One More Makes Sweep

June 13, 2011 – 11:58 am

Yankees CelebrateNYY 9, Cleveland 1.

  • Well, maybe the offense is starting to heat up. Nine runs without a single homer? Do my eyes deceive? The Yankees got great hitting all up and down the lineup, with seven of the nine starters having a multiple hit game. Right now there’s only one sure out in the order — Russell Martin — so it’s hard to complain about him. This is more like what we all expected the offense to look like this year.
  • Freddy Garcia certainly “kept the line moving”, as they say, going 6.2 innings and giving up just one run. Since the Boston disaster, the starting rotation has three straight quality starts, and a combined 1.33 ERA. It’s interesting how streaky this rotation seems to be — instead of having “Bad A.J.” or “Good A.J.” to worry about, this year we have “Good turns” and “Bad turns” through the rotation.
  • The Indians are 3-for-26 with RISP so far this series. I’ve always thought it interesting how when the Yankees hit poorly with RISP and lose, fans are so quick to blame the loss on that failure to get clutch hits. But then when the other team does poorly with RISP and the Yankees win, it’s due to clutch Yankee pitching, not the other team choking. Seems to me a lot of what is going on is just pure randomness, much like what BABIP measures. Long term BA/RISP seems to always regress to overall BA, no?
  • Which segues to the fact that Cleveland is just playing terrible right now, and the Yankees are taking advantage of it — exactly what the better teams do. A win tonight would give the Yankees the 4-game sweep, something they really need at this point in time, particularly with Boston on such a tear. This is one time when a 3-1 series win would not be acceptable. Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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