Halfway into the series with the Jays, here's what we know (and already knew in some cases)...
Another comeback win.
Kyle Farnsworth has worn out his welcome. The fans communicating to Cashman to do a deal and include him it.
Johnny Damon is close to wearing his welcome out.
The Yanks can win with Andy Phillips as their everyday 1st baseman. No need for a trade, he can be their man and has been coming up big post All-Star break.
Today's players lack grit - in reference to the 9th inning play at the plate with Cairo - 5 years ago, that situation would have had Toronto's catcher planted in the third row of the 1st baseline seats. Instead, Cairo pussyfooting in, almost breaks his own neck avoiding contact.
Andy Pettitte plays to the level of his competition. That's why we love him in the playoffs and other big series match ups, but dread when he's pitted against a 22 year old with a 10 ERA for a last place team.
The resurgence of Vizcaino is a relief.
If a deal gets done, it won't be for a position player, it will be for an 8th inning pitcher if anything at all.
Since the All-Star break, I feel as though I'm watching a different team. The awareness, and the level of urgency that is now apparent in both the wins and the losses is reason enough to make me believe that these guys can yet again find a way to get us to the season that matters and a chance for more championship hardware.
The lead in the East is down to 8 and the Wild Card is down to 7!