The New York Yankees finished the weekend taking three of four games from the Kansas City Royals.
The Yankees continue to lead the majors with a 62-35 record and the AL East division.
The Tampa Bay Rays are just three games behind, which leave little room for error. While the ailing Boston Red Sox trail by eight and better not make the gap any bigger.
This scenario dictates nothing except that the Yankees are playing very good baseball right now.
Still, the Yankees recently lost pitcher Andy Pettitte for four to six weeks. Along with a struggling group of middle relievers, this is not an October-ready team.
Without Pettitte, losing out on pitcher Cliff Lee, due to being given the run around by the Seattle Mariners, stings even more.
Leave all the talk swarming around Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren coming to the Yankees. That too is now over, with Haren going to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim because the Yankees said no when Joba Chamberlain became part of the deal.
That is the second time the Yankees name was in the mix to spark a bidding war amongst suitors.
So, what remain are Houston Astros Roy Oswalt and Chicago Cubs Ted Lilly. They are the only two creditable starters left before the July 31 trade deadline.
Oswalt has made it clear he wants to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, teams will hesitate with Oswalt’s salary in 2010 having more than $5 million left, plus $16 million for next year, and he refuses to let go his $16 million option for 2012. I’m pretty sure most teams will pass and positive the Yankees already did. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Pitching Situation Solved’ »