1 – Robertson to Soriano combo are still consistently solid as set-up and closer.
2 – According to the NY Post, A-rod should be back today; ESPN reported that Southpaw Andy Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen over the weekend and is on track to return shortly, as all things are looking good. Also, Curtis Granderson could return to line-up today according the NY Daily News.
3 – Chris Dickerson.
4 – Yankees squeaked out a 4-3 win on Saturday over the Orioles, so they stay two-games up in the division even though they still lost the series.
5 – The Yankees are no longer the oldest team in MLB. The new Yankees-West now holds that honor, aka the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now sporting a team average of 30.9 years compared to the Bombers 30.8.
1 – Derek Lowe cannot be trusted. Taking sloppy seconds from the Tribe was never a good idea but Lowe has digressed to being ineffective since his first appearance in pinstripes to a tune of a 5.79 ERA, while allowing seven runs, 17-hits, two homers over 7.2 innings pitched.
2 – Chris Dickerson arriving too late, as he could have been brought up from the get-go when Gardner went down.
3 – Skipper Joe Girardi is getting binder crazy again. Why take out Dickerson, in the rubber game on Sunday vs. the Orioles to pinch-hit Andruw Jones? Who hands the bat to a hitter who is posting a .143 batting average, with four RBIs and 10 strikeouts over his last 42 at-bats; over the guy (Dickerson) who hit a 2-run homer and scored the only other run in the 3-8 loss?
4 – Is it time to send Joba Chamberlain back down to minors considering he is posting an ERA of 10.57? In 7.2 innings, Joba has allowed 17-hits, 9 earned runs, two homers with just five strikeouts. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews thinks Joba was brought back to early after having Tommy John surgery and suffering a dislocated ankle. Well, luckily the rosters just expanded for Joba but otherwise, in my opinion, if the Yankees make the postseason they should be Joba-less.
5 – The Yankees start a three-game set at Tropicana Field today vs. the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. The Yankees are 1-5 at the Dome this season, and 2-10 over their last 12 visits to the Sunshine State. Reason to worry? Heck yea!!!
Bottom line is the Yankees will not make the postseason if they do not improve BIG time and starting TODAY. The bats are only hitting .250 with RISP (runner-in-scoring –position), which ESPN ranks as 19th in the Bigs.
And honestly, slipping in as via Wild Card only to lose that one-game or get killed in the ALDS might not worth be it. Maybe it is better to save face and it will motivate…remember 2009? That is what I thought. It is now or never to turn things around now.
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” – Henry Ford