Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1
A marvelous game, of course. Two statistics: 1. Defense and basebrunning (and maybe batting average) aside, it is hard to make the case that a healthy Brett Gardner could improve on the leftfield Ibanez/Jones platoon, which is making Girardi look like Earl Weaver. Through nearly sixty percent of the season, the two have shade more than sixty percent of a season's worth of at-bats: 365. Together, the two have combined for 24 home runs, 65 RBIs, and took turns the last two nights blasting the game's winning margin. 2. If one considers run differential, the team most likely to fall off a cliff is Baltimore. The two most likely to make a run? Boston (+49) and St. Louis (+66). 3. Pointed out on MLB: every pitcher who won as many games as Sabathia did (185, now 186) by age 32 (his birthday is in a few days) is in the Hall of Fame: Catfish, Marichal, Jenkins, Newhouser, Drysdale, Feller and one other I missed.