What a difference a week makes. It was just a few days ago that SF—and just about everyone else—was ceding the AL East to the Yanks. Revenge would come in October. Maybe.
Now, the Bomber bandwaggon is a lonely place. Both today’s NYT and NYPost suggest that the Yanks might—might—win the division, but can forget postseason laurels without an upgrade to the starting staff (with Randy being the only legitimate balm).
So, we might ask, is the situation as dire as is currently being reported? Is El Duque the answer? When will Brown return, and in what form? Will there be an AL East race? For Yankee fans, there is one sobering comparison:
Yankee team era: 4.54
Red Sox team era: 3.93