Tonight’s Formula: Andy + Tex

August 15, 2009 – 9:24 am

NYY 4 Seattle 2. Going in to the 9th inning, the Yankees had been completely shut down on offense with only three hits, and two of those were weak infield hits. Defensively, Andy Pettitte had struggled to get through six innings. Before he even got an out in the first, he had given up two runs. His command was all over the place, he was seemingly pitching from behind in the count all night. And yet despite all that, the score was tied 2-2 — and you had the feeling that somehow, in some fashion, the Yankees would win. They just have a certain unbeatable something about them right now. And sure enough, tonight it was Mark Teixeira doing the honors with the game-winning home run in the ninth, followed quickly by an insurance run via hits by Robbie Cano and Nick Swisher. Bring in the Sandman for a quick three outs in the bottom of the ninth, and put yet another W in the win column.

It’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen a Yankee team playing like this. Right now they are 30 games over .500 and on track to win 102 games. Since the All-Star break they are 22-6 (.786). In August they are 11-2 (.846). They have the best record in MLB with 4 more wins than the second-best team. No doubt there’s a bump in the road ahead, somewhere. But for now this team seems invincible.

I guess if there was any “bad” news at all it’s that poor old Andy Pettitte is getting absolutely no W love. In his last six starts, he’s gone 6+ innings each time, and has a 2.04 ERA along with a 1.05 WHIP. And yet his record over that period is just 1-1. Oh well, I’m betting Andy is more than OK with that as long as the Yankees continue on this roll.

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