I got back to New York a little before midnight last night. My friend’s father died tragically and suddenly last week, so I went back to Missouri for the funeral. I’m just now getting myself caught up on the weekend in the Bronx.
A few thoughts on what I missed…
• Eduardo Nunez is giving the Yankees what they need in Derek Jeter’s absence. It’s too much to ask that he suddenly becomes an elite player, but the Yankees were banking on his ability to be hit a little more than Ramiro Pena, and he’s been able to do that. As backup shortstop’s go, Nunez is pretty good (By the way, he made himself better defensively in the minors, now he’ll have to do it in the big leagues, and I think he will).
• Last time I saw Boone Logan he retired Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in order in Cincinnati. Now he’s followed that with two good outings in New York. Reminds me of a few weeks ago when Jorge Posada had two or three good games. Posada kept that going, and now there’s legitimate reason to think he might have turned things around. Logan will have to do the same. No one is going to be sold on three games, but this is certainly a positive step in the right direction.
• Speaking of Posada, he’s hitting .393/.435/.589 in the month of June. That’s 56 at-bats.
• I think Nick Swisher’s found it. During that NL road trip, there was a lot of talk about Swisher swinging at better pitches. I can’t speak for him, but it just seems like he’s grown less anxious. He’s letting the bat pitches go by (which has boosted his walk total) and he’s swinging at the good pitches (which is the reason he’s hit six homers this month).
• Curtis Granderson has gone 11 games without a homer. That’s his longest stretch of the season.
• It’s not at all unusual to see a baseball player getting extra heat or ice this time of year, so I’m not sure all of these nagging Alex Rodriguez injuries are a big deal, but it’s hard to ignore them. Guys get banged up, and sometimes that begins to have an impact. Rodriguez, though, has been terrific lately (.329/.419/.595 in June).
• CC Sabathia just gets it done. As Joe Girardi would say, “That’s the bottom line.”
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