Tonight was the 4th time this season that the Yankees have held their opponent to 3 runs or less and New York still lost the game.
I know that doesn’t seem like a lot of games, but, if these four games were all Yankees wins instead of losses, New York would be 32-26 instead of being 28-30. Last time I checked, being 6 games over .500 is a lot better than being 2 games under .500.
In fact, a record of 32-26 would put the Yankees in 2nd place now, just 3 games behind the O’s.
Think about this when you hear/read about how the Yankees issue is their pitching.
How a team with Jeter, A-Rod, Sheffield, and Matsui cannot manage to score three runs in a game is beyond me. Then again, if you can manage to make sure that these four do not beat you, all you have to worry about is Womack, Cano, Posada, and some combination from Tino, Giambi, and Bernie.
I guess it’s no coincidence that when Tino was hitting very well, from 5/7 through 5/15, the team went 8-0. And, when Posada had a nice streak, from 5/11 through 5/27, the team went 12-2.
Simply put, this tells me that the Yankees are a bat short this season. Either Matsui or Giambi better start hitting like superstars, or, the Yankees should try and get a big bat to play LF, 1B, DH or CF.