NY Yankees, 17-12
The Yankees seem to be coasting and there is only one way to coast, downhill! After opening up the weekend by taking two out of three at home against Toronto, the Yanks went into Detroit and dropped three out of four. There is something missing with these Yanks. It is called consistency. With a makeshift starting rotation and a lineup consisting of half the players bound for the hall of fame, the Yanks can not seem to get into a groove. Although the starting pitching is actually exceeding expectations, the hitters rely to much on the long ball. Homeruns may win you some games, but constantly waiting for a three run homerun is what has the Yanks slipping backwards, fast.
This week, third baseman Eric Chavez hit the DL with a fractured toe. Pitcher Kevin Millwood opted out of his minor league contract and backup catcher Fransisco Cervelli was recalled from AAA.
NY Mets, 13-18
As with the other team across the river, the Mets are also heading in the wrong direction. They started off the weekend losing two out of three games in Philly and then came home to win one out of three games at home. That is a big change from last week’s winning streak. Losing two series in a home is not what you call “turning it around.” To the Mets defense they did play the monsterous Phillies and then came home to play the defending World Series team in the Giants.
Either way the Mets are a mess. Rumor has it they are actively shopping Jose Reyes. David Wright and Carlos Beltran are right behind him. It is basically illegal for a tri state area team to officially say they are “rebuilding” but the Mets may be in the rebuilding mode. Heck, they need to do something.
Philadelphia Phillies, 20-9
The Phillies may not have the best record in MLB, but they are arguably the best team in MLB. It seems like they never lose. After clobbering the Mets in the first two games of their three game series, they took a nailbitter Sunday night into extra innings in which they eventually lost. Next came in Washington, in which the Phil’s won the first two games. As I am writting this they are now clobbering the Nationals and on their way to a series sweep.
Phillies fans know this routine though. Numerous times have they seen their team open up the season on fire, only to collapse at the end. Let’s all hope this is not one of those years. Manager Charle Manual moved Jimmy Rollins back into the lead off spot, where he has hit the majority of the last decade, and the move has paid off. Rollins is on fire and the rest of the hitters behind him are following his lead.
Pitcher Roy Oswalt rejoined the team today and so far the Phillies have avoided putting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the DL.
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