8/18 – Yankees at Athletics
Pitching: CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64)
Pitching: Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54)
NOTES FROM THE OAKLAND COLISEUM
What do you say to CC Sabathia right now? If you’re Joe Girardi, the answer is, “Keep doing what you’re doing.” Sabathia’s on one of his second-half rolls, winning all three of his August starts and really pitching exceptionally in the last two (8/8 vs. Boston – 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K … 8/13 at Seattle – 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K’s).
It doesn’t seem like the Yankees are all that concerned about Alex Rodriguez right now, despite his recent tailspin. I know many out there don’t feel the same way, gauging the public opinion by my e-mail.
You look at Rodriguez’s numbers (.256, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs) and they’re not horrible, especially considering he missed the first month and is coming off a major hip surgery. They’re not the usual All-Star stats you’re used to seeing, but A-Rod 2009 really isn’t an All-Star player.
Call off the panic alarms – the Yankees are seven games up on Boston and Rodriguez is still a very good player. It’s just that every once in a while he’ll pound a Brett Tomko slider into a 1-2-3 double play. As for A-Rod’s batting average, Girardi said, “I’m pretty convinced that he’ll end up higher than he is right now.” Not holding out hope for .300 though.
A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada need to have a “chat” regarding their mixed up signs. Burnett threw three wild pitches in his last start at Yankee Stadium and the miscommunication forced Burnett to balk in a run last night. Burnett said the problem is likely him, but it takes two to tango. They need to hammer that out.
Two quick injury updates — Brett Gardner will wear a splint for another 10 days on his left thumb and the Yankees don’t think he’ll be ready Sept. 1st, though they expect to see him in September at some point. Lefty Damaso Marte (remember him?) could join the Yankees as soon as Friday at Boston. Marte’s rehab assignment is up but he has been excused for personal reasons that he is handling.