Sweep Avoided!

July 1, 2010 – 8:44 pm

Clutchless A-RodNYY 4, Seattle 2. Getting shut down by the likes of Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez is one thing, but by a number five starter for a last place team with an ERA of 6.18 is quite another thing. But that’s exactly what Ryan Rowland-Smith did to the Yankees, giving up just two runs on five hits over six innings. Fortunately Alex “Clutchless” Rodriguez came through in the eighth inning with a two-run homer to put the Yankees ahead for good, 4-2, and save yet another excellent start by CC Sabathia. CC is definitely hitting his usual summer form — he now has six straight starts where he’s gone 7+ innings and allowed three or fewer runs, and a 2.00 ERA over that period. And not surprisingly, the Yankees are 6-0 in those six starts. How nice it is to have an automatic W there in the rotation.

You have to wonder how much longer the Yankees can continue to play to the level they have with the offense being so lackluster. In June, the team BA was .245 compared to .286 for April/May, and the team OPS was .734 compared to .820 for the first two months. If you were listening much to the broadcasts of the Seattle series, you heard a lot of talk about what a weak-hitting team Seattle is. But the reality is that in June, Seattle had a team BA of .243, pretty much identical to that of New York! That’s how poor the offense has been of late. And yet in June they still went 16-10, and overall they still have the best record in baseball. So it’s hard to complain a lot, but one can only imagine what they could do if and when the offense really heats up.

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