I wrote about it earlier but it bears repeating, I really love the 2013 Yankees. I am enjoying watching guys like Lyle Overbay stepping up in key situations and guiding the team to victory. And I obviously love that Robinson Cano also was a part of the comeback that helped the Yankees avoid losing to Seattle and Felix Hernandez. But do you know what I am really enjoying? Seeing the reactions from fans of other teams throughout baseball who absolutely gobsmacked by how well the Yankees are doing despite having $100M currently on the DL.
"How are the Yankees doing this?" "Is it sorcery?" "I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE YANKEES CAN KEEP WINNING WITH THIS RAGTAG LINEUP!"
It is glorious.
CC Sabathia had an odd outing. He lasted six and one-third innings, gave up all three of Seattle's runs on 10 hits but also struck out 10 batters. The last pitcher to give up at least 10 hits and strike out 10 in the same outing was none other than Sabathia in August 2011.
The Yankees were finally able to break through against Hernandez in the sixth inning with one run off the bat of Overbay who hit his ninth double of the year. After he left in the seventh, the Yankees were able to score off both Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush. Cano doubled in Chris Nelson and Brett Gardner and Overbay hit a sacrifice fly that scored Cano to put the Yankees up 4-3.
Shawn Kelley, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined to throw two and two-third innings of shutout ball. This is a recurring theme for the Yankees' bullpen who has been lights out the past 24.2 innings. They have a 0.77 ERA in the month of May.
Rivera picked up his 16th save in as many tries and Kelley picked up the win thanks to the Yankees big seventh inning.
The Yankees are now 25-14 on the year. I know, I can't believe it either.