The Yanks routed the A’s 11-5 on Monday in the opener of a four-game set, kicking off the team’s longest homestand of the season (10 games).
In doing so, the Yanks’ 3-4-5 hitters (Tex, Cano and Swish Dog) went 9-for-11 with two homers, three doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored. The team duffed Buster Olney’s Cy Young pick, Trevor Cahill, up for a season-high eight runs on nine hits in four-plus innings of work.
- Trevor Cahill’s ERA against the Yankees this year: 12.60. Trevor Cahill’s ERA against all other opponents this year: 2.17.
- Starter Dustin Moseley went 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and strikeouts. Banished-to-the-bullpen Javy went 4 2/3 innings in relief and gave up a run on two hits with six punchouts to one walk. I’ve got a feeling that Javy will be making his next start on Saturday against the Blue Jays, just a hunch.
- Cano recorded his career-high 26th home run of the season, has homered in five of his past seven home games and is seven RBI shy of a career high.
- Swish Dog established a career-high 142 hits on the year, and he still has a month to go. Remember, WILSON BETEMIT.
- Ramiro Pena is 5 for his last 10.
- Marcus Thames is hitting .400/.464/1.160 over his last seven games (six starts) and has homered in five straight starts. Hitman, of course, holds the record with homers in eight straight starts.
- Derek Jeter who, along with Grandy, was the only starter to not get a hit, is mired in a 2-for-27 slump and is hitting .268 on the year. To make matters worse, look at his home/away splits. Yikes. That’s not going to bode well in contract negotiations this coming offseason.
- One day after throwing a bullpen session, Pettitte said he felt “A tiny bit of soreness but I haven’t been on the mound in a long time. I just think that’s pretty normal. I feel really good.”
- Lance Berkman was 2-for-5 with a run scored in his first rehab start in Trenton (AA).
- Ace allowed one run on two hits through 1 1/3 inning in Scranton (AAA). He threw 33 pitches, 21 for strikes, which was a step up from his prior two outings.
Girardi on Javy:
Sometimes it’s hard to make adjustments and feel comfortable with adjustments in between starts. You can slow things down a little bit when you’re in the bullpen. The minor adjustments that he’s made have really seemed to help him. If he continues to throw the ball like that he’s going to get a lot of outs.
Javy, who notched his 11th straight 10-win season:
I really tried to do the same thing that I’ve done. Obviously you have less time to prepare, when they call to the bullpen you have to be ready in a hurry. When I’m pitching out there I’ve been trying to do the same thing that I’ve been doing.
When the decision was made I was disappointed. I’ve always been a starter. I would love to be in the rotation, but if they feel like I can help the team in the bullpen, that’s fine by me.
Jorge on Javy:
There’s a lot of things he brings to this team. He’s never going to make an excuse, he’s never going to say anything, he’s just going to go out there and play and pitch. He’s one of those guys that takes a lot of pride in what he does, and he’s been tough.
It feels good, especially after we got down early. Javy came in in relief of Moseley and did a great job, and we put together some good at-bats. It’s a good way to start the homestand out.
I’m not going out trying to prove somebody wrong. I just go out and be myself. I’ve known from past years what I’ve done…I haven’t hit for a high average like I am not, but I’ve had productive numbers off the bench. I take pride in it. Anytime I’m in there, I’m ready to go.
We just want to swing at good pitches, that guy (Cahill) has great stuff. He might have left just a few too many pitches up and we put good swings on them.