3 quality games against the Oakland A's, all decided by 1 run, left the Bombers with 2 loses and an overall record of 5-6.
Series Summary: With the exception of the rare blown save by Mo, the Bull Pen is shaping up to be the most reliable in all of baseball - Bruney is the man. So far, Jeter is clearly not on his game. 3 errors, and getting caught stealing by Jason Kendall of all people is making me wonder if he came into this season out of shape - perhaps further evidence of a shotty strength and conditioning program. Cabrera and Mientkiewicz continue to suck at the plate batting a combined 4 for 24. Bobby Abreu's defense and offense appear to be in the slide. Overall, the starting pitching continues to improve. Igawa and Rassner did OK rebounding from tough innings and Pettitte continues to be strong giving 7 innings and 1 earned. Giambi appears to have turned the corner and is driving the ball again and not undercutting it as much. And last but certainly not least - A-Rod continues to be the man at the plate. His numbers are up to .372 avg., 7 HRs and 18 RBIs through 11 games, slugging % .977 - is a Triple Crown possible???
Overall Grade: D (despite losing the series and everything else mentioned, points for improvement in the starting pitching, A-Rod's continued production, and strength of relief).
Next Up: 3 games at home against the Tribe with Pavano taking the mound for the 1st game. Key areas for success include: production from bottom of the batting order, Giambi and Abreu's OBP improvement, Pavano and other starters to complete 6 innings or more of work. Get Mo Rivera more work and his 1st save of the season.