Three For Three

April 16, 2010 – 11:03 am

NYY 6, Los Angeles 2.  Well, I called it a Very Important Game and the Yankees delivered on every point — their third straight series win, they continue to dominate the once feared LA Angels, and Phil Hughes got his season off to a very good start. How nice is it to see the Yankees on an early season roll? Seems like it’s been a long time since that happened.

Robbie On JR DayAbout the only blemish on Hughes’ performance was the five walks, which led to a high pitch count and thus his not being able to make it through the sixth inning. Over five innings his stats were 2 runs on 3 hits with 5 walks and 6 Ks. He had good velocity on his fastball, consistently hitting 93-94, and he effectively used his off speed pitches. If he can continue to pitch like that, what a difference he will make in the No. 5 slot.

Offensively, the Yankee juggernaut just continues to march on. Robbie Cano is off to an amazing start, and how appropriate that he hit two HRs on Jackie Robinson Day! And Curtis Granderson also continues to impress with his hitting and his speed, getting two triples last night. Overall the Yankees had 2+ base runners and scored at least one run in four of the first five innings, thus chasing Scott Kazmir and giving the Yankee bullpen a 6-1 lead. Which was more than enough as David Robertson and Damaso Marte did their job as middle relief, Joba Chamberlain did his job as setup man, and ultimately only because of a misplay by Derek Jeter did Mariano Rivera have to come in for the final out and save.

Suffice it to say, the Yankees are hitting on all cylinders right now — good starting pitching, good middle relief, the best closer in the business, and an offense that is already well atop the league in runs per game. And all this against what is arguably three of the better teams in the AL. Impressive, indeed.

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