12-4 Redux

June 16, 2011 – 9:56 am

TexNYY 12, Texas 4.

  • With the bottom of the order reading Jones-Nunez-Cervelli-Pena you probably figured this would be (1) a low-scoring affair and (2) it would be up to the top of the order to provide whatever runs the Yankees would get. And if so, you couldn’t have been more wrong! Once again the Yankee offense went on a scoring binge, getting 12 runs on 12 hits. And once again, it was home runs providing most of the scoring (five HRs accounting for nine of the twelve runs). But the bottom of the order more than contributed their fair share with six of the hits, four of the RBIs, and two of the homers.
  • The starting rotation continues to be consistently inconsistent, with Ivan Nova putting up the latest rather poor outing, giving up four runs in just 5.2 innings. Over the last ten games, the starting rotation has a rather mediocre ERA of 4.80 — but that’s been more than balanced out by the offense which is hitting .313 over that period with a combined OPS of .941. But the starting rotation carried this team for much of the early going, so turnabouts is fair play.
  • And how about Curtis Granderson throwing out Yorvit Torrealba at home in the sixth inning? No doubt that was the big play of this game. If Torrealba is safe at home, it’s a 6-5 game with runners at first and third and a red-hot Josh Hamilton coming to the plate. Who knows where that could have ended up. And credit where credit is due, Cervelli did a good job blocking the plate and making the tag. But what a year the Grandy man is having — even on an off night at the plate (0-for-3), he’s coming up big defensively. No doubt he’s the MVP so far this season.

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