Rocky Road Ahead

The Yanks picked a mighty fine time to build themselves a cushion, however small, in the standings. As Alex Belth notes over on Bronx Banter, the Yanks are set to enter a grueling stretch in which they play 20 games in 21 days, including 3 in Chicago, 5 at Fenway, and a West Coast Swing through Seattle and Los Angeles. Following this, they get a single day off, and then start September with consecutive series against Detroit and Minnesota. So. It ain’t gonna be easy, but as Alex writes, those hoping to keep NY out of the playoffs would do well to move now, before the load gets lighter, and Matsui and a desperate-to-prove-himself-worthy Sheffield (scary thought!) rejoin the team. On the negative side, Alex quotes a long passage from BP’s Christina Kahrl arguing that it was a big mistake to keep Andy Philips and release Aaron Guiel—a point that has also been made in this space, but with far less authority.

So the immediate future for the Yanks looks challenging, but the long-term looks mighty bright, at least in terms of blue-chip prospect and erstwhile SF Philip Hughes, who continues to destroy AA.

4 comments… add one
  • I’m less authoritative than Christina Kahrl?!!! I’ll have you know that in my mind I’m a dictator.

    Nick-YF August 7, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but Guiel is in Columbus, and could be called up?

    yankeemonkey August 7, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • yes ym, that is true. Guiel had options left, which is why he was “released” (aka optioned back to Columbus, not DFA’d or released) and why AP was left on the team. Why risk waivers when players have options left. Guiel was not really “necessary” at the moment (Bubba had no options, and filled a similar role), but will be back in September for sure. Speaking of Columbus, anyone see what Pena has done recently? He’d probably compliment Craig Wilson very well with his 900+ OPS vs RHP

    RichYF August 7, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Yes, there is some solace to be taken in the fact that Guiel is still available at AAA. If the team figures out that Andy is now superfluous because of Wilson, then they can bring Guiel back.
    But let’s be honest, this is small potatoes. We’re talking about the 24th/25th man here.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 8, 2006, 10:43 am

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