There was a time when the Yanks welcomed the O’s to NY to perform ritual division-lead cushion-building thrashings. Alas, the last-place Yankees are no longer looking down on anyone in the AL East, for it is they who dwell in the cellar.
This past weekend added insult to injury. On top of watching Morgan Ensberg brought in as the ”Big Bat” off the bench during a mini-rally in the 9th in Saturday’s loss to the Mets; and the humiliation of having Met fans outnumber Yank fans in the Stadium by the end of Sunday’s clunker; those of us living in NY have had to endure three full days of stories about the fact that Jason Giambi wears a gold lamé thong. Mmmmm…let that image sink in.
Get it…“sink in”…at least we get something for $23 million.
If you are having trouble holding your lunch down while reading the above then you might not want to read on. The Yankees are 2nd to last in the AL in starters’ ERA and 3rd from the bottom in runs scored. Good thing hitting and pitching aren’t everything.
Against lefthanded pitching our team BA (.225) is 29th out of 30 in the majors. And we YFs can be forgiven if we can’t recall what an offensive rally looks like. We’ve pushed across fewer runs with RISP (123) than every team but one in the majors. Thank goodness for San Diego, which trails us in both categories.
But all is not lost. We’ve been here before. As the NYT points out today, our mid-May record is better than it was in ’05 and ’07, when the Yanks rallied to play in October.
And tonight, A-Rod rides triumphantly to the rescue (preferably in boxers). Besides, Daniel Cabrera can’t pitch lefty and Mike Mussina — our hottest pitcher over the past month (yes, our hottest pitcher) — takes the mound to finesse his old team to sleep before blowing them away with 86-mph heat.
Clearly the worm is preparing to turn. Comment away.