Overrated: Vlad Not So "Bad"

    Thursday, September 9, 2010, 3:24 PM [General]

    If there were a test needed to be given to help Joe Girardi figure out how his starting staff, as it stands right now sans Pettitte, is going to perform in October, this trip to Texas comes at the very right time. The Rangers, the second best hitting team in the majors this year with a .277 average (just one point less than the Twins) rank in the Top 5 in the AL with 140 homers and 643 runs scored. With the exception of their ninth-place hitter, Texas has no easy outs in their lineup. The other eight players have a batting average ranging from Julio Borbon's .273 for the lowest to Josh Hamilton's .361 at the highest.

    Though Josh Hamilton steals the limelight offensively this year for the Rangers, opposing managers are always aware of the other big bat in the Texas lineup...Vladimir Guerrero, he of the 433 career homers and .320 career batting average. After an injury-plagued season last year where he finished with just 15 homers and 50 RBIs, Vlad is enjoying a comeback year with double the RBI production (102) and 26 dingers (4 shy of doubling last year's total). He has returned as a force to be reckoned with.

    But as a Yankee fan, I've never been afraid of "Bad Vlad". At least not the way I've been afraid of Yankee killers like Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and (fellow Yankee fans, stay clear from anything you can pick up and throw) Edgar Martinez. I'm actually more afraid of Dustin Pedroia (a healthy one, of course) than I am of Vlad.

    Despite his big offensive reputation, despite his highlight making homers during non-crucial moments of a game, when Vladimir Guerrero steps up to the plate in a big spot, I've seen him fail more often than not. And not only against the Yanks but against other teams.

    Am I calling him a choke artist? Yes. There's a reason why he still hasn't won a World Series ring. He's not a clutch performer.

    A-Rod was suffering the same knock for years until he actually took matters into his own hands last year and carried the Yankees through their postseason World Series title finish. Until Vladimir Guerrero does the same thing, he will be looked at the same way A-Rod was.

    Will Vlad's resurgence this year carry into the playoffs once Texas gets in? If it does, his stat-heavy but ring-less career will take on a new luster.

    He'll have his induction into the Hall of Fame. There is no doubt about that. He just needs to win the big one and do so with clutch performances at the plate to change my opinion of him. This may be his last chance to do it.

    As much as this upcoming weekend series is a test for the Yankee pitching staff, it may be a test for Vladimir Guerrero as well. If the series takes on a playoff atmosphere, will he rise to the occasion or will he wilt under the pressure?

    I'm guessing the latter. And as a Yankee fan, I won't be at all choked up about it.

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    Keeping Girardi a MUST!

    Friday, August 27, 2010, 2:04 PM [General]

    It has been rumored, really since the day it was realized that Joe Girardi was not going to get a contract extension from the Yankees until after this season was over, that he could wind up as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs. The rumor has rolled into a somewhat sizable snowball now that Lou Piniella has retired and Girardi's current team is, coincidentally, in the south side of Chicago to play the Cubs' crosstown rival White Sox this weekend.

    Reading the "Yankees Insider" section of yesterday's New York Daily News, I get a sense more and more, that this rumor will end up as fact.

    Not that Girardi has said anything to lead me to this belief. Asked about what might go on during his time with the Chicago media before Friday's game, he replied, "I don't know what they're going to ask, but I'm going to do it on Friday and that will be it" He also added, "...I understand people want to know what (I'm) thinking, but my responsibility is here".

    That's as solid a non-answer as we'll be getting regarding this matter.

    However, in the "Yankees Insider" article, it stated that Girardi, while in the Windy City, had plans to visit his ailing father who lives in the area. And in another part of the article, it made mention that the Cubs was the organization with which he began his career. Unless I'm wrong, the Cubbies were the team he rooted for growing up as a kid as well.

    That's quite a few stones for one end of the scale.

    Let's add another stone: The perceived slight by the Yankee organization in not having extended Girardi's contract even after he guided the Bombers to their 27th World Series title. How much that particular stone weighs and it's tipping factor is only known to Girardi. All that's known is once the season is over, there will be a handful of teams bidding for his services. The Cubs...playing in the same city where his ailing father resides, the team where he began his career, and his childhood favorite team...will be one of those suitors.

