In the 10-0 hosing of the White Sox today is also the game that changed it all for Mitre. His sinkerball was sharp, causing the White Sox hitters to 13 groundouts and with some solid defensive plays by Arod and Cano to go with it.
The bats were hot too ,but Chicago’s Jose Contreras pitching made it pretty hard for them not to be. The Yanks slammed out nine hits for eight runs in the first four innings.
This all happening the day after another Yankee walk-off win in the tenth inning with a “Robbie Cano, Don’t You Know” homer.
Taking the first two from Chicago was needed payback by Yankees for almost being swept by the White Sox in their last series not so long ago.
Mitre caused a not-so-long-ago memory to flash into my head. One of Wang, the old ace who’s sinkerball was just as effective as the Yankees fifth starter was today.
His best performance was short-lived. For Mitre, had to leave the game in the sixth with two outs, as ball slammed into his forearm causing him to immediately leave the game.
How unfortunate but at least he did it on the one start that he can actually be proud of. Mitre still will have to produce a few more outings like today’s but he has shown he does have a good arm. Let’s just hope it is still in tack after that line drive hit he took.
With two wins against the White Sox, an announcement that the burning of the Joba Rules had taken place. It actually made me sad as if our little boy was almost all grown-up now. It was going to happen because it was starting to hurt more than help.
Mitre could be a solid cushion to have behind Joba. Mitre has now become a desperate once again. This time not as a filler but a guy to keep because I have a thinking that Joba has to have his assumed adjustment time.
It’s Joba and there is always a reason for everything this young talent does.
Fine with me, while Joba pitches well more than not, he can adjust whatever he needs too.
As for today, not a ‘Mitre’ kind of day at all.
The Yankees continue to look as good as a team could ever hope too. The confidence is contagious all around that clubhouse. A virus that everyone wants to get sick with.