A root beer win is always nice – brought to you by A&W (Abreu & Wang).
And, how about Matsui? His July BA/OBA/SLG stats to date: .302/.388/.767. Godzilla cometh?
And, congrats to Mo for passing John Franco on the career saves list.
Lastly, yes, it’s come to this: Many Yankees fans would rather see Rob Villone come into the game to bridge the gap to Rivera than see Kyle Farnsworth. Cashman should really work the phones over the next two weeks to send Farnsie packing.
So, the Yankees are now again a .500 team – at 44 and 44. They’re 9 games back of Boston, in the loss column. And, New York is 7 games back, loss-column-wise, in the Wildcard chase. It would be better for them to get that 9 and 7 down to 5 over the next two weeks.
Part of it starts with this last game in the Tampa series. Mike Mussina needs to pitch very well today. It’s time to get past being .500 (or below) and time to start moving towards being 5, and then 10, games over .500. You can’t get to 10 over until you do 5 over. And, you can’t get to 5 over until you get to 1 over. Mussina, with a strong game today, can get the Yankees 1 game over .500 – and rolling in the right direction.