    Will Yankee brass think their money is enough to keep Girardi? I always feel they think that Yankee money is better than any other organization's. Yes, most of the time it's A LOT of money. But they also think that the allure of New York and playing for the storied New York Yankees is enough to magnetically draw a free agent's pen to paper.

    There is a lot to be said for managing the New York Yankees. Let me rephrase that...there is a lot to be said for managing these  New York Yankees. This particular version of the club, still mostly filled with players from last year's championship squad, has the talent, chemistry, and wherewithall to win it again. If not this year, then next year, the year after, and the year after that.

    That would already make a three-year contract with the Yanks worth signing, right? A similar deal with the Cubs comes with rebuilding the team during its first two years, with at least an NLCS appearance in its final year to make it a successful one for both Girardi and the Cubs.

    Is Girardi willing to sacrifice three years (or four) of his managerial career to raise the Cubs from the ashes? Will he even look at it as a sacrifice or will he view it as a challenge. He looks more like a guy who would welcome a challenge and less like a LeBron James (sorry, had to throw that one in there)?

    He may want to sign or not sign contingent on what happens to free agents Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, both of whom will be seeking their last big contracts. If, by some crazy chance, the Yankees do not sign one or God forbid either of them, Girardi may have all the reason he needs to head to the Midwest.

    I think if both Jeter and Mo are not re-signed, where Girardi goes will probably be of little concern to Yankee fans. Let's just hope that if the latter happens, it doesn't come with either of the former happening. Those are two heavyweight stones no scale can handle on one end.



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    Bautista Done Ticked the Yanks Off!!!

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 2:46 PM [General]

    Well Mr. Bautista, you got your piece of Yankee flesh on Monday night, hitting the decisive homer in the 8th inning versus Dave Robertson to down the Yankees 3-2.

    You got your payback moment, albeit against a different pitcher, not the one who you felt threw at you on purpose a few innings earlier. You blasted Robertson's pitch into left field. You flipped your bat. You stared. You spat. You rounded the bases slowly. For almost 30 seconds. Upon touching home plate you pumped your fist in a rapid repeated fashion the same way Francisco Cervelli does when he's pumped. Oh yeah, Francisco Cervelli, the catcher that night, was standing at the plate when you did it.

    In your own words, you enjoyed it: "Given what transpired earlier, I enjoyed it pretty good"

    I'm no professional baseball player but put in your shoes, I'd have probably enjoyed each step along the basepaths after hitting that homerun as well. Would I have taken 28 seconds to round the bases? Probably not. Would I have stared at Dave Robertson? Maybe. He wasn't Nova. Just his stand-in as foil to your glorious act of revenge. Spitting? Only if, at that very moment, I had an incredibly heavy buildup of saliva in my mouth which I knew my throat wasn't able to handle upon swallowing.

    All I'm saying is that I probably would not have done what you did after the homer because, frankly, it was excessive to say the least.

    I believe the Yankees felt the same way.

    With one big homerun swing, you showed the defending World Champion New York Yankees not to mess with you.

    Last night, the Yankees showed you not to mess with them. They too did it with the longball. And they even showed you five times how to do it with class.

    Again, I'll put myself in your shoes. If I were you, I'd graciously accept the five-course lesson. You got it from great teachers: Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter. You even got one from Marcus Thames. Each of their homers came with none of your histrionics. They blasted the ball. They rounded the bases in a timely manner. They touched home plate. They high-fived their teammates. That was it. Class.

    The first four Yankees mentioned are All-Star players, consistent performers season after season. You, on the other hand, are in your first ever season hitting 40 homers. Heck, this is your first ever year hitting over 17 dingers. You have averaged about 15 per season prior to this one, with 16 (in 2006) being the high.

    Your 40 homers right now make you this year's homerun leader. It's your first time there. Believe me, the baseball world is surprised at your name being atop the leader board. I am happy for you but can you just act, as the saying goes, "like you've been there before"?

    Anyway, Mr. Bautista, congratulations on your sweet moment under the stars of the Toronto sky Monday night. Congratulations as well on a breakout season. The Yankees might want to congratulate you as well. This August has not gone all that great but after your act Monday, you may have lit a fire under the Bombers for their stretch run the way no other opponent, including the Rays and Red Sox, the Yankees have played this month seemed to do.

