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Matt DeSalvo (1–2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jon Garland (3–3, 3.91)

Best-case scenario: Tonight's game is the beginning of a series between two ships passing in the night, each headed in an opposite direction. The Yankees will follow up their impressive series win against the Rojo Sox with a sweep of the Blanco Sox, and they will begin the long, slow climb back to relevancy.

Worst-case scenario: The Yanks follow their pattern exactly. The last time they took two out of three from Boston, they followed it up with a 5–game losing streak. If they lose four straight to Chicago another team is going to be standing between the Yanks and the playoffs. Not a favorable situation.

As commenter and Blue Thoughts author Erin said last night, it would be nice if the Yanks could win a series against someone other than Boston.

Matt DeSalvo was sent down on Friday, then recalled today to make the start. Basically, the Yankees decided anyone would be better than Kei Igawa, who they’ve completely dissected and are reconstructing from scratch in the minors as we speak.

Chicago sends Jon Garland to the hill tonight. Garland is probably the least-assuming 18–game winner in the league. Not only that, but he’s won 18 in back-to-back seasons. His numbers aren’t spectacular, but he gets the job done.

If Abreu, Melky and Cano continue to warm at the plate, Garland is going to be in for a rough night.

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by Brian on Jun 4 2007