• July 18th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on July 18th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    The good news – today could have been a day to cave, take lumps, and have an “L” pinned on their chest; but, the Yankees bullpen and bats pulled a “W” out of their hat. And, this victory gives New York a three-game lead in the A.L. East over Tampa Bay – and Boston is now seven back in the loss column as well. With this in the books, and forecasting the rest of the schedule, CoolStandings.com gives the Yankees a 87.2% chance of making the post-season this year. And, that’s the highest percentage of any team in baseball at this moment.

    Now, the bad news – Andy Pettitte’s injury. He’s probably done for July now – and will more than likely miss three starts, at the least. As a result, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes need to step up and pitch consistently well while Andy’s out. If not, we could be looking at a spell where the Yankees putter around at a .500 clip for a while. And, if that happens, there’s a good chance that the Rays close the gap on the Yanks.

    You know, the Yankees did take two of three in this series. But, that Friday game could have gone either way. The Rays concern me – in both the chase for first and what comes after in the post-season. It used to be that the Red Sox and Angels were the teams I least wanted the Yankees to face in October. But, now, the Rays are right up there. You know, it’s funny. The Twins are usually a very good team. But, come post-season, you know there’s no way the Twinkies can beat the Yankees – it’s in both team’s heads. But, the Rays…man…I get the feeling that they don’t sweat the Yankees, at all, and maybe the Yankees should be very worried about them…especially if they end up meeting in the A.L.C.S. this year.

    Comments on July 18th Vs. The Rays

    1. Evan3457
      July 18th, 2010 | 8:45 pm

      I dunno. Yanks are now 4-4 vs. Rays this year. Rays had a gimme win on their racket, Pettitte out, their ace on the mound, facing the Yanks suspect middle relief, and couldn’t put this one away.

      When the Yanks do this, you jump ugly on them (the CC game vs. the Indians among others), but this game makes you sweat the Rays? THIS one?

      Andy goes on the DL, and will miss 2 or 3 starts. No telling who gets those 2-3 starts, but there’s no law that says the Yanks have to lose all of ’em. Yanks don’t really hit the tough part of their schedule until late August, they have 3 or 4 tough series between now and when they face the White Sox. Of their next 33, 15 are against good teams, and 18 are against weaker ones, and as of today, only once in that 33 do they face good teams in back-to-back series.

      Things continue to look pretty good to me, especially when I stop and think how things looked, say, oh, about 2 o’clock this afternoon.

    2. Scout
      July 18th, 2010 | 8:59 pm

      It was a gut check game and a very good W. The Yankees have been exceptionally fortunate this year in the health of their starting pitching. (I did not check, but I suspect their top five have started a higher percentage of games than those of any other team.) Now the Yankees will need to find some depth, as teams nearly always do. I suspect they’ll survive. As for those who didn’t think the Yankees had a “need” for Cliff Lee, this just proves the old adage about never having enough starting pitching.

    3. Evan3457
      July 18th, 2010 | 9:00 pm

      LoHud blog now reporting Andy will be put on the DL and may miss 4-5 weeks. 🙁 :Q

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