New York Yankees brought out their brooms in the Bronx, as they swept the Houston Astros over the weekend.
The Yankees were without Arod, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the team beat-on the Astros.
Jorge Posada actually brought two brooms; one broom was to hit two grand slams. The extra broom was to shut-up everyone who had doubted his abilities over the last two weeks.
Along with Jorge, the Captain came through big time. Jeter has two homers in Saturday’s game alone and seems to have found his swagger at the perfect time.
Ramiro Pena who is taking on Arod’s role with two RBI’s; Brett Gardner continues to defy all odds driving in two runs and raising his batting average to .317; and rookie Chad Huffman got his first big league hit over this very productive weekend.
Also, Robinson Cano had a milestone, hitting his 100th home run in pinstripes. Cano has been ridiculous this season and it has been a treat to witness.
Actually, the whole Yankees team played like they were defending something again. It was refreshing to watch, as well as needed after an ugly May.
The Yankees are back home, not much has changed in regards to catching the Tampa Bay Rays who have held onto first place in the AL East all season. The Yankees are still two games behind, but continue to keep themselves the wild card team.
As I predicted, the Toronto Blue Jays have fallen to behind the Red Sox to fourth place, and this is a trend that will continue for Toronto.
The Blue Jays don’t play small ball at all, which is what comes in handy when team is slumping. Hitting home runs alone isn’t enough, but the Blue Jays pitching have allowed them to look more dominant.
This weekend begins inter-league play for all teams. Many feel it is unfair, as the American League has bullied the National League since these games were incorporated in 1997.
Why is the AL always better?
The AL is much more competitive because the designated hitter is a power bat, compared to having the pitchers bat.
Watching CC Sabathia has not brought the same comfort level fans got so used to last season.
With the exception, of his second start this season; Sabathia is just not as dominant pitcher from 2009. That one flash of his better version was against the Tampa Bay Rays, which was almost a no hitter.
He is still safe to go deep into games, as he has pitched less than five innings just once this season.
The biggest difference is, Sabathia’s giving up a lot of hits and all the time.
In 2009, Sabathia gave up 18 home runs and this year that number is already at 12.
His base on balls (walks) is already at 36, which has him on target for around 100 by the end of 2010. Over the 2009 season, Sabathia only walked 67 batters total.
At 61, Sabathia’s strikeouts are right on target as the same time last season he had 64, along with his record of 6-3 being identical. That does provide much comfort, but four of this year’s wins are against the worst team in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles. His last win against another team was on April 16th against the Rangers, which is scary.