Sergio Mitre was shocking. He was brilliant and he made me eat crow. The White Sox are a good offensive ball club and Sergio Mitre pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball only allowing one hit and 1 walk. He was removed from the game after being hit by a comebacker in the arm as the Bullpen finished the 10-0 shut out.
Yankees on the mound: As mentioned Mitre was brilliant and had he not been injured who knows how much deeper he would have gone. He left having only thrown 73 pitches. I was expecting a complete game prior to being hit after watching how effective he had been all day. After seeing him pitch and comparing his performance to his previous outings there is only one conclusion to draw and that is that Mitre was abducted by Aliens and replaced with an Artificial life form that doesn’t walk anyone. Chad Gaudin (I suspect also an alien replacement) came on in relief to pick up where Sergio left off pitching 2.1 innings without allowing so much as a hit and striking out four along the way to complete the 1 hit shut out.
Yankees at he dish : It was just another day at the office for the Yankee bats as they mashed out 10 runs on 14 hits which included Alex Rodriguez’s 23 homer of the year. ( I still believe he will finish with 35) Alex went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Derek Jeter also had his 19th game of the year with 3 or more hits going 3-4 with a run scored. Jeter’s Average now sits at.333. Hideki Matsui has been red hot lately and went 2-4 with 2 RBI .Matsui will probably not be returning next year but he is certainly making a hell of an audition for life as a DH with another team. Robinson Cano after being yesterdays hero with the walk off home run continued his hot hitting ways going 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and has his average up to .315. To think last year Cano was so bad and everyone was asking for his head on a platter and wanted to trade him for this player or that player.
Yankees on Deck: Tomorrow is another day game with a 1:05 start televised on the YES Network. Joba Chamberlain takes the ball on normal rest after not responding well to the extra rest given to him before his last start. It has been decided that the “Joba Rules” will be reworked to allow Joba to pitch on normal rest but may be pulled from some games early in order to stay within his innings limitation set for him before the season. He will be facing 10 Year Veteran Freddie Garcia who has just recently fought his way back into the rotation but is 0-1 in 2 starts with an ERA of 6.75. His last start was good though he went 6.1 innings against Boston and only allowed 3 ER but got a no decision. Joba in contrast has not been good at all. He started out brilliant after the All Star break but has sense struggled. In his last two starts he is 0-2 allowing 11 ER over 9 Innings. Hopefully now that he is back on a regular schedule he will revert back to old brilliant Joba. Joba is still just a kid and has a lot to learn before he will be considered in his prime as a pitcher. We have seen flashes of what he is capable of just be patient and he will blossom into one of the premier pitchers in the game. Just wait.