Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Yankees Hang Tough

A great win for the Bronx Bombers tonight against the first place Rays. The Yankees did a lot of things right tonight. Andy Pettitte was a machine, going 8 innings without allowing a run. The offense got some hits, but most importantly got the hits at the right times. The Pinstripers were able to move batters over with bunts and knock them in with hits.

The hitters were patient at the plate today, and worked deep in to counts and wore out Kazmir early.

Derek Jeter had a clutch hit and a nice score, getting a decent jump off of first place and motoring around the bases to score on a double.

Jorge Posada got thrown out at home by a mile, and never should have been waved home. This seems to be a commonality that all Yankee third base coaches share. No matter what the situation, it seems there arms are flailing waving the runner home.

The offense came alive, but Andy's four-hit night really was the story of the game. Edwar Ramirez was sharp in relief, but I wonder if that was just more from the Rays being stunned by Pettitte.

A quality win against a quality division opponent.

In trade news, the Cubs finally got the deal done to acquire Rich Harden, who was mentioned in Rumors regarding the Yankees all season long. with his injury history, I certainly wasn't in a hurry to see the Yankees go after him. CC Sabathia is a likely short-term rent for the Brewers and could be available to the highest bidder next year. At the end of the season, take a good look at his stats and overall performance and then decide how much he's really worth. At this point in time, he's not totally dominating, and it remains to be seen how he'll fare in the second half.

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