You see the same teams enough and you get a pretty good sense of what will happen in a series. I figured the Yankees would win today because Tampa’s bullpen is so beaten up and they had recently faced James Shields.
But 21-4? I didn’t figure on that.
You have to like their versatility. Shelley Duncan gives them pop from the right side. Johnny Damon has played left field and now right. The arrival of Jose Molina will allow them to DH Jorge Posada more often. Andy Phillips is a versatile, productive player.
The biggest factor, as always, is what Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano and Bobby Abreu are doing. The Yankees struggled in the first half because those three players were far below their normal production. Now that they are hitting, it’s no coincidence the team is winning.
This is now the team Brian Cashman thought he had in March. Cashman is also right when he says that no contender in the AL will add a better starter at the end of the month than Phil Hughes.
Don’t look at the standings yet. If the Yankees keep playing like this, it won’t matter anyway.