Bronx Bombers Do Their Thing

May 22, 2011 – 11:21 am

David RobertsonNYY 7, New York Mets 3. If you can’t hit for average and can’t hit with RISP, I guess you can make up for that by hitting a lot of home runs — and that’s one thing the Yankee offense is good at this year. Of seven hits last night, four left the yard, giving the Yankees 70 so far this season. That obviously leads the league by a long shot (see what I did there), 21 more than second place Toronto has. If they keep up this pace they’ll hit 258 for the season, just six shy of the all-time record. And really, why would you think they can’t keep up this pace? Of the top eleven HR hitters in the league right now, five are Yankees, so it’s not like it’s all coming from a couple of hitters on hot streaks.

Meanwhile, the starting rotation got a bit of a scare when it looked like Bad A.J. had showed up for a second start in a row. But to his credit, A.J. somehow escaped a rocky first inning giving up just two runs, then settled down to finish with three runs allowed over 6.1 innings, a “near quality” start. Boone Logan, resident LOOGY, came in to give up a single to the only man he faced — sheez, I will never ever understand the logic behind the LOOGY — but then David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain came in and shut down the Mets with 1.2 innings of perfect innings. D-Rob and Joba are slowly developing in to a strong late innings tandem, plus they are both very likable young players (if you missed the Kim Jones/YES interview the other day, definitely check it out here). Hopefully they will continue to improve, and Rafael Soriano will become a non-issue.

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