Small Ball + Long Ball = 5 In Row

July 22, 2009 – 10:07 am

NYY 6, Baltimore 4. This one was certainly no pitching masterpiece, and the Yankee bats really didn’t come alive as much as you might have expected, but nonetheless it was a good solid win. The Yankees could only muster 6 hits off four different Oriole pitchers, but they also got 8 walks and made the most of them. Four of the six runs came on some classic small ball and then Robbie Cano added a 2-run home run, and that’s all they would need. Sergio Mitre gave them a good 5.2 innings, allowing 4 runs — if he’s going to end up being the No. 5 pitcher, then that’s certainly good enough. Particularly with the offense the Yankees have. And with Wang’s rehab not coming along all that well, I’m guessing we will see more of Mitre — certainly at least one more start.

Meanwhile, Boston lost again to the Texas Rangers and are heading in the exact opposite direction of the Yankees. The Red Sox have now lost 4 in a row, while the Yankees have won 5 in a row — the net result of which is New York back in first place in the East with the best record in the league. And there’s no reason to think the Yankees can’t keep up this pace over the next week or so. Tomorrow it’s A.J. Burnett (8-4, 3.81) against the Orioles’ Jason Berken (1-7, 6.44). That game looks very winnable. And then it’s the lowly Oakland A’s in for a 4-game series. Things continue to look good!

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