Trolling around the blogosphere we’ve seen some pretty dire theories on the possible outcome of a Yankee loss this afternoon. Buster Olney suggests A-Rod will be run out of town unless he turns in something big; Peter Abraham, over on the LoHud blog, speculates Torre might get the ax (and not the body spray). This all seems unthinkable; as Alex Belth points out, A-Rod is aready the best third baseman in Yankee history, and we can hardly hang him out to dry for the two ks on Wednesday against the 100 mph heat of Verlander and Zumaya. The entire team has faltered. The playoffs offer such a short sample, that a better team can easily drop a series (see the Twins). We knew going into the playoffs that the Yankee weakness was its starting pitching. Thus far, Moose and Johnson have been unable to hold down the Tigers. Jaret Wright doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, today. (Though he and Jeremy Bonderman seem like two pitchers cut from the same cloth, albeit with Bonderman a younge version.) Joe Torre is accountable for the team’s performance, but he can only play the men on the roster. If the pitching isn’t there, it’s not there. That Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter are available will surely add some grist to the rumor mill should things go poorly. But we’d just assume see Joe return next year, no matter the outcome today or in this playoffs. And, come to think of it, a rotation next year of Zito, Wang, Mussina, Matsuzaka, and Hughes, might just do the trick next October.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Best to just win today. Just win, baby. Just win.