Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Captain is Clutch as Yankees Come from Behind (postgame notes, 15 April 2009)

[Short post--as many of you know there's been an unexpected death in the family and my ability to concentrate is gone].

Derek Jeter came up huge twice today, knocking in the tying run and the go-ahead run in the eighth and the ninth. Whatever his struggles hitting or in the field, Jeter has always had a knack for clutch, and today he delivered.

Other points of note:

On Jackie Robinson day, Robinson Canó had a two run home run and the #42-wearing Mariano Rivera had a 1-2-3 ninth.

Through nine games now, the Yankees still have yet to score less than four runs. They were tied for fourth in MLB in runs scored at today's start, and while they have a close run differential, one must consider how many of the runs came in Wang's two (of nine) starts, Sabathia's one, and the couple poor bullpen performances.

Andy Pettitte went seven innings, three runs, which is by definition a quality start.

Out of the Yankees' nine games, they have had five quality starts and a sixth where they allowed only two runs (Burnett did not go the requisite six innings against Baltimore, though he did start the sixth).

Home opener tomorrow. Would like to liveblog, but will likely be unable to.