Sorry for the personalization and YF-tilt of the "gamer" title (yes, I use quotes because I use the term "game" in "gamer" loosely), but there is only so much one fan can take. A small sampling:
- In their last 8 games, Yankee starters have averaged less than 5 IP/game;
- Over that same stretch, if you drop the one slugfest vs. Texas, the Yankee team BA is .197;
- The Yankees have been held to 2 or fewer runs 28 times this season. That’s just 5 fewer times than they were held to that mark all of last season;
- The Yankees are in 4th place in the AL East behind Baltimore and only 4 ahead of cellar-dwelling Toronto. If they don’t turn things around in the next two Boston games and the two Tampa Bay games that follow, then regardless of what it means for their chances of making the post-season (hint: it doesn’t help them), they will be heading into the last series before the All-Star Break against Toronto fighting to stay out of dead last in the division.
While the Sox try to keep pace with Tampa Bay, the Yanks can entertain no such thoughts right now. First they have to remember how to play baseball again.
Mike Mussina, the Yanks aging finicky finesse pitcher, takes to the mound to try to lull the Sox bats to sleep (and praying that his nemesis Manny Ramirez slips on something on the way to the ballpark) while the Sox send young Justin Masterson to the mound, trying to continue the long tradition of pitchers who the Yankees have never seen before completely befuddling them.
I’ll be in the stands for this one, hoping for Jeter’s 200th HR and A-Rod’s Mantle-tying 536th HR, but most of all, hoping the New York Yankees show up.