Considering how poor A-Rod, Tex, and the replacements have been (Granderson, the now departed Winn, Thames, and Johnson) - 2nd place in the AL East isn't terrible.
With 9 of the next 12 against the O's and the Stros - seeing the team back in first is not that much of a stretch.
Disrespect: In my local paper and in other media circles like ESPN and MLB they're all a buzz about the resurgent Bo Sox and how that's going to be good for baseball - without ever mentioning the Toronot Jays. I don't know if they'll fade or not, but a city that houses 5 million is good for the game as well. I hope they can stay in it.
We're going to chalk this up in the I told you so column: Cano making a bid for this year's MVP.
Pettitte: Pacing to win 20 games for a third time - a very rare accomplishment in modern day baseball. HOF bound?
Mets - I guess with 57 back on the boards I have to give props to the Mets for sweeping the Phils last week - but yet, still managing to find themselves tied for last with the Marlins and the Nats, with a de-fanged Braves in 1st. Great job.
Don't Call It a Comeback: Just when I was getting ready to declare Brackman a bust at 0-3 with a 15 ERA, the guy goes on to win 3 straight, lowering his ERA to 5, giving up 1 run the last 12 innings pitched. Maybe there's a future for this guy yet.
I hate the deal(s): that's what I said then, that's what I'm still saying now. And I know it has been covered at length already, but I don't care. Letting Damon go (49 games, .380 obp), Matsui 50 games, .229 7 HRs), Austin Jackson (48 games, .330 avg.) and Phil Coke (25 appearances, 3.8 ERA and 3-0) go in favor of getting Granderson, Nick Johnson, and Thames was a mistake in my opine. Given how weak the bull pen is, it may come back to haunt the Yanks down the stretch in October.