Fun Time

September 29, 2009 – 3:38 pm

Scranton/Wilkes Barre 8, Kansas City 2.. These games can be somewhat painful to watch, particularly if you are a Royals fan — but even if you’re a Yankees fan, you have to feel badly for the Royals. With only three regulars in the lineup, and their No. 5 starter on the mound, the Yankees still won rather easily. Although I guess until Robbie Cano hit the grand slam in the seventh, it was a pretty close game.

Because these games have no meaning, at least as far as the regular season goes, it’s hard to attach much significance to anything that happens. That said, though, Chad Gaudin looked quite good yet again, going 6.2 innings and giving up just two runs on four hits. Since becoming the No. 5 starter (basically the month of September) he’s got a very respectable 3.71 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Plus, the Yankees are 5-0 in those starts, so he does a very good job of keeping the Yankees in the game. Compare that to Joba Chamberlain over that same time frame, where the Yankees are just 3-2 with him starting. If Joba does well in his next start on Wednesday one would assume he will be the No. 4 starter in the playoffs — but Gaudin has certainly more than made his case. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

The other good news, at least as far as the post-season goes, was seeing Cano get the grand slam. The one big knock on Robbie this year has been his dreadful BA/RISP and you have to believe that at least part of that is mental (although I would still maintain that a lot of it is just bad luck). So maybe that blast will give him some confidence with runners in scoring position, and that will pay dividends in the playoffs.

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