There is not a ton to say about last night’s romp by the Yankees over the Indians – the box score says it all.
Oh never mind – here’s a bunch of crap I’d like to talk about for a sec:
AJ Burnett threw 6.1 innings of no run ball with 7 Ks. The Indians offense isn’t exactly equivalent to the Red Sox, but after Burnett’s June, I’m more than pleased with this outing.
Fausto Carmona took a beating at the hands of the Yankee offense and say his ERA bloom from 3.51 to 3.92; I guess 7 ER in 2.2 IP will do that. Carmona is a great pitcher, but I missed the beginning of the game, so I don’t know what went wrong – my guess is he was up in the zone.
Joba Chamberlain had a perfect .2 IP outing. I think this demotion away from the pressure of the 8th inning is just what he needs; the break from the stress, and the kick in the butt of losing his job will right his ship.
A-Rod didn’t hit his homer, so he’ll go for number 600 again tonight. I’m sure no one wants this over with more than A-Rod, but I’m sick of everybody saying, “He failed to hit his homer again.” The guy was 2-5 with an RBI. Sure, he left 5 runners on base, but it’s not like he’s slumping. I just can’t get over the A-Rod phenomenon: he’s a MLB player with all the talent and money in the world and half the time, I feel sorry for the guy.
I always felt he would, but now that Mark Teixeira has turned the corner (two more RBI last night on 2 hits, his average is up to .262), I can’ t help but be amazed. I always rationalized that Teix would come around, even if he didn’t have a great year, he’d still have a good one – because the alternative was – well, I don’t know what it was. He’s not, he’s not hurt, and he doesn’t seem to have lost his mind, so I figured it was only a matter of time, and it was.
I just noticed last night when the game was coming on the radio that John Sterling is a bit greedy with his Teix home run call; he’s got two for him: “Mark sends a Teix message! Oh Teixeira, You’re really on the Mark!” Does anybody else have two? If Metallica is the master of puppets, surely John Sterling is the master of puns.