Winning One For Mr. Sheppard

July 12, 2010 – 1:52 pm

NYY 8, Seattle 2. When you’ve got the team with the best record in baseball playing a last place team on the day before the four-day All-Star Game break, I guess it’s not to be unexpected that you would see some ugly baseball. And that’s exactly what we got in this one — but to the Yankees credit they played solid ball and just let Seattle self-destruct. Seattle ended up with three wild pitches, two errors, and two easy fly balls lost in the sun — and somehow the Yankees could convert all that to only eight runs. It coulda/shoulda been a lot worse, but with the early lead and CC on the mound I guess there’s not a lot of motivation there to run up the score.

Offensively everyone contributed except for Alex Rodriquez, and given the game was a blowout with no “clutch” situations for A-Rod, his 0-for-5 day was not a total surprise. The best news was that Mark Teixeira continues to be on a tear, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two singles. Incredibly Tex has now pretty much caught up with A-Rod as far as OPS goes (.825 vs. .826). Of course that’s not only a factor of how hot Tex has been of late but how mediocre (relatively speaking) Alex has been all year. But if Teixeira can continue his pace of the last couple of weeks through the remainder of the season, it’s going to be fun to watch.

Also on quite the tear is the starting pitching — the last two times through the rotation, the starters have given up three or fewer runs in nine of those ten games. The combined ERA over those games is 1.95, and their record is 7-0. The only poor start was Phil Hughes’ on July 4 — other than that it’s been all “quality starts”. There’s no doubt that the starting pitching is what has carried the team so far this year, and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue to do so through the second half.

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RIP Bob Sheppard

RIP, Bob Sheppard. Not much you can say about Mr. Sheppard that hasn’t already been said. I stumbled on to this story about him, and I think it says it all. Bob Sheppard harkens back to a different age of baseball, and no one represented that age better than he.

Photo: The Washington Post

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