LADY AT THE BAT: Looking Back: The Blue Jays Series

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Looking Back: The Blue Jays Series

This week's Yankees/Blue Jays series was a two-game set, sandwiched between two off-days. Two off-days in one week? What's that about?  I'm sure the players love it. (Nick Swisher tweeted something about going fishing on the second off-day.) The fans (well, me, at least), not so much.

Anyway, there were two pretty exciting games north of the border this week. Here are a few highlights and lowlights:

Highlights
1. Bartolo Colon was great. He pitched into the seventh inning in game two, allowing only two runs on five hits, retiring 12 straight at one point. He made me think of his glory days in Cleveland, Montreal and Anaheim. If he can pitch like this all season the Yankees will have truly found lightening in a bottle.

2. David Robertson showed off his Houdini act in game, coming into a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning. He struck out two, including Travis Snider, who broke his bat over his leg in frustration. Robertson said that if he did what Snider did he'd have broken his leg. That made me laugh.

Lowlights
Just one, really. Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the year. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it's stunning to everyone, and no one looks more stunned, to me, than Rivera himself. Not fun at all.

Looking Ahead
The Yankees spend this weekend in Baltimore playing the Orioles. The pitchers for the series are CC Sabathia, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova. Will this be the weekend CC finally gets his first win of the season?  Will Garcia have another great outing? Will Ivan be Super Nova? The Yankees play well in Baltimore, but this, of course, is baseball. Anything can happen.

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