Let's face it - it could be worse.
If at the start of the season someone were to tell you: here is going to be the injury situation but you'll still be entering the break 18 games above .500 pacing for 106 wins - I think most would take it. And so will I. Despite flaws - a very, very good first half the year.
Looking forward: Cano has been given an opportunity to shine and show he can be the lead guy not just a good supportive one with A-Rod going under the knife. If he is to be the player we've seen glimpses of, now is the time to show it . . . Starting pitching is the only true "IF" right now. Hughes needs to improve big time in his next outing, and while Colon and Garcia have done their job to date, not sure I trust them yet down the stretch which leads to me to thinking the Yanks will do a deal for a starter.
Sabathia will finish with 25 wins - I did not realize he's on a scoreless streak of 23 innings until yesterday's complete game gem.
Jeter will finish with 10 HRs and a .310 avg.
Despite the winning I will believe in their championship abilities when they can show that they can beat the Sox.
Reflection on Jeter's 3,000 Hits: There was a time when I thought Jeter had a chance to break or at least challenge Pete Rose's hit record. While it seems unlikely now, I'm still holding out hope depending on how he finishes this season - I have a feeling he's going to rip it up the 2nd half. If he does do that, then I'll still believe there's a chance to do it. If he doesn't, and he muddles around offensively, I think he'll retire in 2 seasons.
When looking at the 3,000 Hit Club, I am of the opinion that Hank Aaron might be the least appreciated baseball player of all time. Take away his HRs, and he still has 3,000 hits - unbelievable.
Around the Horn
Chien-Ming Wang started a AA game in the Nats system. 5 innings of work, no runs, no walks - hope he can make it back . . . or at least to AAA so I can see him play.
A look at a few former Yankees: Tyler Clippard remember his debut?? He made the All-Star game, good for him. And my boy Jeff Karstens is top 5 in ERA . . hmmmm maybe that's who the Yanks will do a deal for. .. .