No Felix, no problem: Yanks edge M’s 6-2

I don’t mean to be totally dismissive of the Mariners–it’s not like Freddy Garcia was King Felix or anything, and they did get a lot of walks–it just seemed like the Yankees were in control of the afternoon. After Raul Ibanez homered in the fifth inning to put the Yanks back up by two, both teams seemed set on cruise control: the Yankee bullpen was flawless again, with Logan, Robertson and Soriano putting up fantastic outings, and they put the game to bed after Garcia exited in the seventh.

It was an important win for the Yankees, who took the series from Seattle–their first win in their past three series. They go into a very tough four game set against Detroit at Comerica with some momentum, the first time they’ve had any in a couple weeks.

  • Ichiro Suzuki added a sun-aided double in the bottom of the seventh, extending his hitting streak with the Yankees to twelve games, and tying the record for longest hitting streak to begin a Yankee career.
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Ichiro Suzuki: not as bad as you think

Curtis Granderson, 2.0 WAR
Nick Swisher, 1.8 WAR
Ichiro Suzuki, 1.6 WAR
Andruw Jones, 1.0 WAR
Raul Ibanez, 0.5 WAR

Ichiro is only .2 WAR less than Nick Swisher–and no one has any problem with Swish. But how can Ichiro have such badf offensive numbers and still be worth more than one and a half wins above a replacement-level player?

He’s still really, really good at defense.

After watching Curtis Granderson make a couple of serious miscalculations yesterday–he just cannot seem to get his routes to the ball straight–and after seeing Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez make a mockery of playing left (and Swish, well, he’s fun to have in right), it seems more and more clear to me that the Yankees could really do with a better-fielding player somewhere in the outfield.

Ichiro has a 14.9 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), and 12 defensive runs saved (DRS) this season; he has a career UZR/150 of 10.9. Over the past three years, he has averaged about a 9.0 UZR.… Click here to read the rest