The Boston Red Sox clearly have the psychological advantage over the New York Yankees…
As Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 95% mental. The other half is physical”.
With last night’s 6-5 loss, the Yankees are now 0-7 in the season series with the Red Sox (0-8 if you go back to last season). Alex Rodriguez can relate, given that he is 0-for-7 in the latest series.
Chien-Ming Wang looks completely lost. It is becoming very painful to watch his struggles in meaningful games. What’s the answer? Back to the bullpen? An extended summer vacation in Taiwan with plans to return for spring training in 2010? I don’t know, but the Yankees simply cannot afford to leave him in the starting rotation. It’s a very disappointing situation, and remain hopeful that Wang will return to the pitcher that he once was…
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I felt that the Yankees could have won last night’s game. The back-to-back home runs by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira against Ramon Ramirez seemed to give the team new life, but they were unable able to capitalize.
The game saw both good and bad from Nick Swisher. Poor base running in the second inning allowed Nick Swisher to be doubled off first base, which possibly prevented the Yankees from adding another run after Jorge Posada’s homer. He also misplayed a fly ball in the bottom of the inning that appeared he had a great jump on, allowing the Red Sox to score a run. He did make a spectacular diving catch in the seventh inning to take away a hit from Mike Lowell.
Congratulations to Julia, of Julia’s Rants, for yet another victory in our lopsided 2009 wagers that seem to be all-Julia. I am now 0-for-3 on the season. I guess there’s a Jason Bay in my future after all…unfortunately.
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If the Yankees expect to contend for the AL East Championship, they need to figure out how to beat Boston. A strong pitching performance today by CC Sabathia would be a great start in the right direction. Feel free to mix in a timely hit or two from Alex Rodriguez…
In the MLB Draft, the Yankees selected first baseman Luke Murton. Murton’s brother, Matt, is an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, but was originally drafted by the Red Sox. Nothing like bringing the rivalry into the family…