Now That Was Scary!

July 24, 2011 – 6:32 pm

NYY 7, Oakland 5.

  • If I told you that David Robertson and Mariano Rivera would collectively give up seven hits plus a walk to thirteen total batters, including three doubles, you’d probably figure this one ended up in the loss column. But given that the Yankees miraculously escaped with a win here, I have to classify this as one very big win. First off, we got away with two absolutely terrible outings by D-Rob and Mo — usually each of those is going to cost us a game. And just as importantly, the Yankees avoided losing a series at home to a team that came in to town 12 games below .500. As it is, the Yankees are slipping further and further behind Boston — they started the month 2.5 games up and are now 3 games behind. That type slippage can’t go on much longer.
  • Hideki MatsuiSeems like just a couple of days ago I was complaining about how the bottom of the order needed to pick things up a bit. Looks like they were listening (yeah, right), as Russell Martin, Andruw Jones, and Eduardo Nunez combined to go 6-for-10 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. That pretty much made the difference today.
  • Nice to see Hideki Matsui have a big day (5-for-5) and yet it not cost the Yankees a win. He was always a class act in his years in pinstripes, so you always want him to do well. And so far this year it’s been a struggle for him — his stats of .224/.303/.355/.658, impossible as it may seem, are actually worse that what the Yankees have gotten out of the DH position (.231/.306/.402/.709).

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