CC + A-Rod = Sweep

September 3, 2009 – 1:11 pm

NYY 10, Baltimore 2. This one was actually a lot closer than the final score would indicate, and was actually a pretty good pitchers duel up until the 9th inning. CC Sabathia was in his usual dominant form, giving up just one run over 7 innings, scattering 7 hits while striking out 9. For the Orioles, rookie Jason Berken held his own against CC until running up against what I guess was some type of mystical pitch count or innings limit or whatever else is used to keep rookies from being true pitchers these days. Berken left with the score tied at 1-1, but then it was bullpen-by-committee for the Orioles and we all know how that must eventually end. And sure enough, Dave Trembley finally found a pitcher who couldn’t get any one out, and that was that — a close 3-2 game became a 10-2 route.

Once again the Yankees got offensive contributions throughout the lineup, with everyone getting at least one hit and seven of the starters getting at least one RBI. That’s now eight of the last 12 games with 8 or more runs scored. The big gun this time was Alex Rodriguez who went 3-for-5 (all singles interestingly) and got 4 RBIs. Every night it seems to be someone different stepping up, but with lots of help from everyone else. Quite the offensive juggernaut of late.

So now it’s on to Toronto, which could be a defining series for the post-season pitching strategy. Three of the four starts will be from Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, and Joba Chamberlain. As the post-season is shaping up, the Yankees have only two legitimate starters that can be counted on. From there you have who-knows-what-you-will-get Burnett in the No. 3 spot, and then pitching-by-committee in the No. 4 spot. So those three guys along with all the other middle relievers are going to play crucial roles come post-season.

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