Whether it is the fact that he always gets better in the heat of July, or that pitchers are letting up after facing ARod, Hideki Matsui is absolutely torrid right now, with seven home runs in his last 11 games to accompany a .386 batting average in his current hitting streak over that stretch. Then again, just about everyone was killing the ball last night, the end result when combined with losses by Clevland and Seattle saw the Yankees end the month three out of the wild card and closing.
Hopefully ARod will shake the numerical curiosity looming around him for the past week and join in on the fun tonight as John Danks, who has given up 19 four-baggers on the year, takes the mound for Chicago. Hitless last night, ARod was robbed of a double by Jermaine Dye who made a spectacular, painful-looking running grab, crashing into the right field wall. Alex went 0-4 against Danks on May 16th when the young lefty won the game for Chicago allowing two runs on seven hits over six and a third. Andy Pettitte is on the mound for New York in a battle of pitchers with identical records.
Johnny Damon gets the night off as Shelley Duncan will DH against the southpaw. It’s 92 degrees in the Bronx and game time is in 30 minutes; how about another spoonful of what we drank last night? Lovin’ it. Lineups in the extended; comment away.