Aw, com’on Yanks…Ryan Feierabend shuts you down?
Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to the newest 4th place team in the American League East: the New York Yankees.
The last time the Yankees were in 4th place after their game played on September 7th was 1992. (The other recent C.O.B. September 7th marks for New York where they were below 3rd place: 1991 – 5th place, 1990 – 7th place, 1989 – 5th place, and 1988 – 4th place. Yeah, this Yankees team is bringing back memories of the 1988-1992 Yankees.)
Let’s move on to Mike Mussina. He wasn’t great today. But, he gave the Yankees a chance to win the game. Moose still needs three wins to get twenty on the season. Can he do it? His next starts will be:
Friday, 9/12 vs. The Rays
Wednesday, 9/17 vs. The White Sox
Tuesday, 9/23 @ The Blue Jays
Sunday, 9/28 @ The Red Sox (the last game of the season)
Man, it’s going to be close…but, I don’t think Mussina is going to make it. Too bad.
Let’s face it. These days, in Yankeeland, the only thing left that we have to root for is the following: You want to see the Rays, Twins, White Sox, Phillies, Cardinals and Astros win as many games as possible from here until the end of the season. This way, maybe, the Mets and/or Red Sox will miss making the post-season too. Yes, it’s come down to that in terms of “things to make a Yankee fan feel good.”
It will also be interesting to see how the Yankees play out their remaining 19 games too. If they mail it in…and…say…go something like 7-12 (or worse)…what will that say about Joe Girardi’s ability to get this current cast of characters to play hard?
By the way, in the spirit of fair play, etc., Phil Hughes was awesome (With a capital “A,” baby!) down in Triple-A today. Seeing that, you have to wonder if the Yankees would call him up and give him Pavano’s next start – scheduled for Saturday, September 13th. It might just be the right thing to do…considering that Pavano is gone in three more weeks and Hughes is someone who the Yankees think is part of their future.