A Text Book Win

June 23, 2010 – 11:06 am

NYY 9, Arizona 3. It seems like forever since the Yankees had a “textbook” win, but that’s exactly what they got last night. Get an early lead, get seven strong innings from your starter, get to the opposing team’s bullpen, and then beat up on the relievers and put the game out of reach. Last night it was Alex Rodriquez providing the early lead with a two-run homer in the first, it was Andy Pettitte getting yet another great start — two runs on seven hits over seven innings — and it was pretty much everyone piling on in the eighth with six runs on six hits in that inning alone.

A-Rod BlastAnd it also seems like forever that the top of the order came through like they are supposed to, but last night they certainly did, with the one-through-four batters going a combined 8-for-18 with 4 RBIs. It was particularly nice to see both Teixeira AND Rodriguez get multiple hits in the same game. Even their outs of late are starting to look a lot better, so that could be the best news of all right now.

The other nice thing I saw last night was Joba Chamberlain lighting up the radar gun at 98 mph. It seems like every time Joba has his fastball in that 96+ range, he pitches great. But every once in a while, he loses a couple of mph and that’s when he gets hit hard. He’s got a little bit of the old A.J. in him — either he’s pitching great or stinking it up. In 32 appearances this year, he’s given up three or more runs four times — and in all four of those instances, his fastball was in the 92-94 mph range. I’m not sure why the velocity varies like that — actually it could have more to do with radar gun variability than anything else, as all four of these “bad” games where the speed was off were in fact at NYS. So maybe this is more a case of the gun at Yankee stadium just reading slow? Interesting.

Photo: NY Post

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