Dreadful last seven days

I guess this will perfectly illustrate the team’s troubles:

Posada: 286/286/381
Jeter: 280/308/400
Minky: 278/316/500
Cano: 250/250/333
Matsui: 250/280/542
Damon: 235/316/294
Giambi: 222/300/389
Alex: 182/280/409
Melky: 182/286/182
Abreu: 143/280/143

And our pitching:

Pettitte: 14.1 IP, 2 ER
Mussina: 6.1 IP, 2 ER
Wang: 8 IP, 3 ER
Clippard: 4 IP, 3 ER
DeSalvo: 4.2 IP, 6 ER
Vizcaino: 2.1 IP, 4 ER
Villone: 3 IP, 4 ER
Proctor: 1.2 IP, 2 ER
Farns: 2 IP, 2 ER
Rivera: 2 IP, 0 ER
Bruney: 1.2 IP, 0 ER
Myers: 2 IP 0 ER

So you can see exactly where the problems are.

A-rod fiddles (around) as Rome burns

Well, by now, you’ve probably heard about The Post’s bombshell of a cover story this morning. Alex Rodriguez, the wealthiest man on the Yanks, is fooling around while the Yanks are on the road.

Surprise. I bet this never happens to any other Major League Baseball player ever. I’m sure Jason Giambi and Derek Jeter don’t have girlfriends in every American League city.

But, of course, since this A-Rod and since A-Rod can’t seem to cut a break around here, Alex is the one who gets caught by the paparazzi and The Post is the only paper around town to print the photos and call the story an “Exclusive.”

Here’s what The Post has to report:

Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate with a mysterious, busty blonde in Toronto, as these intimate, exclusive photos reveal.

The cozy duo dined with two pals at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.

In his own defense, A-Rod apologized for the indiscretion. No, wait. Just kidding.

In his own defense, A-Rod said, “No comment.” And a Yankee spokesman said that Alex has “never commented on his personal or private life, and he’s not going to start now.”

While we must consider the source – The Post relies here on numerous people simply referred to as “witnesses” – the article implies that A-Rod doesn’t stay at the team hotel on the road, cheats on his wife, gets caught and then goes 0-for-3 while making a costly error.

Just when I think the season can’t get any worse – a steal of home plate?! – it does. The 2007 Yankees will never cease to amaze me.

Down on the Farm

Enough of all this doom and gloom crap, Yankee fans need something to smile about: Joba Chamberlain is the FSL Pitcher of the Week, and the 2nd hottest prospect in the baseball. Glad to see Mitch Hilligoss get some love on the Hot Sheet, he’s on quite a roll. Did he keep the streak alive tonight? Find out after the jump…

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Toledo)
Andy Phillips: 0 for 4, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP – he’s been showing flashes of it for weeks now, but I think he’s starting to put it all together…
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 3 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4, 2 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 SB – hitting .324 over his last 9 games…
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 1-7 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Justin Pope: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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Can the Yanks play .614 baseball?

According to today’s playoff odds report over at Baseball Prospectus, the AL Wild Card winner, on average wins 91 games. At 21-28 right now, the Yanks would have to go 70-44 to win 91 games and put them into contention for the Wild Card. That’s .614 baseball, and all of a sudden, it doesn’t seem so improbable to see the Yanks playing in October.