What could be Grander, son?
Curtis Granderson has made an immediate impact with his new team: two homers in three games — all against the hated Red Sox…Curtis F’ing Granderson!
The Guy Who Can’t Hit Lefties has now homered in his first at-bat as a Yankee and his first extra-innings at-bat as a Yankee (granted, both off righties but still). Wow. Who says the team can’t be clutch without Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui?
Mike Cameron who?
C-Grizzle’s leadoff homer in the 10th was the difference-maker Wednesday evening and Tex’s RBI groundout five batters later added an insurance run, as the Yanks took the rubber match at Fenway Park, 3-1, Wednesday night.
Andy Pettitte was solid in his season debut, going six frames and giving up a run on six hits with three walks and four punchouts, but suffered a no-decision. The goat of the season opener, Chan Ho Park, got the win after tossing three innings (on 36 pitches) of one-hit relief before Mo came in and slammed the door shut with a scoreless 10th for his second save in as many days. Bullpen problems? The Yanks ain’t got no bullpen problems.
David Ortiz — Mr. 0-for-7 himself — drove in the lone run for the Sox. While Papelbon choked on a fat cock (and was removed mid-inning) to take the loss. Nice.
Of course, what would a Yanks/Sox series be without a bench warning? However, if you think that Pettitte would throw at someone’s head on purpose (he hit Youkilis in the dome in the fifth) you clearly don’t know baseball. If Pettitte didn’t go head hunting in the 2003 ALCS (which would have been warranted given the circumstances) against these BoSox, why would he do it during the third game of the season? Lackey hitting leadoff man Jeter the following inning I could see being intentional, but there was no way the situation was going to escalate.
Check out the WPA breakdown at Fangraphs, if that’s your thing.
Food for thought:
- The Yankees 2, 3 and 4 batters are hitting .000, .000 and .133, respectively. How many teams in the majors would be 2-1 against their bitter rivals with that kind of production? Not too many.
- Even though it couldn’t have played out any better, I DID NOT agree with Girardi leaving CHoP in for three innings. Pure balls.
- Joba just can’t catch a break these days. Apparently he still hasn’t earned the 8th-inning role yet, despite a stellar showing the other night.
- The Yanks have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Red Cox, and trail the Rays by 1/2 game in the AL East.
- Pettitte pays tribute to Gene Monahan via his hat.