Spying on the Empire
The rest of the Yankees also will start hitting at some point. That's when it may not matter if their pitching is spotty. That's when we'll see if the Red Sox finally have gained the upper hand in this classic rivalry.
Boston fans, of course, are thinking the same thing about their heroes. They beat the Yankees three out of four without Nomar Garciaparra and Trot Nixon, both of whom are recovering from injuries. If Yankees fans can say, "Wait until A-Rod joins the team," Red Sox fans can reply, "Wait until No-mah and Trot come back." (MSNBC.com)
Naturally, all the gnashing of teeth over A-Fraud is music to my ears, but I have heard tell that many a Yankees acquisition faltered in their first weeks with the team, including and especially Jason Giambi, who took about 6 weeks to get a hit in his first season, and he's turned out to be just a much of a .302 hitting pain the ass as any of them.
Even though any despair, any time, from the Dark Side warms my heart, but I still can't help but feel a little nervous about the Yankees. After all, the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, and the Yankees may just be pacing themselves for the long haul. I worry that the Sox will take a lead, look back to see if the Yanks are catching up, and trip over the Orioles.
"They are freaking out at nyyfans.com," one poster to BC said today. So I cruised on over and checked it out.
I was partially vindicated:
The series overall was not spectacular, but the Red Sox hung in there and continued to use resources well. Today, they got good production from the bottom of the order.
What impresses me most from them is today's boxscore - scattered runs inning after inning - continuing to put the pressure on despite Millar, Nixon and Garciaparra out of the lineup. Contrast that w/ the Yankees and they couldn't plate another run after Giambi's blast. Also, they benefitted from the effectiveness of Malaska and Siebol in yesterday's game, and got a serviceable performance today out of their #5. Damon is getting out of the gate well and Meuller appears to have found his swing in this series. It doesn't get easier tomorrow.
The Yankees appear to be fighting one-dimensionally - it's almost as if they don't get that 7-inning, 8K, 4 hit performance out of their starters and the offense isn't permitted a big, fat 6 run outburst, they might as well give up (this is nothing new, dating back to 2002.) Their opponents have appear to continue to beat the Yankees w/ guerilla style offense, scattering runs, forcing errors, and getting the timely big blast out of their clean-up guys from time to time. Also, opposing mediocre starters and relievers are coming across as geniuses right now when, in some cases, they are anything but. True, injuries have hurt us, but that's every team - the Yankees need to bring the game to their opponent more often, otherwise our bullpen guys are going to wear themselves out every game, playing from behind all the time. I know it's not their game, but I just wish the Yankees tried to scrap a little more. These games count right now, unfortunately.
And partially very much not:
No need to jump off (insert NYC bridge name here) yet. The lineup you all are running out there is going to produce, it can't NOT produce given who's in it. Given all that happened this winter I thought the one spot the Yanks had a HUGE edge over most teams in this league was the bullpen, if those arms stay healthy your bullpen will be a good one. It's a 4 game series in April for whatever that's worth, glad it was us that won the 3 though. With the new unbalanced divisional schedule, winning inside the division is as important, if not moreso, than it was in past years. Main problem IMO is there are no patsies in this division this year, every team can hit. I think the team that pitches and catches best, and most consistent, has a HUGE edge.
That was posted by gehrig38. And we all know who that is.
Shouldn't there be some rule about fraternizing--nay, even reassuring--the enemy?