Winning Ugly

August 29, 2010 – 11:20 am

NYY 12, Chicago 9. This one was certainly an ugly game, but I guess at this point you take the wins anyway you can. Lots of less than encouraging news though — hopefully CC Sabathia isn’t catching A.J. disease like everyone else in the starting rotation seems to be, as he got roughed up for 5 runs on 9 hits in 7 innings. Now that’s the first bad start he’s had since back in May, so I’m going to call that a fluke and not worry about it. But then the bullpen, the one shining constant for the Yankees over the last couple of months, also got roughed up pretty good. Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and David Robertson all got hit hard, giving up a combined 4 runs on 6 hits while recording all of 3 outs. Again, they’ve all been rock solid for some time now, so hopefully that’s just a fluke as well. Even Mariano Rivera, who ended up having to come in for the save, put two runners on to bring the tying run to the plate. Sheez — overall some pretty bad pitching.

Nunez Goes YardIn spite of putting up 12 runs on 14 hits, there was also cause for concern with the offense. Mark Teixeira went out in the third inning with a bruised hand — supposedly he’ll be back in the lineup today, but isn’t that how Alex Rodriquez’ current stint on the DL started out? Losing Tex at this point could be disastrous. Beyond that though, lots of stuff to smile about. Robbie Cano may be getting back in his groove, going 3-for-5, and ditto for Jorge Posada who had two key doubles. Then there’s Marcus Thames, who went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs, including two home runs, giving him four homers in the last four games. I know this guy is supposed to be a platoon player who has trouble hitting righties, but hey — over the month of August he’s got a .380 BA and 1.135 OPS. I say give him the permanent DH spot until he cools off regardless of who is on the mound.

But the real offensive surprise was Eduardo Nunez, who went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs including a 2-run homer in the second. At one point Nunez was one of the top prospects in the organization, but over the last couple of years he has struggled some in the minors. Sure would be nice to see him all of a sudden start living up to those earlier prognostications. A-Rod is scheduled to be back shortly, but if Nunez can swing a hot bat off the bench, he sure would be more valuable than Ramiro Pena in that position.

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