So the Yanks 8-game winning streak came to an abrupt, but predictable end last night. Tell me that game didn’t have that “eh, we’ve won 8 in row, we can mail this one in” feel to it right from the start. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.
The Yanks have lost 5 or 9 to the O’s this year, getting outscored 46-35 in the process, but they haven’t played each other since a three game set at the end of May. The O’s are 8-15 this month, and have lost 5 of their last 6. Their staff has a 5.85 ERA since the break, and tonight’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, has an 8.10 career ERA in Yankee Stadium. Moose has a .588 winning percentage against his former team. This sounds too easy, so you know what that means…
1. Damon, DH
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Cano, 2B
7. X Nady VI, LF
8. Melky, CF
9. Molina, C
And on the mound, Mike “why are you surprised? I’ve won 263 games in my career, bitches” Mussina.
Notes: This series will be a nice test for new addition Damaso Marte; lefties Nick Markakis & Aubrey Huff have combined for 96 XBH and a 133 OPS+ this year as the O’s 3-4 hitters (yikes) … still no progress on the Jarrod Washburn front, apparently we bloggers are to blame … Jose Molina has caught all but one game since the break … the last time Moose faced the O’s, it got ugly quick … apparently someone actually wants LaTroy Hawkins on their team…
Update by Joe: Jorge will have surgery on his shoulder, ending his season. At this point, it’s for the better.