As the trade deadline approaches, I won’t address each rumor, or each rumor as it concerns the Yanks, here. Rumors are rumors, and I don’t have the time for that. What I will do is address the deals if they happen. No use talking about something that won’t happen. If it’s reported that a deal was thisclose or a deal does happen, then we will dissect it. But I won’t go into a wild goose chase.
I saw this somewhere. Remember how the general feeling was that the Yanks had to “settle for” Colon and Garcia after missing out on Lee?
Colon 7-6, 3.29; ERA+ 126 Garcia 9-7, 3.23, ERA+ 128
Lee (in the NL; DH-less) 9-7, 3.05 ERA+ 126
As for the salaries of each of them, no comparison….
Here’s tonight’s lineup. The Yanks are 60-40, 2 g.b. of Boston. 2nd place in the AL East. They are on pace for 97-65 and a wild card.
They are 6 1/2 up for the wild card spot.
Three games worse than the Pythagorean record.
OPS +109, ERA+ 119
Eric Chavez is back. Laird sent down. Soriano may be back tomorrow.
Gardner LF .288-4-21 31sb/41att OPS+ 110 leads AL in SB
Jeter SS .273-4-32 11/14 90 BA/OPS to 2010 level. 3017 hits.
Granderson CF .266-27-76 19/28 146
Teixeira 1B .243-27-75 2/3 124
Cano 2B .293-16-62 6/7 123
Swisher RF .258-12-56 2/4 114
Posada DH .223-9-29 0/2 83
Chavez 3B .303-0-6 0/0 126 10 for 33
Cervelli C .237-1-14 4/4 65
Sabathia P (14-5, 2.62) ERA+ 158 CYA candidate
Granderson gets HR #28 in the 4th to put the Yanks up 1-0.
The Yanks get more in the fifth. Swish, Posada and Chavez single for a run, Gardner singles to load the bases. A run scores on a Jeter groundout. 3-0 Yanks after five.
…and, um, the Yanks have all the baserunners in the game so far. CC has struck out 10 in five innings.
Rain delay. Noooooooooooooooo…..
Not with CC doing what he’s doing… 5 1/3, 11 K, and … well you can figure it out….
CC gets 19 in a row before giving up a hit. Then, there is a 2nd rain delay.
CC is still out there for the 8th, but after that 2nd rain delay, he loses it, walking the bases loaded, no out.
It’s dangerous as Robertson comes in. It’s still a 3-0 game, bases loaded and no one out. Robertson gets a K, a forceout (run scores) and a K. Good enough.
CC’s amazing line: 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 14 K. 15-5, 2.56.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks (he was close a few times) and 2 K. ERA to 1.54. 65 K in 41 IP.
Teix gets #28 (#100 as a Yankee, #303 overall) to give the Yanks a little cushion, 4-1 going into the 9th.
Mo has a 1-2-3, 2 K. Save #26, #585 of his career, ERA to 1.83.
A combined 1-hitter with 18 K. Wow.
Boston is up 13-9 in the 9th, so it appears the Yanks won’t gain ground.
Just to show…. The Yanks started July 2 1/2 up. They are now 2 down. They are 13-9 this month, not bad, right? If Boston hangs on and wins, they will be 17-4 this month. 17-4. The Yanks haven’t played that badly. But there is how they lost 4 1/2 games to Boston. The Red Sox have hardly lost in the past three weeks.
A bit of history:
Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels, June 1978. This is a combined 18 K. I don’t know of any game in Yankees history, 9 inning or not, where the Yanks struck out more batters.
It is Seattle’s 17th loss in a row. Tomorrow is King Felix vs. Hughes. I’d bet on Seattle. 1) Law of Averages. They are due for a win. 2) Just the matchup. King Felix Vs. Hughes.