Games 46-48: Mo makes history.

After coming off a great series with the Mets, we went right into a tough series against our division rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays.  After dropping the first game of the series, we came back with a thrilling walk-off victory in the 2nd game, and a nice comfortable win in the 3rd.

Our pitching in the first game wasn’t that stellar, with Colon giving up 6 ER in as many innings.  Noesi came in to pitch the final three innings, and did a decent job, giving up 1 ER and 2 H.  At least we didn’t burn through the pen.  In the second game, CC threw a complete game, giving up 4 ER on 8 H.  I don’t think we’ve had a complete game all season, so it was nice to see Girardi NOT go to the pen after 8 innings.  In the 3rd game, Garcia went 6.1 innings, giving up 3 ER on 10 H.  Robertson, Chamberlain, and Mo came in for relief, and Mo’s appearance marked his 1,000th game pitched — he’s the first relief pitcher in MLB history to reach that milestone.  You the man, Mo!  Here’s to 1,000 more.

Offense-wise during this series, we did reasonably well.  Three runs in the first game, five runs in the second, seven runs in the third.  Derek got one hit in the series, which brings him to within 24 of 3,000.  Mark went 4-12 with 3 RBI, including one very important RBI in the bottom of the 9th in game two.  Robbie went 5-11 with 4 RBI and Grandy went 6-11 with 2 RBI.  Here’s hoping that our next series goes as well as these last two have.

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A hearty congratulations to Mo. No pitcher has ever made 1K appearances with a single team. Hmm, that kind of tells you many players do not last very long and/or tend to switch teams on a regular basis. I’m glad to see Gardner come out of that nasty slump. The one thing that needs to improve is the caught-stealing department. With his speed, Gardner seems to be making many of his mistakes on reading the pitcher.

I definitely agree with you on Girardi letting CC go the distance. I remember one game where Colon went 7 or 8 innings and was pulled after 87 pitches. I don’t think that one was a save situation either. The Sox have caught up. It was just a matter of time before that (censored) team got its act together. In any case, this team still appears shaky to this point. It is almost as if the players are just waiting to break out -especially the hitters- but are trapped in some kind of cocoon.
On an interesting note, I took a peak at Lance Berkman’s numbers this year -after he had done next to nothing for the Yanks in 2010. Here is something I noticed. Berkman tends to do better when he flies out more than he grounds out. Last year he was dismal and his GO/AO ratio was 1.44. This leads me to believe that he has problems with mechanics and timing in certain years -and these old habits have not been dealt with completely. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great hitter. But this correlation seems to be a trend. Even by looking at his 10 year career at Houston, one can make this connection.
Anyway, go Yankees!!

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