Monday, July 5, 2010

Yankee All-Stars have a rough day

With the exception of potential All-Star Nick Swisher, the New York Yankees All-Stars had a rough day yesterday.

It started with Phil Hughes struggling again. He looked dominant in the first two innings, but gave up a homer to start the third frame, the first of three long balls he would yield. Hughes is in one of those slumps that pitchers get into every once in a while. It's not as bad as anything CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett or Javier Vazquez have gone through this year, but the Yankees will be hoping he breaks the trend in his last outing this weekend before the All-Star game.

When I think of Mariano Rivera, I picture that scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg rips the flesh off his arm to reveal the machinery underneath. I have the image that one day, perhaps during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, we'll see the same thing from Mo. How else do you explain how a skinny 40-year-old could be so dominant? So when Mo gave up a run yesterday, it was quite shocking. As Joe Girardi said, every once in a while Mo reminds us that he's human, even if we don't really believe it.

The All-Star batters collectively had a bad day, with Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez going 2 for 12, leaving eight runners on base. In other words, Mo should have had a bigger lead to guard, but the hitters continue slumping with runners on base. Luckily, Marcus Thames, fresh off the disabled list, bailed them out with his second walk-off hit of the year. And got some pie. Not apple pie for July 4th, but good enough.

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