Thank You, Robbie

August 13, 2009 – 12:25 pm

Robbie Gets It DoneNYY 4, Toronto 3. What was I saying just a couple of days ago about Robinson Cano hitting with RISP???? Sure enough, Robbie got the game winning hit in the bottom of the 11th, with a line smash off the right-field wall that scored Alex Rodriguez. And note that it was his home run in the 4th that actually gave the Yankees their third run which was ultimately what allowed the game to go in to extra innings in the first place. So let’s put a stop to all this nonsense about Cano not hitting in clutch situations. As long as he continues on his torrid pace (.404 BA 1.088 OPS in August) he is going to get his share of hits with RISP.

Possibly the best news of the night was that Chad Gaudin was impressive in his Yankee debut, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out three while giving up just one single. That’s important because it looks like we will be seeing a lot more of not only him starting, but Sergio Mitre as well. It’s going to be interesting to see how Girardi juggles pitching assignments so that Chamberlain and Hughes still have adequate innings left come the final stretch run and then the playoffs. Personally I think these inning limits are way overblown — yeah, you certainly want to protect your younger pitchers, but give me a break. It’s not like they just started pitching two years ago — most of these kids have been pitching for 10+ years. Surely by now they’ve developed enough arm strength that they don’t need to be coddled as much as they are.

Miscellany Dept: Has anyone else noticed how much Johnny Damon’s defense has improved since a month ago when he seemed to be totally lost at times out there in left field? Of late, seems like almost every night he makes at least one excellent catch, and is also making all the easy plays just as easy as they should be. Something seems to have changed, and definitely for the better.

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