I'm not sure what the problem is, but the Orioles just seem to be able to beat the Yanks. With all of these "big" series coming up, I find it odd that the one most of us figured to be the hardest would be against the sub .500 birds. One thing that very much concerns me is the final series of the Year is against these guys. I can only hope we go into that series as a playoff spot leader with more than a 3 game lead.
It pains me to say this, but, it is becoming increasingly apparent that perhaps Jeff Karstens is not cut out to be a major league starter. He looked horrible in his replacement start. Hindsight being 20/20, would have preferred to see the team give Ian Kennedy a look - it could not have had that much worse an outcome.
Is Joe Torre making a personnel mistake or misjudgment with Johnny Damon?? The numbers support the argument that the team is better when he is in the lineup (as DH or OF) with the added benefit of having the threat that Giambi and Duncan to come in off the bench anytime to mash a homer.
It is a shame that Giambi does not have the skill to play in the field. That scenario would have him and Damon in the everyday lineup and at the same time probably field the best lineup.
It is interesting (and awesome) to see just how fast Yankee fans are quick to adopt those that come up through the system (Duncan, Chamberlain, Cabrera, etc.) vs. how slow they are to adopt a free agent (basically beating the crap out of them until they have the "Yankee moment").
Onto the upcoming series with the Tigers. I believe that they are a good team to face coming off of a lost series. Next to the Indians, few teams have been performing worse than the Tigers post All-Star break. I am wondering how much of the series news will be focused on the games and wins and losses versus Gary Sheffield's comments on how Joe Torre treats black players differently than white ones.