September 8, 2009 – 5:28 pm

NYY 4, Tampa Bay 1 (Game 1) , NYY 11, Tampa Bay 1 (Game 2). Now we’re cooking with gas. Two classic examples of how good teams win championships. In the first game it was the two staff aces facing off, so basically you expect a pitchers duel, at least with the starters, and hope to win it by beating their bullpen. And that’s precisely what the Yankees did. CC Sabathia was sharp yet again, giving up just one run on three hits over seven innings. Matt Garza, though, pretty much matched him, and it was a 1-1 game when the bullpens took over. And you go into the 8th tied with the Yankees this year, you are going to lose. Sure enough the Yankees turned two hits and two walks in to three runs in the 8th, and that was that.

In the second game, it was Which-A.J.-Is-Going-To-Show-Up Burnett vs. Andy Sonnanstine, who has pretty much struggled all year with a 6.62 ERA. So you figure the Yankees to score a ton of runs, which it might take. But this time “good A.J.” showed up, coming close to matching CC with one run on four hits over six innings. The Yankees sure enough knocked out Sonnanstine in the third getting eight runs on eight hits, and that was that for this game.

Nice sweep of a double-header with lots of good offense and pitching. With the division now all but wrapped up, and a 6.5 game lead for home field advantage, things couldn’t look much better. It’s just a matter of setting up the rotation for the playoffs, and keeping everyone healthy and rested for the next four weeks. Who would have thought this is where the Yankees would be at the start of the season? So far, it’s been a fantastic ride.

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