    I hope you learned your lesson well. Now go put on the uniform for your fourth-place Blue Jays, Once the Yankees leave Toronto, class is over.

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    Damon Decision a Surprise

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 7:01 PM [General]


    I really thought Johnny Damon was on his way to Boston after hearing he was claimed on waivers by the BoSox yesterday. There was no doubt despite what Johnny was saying once he was asked about the claim:

    "It's probably as tough of a decision for me to take right now as it was for me to leave Boston for New York," Damon said. "It's something that fortunately we have some time to think about it. At this moment, I'm not sure I want to leave Detroit for that. I enjoy playing here. I enjoy the kids I'm playing for, the coaching staff. But obviously [Red Sox manager Terry] Francona is amazing. But it's something that I have to think long and hard over."

    To me this was spin. Johnny Damon gave us some of that this past offseason when he told the media that the reasoning behind his seemingly unbudgeable contract demand to the Yankees, the one they refused to give him, was so Derek Jeter wouldn't get screwed once the Captain's contract negotiations came up this winter. It takes a brilliant mind to conjure up something so far out of left field to feed those wondering why he wound up with Detroit of all places instead of the Bronx. A brilliant mind...or maybe an Idiot. As laughable a statement as it was, it never really grew wings, lasting no more than a day after it was said. A true sign of what the audience thought of it's source.

    So here I thought Damon was making nice with his team and its city before heading to Boston. "At this moment, I'm not sure I want to leave Detroit... I enjoy playing here. I enjoy the kids I'm playing for, the coaching staff" All this spewing out of his mouth as he was thinking to himself what he should pack for Northeast weather this time of year.

    Don't forget, he had a New York Yankees fan base he probably didn't want to tick off as well. He made it seem like the decision to join the Red Sox was so heart-grippingly difficult, the only reason he'd go to the BoSox was to help the Tigers rebuild with a good prospect headed back to Detroit (like he'd really know if the player headed the other way was actually a good prospect or not). The Yankee fan would probably not be so hard on him.

    No need to be hard on him now Yankee fans. Damon actually made a decision and, surprisingly, made it from the heart. I didn't realize the depth of his animosity towards the Red Sox organization after his contract fallout with them. I always thought it was spin then too, painting the organization in a bad light so they would take the blame for him leaving their 4-year, 40 million deal on the table. He wound up signing with the Yankees for 4-years, 52 million. Red Sox fans aren't dumb. They boo him every time he steps up to the plate, wearing Pinstripes or Detroit across his chest. The booing will surely not stop now and probably be a lot louder after his decision.

    The reason for not leaving Detroit baffles me however. Out of contention and out of the spotlight, whatever Damon does from today to the end of the season will go relatively unnoticed. Maybe he doesn't mind. He still gets paid the remainder of his 8 million dollar salary. It will continue to get paid by the team that signed him this year, not the one who refused to resign him years back when they had a chance. Maybe he's willing to go that length to make the Red Sox look like true idiots.

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    McAllister for Kearns???

    Saturday, August 21, 2010, 2:01 AM [General]

    Already aware of last night's result between the Yanks and M's, I go to MLB.com to get further insight on the loss. I click on the Wrap link next to the SEA 6 NYY 0 score and get taken to that game's page. The headline reads, "Felix gets royal treatment, shuts down Yanks" That pretty much covers it for me. No need to click the Yankee recap or Seattle recap links.

    My eyes dart around the web page. Box Score...don't really want to see the Yankee offensive futility or AJ Burnett's poor pitching performance translated into numbers. I can't help but notice the big photo in the middle of the web page of King Felix on the mound. It's a video link. Click it and I get to watch all 11 of his strikeouts tonight. Um...no thanks.

    I spot the Yankees Beat section. There are four little headlines. The first one reads, "A-Rod's return to lineup short-lived Friday". More bad news. Didn't want to click that. There's a headline for another HOPE story. Not really feeling good enough to read a feel-good story. Third headline, "Cano a fine fill-in as Yanks' cleanup man". Considering Cano's 2010 homer tally so far and the fact that he moves just one spot up in the lineup, who else would have been "finer" as a fill-in for cleanup? Duh.

