After a terrific weekend off with my family, Randy Johnson, Jason Giambi and the Yankees treated me to a nice game under three hours on Monday night.
Johnson pitched seven shutout innings, Giambi blasted a pair of homers off his former A’s teammate Tim Hudson and the Yankees took a 5-2 win over the Braves.
Obviously, the best thing to come out of this game for the Yankees was Johnson, who is starting to resemble the ace the Yankees need him to be.
Johnson, who was 6-4 with a 5.89 ERA after his first 11 starts, is 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA in his last six outings, lowering his ERA to 4.84. If you take away his poor performance against Oakland on June 9, the left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA in the other five starts.
Not too shabby.
Don’t look now, but Johnson has nine wins and that ERA is under 5.00. He’s certainly moving in the right direction. Next weekend’s game against the Mets will certainly be a nice test for him.
The pessimists out there (and I know there are many of you) would look at this game and say that the Yankees didn’t score over the final six innings. Big deal. If they put up five in the first two innings, they’ll win more times than they’ll lose.
Boston has won nine straight games and the Yankees are still just 2 1/2 games out. With 88 games left — including nine against the Red Sox — it’s still anybody’s ballgame.
I know one thing … Yankees fans will be doing something very unfamiliar to them over the next three days … rooting for the Mets.