Sunday, May 4, 2008

Postgame Notes 4 May 2008

When things go well for the Yankees, they go really well.

Exhibit A: Game against Seattle, 4 May 2008.

Starting for the injured Phil Hughes, Darrel Rasner gave the Yankees exactly what they needed: six sharp innings, with the two runs given up in the first coming on one mistake to Adrian Beltre. Other than that, Rasner was great, certainly earning his next start.

Offensively, the Yankees had their first five-plus run inning all year, batting around and getting back-to-back home runs from Melky Cabrera and the struggling Robinson Canò. Johnny Damon had a good game, and Derek Jeter was 4-5, with two runs and an RBI.

In fact, the entire top of the Yankees line up has been hitting really well; the past three wins are all a result off their production. It's a great sign for the Yankees, who look like they are finally beginning to figure out things offensively--even Jason Giambi just missed a double to the deep left field corner.

The bullpen was again solid, not allowing a run--today's pitchers being Ross Ohlendorf, Kyle Farnsworth and Mariano Rivera.

Rivera has now pitched thirteen innings and not allowed a run, and only four hits. He only needed eight pitches today. Many players struggle a bit after signing a big contract, but Rivera, if possible, looks better than he ever has.

OPTIMIST TAKE: The Yankees are back over .500 (hopefully this time they'll stay there!). Rasner did everything the Yankees could have asked--the time he's spent in Scranton probably helped. Robinson Canò had a home run, hopefully a sign of things to come. Johnny Damon made an outstanding catch in left in the sixth.


  1. Awesome game from Rasner. Hopefully he can keep it up and solidify a spot in the rotation. Is Farnsworth settling down and turning a corner here? He looked good!

  2. Raz did well I won $100 on him. 4runs over or under...I took the under! Keep the faith!
    Good luck on your thesis Monday...keep the faith. 27/08.

  3. Jeff looks like Joe Satriani!

  4. Rasner was just what the Yankees needed. Rasner in just one start, won more games that both Highes and Kennedy combined in the one month they pitched.