Here we are in Minneapolis, where it’s a crisp 37. Thankfully it’ll be 70 inside the Metrodome. After spending seven weeks in Tampa, I’m not at all prepared for 37.
I did a little math last night. Yankee starters have a 9.98 ERA. The relievers are at 1.16. Big effort by Mike Myers, who threw 62 pitches over a span of four games. For a guy who usually comes in to face one batter, that’s a lot of work.
Figured out these three weird stats as well:
* If you go back to last season, Robinson Cano has a 18-game hitting streak.
* Mariano Rivera hasn’t allowed a run since Aug. 27. That counts the final six games he pitched in the 2006 regular season, one playoff game, nine spring training games and two games in 2007. He has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings, allowing 12 hits with no walks (that’s right, no walks) and 20 strikeouts.
* Alex Rodriguez has three doubles already this season. To me, that’s a better sign than his four home runs. Doubles indicate that a hitter is hitting the ball on a line and to the gaps. A-Rod had only three doubles in all of April last season and hit .267 that month.