The good: Matsui and Posada had great games at the plate. Yankee relievers kept the game close to allow the chance for the Yankee bats to come back. Johnny produced.
The medicore: Moose. Johnny’s arm. Sheff may well not be ready for the plate, or at least not ready to hit 4th. Verlander, too bad NY couldn’t do anything about it.
The ugly: Gerbil’s overestimation of the lineup; everyone was a clean-up hitter, now no one is (well, Damon was). Zumaya is, as expected, SICK. Thames/Granderson stuck a shiv in Mussina’s ribs. Jim Leyland pulls Verlander in the middle of a count and looks the Genius. Cano vanished. Torre played small ball early and Jeter couldn’t execute. Carlos Guillen, great game. ARod didn’t get the message.
I don’t see a reason for Torre to tinker with the lineup as the opportunities were there when Zumaya wasn’t on the mound. There is still plenty of reason to be confident with these batters, but the situational hitting today was pathetic.
Which RJ will we see tomorrow? Which ARod? Which TEAM? As YM reminded us in the game thread, it’s why we play the games.