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The Wrecking Crew

When the Angels get to Toronto tonight, maybe they’ll spend some time game-planning how to pitch to the top hitter in baseball, Jose Bautista. And they’ll be smiling when they do it, because it means they no longer have to face Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. The pair wrecked the Angels staff to the tune of six home runs and 13 RBI over this three game stretch and ensured a series victory for the Yankees over their closest competition for the Wild Card.

After Cano’s grand slam tore open a tie game in the bottom of the seventh, victory seemed sealed. Mariano came into the game in the ninth with two on and one out and Russell Branyan sent his first pitch out of the park for a three run blast. Mo mopped up from there, but it was a sour note to end a sweet day. The Yankees won 6-5.

If Curtis Granderson came out of center field to pitch the end of this game, I would not have been surprised. He wrapped himself around this series like a desperate hug. Four home runs, seven RBI, five runs scored far outwieghed the three whiffs, two double plays, six left on base and a game ending caught stealing. But for the good or the bad, he was involved.

I didn’t see Branyan’s homer, so I don’t want to comment on the quality of Mo’s outing, but I am bummed to see Mariano struggle regardless. He’ll be right sometime soon, let’s hope it’s the next time we need him.

What does it take to make someone’s nickname “official”? In terms of the Banter, I think it’s clear that David Robertson is now “the Hammer” (or the Alabama Hammer, or the Bama  Hama) and Robinson Cano is “the Ripper.”

I’d also like to submit for consideration “Grumpy” for Curtis Granderson, in one of those ironic nicknames from the past when they’d call a fat guy “Slim” or something like that.

What say you?

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1 RIYank   ~  Aug 11, 2011 5:05 pm

Great, on all counts (of nicknames). Also, I love the "desperate hug".

Mo just put the ball in the wrong spot. As Raging T. noted in the other thread, his velocity is fine. I'm very bad at these things, but it looks to me like the movement is what it's supposed to be. So, it's all about the location.

Via David Pinto, Robinson Cano this season with the bases loaded is 5 for 13 and has hit for the cycle. (13 RBI)

2 Chyll Will   ~  Aug 11, 2011 6:38 pm

Will this be a World Class Wrecking Crew?

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 11, 2011 8:48 pm

More day games? Oh well, nice to see Cano's bat wakign up a bit! I'm a petty school boy but I want him to have better stats than Dusty McVittles..yes, I know it's pathetic..

4 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 11, 2011 11:53 pm

And Cano is over 300 again, doncha know. Let hope he keeps climbing. We need at least one 300 hitter in our line-up.

5 briang   ~  Aug 12, 2011 3:35 am

how about GRANPS for granderson? as in GRAMPS, as in old timer as in the opposite of old timer....sort of ironic too...anything but the grandyman is fine with me though.

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