The Bombers took down and completed their first series win of 2007 against the Twins tonight.
Pitching: Pavano and Pettitte looked like a number 1 and 2 starter. Mussina continues to disappoint though. It should not be a surprise that ever since he threw Pavano under the bus in the Spring that he has stunk up the joint. It happens all the time in sports - what goes around comes around. Mussina sucked in the Spring, was pounded in his first start, then gave up on the team in a critical moment in third putting even more strain on the bull pen. With the exception of the loss tonight the relief has performed admirably and was overall very good - just overworked no thanks to the Moose.
Defense: Much improved - no errors last three games.
Offense: A-Rod is the man. Offensive production has been better than anyone else in the league. The only two areas of disappointment right now is Jason Giambi and the bottom two spots in the line up. Giambi is batting well below Mendoza - he continues to offer high fly ball practice to the opponent as he continues his quest to hit a home run every damn time resulting in getting underneath the ball and creating outs in critical times - the fly outs are not even deep enough to advance a runner. He needs to spend some quality time on the batting tee and re-learn how to drive a ball. As for spots 8 and 9 in our hitting order, they went 2 for 21 the last 3 games. We're not asking for a hit every time - but better than .100 would be appreciated.
Final Grade for Series vs. Twins: B+ (Points for winning 2 of 3, strong starts by the P brothers, and defensive improvement. Loss of points on Mussina, Giambi, and bottom of the order forgetting how to hit)