Now That’s How You Start A Road Trip

July 8, 2009 – 11:40 am

Robbie CelebratesNYY 10, Minnesota 2. Hard to think of how you could start a crucial 6-game road trip any better. CC Sabathia was back in form, pitching a 3-hit gem and allowing but one run on a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer. Offensively the Yankees pounded out 16 hits and worked the Twins pitchers for 7 BBs to hit double-digit runs yet again. Everyone in the line-up got at least one hit, and seven Yankees got at least one RBI. But probably the biggest hit of the game was Robinson Cano’s broken-bat single in the 6th that drove in two runs, ending a painful 0-for-21 streak with RISP. Hopefully that gets the monkey off his back and he can now start hitting .300+ regardless of whether there are runners on or not. Still though, leaving him down in the 7th spot probably makes a lot of sense for now. Matsui is on a hot streak and is thus providing Rodriguez with plenty of cover, so why not let Cano continue to bat in a spot with a little less pressure.

Also worth noting was Franciso Cervelli going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. That will probably be his last big league game for a while, with Jose Molina ready to be activated. But you have to figure Cervelli will be back at some point, the way he played. Not only did he hit .269, but he showed some good defensive skills in addition to working well with the pitchers. Indeed he even managed to stir up some slightly goofy but well intentioned discussion of how me might be as good as Jorge Posada. Yeah, right. He’s no Jorge, but he does look to have a bright future. And he brings a lot of enthusiasm to the game which makes him fun to watch. Go get ’em in the minors Francisco, and we will see you in September!

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