• Week 10 – 2009

    Posted by on June 14th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    What stands out the most in my mind, this past week, is that the Yankees went 3-4 and that doesn’t tell the whole story of this seven day period. Three of those four losses came in a sweep at Fenway Park. And, the other one came against the Mets…who also gave the Yanks a gift win on June 12th. So, in reality, the Yankees “played” like a 2-5 team this week. Further, they started out the week in first place, up by a half-game, and ended the week in second place – two games back of first. All told, this may just have been the Yankees worst week of the season to date.

    It will be interesting to see where New York goes from here. They do get to fatten up with three against the Nats, in the Bronx, to start Week 11. And, Washington is a team in crisis right now. Just watch, with the Yankees luck, the Nationals will axe their manager the day before the Yankees series and then Washington will be all fired up, under a new skipper, when they play in New York.

    After that three game set with the Nationals, the Yankees have a funky nine-game road-trip against N.L. East teams…the Marins, Braves and Mets…three teams who have been playing about .500 ball this season…but there are some good pitchers on those teams who the Yanks may have to face…like Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe, and Johan Santana.

    Come June 30th, where will the Yankees be in the A.L. East standings? Will the next two weeks be “fun time” for New York? Or, will it be a huge let-down? Or, will it just be another period in the schedule where the Yankees play .500 ball? Time will tell…

    Comments on Week 10 – 2009

    1. BOHAN
      June 15th, 2009 | 1:46 am

      i dont care what u think they might have been sweot by the red sox but they took 2 out of 3 from the mets no matter how they won that first game…. yea castillo made rare error but thats why u play the games on the field u never know whats going to happen… a win is win and that was a big win no matter how they won.. they kicked the crao out out the mets “ace”, who i think is the most overrated pitcher in baseball cause hes pitches in the national league, if he was still in the american league he would not be considered one of the best pitchers in baseball… anyone with decent stuff can face lineups with 3 or 4 good hitteres. it takes a real pitcher to face a lineup with 7 to 9 good hitters… this eries was good for yankees no matter what you say

    2. Evan3457
      June 15th, 2009 | 3:18 am

      7-5. Either 2-1 vs. the Nats, and 5-4 on the trip, or 3-0 vs. the Nats, and 4-5 on the trip.

      They return home to face the Mariners at 43-32, not quite half the season played, and still leading the Wild Card by 1-3 games.

    3. AndrewYF
      June 15th, 2009 | 10:52 am

      They should go 9-4 for the rest of the month. Anything less will be slightly disappointing. Anything more will obviously be stupendous.

    4. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 15th, 2009 | 8:09 pm

      The Yankees need to beat up on the Nationals, as Girardi has already planted the seeds of doubt about the nine game NL road trip, complaining about how “unfair” it is for an A.L team to go without the DH that long. Is there any indication that Matsui will play the field? Girardi has been rotating that DH spot around, I think its extra challenging to not have it when its been used to get different players a rest or a partial rest in certain games.

      Regardless though I think its interesting to look a little beyond June 30 and think about where they will be at the ASB. The schedule certainly favors the Red Sox up to that point. The interleague schedules are similar but three games at Citi Field won’t feature quite as much offense – while the Sox get the Braves for an extra three. After that the Yankees go seven with Seattle and Toronto at home, and Seattle has played better than expected with one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Than six at Minnesota and LA, and Minnesota is playing better than they were when they got swept, and even if the Angels aren’t as good as usual, they are usually pretty tough against New York.

      OTOH, after interleague is over, the Sox have three at the O’s then finish with ten at home – Seattle, Oakland and KC. Between their usual home field performance and the level of competition, I’ll be surprised if the Sox don’t play very well through that stretch.

      I think the Sox have a chance to grab a hold of the division between now and the break, say a 4-5 game bulge in the division by then, though the Yankees will probably have close to the same lead on the wild card.

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