Sorry its been awhile since the last post – there’s been a lot going on.  I’ve missed a ton of Yankee news in the last two days, so this is just me recapping what I found.

  • Peter Abraham’s “State of the Stripes”: The Yankees have won two straight, nine of 10, 20 of 26 and 33 of 44. Wow, that’s pretty good. They start the day with a 5.5-game lead on the Red Sox on the East. My fear of the Rays seems unfounded as they have fallen 10 games back.  The Yankees are 30-25 on the road this season. Only the Angels (32-22) have been better in the American League. Everybody else, in fact, is under .500.
  • The Yankees lost the first game of the last series to Toronto 5-4, a game I attended – and was sad to see them lose a game they should have won – Nick Swisher struck out his last 3 at bats after all.
  • My wife and I took the Metro-North train to and from the game.  It was very convenient in both directions.  On the way there, we left around 3:45 – and there was plenty of parking since about a third of the commuters had come back and moved their cars.  The game ended around 10:20 and we got to the station around 10:40 – there was a train heading north at 10:50 – so we only had to wait 10 minutes.  In both directions, almost all the passengers were Yankee supporters.
  • The Yankees did take the last two games of the series, and improved to 9-3 against Toronto this season.  They now begin a 10 game, 11 day road trip against Seattle, Oakland and Boston.  Then, after a day off, they face Texas for a three games at home.  Not an easy section of the schedule.
  • It looks like Chad Gaudin, recently acquired from San Diego for a “player to be named later,” will start in place of Joba Chamberlain, who is being given a week off to keep his innings down.  The Yankees will not start him again until Wednesday against Oakland.  It looks like Joba, Gaudin and Sergio Mitre will have some sort of odd rotation within the normal 5-man rotation.
  • Joba’s not happy about this.  “As a competitor, you want to be out there every fifth day . . . but I want to do this for a long time and not just a couple of years,” Chamberlain said to the NY Post. “I’ve learned to become patient over the last couple of years being here, so you do the best you can with it.”
  • The Yankees are number one in the Power Rankings all across the board: ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS Sportsline.  All I can say is that it’s about time.  They should have been number one a couple of weeks ago, at least.  The rankings had the Dodgers on top for most of the season, and they did have the best record, but the power rankings are supposed to reflect the toughest team at that time – not the one with the best record.