I know it’s April and this is when it’s supposed to rain, but I’m starting to lose my cool. The Yankees are nearing their 2010 rain out total, and we’re not even through with the first month yet! Here’s The Good, The Bad and The Fug-Ugly from Baltimore.
CC Sabathia was, in a word, dominant on Saturday. Sure, he labored toward the end, but he was really dealing – vintage CC, I loved every minute of it!
Freddy Garcia might not deserve a statue or a plaque yet, but he probably deserves an apology. I know it’s only two starts, but they haven’t been against teams without any hitters and he hasn’t let up run yet, right? I’ll take 12 IP of 0 run ball every two times out!
Curtis Granderson is putting on a hitting display, and I love it! The Grandyman is my favorite kind of player: an outfielder with speed and power.
Nick Swisher needs to worry less about shaving (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re lucky) and more about hitting the ball. At least he’s still getting his walks.
Derek Jeter managed some hits on Sunday, but they were mostly infield squeakers. Who knows, maybe a game like this will get him started, and if he’s going to lead off and gave Curtis Granderson protecting him the two hole, that could help him, too.
Mariano Rivera is not a machine, and I guarantee that if he only had to get three outs, he would have been fine. Mo can’t pitch in more than one inning anymore. Just forget about that. It’s over. Not in April, anyway – in October… you do what you have to do. But in April? Let’s not and not even say we did. Anyway, Mo will be alright, so lets not bother having the “he’s done!” conversation because he blew two saves.
Brett Gardner had what, one hit in two games? I know it was a double and I know that’s not the end of the world, but the guy is striking out a lot… I really want Gardner to find a way out of his funk now that he’s been moved to the bottom of the lineup, because I don’t want to see this guy end up being the next Melky Cabrera… well, it won’t be that bad. If anything, he could be a fifth outfielder and pinch runner/base stealer on this team.
I was just about to write ‘Kyle Farnsworth‘ or ‘Octavio Dotel,’ because sometimes, I get my free agent setup men confused… (wait, was Dotel a setup man or just in the pen? I can’t remember and don’t care enough to check) But yeah, Rafael Soriano‘s back soreness is troubling, and I’m particularly annoyed given that I can’t find any reason for it. Was it the flight down from Toronto? Did he wake up in pain on Saturday morning? I just don’t understand how someone is in so much pain that he has to miss two games, making it necessary to inject Mariano Rivera into the 8th inning (where he should never be, ever!) and have no reason for it at all. That’s weak sauce, right there.
Russell Martin getting plunked between the numbers after he’d already hit two home runs in a game… that’s not cool, and it looks really bad – I’m all for pushing guys off the plate, but when you hit a guy in the back in between the numbers, it looks like it’s on purpose. You don’t need to let the hitter get too comfortable in the batter’s box, but you don’t need to hit him, either.
The White Sox are in town, who are 8-14 on the young season – lets not read anything into that until we see them for ourselves… but yeah, they probably stink.