Beating the best
The Yankees have certainly had their share of issues this season, but things seem to be coming together at the right time for New York.
Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Tigers moved them 8 1/2 ahead of Boston and nine in the loss column, with Boston scheduled to play Toronto on Thursday night (Roy Halladay vs. Julian Tavarez … yeesh).
More importantly, the win gave the Yankees a 5-2 record this year against the Tigers, who still have the best record in the American League. At least for now. The Yankees are just two behind Detroit in the loss column, making home-field advantage a realistic goal for the Bombers.
There are eight teams besides the Yankees that have winning records in the AL, and New York is 42-30 against those teams. That bodes well for the Yankees as they head toward October, since they’ll be seeing these same teams in the playoffs.
A few quick thoughts from Thursday:
– The Yankees are breathing a huge sigh of relief after Mariano Rivera’s MRI came back without any signs of structural damage. As careful as they will have to be with Rivera, the fact that they felt comfortable enough to use him Thursday is a great sign.
– A-Rod’s three-hit day, which included an RBI single, a double and a solo homer, may be a good sign for the Yankees. If he can get hot in September and ride that hot streak into the postseason, it will help the middle of that lineup immensely.
– Randy Johnson may not be happy with his day after giving up the two-run blast in the ninth, but he gave the Yankees exactly what they needed. For the first eight innings, he looked like an ace, and that’s what they need him to be a month from now.
– Finally, a plug for my boy Bordo. For anybody that may be interested, Sam Borden is having a contest for September to win a Yankees World Series DVD collection. You just have to predict the number of wins the Yanks will have in September. Go to his blog and enter there.