Monday, August 24, 2009

Yankees Donate Yesterday's Game to Children's Health

The Good

Sabathia's final line of 6.2 innings, 4 runs (3 earned) and 8 strikeouts was good, but it was deceptively good, because he wasn't all that sharp (more on that later). The offense came alive including 5 homeruns, 2 from Matsui who has given his knees the middle finger and has been hitting with reckless abandon. Hughes and Mariano were unhittable.

The Bad

Sabathia battled and finished with a good line, but it seemed like he really struggled. He worked the count full on many batters, and couldn't seem to put them away. On the flip side, he didn't walk any so that's pretty good. So basically, this section is more like the "Kind of good, but signs of concern", rather than "The Bad" section.

One bad was Melky Cabrera. 0-4 last night. Since he hit for the cycle he's batted .170. Not pretty. He did have a big game Friday, but it doesn't seem to carry over.

The Ugly

Robinson Cano. Enough said.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. Where do I start? Well, first Josh Beckett wanted to throw a first pitch strike to Jeter, but Jeter doesn't play that, so he jacked the first pitch into the Red Sox bullpen. In the second inning, Beckett tried it again against Matsui but Matsui doesn't play that either. Cano hit a homerun, as did A-Rod, and then later, still fuming that Beckett tried to throw him a first pitch strike earlier in the game, Matsui came up and hit another one. All around, a great day for Children's health.

Jorge Posada 15hr = $15.00
Hideki Matsui 23hr = $23.00
Derek Jeter 16hr = $16.00
Mark Teixeira 31hr = $31.00
Nick Swisher 21hr = $21.00
Robinson Cano 19hr = $19.00
Johnny Damon 22hr = $22.00
Melky Cabrera 11hr = $11.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 22hr = $22.00
Brett Gardner 3hr = $3.00
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $1.00
Eric Hinske 5hr = $5.00
Jerry Hairston Jr. 1hr = $1.00
Total = $191.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.


Jon Roberts said...

I think C.C. was great yesterday. He wasn't sharp and didn't look dominant, but he got the "W" which is what matters. The first two games showed that scoring 8 runs doesn't ensure a win especially at Fenway. Sabathia got the job done. Isn't that what aces do, dominate when you're on and get the job done when you struggle? I take it as a good sign,then the world looks pretty rosy for us Yankees fans right now.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yeah, I guess I'm a little concerned about how he'll hold up in big games in the post season. You hope for him to be lights out in these kinds of games. He was good yesterday, but not dominant. I could just be getting worried for no good reason, but you know, our post season runs have been pretty weak over the last few years.

bigjf said...

It's cliche, but I'll worry about post-season performance when we get there. After missing last year, just getting there again is important, and the rest is gravy.

CC did deliver a "quality start," throwing 118 pitches to do so. He would have done much better if not for the defense. So to be able to overcome that, get into the 7th inning with that bullpen, still strikeout 8, and give up no walks, and no home runs to that Boston lineup in Fenway? That's an ace performance.

Quinn said...

i would love to see you guys keep donating to children's health for two reasons.. the most important it helps kids, the other well it means the yanks are hitting homers. lets hope they can keep winning series. im going to the game tomorrow night should be a good one

Fernando Alejandro said...

I guess you're right Bigjf. Maybe I'm being a little to critical of the man. I'd like to see him be a little more conservative with his pitch counts, but if Cano doesn't botch those plays, it would have helped.

Quinn! I'm with you. I hope they bankrupt us! Should be a cool game tonight. I'm going to try to catch the end of it, but it looks like I won't see the whole thing.

bronxbomber said...

Cano, Cano, Cano.... ugh...

Fernando Alejandro said...

I know. I know. He was not at his best Sunday. He hit the homerun, but then gave it back when he dropped the ball. Hopefully the sloppy play will have no residual effects.