The Yankees didn’t just beat the Orioles 10-2 tonight. They swept the O’s, just like they swept the White Sox in the previous series. They also got another tremendous start from CC, who notched his 16th win of the season – the best in the AL. Congrats, dude.
So how did he do it? Why was he able to limit the O’s to one run over seven innings? What made him so dominant? Here are my Top Ten reasons.
#1. He made adjustments during the game instead of imploding.
After a shaky first couple of innings, he cut out the hearts of the O’s before they could even dream of a victory.
#2. His team scored a whole lot of runs.
Hinske got things rolling with a homer, Damon was 4-for-5, Swish was 2-for-4, Cano and Melky had two hits each, and A-Rod had four RBIs, including career hit #2,500.
#3. The defense was sparkling.
Cano made the play of the game on that DP by Roberts in the seventh.
#4. Hughes came on in relief and got the save.
Striking out the side in the ninth? Nasty.
#5. CC followed A.J. Burnett in the rotation.
A.J.’s bad outing the night before allowed CC to be the stopper.
And now the Really Important Reasons.
#6. The Orioles are a terrible team.
I think I could have pitched tonight and beaten them.
#7. CC is a large man.
It says in his bio that he weighs 290 pounds. Right. His appetite just plain scares the opposition.
#8. He wears his cap at an odd angle.
It must be a superstitious thing. I bet he has one of these too.
#9. He’s a lefty.
He keeps people guessing with his hard-to-read scrawly writing.
#10. My tarot card reader said he would be the ace of the staff.
…and that he would lead the Yankees to a World Series trophy. I believed every word.