Two words come to mind when reflecting on the 1st half of the season: Disappointing, (yet) Hopeful.
Reasons to keep the faith: Cano, Cabrera, Abreu, and Matsui are now swinging the bat with much more aggression and it is paying dividends more times than not. The model of consistency continues when Wang takes the mound. Clemens appears to have found his stride. Finished the first half of the season with seven games against two very worthy opponents in the Twins and Angels and won five of them. Solid debut by Eddie Ramirez out of the Bull Pen (he could be the new go to guy to shorten the game to get to Mo). His performance obviously got the attention of Farnsworth and Villone who is throwing much better as of late.
Opportunity Knocking? Post All-Star Game the Yanks first 28 games are against teams that are sub .500. - This has to be where they make there move - no?
Seeds of doubt: Andy Pettitte's last two starts have been a disaster. Still no commitment to a full time 1st baseman (cost the Yanks in game 2 of series versus Angels). Mike Mussina has not showed us anything or any signs that his game is improving. And, most worrisome, is the lack of consistent work for Mo Rivera, which I believe is the real reason behind his lack luster performance thus far. We need him to win - it is that simple.
All-Star: Being an All-Star has kind of watered down in importance the last 20 or so years. However, an All-Star in its truest form is exactly what Jeter and A-Rod have been.
In Other News: Jeff Karstens made a rehab outing. 3 1/2 scoreless innings. Set to make next start in Single A ball in Tampa, and then move up from there. He could be back to the Bronx before the end of the month. If Igawa does not pick it up Karstens could slide right back into that number 5 spot quite nicely.
-- I think the best team in baseball right now is the Detroit Tigers.