I haven’t seen a blunder like that from the Indians since they sold us Manhattan for $24.
The Yanks routed the Tribe 11-2 on Memorial Day behind a brilliant outing from Andy Pettitte. The ageless lefty (7-1) tied Yankees legend Whitey Ford for 58th place on MLB’s all-time wins list with victory number 236 (236-136). In doing so, Andrew Eugene went seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits while fanning five and not issuing a walk. Pettitte retired 14 straight batters following Grudzielanek’s one-out single in the third (and probably could have gone longer if not for the 45-minute, six-run home seventh) and has not walked a batter over his last 16 innings. In fact, prior to CHoP’s ninth-inning two-out walk to Travis Hafner on Monday, the pitching staff had not walked a batter since the ninth inning of Saturday’s shit show (Gaudin to Trevor Crowe with two outs). Holy shit!
It’s awesome. It really is because he’s been such a special person for me. He’s been a huge supporter of mine. He’s a great man and I love him to death. He’s always been great to me…for me that’s pretty special to be able to tie him in wins.
That’s a huge key for me. I hope I can continue to stay right where I’m at and continue to carry it right along. Walks are a huge key for me and keeping the ball out of the heart of the plate.
A-Rod chipped in with his 20th career grand slam (to dead center), which moves him into third place on MLB’s all-time GS list. He’s three behind leader Lou Gehrig and one behind Manny for second place. The purple-lipped former goat finished 3-for-4 with six RBI while Robbie Cano, who finished 2-for-5 with three RBI, is still hot as a bastard. He is hitting .363/.405/.617/1.022 and has a 14-game hitting streak going with the last six games coming with multiple hits. Gardner went 3-for-4 with an RBI but was caught stealing TWICE. To put that in perspective, he had been caught stealing twice all season coming in.
To add insult to the Indians’ injury, every starter recorded at least one hit as the Yanks pounded out a season-high 18 hits.
I think it’s safe to say the Yanks’ offensive woes are a thing of the past, as they scored 37 runs over the four-game set. Although they were playing an 18-31 team.
The one thing I’ve been trying to do is get the job done and execute with men on base. I haven’t been perfect by any means [he's hitting .298/.382/.500/.882 with three homers and 32 RBI with men on base] but for the most part I think I’ve done a good job in those situations.
NYY finished May at 16-13 and will head into June having won five of seven. Nine of the Yanks’ next 12 games come against teams with a combined 32 wins (six against Baltimore and three vs. Houston), with three against Toronto mixed in. The Blue Jays (31-22) series should be a telling one, as they’re one game behind the Yanks (31-20) and just beat the Rays on Monday. With that victory, the Yanks moved to 2 1/2 games behind the Rays for the top spot in the AL East.
Obviously you would have loved to have a better record in the month of May. But our guys [played] 29 games in 31 days, had some split doubleheaders, suspended games – we went through a lot. We went through some injuries and I thought our guys kept going at it. I’m proud of them for that.
Jeter left the game in the seventh inning (tightness in left hammy) after getting hit in the left hamstring by Mitch Talbot in the second. I assume it was just precautionary because he was chilling in the dugout (and not getting treatment) after being replaced by Ramiro Pena.
We won’t really know (until tomorrow). He got hit in the back of the hamstring and it stiffened up, so I just said I’m going to take you out and we’ll get some ice on it.
Posada ran and worked out before Monday’s game and feels fine; he could return to the lineup this week. He wants to return for the Orioles series, and Girardi said JoPo might not have to go on a rehab assignment.
Other good news: David Huff, who got duffed up by an A-Rod liner on Saturday, threw a bullpen session Monday and IS NOT EXPECTED TO MISS HIS NEXT START. Wow. You talk about balls, that guy’s got brass ones. Good for him and I wish him nothing but luck throughout the rest of his career.
Javy is going opposite Brian Matusz tomorrow as the Yanks open a three-game set with the Orioles at The Stadium. LET’S GO YANKS!!!