This was a good win – to me. Not an overly impressive win – considering that Colon is off his game. But, since this is a game that the Yankees should have won, and they won it, that’s a good thing (these days).
I had to leave the house after the top of the 2nd – with the Yankees winning 5-0. And, even then, with that score, I was not sure what I would hear when I tuned in again – really. I’ve seen Mussina meltdown before – especially against the Angels. And, we’ve seen the Yankees throw away games already this season. So, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the final score (when I did).
What’s going on with Joe Torre and Andy Phillips? Yesterday, Torre had Posada DH on his “day off.” And, today, Torre had Giambi at DH and used Miggy Cairo at 1B. If I’m Phillips, I’m texting my agent during the game, asking him to tell the Yankees “Play me or trade me.” Maybe, just maybe, I can “understand” (if I put on a Torre-mask) the Posada call. But, Cairo? That has to do wonders for Phillips’ confidence.
Now, it’s home – with K.C. for a short three game homestand. Why are all of these games 1 p.m. ET starts? OK, the first one and the last one I can understand – Opening Day and getaway day. But, Wednesday too? Well, at the least, it will make up for all the late nights over the last week.
Coming into this season, I thought the Yankees would need to average 16 wins a month to win the A.L. East. Given the off days in April, I would be willing to say that number should be 13 this month. They’ve now got two wins in April. Therefore, to get to 13, they need to go 11-6 over the next three weeks. Since the have a few tough teams to play this month, this means they better take at least 2 of 3 from the Royals.
And, it would be nice to see the Blue Jays give the Red Sox a hard time in Fenway this week.
I know it’s early, but, I think on Friday morning we should have a nice idea of who’s a contender and who’s a pretender in the A.L. East this season.