The New York Yankees had a couple of things to celebrate yesterday as they closed out a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. For one, C.C. Sabathia was able to put together another good performance, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out 11 batters to earn his 12th win of the season before the MLB All Star break. Speaking of which, despite his solid season, Sabathia was shunned by the voters and will not be on an All Star roster in 2011. It speaks a lot of him that he’s been able to maintain his winning ways in view of the slight.
On the other hand, Derek Jeter got a pair of hits, which moves him to within four of the 3,000 hit mark. It’s hard to see how Jeter gets anything done anymore. He’s 37 years old and has obviously struggled in 2011, coming under intense media pressure and having to put up with a lot of less than positive feedback. Yankees fans themselves are divided as to how much value Derek Jeter now brings to the New York Yankees. It would certainly be a lot easier if he was batting .300 or over, and if his performance wasn’t held up to the spotlight of past years.
For the New York Yankees though, Derek Jeter is still a focal point. Havin to ride out a less than stellar season from a player who has contributed so much is a small price to pay. With one more game to go in Cleveland the focus will move to Jeter and his bat in Yankee Stadium as the team goes home to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a four game home stand beginning July 7th.