/.949. On a non-baseball note, I thoroughly enjoy listening to Curtis speak to a reporter after games. He’s incredibly well spoken and it’s beyond refreshing to hear an athlete have a conversation not riddled with cliches and “Uh…um…uh…um…”
–During the course of the game, MLBTR informed us that the Yankees are trying to move Chan Ho Park. If they do trade Park, don’t expect anything more than a fringy prospect in exchange.
–Pregame, we also learned that Dustin Moseley will start in place of Sergio Mitre. It may not be a huge improvement, but I’m glad Mitre won’t be starting. Still, I’m a bit surprised that they won’t give Mitre a second shot. If Moseley’s start doesn’t go well, I think we’ll see the return of Ivan Nova to the Majors. Some may ask why doesn’t that happen now, but I can see the logic in giving someone already on the 25 man the shot first. Moseley’s just young enough and has pitched just not poorly enough to get the benefit of the doubt for at least one start. If he can’t handle it, then maybe you think about losing him and bringing up Nova.