Alex Rodriguez steps to the plate. Queue Katy Perry’s ‘Hot and Cold’.
With the bad joke out of the way, the point is this; A-Rod is streaky. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, because these streaks paint a clear picture; When he hits, the Yankees win. I mean, it’s not rocket science, considering he’s one of the top three hitters in baseball, it’s just worth mentioning again. And so with his fifth home run in nine games, the Yankees take their eighth out of nine. And no need telling you that the one game lost (yesterday) was the only of the nine Alex went hitless.
As if to emphasize how streaky our boy here is, even with this recent success, he still hits .235 (as of yesterday), giving you an idea how cold he was prior to June 24th.
So, it’s easy to get excited over the past week the Yankees have posted, but remember, to make it last, performances will need to be sustained. And that leads us to our next topic…
Slumps (and trades!)
Swisher has really been having a hard time, which is heat breaking considering the show he treated us to in April (you know, carrying the team). But anyone who expected that to be sustained (to any real degree) had to have been kidding themselves. And that’s why you can’t help but contemplate the Hinske deal Cashman and the Yanks pulled off with Pittsburgh this week.
All we can really do is sit and be thankful for that depth of our outfield. With Hideki having trouble fielding, we still have Melky (who has been stellar for us), Gardner, and now Hinske to fill in the Swisher spot. So while he gets straightened out, it’s worth appreciating our options.
(Another great segway!) And speaking off appreciating;
So I don’t want to jinx it, but in my last post that spoke of Burnett, I noted that this might be the start of something big. Burnett could be the Yankees summer blockbuster. He has put on a series of 100-million dollar performances in a row, and it’s just glorious. Today, it was especially fantastic considering he didn’t falter like our guy CC did yesterday (he has to have a bad day once in a while.)
Anyway, cheers to AJ, Rodriguez, and the Yankees. I’ll post again when the series is over.
Extra Note: Cano is also streaking, and poor Frankie Hustle isn’t hitting as well as he should if he wants to edge out our old friend Molina.
Link of the Day: Thursday was a ‘languid’ win according to John and Susan