Analyzing moves made by the Yankees in the off-season and game recaps during the season.
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Sunday, January 22, 2012
With Scutaro out of AL, Mariano Breathes a Sigh of Relief
Marco Scutaro has been traded to the Colorado Rockies for a pitcher. Mariano Rivera now has breathing room when facing the Red Sox lineup. If you watch the Yankees/Red Sox games, they always come down to Mariano facing Scutaro and Scutaro usually wins the battle. Just last year, the Yankees were one out away from winning a tight game that was started by Freddy Garcia and Josh Beckett pitching for the Sox. Mariano has to face Scutaro. He hits a double off the Green Monster and the Red Sox eventually win the game when Hughes comes out of the bullpen to face Josh Reddick (who is also out of the Boston system).
Scutaro had great numbers vs. Mo. He had a slash line of .294/.400/.588 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI. To see those numbers against Rivera makes no sense, especially coming from a career .270 hitter. You can breathe now, Mo. Scutaro will no longer haunt you in your nightmares.