Are the Yankees starting to become the Yankees again?
That’s three wins in five games and a season-high 17 hits tonight. Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano look like the guys they were last summer. They’re 6.5 back in the wild card and could be 11.5 back in the division if Oakland holds on.
That sounds like a lot. But the Yankees were one back on July 31 last season and won the division by 10 games.
Consider this about Abreu: He is 9 of 18 with six walks, four runs scored and two RBI in the last five games. His batting average has gone from .228 to .251 in less than a week. A-Rod loves hitting behind him, which was evident tonight.
Tyler Clippard (3-1) throws too many pitches (17.9 an inning) but seems to get tougher when men get on base. He’s certainly an acceptable No. 5 starter.
Here’s some audio from Joe Torre: