Back On Track

September 13, 2009 – 5:24 pm

NYY 13, Baltimore 3. What a night and day difference there is between CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Like Burnett yesterday, CC clearly didn’t have his best stuff, and like Burnett yesterday, CC ran in to trouble in the second inning. But where A.J. pretty much took the Yankees out of the game by giving up six runs, CC pulled himself together and got out of the inning with only two runs scored. And voila, the Yankee offense finally outlasted the Baltimore pitchers and a 2-1 deficit eventually became a 5-3 lead, and ultimately a 13-3 win. And that’s what makes CC the ace of the staff, and A.J. the No. 3 starter.

Godzilla Goes YardThe offense was led by Hideki Matsui who went 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs, including a 3-run homer in the 8th which pretty much iced the game. Godzilla is somewhat quietly having one of his best years as a Yankee, certainly his best year since 2004. The common wisdom seems to be that he won’t be back in pinstripes next year, and if that ends up being the case, it’s going to be a huge loss for the Yankees and a huge gain for someone else.

But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Next up is a one-game make-up with the LA Angels, the Yankees old nemesis who they will most likely cross paths with come the playoffs. With a 3-game series in LA coming up in a week, it sure would be nice to make a statement here and now about how things have changed and there’s a new sheriff in town, etc., etc. And there’s also Joba Chamberlain starting for the Yankees, one more chance for Joba to prove he deserves a post-season start. So lots riding on this one game!

Miscellany Dept: Kudos to Tony Pena, or more likely Joe Girardi, or whoever was ultimately responsible for the decision to pull Brian Bruney in the ninth inning, even with a 10-run lead and two outs. In his last 10 appearances Bruney had walked 8 of 36 batters faced. You just can’t do that pitching out of the bullpen. And then with a 10-run lead, he proceeds to walk two of the first four batters he faced. You’ve got to make an emphatic point that this is not acceptable, and what better way to make it than to pull him right then and there. If only the Yankees would use some of that type of “tough love” on Joba Chamberlain!

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