Clean Sweep by the AL East…
Feelin’ way too damn good…
It may be the name of a great song by Nickelback, but it also describes the feeling watching last night’s 9-1 rain-delayed win over the New York Mets by the Yankees.
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Any concerns about the tendonitis in CC Sabathia’s biceps were put to rest early. Perfect through four innings, Sabathia showed why he deserved the ridiculously excessive contract in the off-season. Outside of the leadoff home run to former Yank Gary Sheffield to open the fifth inning, he shut down the Mets on 3 hits over seven innings with 8 strikeouts. He was consistently throwing 95 mph, and did not walk any batters. He even contributed to his own cause with a RBI single in the second inning. With the win, CC improved to 7-4. Brett Tomko pitched effectively for the final two innings in relief.
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Speaking of the second inning, it was a very ugly one for the Mets. Three errors allowed the Yankees jump out to a 4-0 lead and with CC dealing, the game was essentially over.
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Admittedly, I do not follow the Mets and if I had a preference in the NL East, it would probably be the Philadelphia Phillies. So, I haven’t been keeping up with the Mets this year. Derek Jeter had a bad cough, and was given the night off (which was also his 35th birthday). I was a bit concerned with the insertion of Ramiro Pena into the starting lineup, particularly considering that Francisco Cervelli was playing in place of Jorge Posada (worried about the loss of potential offense). But then I browsed the Mets’ order and was surprised to see names like Alex Cora, Nick Evans (who?), Omir Santos, and Ryan Church playing center field. I knew that the Mets had been hurt by injuries, but I didn’t realize the decimation was this bad.
Alex Rodriguez homered again to officially signal that the slump is over. Kate Hudson was even in attendance, but fortunately she wasn’t wearing a pink A-Rod shirt like certain other celebrity girlfriends…
The home run by A-Rod, in the 8th inning, was the 564th of his career, which allowed him to pass Reginald Martinez Jackson. Reggie was in attendance to watch as he fell to 12th place on the All-Time HR List. Next up for A-Rod is Rafael Palmeiro in tenth place with 569 HR’s. I know that A-Rod is an admitted PED user, but it will still be nice to see Palmeiro bounced out of the top 10. A-Rod should also pass Harmon Killebrew at 573 home runs later this summer. Mark McGwire’s 583 will be more difficult to reach this year, particularly with A-Rod’s limited mobility.
Team PED All-Stars…
Brett Gardner has re-surfaced as a force in center. He is batting .387 over the past 27 games. Batting lead-off in place of Jeter, he had 5 hits, with 3 runs scored. He was a double short of hitting for the cycle, but raised his batting average to .303 with the great performance. When Gardner is hitting, he’s scary with his speed. He is making it very difficult for Joe Girardi to keep him out of the lineup.
Melky Cabrera will benefit from Xavier Nady’s misfortune (lost for the season), and will continue to platoon with Nick Swisher in right (barring any deadline trades by the Yankees).
The world looks so much better when the Yankees are winning. Right, Julia?
Despite the win by the Yanks, there was no change in the AL East standings. It was a rare night that saw the AL East sweep the NL East, 5 games to none.
Yankees 9, Mets 1
Red Sox 4, Braves 1
Blue Jays 6, Phillies 1
Rays 7, Marlins 3
Orioles 11, Nationals 1
Of course, I am wondering why the Rays’ pitching staff was so inept compared to the others. LOL! It was definitely a good night for the AL East, which is why I am truly feelin’ so damn good! And, oh yeah, I am going home to California! Woohoo!
Speaking of Xavier Nady, he’s told friends that he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will need surgery. He’s headed to California (like me!) for further medical evaluation, but he’s done for the year. Given that he is a free agent at the end of the year, his time with the Yankees may be over. Personally, I hope not. I’d like to see the team work out a new deal. However, given that there is doubt Nady will be able to play in 2010, the chances of returning to the Yankees are probably not good. Nady has been a good player and I hope we have not seen the last of him in pinstripes.
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Per Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog, Mariano Rivera will be on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation. Mo was asked about performance enhancing drugs, and he replied, “The reason why I’m laughing is because I don’t even drink coffee. And if I don’t drink coffee, I would never put in my mind or think to put that in my body. If the talent that God has given me is not enough, well, I’ll have to quit. When I leave this game I know deep in my mind, deep in my heart that I was clean.”
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I remember being somewhat disappointed when John Wetteland left, breaking up the deadly late inning combo of Rivera-Wetteland. Little did I know that it was the dawn of greatness, the creation of a new Yankees legend. It will be a sad day when #42 is no longer in the bullpen, but it won’t take very long for it to make its way to Monument Park…and Cooperstown. Mo can stand next to Jackie Robinson and be proud.
No updates on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, but I am taking much abuse from my friends…