The Yankees looked more like the Yankees in their impressive 4-2 victory over the Mariners. CC Sabathia pitched his heart out going 7 and 2/3 shut out innings before a pass pass ball and a single tied the game. In the Bottom of the eighth his teammates picked him up and a Texeira single and an A-Bomb gave the Yankees the 4-2 Victory that Mariano put away in the ninth for his 18th Save lowering his ERA to .083, which is amazing to me that at 40 he most likely will have 40 saves this year.
Multi hit games from Texeria (who has a 12 game hitting streak) and A-Rod were crutial to this victory. The middle of the order which was sluggish out of the gate this year is starting to pick up steam. Robinson Cano (who has not been sluggish at all) hit another home run as well his 16th of the year and his 54th Rbi which for a couple of innings led the Yankees until Arod took the RBI lead back with his eighth inning winning HR. Cano is batting .353 with 53 RBI and 16 HR, where did this guy come from. Last season he hit 25 HR and 85 RBI this year Im predicting 40HR and 125 RBI. Prior to 2009 his highest HR total in previous four years was 19 with his average being 14. Whatever they are feeding second baseman in the DR they need to give some to the rest of the team. Gardner was back in the line-up and although he was 0-3 he should have been 1-3 as he was robbed by a diving catch. He didn’t appear to have any ill effects from his sore wrist and looked fine. Nick Swisher is another guy that has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees this year batting .287 currently and has 79 hits. He is a career .250 hitter and has a chance of having 200 hits this year and I suspect close to 30 HR and 100 RBI’s.
This confuses the off-season for the Yankees who were projected to go after Crawford but with him swinging the bat well and playing solid defense perhaps he gets another contract offer. I like having Gardner play every day but if they signed Crawford would you rather have Gardener or Granderson as an everyday guy? Tough tough call. I think the off-season will see the Yankees make a big splash in pitching and a smaller splash for a veteran outfielder who can DH and act as a fourth spelling the end of the Nick Johnson fiasco. Now that you think about it this wouldn’t be such a bad move at the trade deadline. Can anyone say Jose’ Guillen . I have heard some people speculate that the Yankees might trade for Cliff Lee prior to the deadline. Why would this make any sense. They can pick him up in the off-season as a free agent and keep their best prospects. Lee will go to a team that is on the fringe of contention that is willing to give up their best young talent for a shot at the WS this year. My best guess Rangers or Mets.
That being said some bull pen help wouldn’t be a bad move. Chan Ho Park has been an embarrassment. There are some quality guys out their that could help the Yankees and wouldn’t cost the farm.Did anyone notice that Mark Prior is available for a low risk deal and showed the ability to throw in the 90’s at a workout. Yankees should think about that .