CC Battles, Swish Heats Up

June 20, 2011 – 12:16 pm

Nick SwisherNYY 10, Cubbies 4.

  • CC Sabathia once again didn’t seem to have his “good stuff”, leaving a lot of pitches out over the plate. But what amazes about CC is that even when he isn’t at his best, he gets the job done. After our old friend Alfonso Soriano took him deep in the third for a 3-run homer and a 4-1 Cubs lead, CC settled down and pitched four shutout innings, retiring the last eight batters he faced in a row. He’s now pitched in to the seventh inning in every one of his last thirteen starts with an ERA of 3.39. That’s your basic definition of an “ace”.
  • The on-again, off-again offense put up double-digit numbers for the third time in the last six games. Over the last ten games they’ve scored either four or fewer runs, or nine or more runs in every game. So there’s your basic definition of “feast or famine”.
  • The big gun last night was Nick Swisher, going 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer in the eighth which broke up the tie game and ultimately was the game winner. Swish keeps showing signs that he’s getting hot, but then seems to cool off. We need him to start hitting consistently to the back of his card (.251 BA, .358 OBP). TO his credit, though, he has kept the OBP up (.366) while struggling a bit at the plate.
  • Brett Gardner also had a three-hit night, and had the ESPN talking heads buzzing about when/if he would replace Derek Jeter in the lead off position once Jete gets back. But even after last night, Gardner’s stats as lead off hitter still don’t measure up to Jeter’s — .255 vs. .270 BA and .306 vs. .336 OBP. But if he continues to perform as he did last night, this could indeed become an issue.

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