Another good start last night from reclamation project Bartolo Colon helped the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. If the Yankees were to start a playoff series today, Colon would have to be their #3 starter, if not the #2. Now, clearly there is a decent chance Colon won’t keep this up; but I have to say his results have not been fluky, at least when compared to his stuff. PitchFX has had him consistently at 94+ and his movement – moving from left to right – has been phenomenal and gotten him a number looking strikeouts. So, again, this certainly might not last, but for the time being Colon seems to be the real deal.
Some other notable players (along with their WPAs):
Nick Swisher: .343
The Swish was due for a big hit and finally delivered in the top of the 9th.
Brett Gardner: .123
The only time Gardner was retired was when he (or Girardi) foolishly decided to bunt.
Jorge Posada: .083
Jorge turned around a 100MPH Verlander fastball for a double. A good sign I think.
Derek Jeter: -.223
I know this is blasphemy, but when was the last time Jeter came through in a big spot? Jeter did manage 2 hits, but one was of the infield variety (a theme these days) and the other a bloop to center. When Verlander turned up the heat, Jeter looked overmatched. The Yankees obviously will need to just make the best of it with Jeter (and there aren’t many alternatives anyways), but moving him down in the order will need to be discussed soon. They can’t afford to give him more ABs than anyone else on the team.