Garcia Plus Bullpen Get The Job Done

May 11, 2011 – 1:15 pm

NYY 3, Kansas City 1. This one was a good old-fashioned pitchers’ duel — seems like a long time since the Yankees have been in one of those. As expected, the Royals’ Kyle Davies was much better than his 1-4 7.32 ERA would have you believe. It would have been nice to see the Yankee bats continue what they started in the final game of the Texas series, but hey, give credit where credit is due — Davies looked pretty tough. So has the Yankee offense really come alive or not? Tonight Kansas City is going with an emergency starter, Vin Mazzaro, so that should give us a better read on the bats and where they are.

Freddy GarciaMeanwhile, Freddy Garcia continues to get the job done and a whole lot more. Six plus innings with six hits and just one run is a quality start by anyone’s standards. Garcia had gotten roughed up a bit in his last two starts, so you had to be thinking those earlier starts might have been exceptions — but now, maybe this is the Freddy Garcia we can expect. In five starts he’s gone six or more innings in four of them, and has a 2.40 ERA. Impressive to say the least.

And then there’s the bullpen, which after a rough stretch a couple of weeks ago is now back to being everything we expected and then some. Robertson-Joba-Mo combined for three shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just one hit. Chamberlain particularly looked better than he has in I can’t remember when, retiring the 2-3-4 hitters in order on just nine pitches and getting two strike outs.

And finally, how sweet it was to see Melky Cabrera hit a home run that was thankfully meaningless in the big picture? I always liked Melky, and it peeved me a bit to see the indifferent reaction of the NY fans to him. But kudos to the Bleacher Creatures for including him in their roll call ritual. Hopefully Melky has found a good home in what appears to be an up-and-coming Royals team.

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