The Yankees have three games against the Tigers before they can go back to the Bronx, and I’m sure I’ll be glad when they get back to their cozy confines. Still, 4-2 so far on this road trip isn’t bad at all.
Sweeping Oakland was sweet, but then, the Yankees are supposed to beat up on teams like that. When it came to the Angels series, I was much more cautious: I expected the Yankees to lose game 1 against the excellent Jered Weaver and win game 3 against Ervin Santana, who they always crush, and a series win or lose would hing on what happened in game 2. Andy Pettitte didn’t pitch bad, but he wasn’t great, either, and that’s what they would have needed to win. Games 1 and 3 didn’t go down the way I thought, but I did get the outcomes right. 5-1 would have been great, but I can live with 4-2.
We’re about a 3rd of the way through the season, but it’s amazing how much baseball is left to be played. The American League East has started to settle down – this is the first sign that the season is truly under way. The Baltimore Orioles are starting to fall back to earth and the Yankees are a game and a half out of first, and the slumbering Red Sox are starting to wake up – even in last place, they’re only 2.5 games out. If that Sunday rain out back in April comes back to bite the Yankees in the ass, I’m gonna be pissed. By the All Star Break, we’ll be to the status quo: a three way battle between the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.
Next up, the Yankees are going to Detroit, and if you’ve heard the word ‘disappointment’ and ‘Tigers’ thrown about a lot lately, it’s because Memorial Day has passed and the Tigers are 4 games under .500. Besides God on earth Justin Verlander , this series also features former Yankees including Phil Coke (who looks silly with that facial hair) and Octavio Dotel. So… there’s that.
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