Tuesday, August 26, 2008

One Last Shot?

After a three game sweep of the Orioles, the Yankees climbed back up to 9.5 games out of first and five games behind Boston. When tonight's series with the Red Sox kicks off, the Yankees have an opportunity to close the gap in the wild card chase. It's a very long shot at best, but still a possibility.

In their last game, Darrel Rasner was roughed up and the bullpen had its work cut out for it. Thankfully the hitters provided a little offense and salvaged the day. Having guys like Matsui and Damon back in the lineup helps quite a bit, and other guys like Abreu have been stepping up as well.

Carl Pavano's return wasn't all that exciting. He certainly didn't look sharp but managed to last a few innings. There continues to be speculation about who will be pitching next time around and many are clamoring for Phil Hughes' return. There aren't any good answers at this point. The Yankees simply don't have enough healthy quality starters available.

Blogging at the end is a bit difficult. There's not a lot to say about recent games and the season that hasn't already been said before. It is what it is. The real excitement will kick back up in the offseason, where there should be some drastic changes in the makeup of the team, but for now, the frustration continues.

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