August 17, 2007


Slammed from start, Bombers drop back (MARK FEINSAND, 8/17/07, NY DAILY NEWS)

If last night was any indication, these could be two long weeks for the Yankees.

As the Bombers began their crucial 14-game stretch against the American League's three division leaders, Mike Mussina was lit up for seven runs in five innings - including four in the first, courtesy of a Carlos Guillen grand slam - in an 8-5 loss to the Tigers at the Stadium. The two teams, who had not met since Detroit's victory in last October's AL division series, will play seven more times in the next 11 days.

"Things were going really well for a long time, but the last three days, we've made that disappear in a hurry," said Mussina, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. "We've got to get it straightened back out again or all that work we accomplished the last month or so will end up being a waste."

After winning 24 of 32 games to start the season's second half, the Yankees (67-54) have dropped three straight for the second time since June28.

They're playing at exactly their natural level--they got fat on really bad teams but now face their betters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2007 12:00 AM


Funny how there was no comment from you when they swept the Tribe in Cleveland last week. Or has Cleveland somehow been redefined as a crap team?

And yes, the Yanks fattened up on teams like the Royals . . . just like the Sawx did . . . ooops, no actually the Royals waltzed into the Hub and took 2 of 3 from the woeful Sawx.

The fact remains, the Sawx are just barely above .500 the last 11 weeks, while the Yanks are playing .700 ball.

We don't even have to perform that well against Detroit and Anaheim, just hold our own and split, which we should at least do. Verlander v Moose eg was the only pitching matchup that favored the Tigers this weekend.

Where we'll makeup ground is by sweeping the woeful Sawx in our six games against them.

Which should be easy. And indeed sweeping a glorified .500 team will be getting fat on bad teams.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 17, 2007 10:17 AM

Redefined? They are crap. They haven't scored any runs in weeks. The Yanks even caught them without Hafner. And they missed Sabathia.

Indeed, if the Yankees sweep the Sox the rest of the way they can win the wild card. Unfortunately, to do so would take more than one major league starter.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2007 1:13 PM

The OJ curse lives as the Yanks win tonight while the Sox bullpen blows it.

Posted by: AWW at August 17, 2007 11:05 PM

The Sox split a tough doubleheader, though you'd have expected Lackey & Beckett to get the Ws.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2007 11:25 PM

Ok, so tell me how the Tigers stink too.

Just as I noted on Friday, Thursday's matchup was the only one that favored the Tigers.

And just as expected the Yanks took the next 3, while the Sawx had to rally from a 5-0 deficit to avoid losing their series, a series against an Angels team that limped into Beantown having lost 2 of 3 to the Jays.

I'll give you this, when the Yanks sweep the Sawx next week in NY, the NYers really will be taking advantage of an awful team.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 20, 2007 1:17 PM

The Tigers who played without their all-star 2b, c, and set-up man and with a 20 year old in CF? The Yanks have two good wins recently, over Carmona & Bonderman.

Posted by: oj at August 20, 2007 3:07 PM