For a guy who was having some issues, esp. going to his right, in the field earlier this season, A-Rod has turned into the second coming of Puff Nettles at the hot corner. Nice grab there tonight to end the game.
Coming into this game, I was not sweating Zito – I never have been overly concerned about him. He has talent. Yes, he does. But, he always seemed, to me, to be one of those guys who is too into his stuff off the field (like his music, current girl friend, the stars, etc.). And, until he starts to focus just on baseball, he’ll never be that force to fear. Sorta like Bernie Williams, in a way. It’s not uncommon in baseball these days. I just read that the Red Sox have asked Bronson Arroyo to hold off on his music stuff from here until to the end of the season. Lots of these guys need to be reminded that they’re ball players first – and that should be Job One.
Shawn Chacón is becoming very interesting with respect to ‘What to do next year?‘ Do the Yankees try and sign him to a multi-year contract – or, just go another year and see how it goes? It’s a tough call right now.
So, now the Yankees have 26 games left – and only the six games against Boston, as of now, are against teams with a record over .500. This said, anything less than a 17-9 record to close out the season would be unacceptable.
And, it starts with the next series against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have to sweep the Devil Rays in these games – no excuses. If anyone wants to try and use that “Well, the D-Rays are a pretty good team now” line, I say “Bull Dung.”
Tampa Bay just got swept by the Red Sox, in Fenway, in a four-game set. If Boston can sweep them, then New York must do the same. Again, no excuses.
There’s only four weeks left to the season and the Yankees have to make up four games in the loss column. Assuming the Yankees and Sox split their six remaining games with each other, this means the Yanks must win every time that Boston wins, from here to the end of the season, and they also must win five times when Boston loses a game. Considering that the Red Sox hardly seem to lose these days, that makes every one of these 26 remaining games as must win for the Yankees.
This is the hand that you have to play when you go 39-39 to start the season.