I spent the day down at Belmar today with the family. So, I missed this one.
Still, let’s see if I can tie all this together. A while back, A-Rod yells “Ha!” at the Blue Jays and Toronto gets ticked. They never forget it and go after Alex the next time the Yankees are in Toronto. Roger Clemens protects A-Rod and gets suspended. Last night was Rocket’s turn, which he had to miss, and the Yankees send scrubs to the mound and get pounded. New York loses – and loses a game in the standings when the Red Sox win a close one. Today, because the bullpen was shot from last night, the Yankees call up two pitchers. Those two pitchers, plus Phil Hughes, do a somewhat decent job at holding the Orioles to 3 runs – and only 2 earned – in nine innings. However, once again, the Yankees cannot hit a brand-name pitcher and they struggle to score runs in this game. Yet, here comes Shelly Duncan with a miracle in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score! Alas, then Mo Rivera, who’s now been shaky his last three times out, blows the game, hugely, in the tenth. Meanwhile, up in Boston, Daisuke Matsuzaka gets banged around and the Red Sox lose a close one.
Therefore, the Yankees, who were just 4 games out of first two days ago, are now 5 games out of first place, behind the Red Sox. And, had New York won these last two games, they would be just 3 games out of first place (instead of five games back).
Did I miss anything here?
Oh, yeah, that’s right, now the first place Detroit Tigers and Gary Sheffield come into town for four games with the Yanks (while the Red Sox have to host the Los Angeles Angels for four games in three days this weekend up in Boston).
Why do I think this race in the A.L. East is going to become a lot closer, or get blown further apart, over the next four days – rather than stay at five games between New York and Boston?
It’s just a gut feel, mind you. I just have this vibe that the next four games for both these teams in the A.L. East race are going to tell us something about the squads in New York and Boston. But, I have no idea what that something is now. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose…