The trade deadline came and went without much movement as the Yanks topped the Birds, 4-2. Brett Gardner’s, bases-loaded, RBI triple in the fourth proved to be the difference. Freddy Garcia picked up his tenth win as he struck out six in six innings. The bullpen was electric as the Yanks improved their daytime record to 31-7 and overall record to 64-42.
For the first time in awhile, the Yankees did not make a move before the trade deadline. Brian Cashman attributes this to the depth and quality of options returning from the disabled list. The Yanks didn’t NEED to make a move and that’s fine. Personally, I didn’t see any moves that would put this team over the top. Let the Red Sox have the Erik Bedards and Rich Hardens.
Back to today’s game. The Yankee win today improved their record against Baltimore to 9-1. The Orioles have six of seven and 18 of their last 24. They’ll be happy to leave the Bronx, dropping three of four.
The pitching staff continues to dazzle as Freddy Garcia and the bullpen shut down the O’s. Garcia was very solid through six, David Robertson struck out three through 1.1 innings, and Mo was perfect in the ninth for his 27th save. As Mike Francesa says, it was a matter of ‘bing, bing, boop. Game ovah, ok’.
The Yankees finished their home stand with a 7-3 record. They hit the road as they’ll face a week long slate against Sox of the White and Red variety.
Monday, 7:05 PM: CC Sabathia (15-5, 2.56 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.27 ERA)