The headline on MLB.com reads “Jeter, Cervelli leads Yanks’ five-homer barrage.” Of all the improbable headlines, that’s right up there with “Jorge Posada steals home in Yankee win” and “Jeter names A-Rod best man in wedding.”
Not that any game in May can be that important, but this was a relatively big win for the Yankees. In general, when playing an elite AL team on the road, my feeling is you need to make sure you win 1 of 3. Of course you want to win every series, but on the road, against the best teams, there isn’t that much shame in winning just 1. The thing is though, the Yankees lost 3 of 4 to a mediocre Detroit team and I’m not sure that Texas truly is an elite AL team at this point. They got off to a hot start, but haven’t played well lately. So this was a series the Yankees could realistically expect to win and they did.
The Yanks got a pretty mediocre start from CC Sabathia, who allowed 4 runs in his first 2 innings, before settling down and putting 4 zeros on the board. Still, as is often the case, CC kept the Yankees in the game and they were able to rally in impressive fashion, scoring 12 runs.
Notable players and their WPAs:
Derek Jeter: .464
Wow. I wasn’t sure if Jeter would ever hit a homerun again and he hit 2 of them, and they both were game-changers. Obviously this could just be a blip in Jeter’s race towards retirement, but hopefully it’s a sign that he can still be relatively productive for a little bit longer. It will definitely take more than this though to convince me Jeter is still a top of the order hitter.
Curtis Granderson: .225
Granderson’s MVP-caliber start to the season continues. Do you remember all the criticism Cashman took for the Granderson trade this past offseason? I do.
Francisco Cervelli: .038
Who knows what will happen with Jeter, but I’m fairly certain we won’t see too many more Cervelli grand slams anytime soon. It’s like catching a foul ball or seeing the Yankees successfully bunt – it’s an anomaly and really, once is enough. Just cross it off the bucket list and move on.
Robinson Cano: -.183
Now in case anyone was confused, I am not a hitting coach (though I sometimes play one on the internet). But sometimes it would probably be a good idea if Cano didn’t swing at the first pitch. We’re sure that Robby doesn’t think the game is “who can manage to put the worst pitch in play” right?