A Laugher In The Bronx

June 15, 2009 – 12:16 pm

NYY 15, New York Mets 0. One of the many things that makes baseball the most interesting of the major sports is that every game is unique and has the potential to be totally different from a game played by the same teams just one day earlier. A major reason for that is obviously that you have two different pitchers starting each game, and yesterday was about as good an example of this as you can imagine. Saturday the Yankees could muster only 2 runs on 4 hits over 6.2 innings against a run-of-the-mill pitcher who hadn’t started a game in three years. But then Sunday they went up against Johan Santana, one of the best pitchers in the game today, and ripped him for 9 runs in just 3 innings. Figure that one out!

JeteAlthough the Yankees got offensive output from pretty much everyone up and down the lineup, once again it was Derek Jeter leading the way, going 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Not only is he leading the team in hitting (.310 BA), his defense seems to be better than it’s been in a long, long time. And yes, I know how all the stat heads will tell you that Jeter is an average shortstop at best, many of them claiming he’s one of the worst. Well, I know what my eyes tell me, and I’ll take Jeter’s defense any day of the week. And if you doubt me, ask Gary Sheffield what he thinks after he did everything he could to take out Jeter on that double-play in the 4th, only to see Jeter easily make the play. Pretty amazing stuff.

And let’s not forget the kudos for A.J. Burnett. We complain about him enough, so give credit where credit is due. This time “Good” A.J. showed up — 7 innings of 4-hit shutout ball showed exactly what he is capable of doing. Now if he can just do that on a consistent basis. And to be fair, that’s 3 out of his last 4 starts where he’s looked very good. So maybe that one stinker in Boston was an outlier — let’s hope so.

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