The snake bitten 2007 season continues to roll 2 games into the inter league series with the Mets. Rasner throws 4 pitches, takes a line drive, breaks a finger - and to add insult to injury takes the loss on the day as well - 4 pitches and a loss - nice.... Even though the Yanks are now at a season low 5 games under, and threatening to go lower with yet another rookie stepping onto the mound tonight - all was not lost, with the most recent loss.
Yankee batters finally started working the count again, and interestingly, though not so surprisingly put a respectable amount of runs on the board. Cano got two hits including a homer - perhaps a turning the corner game? Phelps had 3 hits. A-Rod started hitting and more importatnly just getting on base in general. And Posada - he's playing possessed right now adding to his league leading average going 4 for 5 at .386 on the season. Signs of improvement have been showing up since Giambi's last at bat in game 1. Question is, will gradual improvement lead to victories?
So here's my latest theory: Tonights game against the Mets does not mean a whole lot win or lose. The Yanks have essentially a 10 game home stand after the stint in Queens. 7 in the Bronx vs. the Sox and the Angels, followed by 3 in Toronto which is essentially a home game given how well Yank's fans travel north of the border. They have to win 8 out of the next 10 with at least 2 of those wins coming against the Red Sox. If the Bombers can gain ground on the Sox over the next three days, then that can be viewed as the building block for the turnaround to begin. However, if the Yanks get bitch slapped by the Sox instead, then forget it - the season is lost and they ain't coming back.
Regardless if they gain ground, or continue to lose, outside of Torre resigning, management will let him finish the season due to the Clemens signing and his insistence that he will not play for anyone else. At the conclusion of the 2007 - the Yanks hire Joe Girardi.
So just to review - the Yanks season, and their ability to make playoffs, will hinge on the next 10 games following the completion of the series with the Mets. Clemens will pitch. Torre will finish outside of resigning, and Girardi takes over as skip in 2008 and cleans house and rebuilds the machine.