Sorry about no Friday post for Game 11, but I had to work 1/2 a day Saturday and worked a 1/2 hour OT on Friday, meaning I got out of work at 8:30 PM, got back in town about 9:10 and had a 9-1 shift on Saturday. Quick turnaround that gave me little time to write about Friday’s action.
As such, I will skip the Friday minor league action and just briefly recap the Yankees game. CC was fine for a while, and had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth, courtesy of Soriano’s 2nd HR of the year (#408 career, passing Duke Snider). But in the sixth, CC gave up 2 HR, one a solo shot, the other a three-run dinger and the Yanks wound up losing 4-2. CC has given up 5 HR in his 3 games so far.
He is 1-2, 6.63 after 3 starts. It’s early, but I don’t think he is an ace anymore. Since 2012, he is 15-15, 4.93. He has to regain ace status in my eyes. Right now to me he is a 4, because I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him. Maybe even Nova. $23 MM for a #4? Now some may disagree, but this far into the season, CC has given up more hits and runs than any pitcher in the AL, and the most HR in the majors. I hope he proves me wrong by winning 10 of his next 13 decisions or so, but I don’t think that is happening. Meanwhile the Yanks’ offense didn’t do much either.
Saturday was better as the BOMBERS were back. 5 HR in a 7-4 win. Brian McCann finally came alive with 2 HR, Soriano hit one (#409), Beltran got one (#360, one behind Joe D. now) and Kelly Johnson had one.
Hiroki Kuroda was strong for 6 before tiring in the 7th. 6 1/3, 4 R. 2-1, 3.86.
I won’t go into much detail on the relief for each game. Suffice it to say the relief was great. No runs.