Melky Cabrera Update/ Other Thoughts

So Melky Cabrera, after a very awkward collision with the wall last night, is fine. He will miss tonight's game, but he shouldn't be out more than a week. That is good news for the Yanks, as Melky has been swinging a very hot bat this season. Melky has hit .323/.368/.481 through 22 games and 133 AB. The number that I am most impressed with is the .368 OPB. Considering his OPB was .301 last year and .327 the year before, this is a serious improvement. Hopefully, this isn't a fluke, and Melky will continue to get on base at this solid rate. If he can do this, his stock will seriously rise. He may even move up from the "4th outfielder" class to the "average to above average" CF class...

Mark Teixeira is so hot right now. Over the last 15 games or so, Teixeira has raised his dismal, sub-.200 AVG, to a relatively respectable .272. Tex is 21 for his last 48, and according to PeteAbe, he is 26 for 69 since the return of Alex Rodriguez. Throughout his slump, Tex kept his OPB high, drawing a lot of walks, which was a good indication that he would break out of his slump. His OPB is still at a stellar .382. 

Chien Ming Wang has been stuck in the bullpen for a while now. He has only pitched 3 innings, and those innings weren't great. He gave up 2 runs in the 7-3 loss to the Phillies. Granted, this was much better than Wang's other outings this season. Although I would like to see Wang return to the rotation, Phil Hughes is pitching too well to merit a demotion. In his last start, Phil went 8 innings and gave up no runs. I don't know what they are going to do with the Wanger. I guess he'll have to wait until Hughes cools...

Rubber game tonight against the Rangers.
Here are the lineups:

P- AJ Burnett

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Gardner CF
Cash C

Burnett has an unsettling 5.28 for the season. He really needs to have a good night tonight.

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