Who’s That In First Place?

June 21, 2010 – 1:44 pm

NYY 4, New York Mets 0. With Johan Santana going for the Mets, you had to like the Yankees’ chances here, as they do like beating the name brand pitchers. And sure enough, Mark “Is He Really Out Of The Funk For Good Now?” Teixeira got the one hit that made all the difference in this one, a grand slam in the third. That’s back-to-back games with a home run, and all of a three-game hitting streak for Tex. And over the last ten games, his SLG is a very nice .559. So now if only A-Rod can start taking lessons from Teixeira……

Tex Grand SlamAnd speaking of getting back in the groove, CC Sabathia looked more like the old CC we’ve grown to know and love. Had it not been for that brief rain delay, CC would have more than likely notched a complete game shutout. As it were, he went eight innings, giving up only four hits, and allowing more than one base runner only once. That’s as good as he’s looked all year, or at least since his second start of the season when he took the no-hitter into the eighth against Tampa Bay. The starting pitching just continues to be lights out (well, with one exception anyway).

Don’t look now but the Yankees are in sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time in a couple of months. And wouldn’t you know it, right on their tails are the red hot Red Sox, who swept the hapless LA Dodgers over the weekend. Oh, the ends that Joe Torre will go to avenge the Yankees. Let’s hope the Dodgers play just as ineptly next weekend when the Yankees are out there.

It’s all starting to shape up as an incredible pennant race, and we are just now at the Summer Solstice. But this race could easily stay just this tight for the rest of the season, as I doubt either Tampa Bay or Boston is going away. Yes, it’s a long 162-game season, but you get the feeling that it’s going to come down to one or two games making all the difference. Onward to the west coast.

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