For a while there Sox fans thought they had things wrapped up. A 9-1 run while the Yanks were skidding, a big lead in the standings, the prospect of a Schilling return. The Yanks, said some, should be worried about the Wild Card, not the division crown. (SF, admittedly, did not go this far.) But what a difference a week or so makes. The Sox are now doing the skidding, their vaunted chemistry is in question, and everyone has a different idea about what role Schilling should be playing. Meanwhile, Yankee fans can take a few stats to heart: even with the troubles they’ve had at the plate, they’ve been the best offense in MLB thus far. That’s right: The Yanks have scored MORE RUNS than any other team, even the Sox in their dinky ballpark. And with Giambi returning to some kind of form and Woemack now gone from the lineup, the team should actually improve in the second half. What’s more, the Yanks and Sox are separated by just two runs allowed (431-429) going into the break, and that’s with the Yanks disastrously bad fielding in the first half, not to mention a goodly portion of the starting rotation on the DL and a wholesale renovation of the middle relief. We freely admit the Yanks had a terrible offseason acquisition wise, but that trouble has forced a welcome change in organizational thinking about young talent, and a reputed return to relevance of Stick Michael. All of which bodes well. So as bad as things have gone—and they’ve gone terribly—tthe Yanks do have some positives to reflect on as they head home for a couple of days. Will they continue their roll after the break? Revert to their mediocre form? It should be interesting.