Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Genius Maker #98

Tough night on Friday night as the Yanks lost a real close one with 2 rain delays. That was just one of those games. I was happy to see them get 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and have Cano up with a chance to win or tie the game in the 9th off of Soria, but it was a loss.

Last nights game was a very close one as well. Hughes was not sharp allowing 9 hits in 6 innings, but kept the game close by only allowing 1 walk. Overall, gave us a chance of winning, but the performance was mediocre. Fortunately, ARod blew a close game open hitting 3 homers from the 6th to the 9th innings. In the 6th, ARod homered to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead and the Posada hit a long one followed by Granderson; 3 homers in one inning gave the Yanks a 4-1 lead. Hughes gave 2 right back though and it was 4-3 until ARod connected on #2. The 3rd was icing on the cake and allowed the Genius Maker to rest.

Good relief performance again as the Yankees bullpen. Logan and Robertson have been very good but not sure everyone is aware that Joba seems to be getting his act together. He is still inconsistent on his fastball, but they adjusted his arm slot and his speed has been better. In Joba’s last 8 2/3 innings, he has allowed no runs, only 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6. Maybe he is realizing that he doesn’t need to strike everyone out? I would still like to see less sliders with 3 balls on the batter, but he has been MUCH better of late! Logan had not allowed a hit in his last 7 2/3 innings until he allowed one last night. That is great for a lefty specialist as many times he is facing a very good hitter and having good stats is really excellent (If you are facing guys with an OPS of 900+ and you can limit them to an OPS of .650 that is pretty good…he is doing much better though). The key to Logan has been him not walking guys. In his last 8 innings he has allowed 1 walk (and 2 hits with no runs).

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