Man is it a good time to be a Yankees’ fan, or what? The team is winning, the brain trust is swinging deals to fill some holes, Joba Chamberlain is becoming a top-of-the-rotation force right before our eyes, but most importantly (and this is worth repeating) the team is winning.
Just a few short weeks ago people were writing this team off. “Admit it, this is a transition year” and “time to start looking towards 2009” were two common phrases we saw, and now when you watch the team you expect them to come through and pull out a win. They’re winning playoff type games, games that are won with pitching, defense and timely hitting against good pitchers, not games that are won by bludgeoning mediocre starting pitching. Been a while since we’ve been able to say that.
The trade has been made official, and the new guys are in the house. They take on Tim Wakefield, who’s been unbelievable for two months now.
1. Damon, DH
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Cano, 2B
7. X, LF – look, now there’s only TWO blackholes in the lineup!
8. Melky, CF
9. Molina, C
And on the mound, Andy “2.36 ERA in my last 7 starts” Pettitte.