Onward Through The Fog

May 17, 2010 – 11:05 am

Minnesota 6, NYY 3. So the law of averages finally did catch up to the Yankees in their mastery of the Twins. And did it ever catch up with Mariano Rivera in a big time way! As we all know quite well by now, turning over a 3-1 lead to the Yankee bullpen is a total crap shoot to begin with, so losing this one really wasn’t all that unexpected. David Robertson actually pitched OK, only allowing two of the seven batters he faced to reach base (both on walks), so he kept the tying run off base in both the sixth and seventh innings. That’s an improvement for him, but again that could be the old law of averages catching up with him as well, just in a good way. But then come the eighth, Joba Chamberlain loaded the bases and even the Great Mo couldn’t pull out the save in that situation. What ya going to do?

But there was a bit of good news coming out of this one — Sergio Mitre pitched quite well, going five innings and giving up just one run on four hits. So he remains a viable choice for the number five spot in the rotation, should Javier Vazquez fail to come through. And either way, it’s nice to have a reliable emergency starter that can give you five innings like Sergio did. You can never have too much in the way of starting pitching, particularly with the Yankee bullpen.

So now it’s the Red Sox for a quick two-game series. They are still stumbling around it seems, not playing up to their potential — so how nice it would be to win both these games. Particularly with Tampa Bay coming to town on Wednesday, where at this point you’d probably be happy with just a split. And kudos here to Joe Girardi for lining up the pitching for these next four games — four critical games against East opponents and we have our four top pitchers starting. Nicely played.

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