Well the Yankees have officially put that bad stretch in the rearview after completing the sweep on Cleveland last night. As someone who’s a firm believer in the “it really takes 3 to make it a streak” theory, cheers to the new winning streak! While the team’s catching some shuteye out in Seattle, let’s take a few minutes to just bask in the aura of victory and talk about some random Yankee stuff.
– That 2-run HR stains the ERA a bit, but CC has looked plenty good in his last 2 starts. 19/1 K/BB ratio is always going to get it done and he’s been far less hittable than he was, giving up 13 in 16.1 IP. The fastball looks livelier, the slider has been great; it looks like the big guy is starting to put things together.
– Did it bother anybody yesterday, or has it bothered anybody at all this season that Joe always seems to ride CC harder than he probably has to? Sabathia has thrown 100+ pitches in every start, and while yesterday’s outing wasn’t all that stressful and the bullpen needed rest, does he need to be out there for that long all the time? I would have been happy seeing him pulled after 80-ish pitches in that bad Tampa start. No sense wasting wear and tear on his body when he doesn’t have it.
– Lyle Overbay in the outfield has to be looked at as another nail in Ichiro’s coffin. It hasn’t gotten talked about much because C-Grand is back out, but Ichiro still isn’t doing anything with the stick. .266/.303/.348 (.270 wOBA) in 198 PA and one of the lower LD rates of his career (18.0%). If Wells hand’t fallen off the map, I don’t think we’d be seeing much of Ichiro right now.
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