"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Monday, May 19, 2008

Through 44 games

Through 44 games last season, the Yankees were in second place with a record of 20-24. However, they were 10.5 games behind the future world champion Boston Red Sox.

This season, the Yankees sit at the same record they did a year ago. While they are only six games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox, they are also in last place.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

The Yankees cannot rely on beating up the lesser teams in their division like they have the last decade. Every team in the division, especially the Tampa Bay Rays, seems to have improved.

The schedule does appear to lighten in the coming weeks, but as we've seen so far, nothing has been easy for the 2008 Yankees. They continue this homestand with three games against Baltimore (23-20) and three more against Seattle (18-27). For some reason, the Mariners return to New York after having been there three weeks earlier.

They then travel to Baltimore for three games and Minnesota (21-22) for four games. The Yankees then return home to face the great pitching of Toronto (23-23) for three games and Kansas City (21-22) for four games.

With Alex Rodriguez set to return tomorrow, the lineup will get a much-needed boost. Jorge Posada will also begin his rehab games in the near future. However, the starting pitching cannot put the lineup in an early hole. They have shown no comeback ability thus far. It seems that once they fall behind, they start swinging for the fences early in the count.


Bostowned said...

Starting pitching cant put the line up in the whole? Our starters, minus Kennedy, have been stellar. Wang allowed 1 run in 8 innings in Tampa. So Petitte and Wang had a few bad outings. Well duh, its going to happen eventually. they cant be all 20 game winners all year. The offense is pathetic and the re-addition of Arod is NOT going to help fix a thing.

Andrew Fletcher said...

With the way the offense has been, the starting pitching has to be perfect. They keep losing these games because they obviously can't always be perfect.

Pettitte needs to figure out his fourth inning problem. They can't get by with only two good starting pitchers.

raven said...

Hank the Talking Horror has the ability to jinx whomever he praises. Wang hasn't won a game ever since the baby boss said something good about him...
And the Yankees offen is apprantly dead .

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