One winning streak ended, another one began as the Yanks take two out of three from the stepchildren from Queens.
A-Rod is currently pacing to finish with 65 HRs and 177 RBIs. With Damon, Jeter, and Abreu hitting in front of him, it is very possible I believe anyway, for him to actually accelerate the pace. As good as A-Rod has been, he has not been the only player that has been hot in June: Chien-MingWang is now 4-0 with ERA of 2 this month - he gets pulled after going 8 and 2 thirds - What's up with that?? Frankly though, pick any player on the roster right now and it seems they are rolling.
I think it was big that after the winning streak ended on Friday, that they came right back to take the series and win two straight. Right now we are seeing what happens when all-stars play at the level they are capable of. Simply put, the Yankees are playing good ball.
Tyler Clippard - Unfortunately, he hasn't exactly progressed as a pitcher the last 3 outings. He throws too many pitches, not enough strikes. He has the MLB mentality - he's aggressive. He just is in need of a little more polish before he belongs up here for good though. It would not surprise me if the Yanks optioned him down to work out a few things and brought up Kei Igawa for another role. Igawa apparently has been progressing well in the minors. Regardless if management sends Clippard down or not, and this goes for all of the other newbies that we saw this season (Hughes, DeSalvo, Wright), the taste they got of the show this year, even though they weren't quite ready, will only make them better, stronger pitches in the seasons to come.
Looking at the injury situation, and given how solid the Yankee starting 4 is suddenly looking, it would have been quite a luxury to have Pavano, Karstens or Rassner as our #5 starter. Speaking of Karstens, (going through withdrawal, I haven't had a reason to mention either of my boys in over a month!!) I have not seen or heard anything as it relates to how his rehab is progressing and when he is projected back in action.
So far, the Bombers are 13-3 for the month of June. With the next 9 games coming against Coloardo, San Fran, followed by a stint in Baltimore, it would not surprise me if they went on to win 7 or 8 of the next 9.
In other news: During the week of the All-Star break, ESPN will be airing a program titled: The Bronx is Burning... Argentina must be going sports crazy right now - They are home to an NBA Champion (Manu Ginobili), and now most recently, the home to the U.S. Open champion in Angel Cabrera... What the hell is up with the life span of pro wrestlers?? Sensational Sherri dead at age 49. Within the last 10 years, there has been at least a dozen or more deaths all under the age of 50. Time to review life expectancy tables per occupation I guess. The Mets are 2 and 11 for their last 13 games -- I'd say it looks like the braves are set to return to their rightful perch in the division soon. (I figured I'd save my comment on the Mets for the last line of the post, because that's where they are usually listed in the real Post.)