The Bronx Bombers unleashed their fury in Atlanta, Georgia for two nights this week.
As an avid Braves fan, I should have known it was far too good to be true. The first game and a half of a three game set went as perfect as a game and a half could go for Atlanta. They shut out a 200 million dollar lineup for 14 straight innings. Hell, Kenshin Kawakami and Kris Medlen had combined for a perfect game for the first five innings of the second game. Then, the law of averages caught up with the Braves.
You see, winning those 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 to 2005 really has us screwed now. Having Cy Young Award winners filling the rotation for all those years has simply caught up to the Braves. And now, Atlanta cannot get the ball to take a single bounce their way. And in a game of inches, one bounce means a lot.
While baseball is a game of inches, the Yankees beat the Braves by a few hundred miles in games two and three of this series.
Sure, mainstream media will give all the credit to manager Joe Girardi’s ejection in the 6th inning of the second game, but the offensive outburst had very little to do with his tirade. Bottom line is, the freakin’ Yankees are flat out loaded. Look at their order. Jeter, Damon, A-Rod, Teixiera, Swisher, Cano, Posada. The Yankees have guys on their bench that would hit in the middle of some lineups. A modern day murderer’s row, cannot be shut out forever. That is why they beat up on Atlanta. They were simply overdue.
Of course it didn’t help that Kawakami took a line drive off his neck and forced Bobby Cox to go to his bullpen in the 4th inning. It’s tough for any bullpen to have to give you six quality innings, and against the Yankees nonetheless. And you can’t overlook that Derek Lowe was absolutely awful. New York can make a lot of pitchers look terrible, but Lowe has been bad against everybody in the month of June(lost 3 straight decisions).
All those factors certainly helped a Yankees lineup that needed no help. They just needed time. So the New York Times can chill out, no need to suggest a trade out of desperation. And Brian Cashman didn’t need to fly to Atlanta unexpectedly so that reporters could speculate that Girardi’s job was on the line. It appears that a sleeping giant just woke up in the ATL.