The more things change, the more they are apparently going to stay the same. Halfway through March, about 40 games, the Bombers find themselves still a sub .500 team.
There are two guys in the daily lineup - not surprisingly, the ones with the rings, and they are the only two that got the memo that the regular season has started: Posada and Jeter are stepping it up big time. They have to be wondering what the hell is up with the rest of their teammates - are they in or are they out?
Speaking of outs, I believe Matsui is leading the league in double plays.
Pitching has improved some but still has room for improvement. It is hard to believe what Mo Rivera's numbers look like this late into the season: 1-3, 3 Saves, 8.56 ERA. Wow.
And while the overall pitching has improved from the dreadful start of the season, the bats have gone cold - I mean Ice Age cold, and has been in a steady decline since the last week of April. Damon, Abreu, Cano, and Cabrera couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat right now. Is there a more mentally weak player than Abreu - he's no superstar he doesn't have the stuff. As for A-Rod, while still leading the league in production overall, he has stepped into a deep freeze as well - so far this month we've seen his average drop by 60 points, and only hit for 1HR/5RBIs.
All is not lost - Ron Villone has looked solid in his limited work in relief since being brought up. Pettitte is doing what he can with an ERA after 8 games of 2.68. And truly, since Mike Meyers stepped it up and went 4 innings in mop-up duty a few weeks ago, I have a now found respect for this guy: 20 games, 18 innings, ERA of 1.93 - not bad.
So what's going to happen? Either we are going to see a sharp reversion to the mean from a numbers standpoint and start the climb. I'm talking about some of these players (Damon, Cano, Abreu, Matsui and Giambi) players getting their stuff back up to a career average standpoint. Which in some cases would require a 50 to 100 point climb in average and on-base %. Start winning and win often. At the end of the day though, if things do not improve, or at least start to improve, we may have to realize that 2007 is not going to be the year it was thought it could have been.
If the reversion to the mean scenario is to play out, I'd like it to start against the ladies from Queens this weekend (inter league play sucks!!).
Other Notes - Ichiro has been in the press lately - which is unusual for him. He's a free agent at the end of the season, and coincidentally enough, wears number 51 out of respect for his favorite player (Bernie Williams). Anybody else up for letting Abreu go in favor of Suzuki?? ESPN 2 is airing the Class A Tampa game tonight. Class A gets a shot on national cable. You know its going to be a circus when Clemens debuts for the Yanks in a real game if they're airing Single A ball. Outside of the attention that Clemens will get, it'll be an opportunity to see Jose Tabata play - this kid is the real deal.
Will the real Yankees please stand up?