The Bombers have squared off against two of the four playoff level teams they'll be facing over the next couple of weeks in Cleveland and Detroit. 8 games in they are 7-1; not bad.
I have gained more respect for Johnny Damon as a role player than when he was in the lineup everyday. Outside of Bernie Williams I cannot think of other players that have handled the reduction in playing time the way he has. I think the Yanks are a better team with him in the lineup, I think he thinks the team is better with him in the lineup, yet he remains a positive, constructive teammate because he has not lost site of the greater goal of winning a championship- it is refreshing to see when someone truly seems to be embracing the team concept.
Joba Chamberlain - what can be said that hasn't been already? It's early, but man is he impressive. Speaking of impressive, Eddie Ramirez has performed quite well since being recalled. It looks as if Joe Torre is comfortable from a commitment standpoint to regular appearances for Ramirez - which is good.
I can see Torre using the bullpen as a package of predetermined outcomes going forward. Pair Chamberlain and Ramirez together for an outing due to contrasting styles. Then on their off day, pair Farnsworth with Vizcaino as a combo due to their contrasting styles. It'll keep hitters off balance. A further comment on Kyle Farnsowrth, maybe Torre has figured out how to use this guy: to start an inning, and then only go an inning. He has done that the last four outings and has had some success. A fluke or a sign of things to come??
Outside of Seattle and the Arizona Diamondbacks, no team is playing better ball than the Bombers.
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