In the Wee Small Hours of the Night

YF passed out early in front of the tube last night, propelled into fitful slumber by the tortured doings of our man from Havana. We’ll say this: a few more like that and No Way Jose’s going to find himself selling vacuums with Mr. Wormold. (That’s a Graham Greene reference, folks—read the book.) In any event, it looked like a loss was a foregone conclusion, so it was pleasant indeed to find the fellas back in first place this morning (!) thanks to the late-nite heroics of A-Rod, Ruben, and the rest of gang blue.

It’s nice to be on a roll, and it’s nice to see that the Sox have squandered away all that they had gained from their domination of the Yanks thus far. That said, the Contreras Problem is not going to go away, especially if Mussina continues to struggle. And we’d be happy if someone could either hit or play defense in center. Right now it seems asking for both is too much….

5 comments… add one
  • Like the reference – read the book last year.
    Trade: Lofton and Lee or Clark for fifth starter. Leiber will have to move to fourth spot and Bernie will have to wake-up.

    JCL (YF) May 5, 2004, 5:32 pm
  • The Sox indeed have squandered their lead, but not nearly “everything they had gained” from their domination of the Yankees. To the contrary, they are where they are, in first place, as a result of that domination.

    SF May 5, 2004, 5:33 pm
  • Caution should be the order with Lieber. He may very well be strong enough to be relied upon, but I imagine it would be worth seeing him pitch another healthy month. If the Yankees want to attain some other team’s second or third starter to be their fifth, they are going to have to sacrifice a lot more than Lofton and scraps (Clark, that is). I certainly don’t believe trading Lee makes any sense at all – Giambi’s a sieve out there.

    SF May 5, 2004, 6:00 pm
  • I’m with SF here, at least in terms of his trade analysis (his first comments strike me as semantic). More to the point, the Yankees are probably going to need to cut some deal for a 5th starter, but the idea that anything is going to come for Lofton and change is unlikely, and losing Lee, a terrific backup for injury-prone Giambi, seems a bad gambit. Whatever they do is going to have to include a lot of money, and possibly one of their blue-chip prospects (Scott Proctor or this catcher they have tearing up the minors as Jorge’s heir apparent–the name escapes me). Moreover, I would contend that JCL’s implicit suggestion that Bernie might “wake up” is not realistic. He may regain his hitting stroke, but he is not all of a sudden going to improve his speed or arm strength in the outfield, where he’s looked terrible. So the Yankees (and Bernie, who is a longtime favorite of YF) are going to have to come to terms with the fact that he’s going to need to be replaced. It’s just business. And that’s where a deal with Lofton seems most likely: Lofton plus prospects plus cash to struggling KC for Carlos Beltran, who’s in his contract year, perhaps?

    YF May 5, 2004, 7:09 pm
  • Yes. By wake-up I meant hitting specifically. Since Bernie’s days at center are numbered, Yanks will have to make a decision eventually who they want in the corner outfield positions. Not enough room for Bernie, Matsui, and Sheff. Still say Lee or Clark should go – too much backup at first.

    JCL (YF) May 5, 2004, 8:45 pm

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