Today is going to be a bad traffic day for the blog. I know this, because it happens on days when I’m frustrated the most — meaning the Yankees have lost a game (or, more accurately, multiple games) that they should have won. The worst part was that the season-series-deciding game was lost to a soft-tossing lefty whom the Yanks should have destroyed. Such is the frustration with the team this year: we get beat up by no names, and lay into guys like Josh Beckett, supposedly the best pitcher in the league right now.
The worst part about yesterday: it marked the third time that the Yankees lost while allowing their opponent three runs or less. As stated Saturday, all three have been to the Mariners. So there’s room for hope there, I suppose, since the Ms don’t appear on the schedule for the remainder of the season.
The almost-worst part about yesterday: Boston scored six runs in the ninth in a comeback victory against the Orioles. Yeah, we really shouldn’t be watching what Boston’s doing at this point, because there are still 13 head-to-head bouts with them, meaning any amount of ground can really be made up. However, if the Yanks could only take eight of 13 from the Rangers and Mariners, how are they going to take 10 of 13 from the Sox (which they’ll basically need to do at this point)?
Maybe the off-day will help. After all, the pitching has come around this month, so as soon as they can get the bats and the arms going at the same time, they should rattle off a few winning streaks…right? Other than the two blowouts, the Yanks have only allowed 21 runs over 11 games (but then 29 in the other two). The arms will get another break with the light-hitting White Sox (team averages of .220/.299/.360) — though four of their five starters have ERAs under 4.00. The real challenges come next in the Mets (.284/.354/.449) and the Red Sox (.278/.367/.443).
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