The Grandy Man Can!

April 21, 2011 – 1:15 pm

NYY 6, Toronto 2. Curtis Granderson has always impressed me as a class act, so it’s nice to see him picking up this season right where he left off last year. Last night hitting in the ninth spot in the order, he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. His triple in the second led to a 3-0 lead that the Yankees would never relinquish, and his solo home run in the ninth at least gave Joe Girardi the opportunity to try to finish the game with secondary relievers (although that didn’t pan out). With one tenth of the season complete we’re starting to get out of “small sample size” territory, and lo and behold, there’s Granderson tied with Mark Teixeira for the team home run lead, and there he is third in OPS at 1.013, only behind Tex and A-Rod.

xyzzyThe other good news from last night’s game was Bartolo Colon giving the Yankees a true quality start, going 6.2 innings and giving up two runs in his first start in two years. Before he clearly ran out of gas in the seventh, Colon had dominated the Blue Jays for six innings, allowing just three hits and at one point retiring twelve batters in a row. And then for the second night in a row, David Robertson came in and squashed what appeared to be another big Toronto comeback. Hopefully Girardi is paying attention to what Robertson has been doing so far this year, and maybe start doing more with him other than just having him warm up in the bullpen. In seven innings, Robertson has yet to give up a run and is averaging 11.6 SO/9 which leads the team. Chamberlain and Soriano have been doing a great job so far, but there’s no reason not to use Robertson just as much as those two, and spread the workload (and thus the rest) around more.

Anyway, I think it’s fair to say that we now have a real battle going on for the No. 3 starter position, which I guess we kind of expected all along — but who would have thunk it would be Colon and Freddy Garcia who were the candidates? And didn’t I just read that Kevin Millwood just pitched a one-hit complete (albeit seven inning) shutout for AA Trenton the other night? So far the decision to stock pile oldie-but-goldie arms looks to be paying off nicely!

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