The Grandy Man Can!

September 21, 2010 – 9:03 am

NYY 8, Tampa Bay 6. Curtis Granderson pretty much single-handedly won this one for the Yankees, and it’s starting to look like he’s permanently back to hitting the way everyone thought he would when he was acquired. For a while there, it looked like all the changes that Kevin Long had engineered had resulted in nothing more than just a hot streak that had since cooled off. But September’s numbers — .290 BA and 1.042 OPS with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs in 18 games — are more than just a hot streak. Good to see Granderson back on his game. Put him in the “ready for the playoffs” column.

Curtis GrandersonIvan Nova had yet another puzzling start — for five innings he was near-perfect, giving up just one hit and walking just one. But then in the sixth, all of a sudden he lost his control, as he seems to do at about that point in every start, and things fell apart quickly. He still continues to show a lot of promise, though. At this point how he fits in to the post-season plans, though, is hard to say.

Meanwhile, the bullpen struggled yet again, not a good sign at all. They gave up three runs in just 3.1 innings, plus they allowed one inherited runner to score. Kerry Woods was the only one of the lot who actually looked good. And then there’s Mariano Rivera getting roughed up a bit for the third time in his last five appearances. I know it’s sacrilegious to even hint that Mo may be starting to at long last hit the downhill side of his illustrious career, so I certainly won’t go there — but still, it does make you a bit nervous.

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