Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It was a night of early exits in the Bronx: Denard Span and Ron Gardenhire were ejected and Francisco Liriano lasted 2 1/3 frames. CC Sabathia, meanwhile, settled in for his first win, with big hits from Chris Stewart and Andruw Jones.
My cable box thought I’d enjoy watching it initialize itself for a few hours so I didn’t get to see much of the game after the third. From what I saw, CC looked shaky, but it appears that he did much better as the game wore on. I’m still not sure he showed enough to think he’s about to go on a dominant run, but I’ll take the incremental improvement, even if it’s against one of the lesser offensive teams in the league.
Brett Gardner didn’t make the recap highlights, but he went 2 for 2 with 2 walks, all against LHP I believe, making his case that he should not be a platoon player. I agree with said case. You do have to rest him and Granderson some, and it’s probably smart to do that vs. LHP, but they should both still probably play a fair amount against them.
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