CC + Defense + Hitting = Laugher

April 11, 2010 – 9:29 am

CC dealsNYY 10, Tampa Bay 0. The Yankees were hitting on all cylinders in this one! The obvious star was CC Sabathia, pitching a no-hitter for 7.2 innings before giving up a line drive single to Kelly Shoppach. And turns out that might have been a lucky break for the Yankees, as apparently Joe Girardi was going to pull CC in the ninth, regardless of whether he still had the no-hitter. If that had happened I can only imagine how CC would have re-acted. Throwing a no-hitter is the ultimate achievement for a pitcher, and to be robbed of that opportunity for an inane, overly hyped reason like pitch count — well, CC would have every right to go ballistic. It boggles the mind that Girardi even said aloud what he was thinking. What’s that old saw about it being better to keep your mouth shut and let the world think you a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt? Well, Girardi removed all doubt with his comments.

There was lots of other good news in this win. For one thing, a big reason why CC had the no-hitter for that long was some absolutely stellar defense played by Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Robbie Cano. And offensively, everyone save Nick Johnson got at least one hit. Most importantly, Teixeira finally busted out of his early season oh-fer with a 3-for-4 day. And it’s starting to look like a long year for the poor old Cano-bashers, as Robbie continued to pound the ball, going 2-for-5 with 3 more RBIs. And Brett Gardner’s offense also continues to impress, as he’s hit safely in three of the four games he’s played, while also getting a stolen base in three of those games as well.

Photo: NY Daily News

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