That’s More Like It

August 5, 2010 – 12:34 pm

No. 600NYY 5, Toronto 1. Well, I called it a “big game” (for what that’s worth!), and sure enough the Yankees did step up to the challenge. Phil Hughes pitched as well as he has in a month or so, going 5.1 innings and giving up just one run on four hits. But more impressive was the bullpen which finished the last 3.2 innings with shutout ball while not allowing a runner past first. We’re dealing with a very small sample size, but over the last 10 games the combination of Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera hasn’t given up a single run in their combined 15 innings. Robertson has been particularly impressive, not having given up a run in his last 12 appearances, going back to over a month ago. With Andy Pettitte due back in the starting rotation soon, the pitching is starting to look good again.

And the offense also showed signs of waking up. Alex Rodriguez finally got home run number 600, so hopefully that will snap him out of the terrible slump he’s been in. The 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 4-for-11 with 5 RBIs — seems like it’s been a while since the middle of the lineup was contributing like that. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. And if Lance Berkman can start contributing some as the DH, all the better.

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