The Yanks managed to salvage a split in this four-game series in Baltimore (I’m counting the completed rain out game as part of this series). Things could’ve gone worse, so I’m not complaining. The win today, coupled with Tampa’s win over the Red Sox and Twins taking down the Indians moves the Yanks to within 8 games of the division and 4 games of the Wild Card.
The Yankees could be a very different team the next time they take the field on Tuesday. The rumor that seems to be gaining the most steam is Eric Gagne to the Yanks. Gagne can’t veto a deal to either NY team, and the Yankees are rumored to be willing to renegotiate the incentives on the deal to make him happy as a set up guy, rather than a closer. I highly doubt Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy will be involved in any deal.
No letter to Joe tonight, he needs to rest up for the ChiSox on Tuesday.
During the game today, Michael Kay said the Yanks were moving Joba to the bullpen down in Scranton. If the Yankees are really planning to bring him up and use him out of the pen, this was a necessary move. He needs to work out a routine to get ready quickly, and he’s also going to have to alter his pitching patterns.
Bringing Joba up and having him work out of the pen is a great idea. He won’t have to work through lineups more than once, and he won’t be over-exposed. His electric stuff should carry him for the rest of the season, and he could be a key cog in a resurgent pen for the stretch run. There is one caveat, however. Joe has to use him, and use him plenty. You can’t be confident that he’ll do this, based on past history.
On a positive note, Kyle Farnsworth probably pitched and talked his way out of the Bronx today. His pitching line: 1 IP, 2 earned runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 HR. His quote:
"I didn't come here to sit on the bench. That definitely doesn't help."
Player of The Game: Johnny Damon, 3 for 5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, and a pretty catch in left to save a couple of runs. Damon was the goat last night, it was nice to see him bounce back today and help the team with his bat and glove. (Any teams looking for a pricey, frail centerfielder, please take note).