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.