Johnny Be Good

May 10, 2009 – 10:53 pm

NYY 5, Baltimore 3.  Johnny Damon has been one of the few consistently good players all year, and finally some of his heroics paid off in a win.  Maybe the fact that he’s in his contract year has something to do with all this, maybe not.  But the bottom line is that so far this year he’s the MVP on the team, and he personally salvaged what could have been a disastrous series loss to the lowly Orioles.  Go Johnny, go!

Meanwhile Joba Chamberlain slept through yet another first inning, only to wake up and pitch some very good ball from the second inning on.  That’s four of six starts where he’s pitched poorly in the first inning.  Somebody in the Yankee coaching staff needs to figure this mystery out, and pretty quickly.  Clearly he’s not doing something right in his pre-game preparation.  One would think this will be an easy fix.

And kudos to Joe Girardi for his bullpen management in this one — he went with Phil Coke in the 7th, and when Coke retired the side in order he left him in to pitch the 8th.  None of that mixing and matching nonsense that has gotten the Yankees in so much trouble so far this season.  If you bring in a reliever and he’s getting guys out, you stick with him.  So simple.  Let’s see more of that approach.

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