    Then, the fourth headline. The one that sucker-punches me in the belly as I read it..."Righty McAllister completes deal for Kearns".


    Here's the story (copied and pasted off the website):

    NEW YORK -- The Yankees sent right-hander Zach McAllister to the Indians on Friday, as the player to be named later, completing the July 30 trade for outfielder Austin Kearns.

    The 22-year-old McAllister was regarded as one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects coming into this campaign, earning selection last season as the club's Minor League Pitcher of the Year with Double-A Trenton and ranked as New York's fifth-best prospect by Baseball America.

    McAllister had spent all of this year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 8-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 24 starts, ranking 11th in the International League in innings pitched (132 2/3). He was a third-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

    Kearns, 30, is batting .355 (11-for-31) with one homer and five RBIs in 11 games since joining New York.

    So Brian Cashman deals away one of the organization's top pitching prospects...the club's Minor League Pitcher of the Year...and a key player in that defunct deal that would have brought in Cliff Lee...for Austin Kearns.

    Austin Kearns.

    I know that many of these "player to be named later" deals are contingent on how the traded player performs with his new team. The player does well, boom, there goes a good player off your farm system. The player does poorly, voila, Kei Igawa is outta here.

    Yeah, Kearns is batting .355 with one homer blah blah blah. But come on! It's Austin Kearns. He was a marginal player at best while playing with the Reds, Nationals, and Indians. He bats at the bottom third of the order here. One good week and, boom, we lose a valuable trade chip???

    Who knows how Zach McAllister will pan out as a major leaguer, if he even makes it at all. If, by some chance, he does come up with a major league club and becomes a star, the inevitable trivia quiz question will come up, "In 2010, Zach McAllister was traded from the Yankees to the Cleveland Indians. Who was he traded for?".

    Remember the name for your correct answer a few years down the road guys...

    Austin Kearns.


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    Yanks Offense as Enigmatic as A.J.

    Friday, August 20, 2010, 12:50 PM [General]

    What the heck is up with this Yankee offense?

    I'm not going to complain about an 11-run rout of the Tigers but come on guys...how about some consistency here? If the Yankees went down 1-2-3 in the sixth versus Rick Porcello (who was effectively pitching groundouts from innings 1 through 3 before those same grounders found holes in the fourth) and those 9 runs never come through, the Yankees would have mustered just 2 runs for the day. That would have been the 9th time in 18 games - that's half their games - this month where the Yanks scored 3 or less runs. Coincidentally, the result of those same games...all losses.

    Of course, the Yankees didn't get stifled in the sixth. Just the opposite. Big hits by Posada, Jeter, Cano, and the suddenly hot Austin Kearns gave the fans what they paid to see...the Bombers bombing opposing pitching.

    But why don't we fans see this kind of production more often?

    In this month alone...

    The Yanks have won games started by tough veterans with All-Star resumes: John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Cliff Lee, and Justin Verlander, averaging over 6 runs in those victories.

    But in turn have lost to the likes of Kyle Davies (he of the 6-7 record and 5.14 ERA) and 2002 first round bust Bryan Bullington (getting shut out no less!).

    They have scored 6 runs, 9 runs, and 11 runs over these last three Alex Rodriguez-less games versus Detroit. All this after mustering just 1 run in the first game of this series. Go figure.

    It's baseball. Some days a team will have it, some days they won't. I understand that. This Jekyll and Hyde routine worries me still.

    Especially when you consider the seemingly harmless gray clouds hovering over the Yankees pitching staff. When exactly is Andy Pettitte coming back and if he does, will we get the Andy from the first half of this season or a broken down version the rest of the way? Javy Vasquez is suffering from a dead arm. The countdown on Phil Hughes innings limit began more than a week ago. What happens when the limit is reached? We're starting to rely on Dustin Moseley for wins. Any unmentioned unforeseen setback occurs and we will be relying on Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre as well. CC is still CC thank goodness.

    Then there's AJ Burnett. If the Yankee offense can be characterized by Jekyll and Hyde, AJ is at times Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein combined into one horribly scary, clumsy, brainless monster. Is he the AJ that surrendered 8 earned runs in 4.2 innings versus the Blue Jays or is he the hard-luck 1-0 loser versus the Royals on Sunday?

