Playoff implications be damned, the most interesting storyline of this series – for me, at least – is Melky Cabrera, and his brilliance against the New York Yankees. Cabrera is batting .351/.368/.730 with 4 HR in 39 PA against his former team this season, raising his career line to .327/.371/.633 with seven bombs in 106 PA. The only teams that Cabrera has more home runs against are the White Sox (with 9) and the Indians (8), both of which he has faced more than twice as often than the Yankees. I am not generally one for inventing narratives, but it is interesting that Cabrera’s highest slugging percentages by far come against the Yankees and Braves – teams that gave up on the Melk Man after disappointing seasons.
Meaningless? Probably. Fun? Not for the Yankees.
(This isn’t me attempting to create a reverse jinx. I promise.)
|Toronto Blue Jays||New York Yankees|
|Jose Reyes, SS||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Munenori Kawasaki, 3B||Derek Jeter, SS|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Jose Bautista, RF||Carlos Beltran, DH|
|Dioner Navarro, C||Brian McCann, 1B|
|Juan Francisco, 1B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Colby Rasmus, DH||Ichiro Suzuki, RF|
|Ryan Goins, 2B||Brian Roberts, 2B|
|Anthony Gose, CF||Francisco Cervelli, C|
|Mark Buehrle, SP||Hiroki Kuroda, SP|