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It's been awhile since I have waxed poetic about my beloved Bx Bombers. I really don't get much opportunity to watch many games, as I'm pretty busy these days. In fact, I did not get a chance to gush over championship # 27! The truth is I watched most of the world series last year, but I found myself unable to see the game until completion. No it is not old age.. Because the networks are seeking prime time revenue, the games start much later on the East coast. Subsequently, the contest end after midnight. I'm usually asleep on the couch at that time.
Since, my mythTV project is yet to be finished, I didn't record any of these games. Regardless, it does appear that this 2010 Yankee campaign will be equally exciting. Despite the loss of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard, the inspired play of this team is taking center stage.
I watched Mo Rivera prove yet again that he is absolutely a first ballot Baseball Hall of Fame talent. Yes, I understand that he's not infallible. However, if you ask the Texas Rangers and many other teams in MLB, he is pretty damn close. Case in point, he entered the game in the 9th inning, Yankees clinging to an improbable 7-6 lead (comeback from 6-1 deficit against former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee). He surrendered a triple (actually should have been a double, provided Austin comes up with the ball cleanly) to Elvis Andrus. After the triple, the young player behaved as if he'd helped is ballclub win a World Championship. Unfortunately for him, he would be stranded at 3rd. Michael Young popped out to Austin Kearns.
rns, and the AL leader in batting average, Josh Hamilton grounded out harmlessly to the mound. The final out was Vladimar Guerrero, he too weakly grounded out to end the game.
It would appear that the 2010 Texas Rangers are more formidable than the team the Yanks easily dispatched during their dynasty campaigns. Those Rangers never had enough pitching to beat very good teams and advance deep into the playoffs. Juan Gonzalez was the chief threat on those clubs. Now there is a better mix of youth and veterans.
Though 2010 Yankee ballclub is without the services of Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui and Johnny Damon, I still like our chances. Perhaps the biggest concern is the age and depth of the starting rotation. Pettitte is out for awhile longer with a groin strain. He is expected to return within 1 week. So, the erratic AJ Burnett and a healthy Pettitte are major concerns. Yes, it is clear that the team is capable of winning in the postseason utilizing a 3-man rotation. Possible but not ideal. It is almost certain that Phil Hughes will revisit the bullpen during the post season. I have no idea how Javier Vasquez will be used in October. The good news is that the bullpen seems to have corrected itself. Now that they are being used, on a somewhat frequent basis Girardi now understands who can be trusted with the game on the line and who to deploy during a mop-up circumstance.
There is still a great deal of baseball to be played and the AL East is the toughest division in the league. The Rays appear to be real this season, I thought they would fade by mid-season, but that has yet to happen. There starting pitching is excellent, but I still believe that they are a free swinging club. They certainly do not take as many pitches as do NY and Boston. Hopefully, the Bombers will be at full strength for the next Rays confrontation. The Bosox do not scare me at all. The will not catch NY, as they will need to play .630 ball through August and September. Very unlikely indeed.
I'll be back shortly before the playoffs to preview likely opponents.