    It doesn't just go game to game with this act. It goes inning to inning. He can look so dominant in one inning then look clueless the next. You think he's going to pitch a no-no after three innings only to want him relieved by the fourth. He is...simply put...frustrating.

    AJ goes up against Felix Hernandez tonight. King Felix. The same pitcher who shut the Yanks down on June 30th at the Stadium en route to a 7-0 win. Another blanking of the Yankee offense.

    Which offense shows up tonight? Which AJ shows up? It's late August. With a little over a month left to play in the season and Tampa Bay and Boston hot on the trail, these enigmatic Yanks have no place to Hyde.


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    Granderson Beats A-Jax

    Thursday, August 19, 2010, 3:28 PM [General]

    This afternoon's game with the Tigers may turn out to be more of a bout than a game after a night of accusations, beanings, message-sending "missed inside" pitches, yelling at umpires, and tossing of angry managers by yelled-at umpires.

    Whether last night's antics boil over into today's matchup remains to be seen. As I type this, the game is already into the fifth inning, with Phil Hughes and Rick Porcello pitching well, surrendering just two runs apiece. More importantly, they've thrown no beanballs and sent no messages to the opposing team. It may well remain a baseball game and not a boxing match.

    Those hoping for the latter may not get what they want today but will have to settle for the undercard, one that's been going on since this series began: current Yankee centerfielder and former Detroit Tiger Curtis Granderson versus current Detroit Tiger centerfielder and former Yankee blue-chip prospect Austin Jackson. Both were key components to the trade that sent them to their current teams. They play the same position. They both use speed as their weapon. The comparison is then inevitable and also going to be made for as long as both are in the majors together.

    Austin Jackson has had a very impressive rookie season, maintaining a .300 batting average despite a few down weeks with the bat, .355 OBP, 69 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases (caught stealing 5 times). He's also had highlight plays on defense (who could forget his Willie Mays impersonation in the infamous Armando Galarraga im-perfect game?).

    Curtis Granderson, despite a stint on the DL, has more homers than Jackson, 11 to 2. If you consider 11 RBIs a decisive edge for a middle of the order hitter to have over a leadoff guy, then Granderson has that over his Tiger counterpart. Otherwise, Grandy's .248 average, .315 OBP, and 10 stolen bases don't help him on the weight scale.

    When it comes to OPS (the nouveau stat of this decade), Granderson's .858 OPS beats Jackson's .760 and Jackson's 128 strikeouts (with about a month and a half remaining) may not be reached by Granderson this year. He has 78.

    Granderson has his share of great defensive plays, with a few in this Tiger series alone.

    And as it stands right now, Austin Jackson's batting average is declining whereas Granderson's average is on the rise. On the residual effects of this opposite-headed batting average, Grandy's OBP and stolen base numbers will catch up to and probably surpass Austin Jackson's. A-Jax will continue to whiff at the plate, padding an already horrendous strikeout ratio and if he finishes with five homers this season, I'd be very surprised.

    The league may have very well caught up to Austin. By the end of the year, he may finish with a .287 BA, 5 HR, 39 RBIs, .383 OBP, and a .771 OPS.

    Everyone complaining about giving up Austin Jackson for Curtis Granderson during the first half of this season, shut up. We've had Austin Jackson all along...he just happens to be white and named Brett Gardner. Those above projected numbers look familiar? They belong to Gardner right now. Oh, and Brett's got 34 stolen bases, nearly twice as much as Austin does.


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    Cashman's Trades Provide Zero Answers

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 7:33 PM [General]

    These 69-43 Yankees, the squad with the best record in the Majors, on the surface still look like the team to beat with only Andy Pettitte sidlined (Nick Johnson doesn't even count as a member of this team). But there's an underlying feeling like they're a modern-day version of the SS Titanic with its GPS system malfunctioning.

    Since the day after the trade deadline, when newly acquired players Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood donned the Pinstripes, the Yankees are a hideous 3-6. During that span, they had actually lost sole possession of first place to the Rays, gained it back despite losing 4 of 7 games to the Blue Jays and Red Sox, lost last night's road opener to the AL West leading Rangers, and today see their division lead at an uncomfortable 1 game over the Rays.

