The Yankees pulverized an A’s starter for the second straight game, pounding Oakland 9-3. Vin Mazzaro — yet another A’s starter boasting a shiny ERA in a rotation full of hurlers with sub-4.00 marks — proved that, like Trevor Cahill, he isn’t quite the same pitcher on the road, coughing up seven earned runs to the Bombers.
Coming into the game Mazzaro boasted a 3.18 ERA (4.36 FIP) at home and 3.92 (4.76 FIP) mark on the road. Additionally, if he had enough innings to qualify, he’d own the third widest gap between overall ERA (3.61) and FIP (4.59) in the American League (0.98).
It’s been an absolute joy to witness the team’s recent offensive outburst. The Yanks have now scored nine-plus runs five times in their last nine games. That’ll play. The newly christened and devastating heart of the Yankee order featuring Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher continued to rake, with Teixeira going deep for the second straight night — giving him 30 home runs for the year — and Swisher also pumping his 25th jack of the year.… Click here to read the rest