Pundits take: Bid deal, they beat up on the D-Rays, doesn't mean anything.
The Straight Dope: The Yanks did what they had to do. Scoreboard aside, I think its important to look how the Yanks finished this series off. They didn't lower themselves to the sloppy level of play exhibited by the D-Rays even though they had every excuse to do just that. Instead, they continued on until the final out, professionalism at its finest - it's what champions do to teams that just aren't at their level.
Be that as it may, I cannot in recent memory remember another major league team handling another major league team the way the Yanks took it to Tampa. Winning 3 of 4, outscoring them 45 to 12 the last three games with 53 hits. I mean this was an LA Police meeting up with Rodney King level of beating.
Matsui is really starting to heat up at the plate - the return of Godzilla! Pettitte evened up his record with his 6th win. Henn did a solid job in relief - let's give this guy a legitimate shot!
Yanks are now 9-3 since the break - which is about where they need to be pacing for the next 16 (to say 60!) games.
Shelley Duncan in my favorite player.
RBIs: Most know that the single season record for RBIs is 190 by Hack Wilson back in 1930. Similar to how Cy Young's record doesn't seem real, this record should seem just as unreal as Young's. Think about this: 19 of the top 20 seasons of all-time for RBIs all happened by 1938 or earlier. The closest was the 1999 version of Man Ram at 165 (16th best all-time). Currently, A-Rod is pacing at a slightly higher rate than that at 170. As mentioned at the end of April, in this blog, if Abreu and Jeter can finish strong (Abreu seems to have found the manhood zone, and by Jeter finishing strong I mean to keep doing what he has always done), I think A-Rod will have a chance to actually accelerate that pace and put Wilson's record within reach. If that does happen - it'll get more attention than Barry BeefRoid passing Hammering Hank Aaron - there is justice in this world after all.
Off to KC for 4 more games, then to Baltimore for 3 and 1/3... no break for the Yanks until 7/30.