.241/11/36 may not look that pretty to the naked eye, but anybody who has watched the Yankees with any sort of regularity this season can tell you that Raul Ibanez’s contributions have been integral to the team’s success. Despite the fact that he looks like a seedy character destined to do business with Walt in this season of Breaking Bad, it seems like every one of his hits have come in the clutch. His veteran presence against righties will be huge down the stretch, and he’s my midseason pick for playoff X-factor.
The Brett Gardner injury fiasco would look a lot worse if it weren’t for the high level of play maintained throughout the season by the platoon of Ibanez and Andruw Jones. Did Cashman get this one right, or did Cashman get this one right? Signed off the scrap heap for less than A Rod’s weekly paycheck, Raul continues to produce. Last night was no exception- just another late inning bomb from the guy who’s a tube of purple lipstick away from inviting Khaleesi to the House of the Undying.