And Now The Bronx Singlers Do Their Thing

May 23, 2011 – 1:49 pm

NYY 9, New York Mets 3. For the first time in I can’t remember when, the Yankees actually won a game “old style” — by wearing out the starting pitcher, scoring late, and relying on a barrage of hits rather than a couple of home runs. Although admittedly the 8-run seventh inning wasn’t exactly a display of power hitting, as outside of Robinson Cano’s line drive single, pretty much every other hit was a seeing eye grounder or bloop hit barely clearing the infield. But what the hey, after all the complaining we’ve done about the offense of late, beggars can’t be choosy. And maybe this is the jump start that the offense needed — we’ll see soon enough.

On the mound, Ivan Nova continues to be a work in progress. Going 6.2 innings and allowing just three runs makes this a “near quality start”, but he was continually pitching his way out of trouble. Of the 11 hits he gave up, all but one were singles, which helped a lot. If any of those end up being in the gap, things could have gotten a lot worse. For a No. 5 starter though, you have to like him. Over his last six starts he’s gone 6+ innings four times, and has a — can this be right? — 2.83 ERA. Hell, I’ll take that for a No. 3 or 4 starter! Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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