    Is there a coincidence that binds the 3-6 record and Brian Cashman's newest additions together? I'd say the answer is a pretty solid "yes". Despite showing flashes of good in two or three at-bats each, Berkman and Kearns have both come up empty a lot and in big spots. Kerry Wood has been so-so and only looks as good as he does when you consider who he's replacing...Chan Ho Park.

    Can these new guys be counted on to help us the rest of the season? I hope so. I'm sure Cashman hopes so. His offseason moves have rated as follows: Nick Johnson - Bust; Curtis Granderson - Could Be a Bust; Javy Vasquez - Looked Like a Bust But Went From Bust to Stud But If He's Anything Like the '04 Javy, He Might Still Turn Out to Be a Bust. The three aforementioned trade acquistions rank, as of right now, in a gray area between Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson.

    Where the Yankees wind up ranking come the last day of the regular season seems gray all of sudden, not as clear as it was during June and July. Certainly not good traveling conditions for a ship with a less-than-perfect GPS system.


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    Red Sox Writer Off-Base on Split

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 12:05 PM [General]

    I was going to begin my very first hand at blogging on YES by commenting on this weekend's wraparound series split between the Yankees and Red Sox but after reading Joe Auriemma's blog where he invited Tony Lee of NESN to write his feelings about the series, I had to redirect my thoughts and comment about what he wrote.

    Here is an excerpt:

    Some felt that Boston needed to take three of four or to sweep the series in Yankee Stadium to still have a chance to win the American League East, or even to remain in the playoff picture. A split would do nothing but kill off four days of the schedule, they said. But by winning the finale in the way they did, stranding six Yankees in the last three innings and finally making a quality Jon Lester outing hold up, it almost felt as if the Sox had indeed won the set.

    Prior to that, he wrote:

    Sure enough, even before Francona began his postgame meeting with the media, he had a smile on his face, listening as the clubhouse filled with music, singing, yelling and all that comes with a bunch of men playing -- and winning -- a boy’s game.

    Did something change in sports since the day sports was created? Aren't athletes usually happy after winning a game? I don't blame them for celebrating either. It was a very good game, hard-fought, as what is expected when these two teams face each other. Although I'm not a reporter there in the clubhouse while all this looseness and laughter is going on, I'm sure a lot of the partying was more a subconscious expression of sheer relief. Relief that this set with the Yankees didn't end with three straight losses after having won the first game.

    I take what a Boston Red Sox writer gives me, on what is...for him...enemy territory, any type of downplaying of a Red Sox loss with a grain of salt. Or in this case, a split of a four-game series. Translated: the lost opportunity for them to have cut the deficit from 6 games to 4 games or even 2 games. An admission to losing to the Yankees, on a Yankees website no less, would be swallowing too big of a pill for a post-2004 Red Sox schill.

    Going back to what Tony wrote: "Some felt that Boston needed to take three of four or to sweep the series" I'd like ask Tony specifically who he thinks "they" are? Please don't make it seem like "they" are us Yankee fans. Sure we'd like to bury the Red Sox for the season. Having them eight games back would have been nice but we're realistic enough to realize that it's no nail in the coffin. To be honest, we've been too busy worrying about the Tampa Bay Rays.  

    "They" is the Boston media and the Boston fans. After earning the second biggest headlines during the offseason (the Mariners being the biggest headline makers) by adding John Lackey, Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre, and Marco Scutaro to the roster, Red Sox fans were expecting a very close three-team race with the Yanks and Rays. At worse, they were to be in second place ahead of the Rays. The Bosox are right now a team on the outside looking in with the cold coming a few weeks away. Plain and simple, after your lucky win on Friday, facing a surprise opposing pitcher in unheralded Dustin Moseley instead of A.J. Burnett, and an outstanding performance by Jon Lester and Daniel Bard, you Boston fans should have won three out of these four games. The deficit would have been cut down to 4 games but the Sox are again at 6 games out, with four games knocked off the sched.

    I appreciate the fact that YES has this content sharing agreement with NESN.com. It's always great to read what the other side is thinking and writing about but please Mr. Lee, don't give me a pair of rose-colored glasses in order to read them.


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