And Yet More Offense!

August 20, 2010 – 9:56 am

NYY 11, Detroit 5. Wow, three solid offensive showings in a row! Of course this is against Detroit, who ranks fourth from the bottom in R/G in the league. But still, I’ll take it as a start. Robinson Cano got his first multi-hit game in two weeks, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs, and hit a home run for the third consecutive game. Robbie has been cooling off of late, so seeing him get back on the pace he was on earlier in the season would be nice. Austin Kearns also had yet another good day, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Kearns is turning out, so far at least, to be quite the nice mid-season addition. Since joining the Yankees, he’s hitting .372 with a 1.021 OPS.

Austin KearnsAnd not to be overlooked was a very good outing by Phil Hughes — the proverbial “quality start”, going six innings and giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits. And those two runs came on a Miguel Cabrera home run, so that’s certainly excusable as Cabrera is one of the better power hitters in the league, and is really on a tear right now. It was also nice to see Hughes get six Ks, as he seems to been having problems finishing off hitters his last couple of starts. One can easily see Hughes finishing the season as the No. 2 starter in the rotation, so having him pitching like this is more than a little important. Of course there’s this whole innings limit thing going on in the background…. it’s going to be interesting to see how the Yankees deal with that in the post-season if in fact he really is the No. 2 at that time.

Tonight will be a good test of exactly where this offense is, with Felix Hernandez on the mound for Seattle. If they can put up some crooked numbers on King Felix, I might become a believer. A.J. Burnett is pitching for the Yankees, and if it’s Bad A.J. that shows up (and it is Bad A.J.’s turn in the Burnett rotation), we are going to need a lot of offense, that’s for sure.

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