What a letdown!…
After taking 2 of 3 from the Boston Red Sox last weekend, the Yankees landed with a thud in the Bronx. The Texas Rangers, normally a team the Yankees can handle, took 2 of 3 from the Bombers while Boston was busy taking 3 of 4 from the Chicago White Sox.
The once expansive 7 1/2 game lead has been reduced to 6 games. But all things considered, a 6 game lead on August 27th is still a very good place to be.
I was disappointed with the first game of the Texas series. Trailing 10-5 in the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees brought it to 10-9 with runners in scoring position. But the rally was killed by a failed bunt attempt by Nick Swisher and a game-ending double play by Melky Cabrera.
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Andy Pettitte convincingly won the second game of the series, but further disappointment followed in the final game as the Yanks fell 7-2. A.J. Burnett continued his recent streak of no success. Despite 12 strikeouts and an otherwise dominating performance, he paid dearly for a mistake that resulted in a three-run bomb by Ian Kinsler.
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Now the Yankees prepare for the Chicago White Sox to arrive in town. It won’t match the intensity of the last Sox team, but hopefully, CC Sabathia will right the ship and get the Yankees back on the winning track. After all, these Yankees have a division to win. Right, Alex?
So, the Yankees were apparently the team that filed the waiver claim on pitcher Brad Penny. The move forced the Red Sox to drop Penny for no compensation. Bummer for Theo. While I suspect, like everyone else, that Penny will return to the NL, I can’t help but think that he’d be an improvement over Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin. The Yankees should definitely consider being one of the teams lining up to talk to Penny on Monday when he clears waivers.
I read tonight that the Yanks most likely won’t be buyers in the free agent market this winter. I guess that means no Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. Okay, I recognize that we are spoiled as Yankees fans by ownership committed to winning, but I do miss having at least one superstar outfielder (sorry Johnny!). Austin Jackson will enter the outfield mix in 2010 but there is no in-house answer for right field if Xavier Nady is allowed to walk at the end of the year. But of course, what you HEAR is not always what you SEE with the Yanks. Brian Cashman has gotten good at lying in the weeds, waiting to strike…
I hate to go off-topic (okay, not really). There are reports that a “schism” has developed in the Minnesota Vikings’ clubhouse with players feeling that either Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels would give them a better chance to win than Brett Favre. I still remain hopeful that we’ll see the 2007 Packers version of Favre rather than the 2008 Jets version. Favre will play a half during Monday’s exhibition game and he needs to start showing his teammates that he is still the same player that terrorized them in Green Bay. This season has the makings of something really special…or something really rotten. The difference maker, in either direction, will be Favre.
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I am definitely looking forward to the Top 11 post by my friend Julia (of Julia’s Rants). The photos of her in a Yankees cap will be a special treat. Nevertheless, I recognize that September will be a dogfight and I look forward to the next battle with Julia. Hmmm, maybe we need to raise the stakes…
Hey Yankees, let’s roll!…