Hate to say I told you so, but the Toronto Blue Jays basically did exactly what I expected them to last night, as they slugged multiple home runs and shut the Yankee offense down with great starting pitching in a 6-1 victory at the Rogers Centre.
Lousy game on both sides of the ball for the Yanks, as A.J. Burnett gave up six runs over six innings, and the bats mustered one run on five hits against Brett Cecil. No Yankee had more than one hit -- although Nick Swisher picked up two walks -- as Cecil completely dominated the lineup. Jose Bautista -- your Major League leader in home runs -- hit two more last night, bringing his season total to a ridiculous 18.
It's funny; my daily Yankee e-mail list has a running joke before each series about how many home runs the best hitter on the opposing team will hit against the Yankees given how certain players seem to elevate their games against New York pitching, and it's always something absurd, like six jacks. Bautista might actually do that this weekend.
Apparently Mollo's guest post from Wednesday was posted in an MLB.com forum, as several Blue Jays fans came over to the site yesterday to talk smack in the comments. Hopefully the Yankees remember they're playing a baseball game today so there's actually some ammunition to fight back.
Edited to add that I concur with Mike Axisa re: Bob Lorenz doing play-by-play! What a refreshing change of pace, and I'd love to see Bob become part of the booth rotation. Of course, the only concern there is who on earth could replace him on the pre- and postgame shows? He really is a fantastic on-air personality in all facets of the game.