Good A.J. and Good Tex Save The Day

May 30, 2010 – 8:34 pm

NYY 7, Cleveland 3. For the first six innings it looked like the Yankees were going to embarrass themselves even more than they did in the previous game, as they were getting shut out by Justin Masterson, who entered the game with an 0-5 record and a ERA north of 6.00. The Yankees were making him look like Cy Young, with just four hits, only two of which actually made it out of the infield. But fortunately, Masterson ran out of gas and the Yankees finally broke through with five runs in the seventh and another two in the eighth to beat the lowly Indians. The big hit came from none other than Mark Teixeira with a long 3-run home run to the left field bleachers. Those were Tex’s first RBIs in the last 12 games (not counting the RBI he got for the HBP in yesterday’s game). So maybe this, at last, is an indication he’s really finally coming out of his season long slump.

Tex Goes DeepThe other key ingredient to the win was A.J. Burnett pitching a very good game, and more importantly, getting through eight innings — thus preventing the bullpen from even having an opportunity to blow things up. Amazingly, A.J. didn’t walk a single batter (although he did hit two!), and struck out eight — when he’s got that kind of control, you know he’s going to be hard to hit. Although he did give up three runs, only one was earned. Mariano Rivera also looked more like his old self, easily retiring the side in the ninth with two Ks. I have to believe that Mo wasn’t quite 100% healthy when he went through that rough spell a couple of weeks ago. With the bullpen sucking the way it does, we really need Mo being Mo.

Interestingly, in the post-game interview Teixeira said that he felt like he has had an “excellent” May. Hmmmmm…. I guess this is just Mark exercising the power of positive thinking. With one more day to go, his May numbers this year are .273/.360/.455/.815. Compare that to last year’s May stats of .330/.391/.748/1.138 or even his 2007 numbers with Texas of .349/.438/.661/1.098. The reality is that his May numbers this year don’t even measure up to his career numbers of .287/.376/.537/.913. But if today does get him kick started for the remainder of the season, then hey, who am I to argue?

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