Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blue Jay Hunting Goes Well, But Ends Costly

The Good

The Yankees completed a sweep of the Blue Jays sparked by offensive explosions from Travis Hafner, and Lyle Overbay, while combining with gritty pitching efforts of Sabathia, Phelps and Hughes.  Sabathia pitched 8 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned), but Phelps came in long relief to strike out 9 Blue Jays in just 4 innings allowing 1 run.  Hughes attempted to replicate in his start, but had to settle with striking out 9 across 6 innings with 2 runs, like a coward.

The Bad

A lot is being made of Sabathia's velocity, and seeming un-ace like performances, but the truth is Sabathia is solar powered.  He starts to pitch best in the warmth of summer suns.

The Ugly

With a foul tip off the hand, Cervelli is out for a few weeks, and with discomfort in his elbow, Nova is out too.  Cervelli was becoming one of our better clutch hitters, and Nova was doing stuff too.  Add to that the losses of Jeter, Teixeira, Granderson, A-Rod, and Youkilis and all of a sudden we look like a depleted team with a lineup that couldn't out hit the Houston Astros (more to come on that later).

 Can't Go Wrong With the Long Ball

Not only do they win games, they also net the Children's Health Fund $2 from the Respect Jeter's Gangster blog.  And how did the Yankees do over the weekend?  Well Gardner, Overbay, Boesch and Hafner all hit homeruns to help drive the Yankees past the Blue Jays.  Good thing none of them are injured.

Travis Hafner 6hr = $12
Vernon Wells 6hr = $12
Brett Gardner 3hr = $6
Kevin Youkilis 2hr = $4
Jayson Nix 1hr = $2
Robinson Cano 7hr = $14
Ichiro Suzuki 1hr = $2
Lyle Overbay 3hr = $6
Brennan Boesch 2hr = $4
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Chris Stewart 1hr = $2

Total 35 hrs = $70

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