This is one of those days that didn’t look so bad when I figured out my schedule in March. Now I wonder what I was thinking.
Had a wake-up call at 4:15 a.m. at the Detroit Airport Marriott (nice people working there, by the way) and was on a shuttle to the airport shortly after. I got back to my place a little while ago and plan to be at Yankee Stadium by 3 p.m. or so as the clubhouse opens at 3:30.
I’m counting on the crowd and the great pitching matchup (Pettitte vs. Matsuzaka) to get me going at 7:05 p.m. Plus both Kim Jones and Tina Cervasio will be in the house and you can’t beat that.
Two interesting things happened while waiting for my 6:10 a.m. flight (Again, really, what was I thinking?). One was that I met a few guys from the YES tech crew who said they are loyal readers of the blog. So thanks to those guys for reading. It’s always cool when people come up and say they read.
I also learned that Seattle had lost to Anaheim.
So the Yankees are two games out of a playoff spot with 31 to play.
Yes, the road trip was terrible. Yes, Mike Mussina looked awful. But, no, the Yankees are not finished. Far from it.
A few assorted stats:
Sean Henn pitched 6.1 innings on the road trip and allowed 15 earned runs on 15 hits and eight walks. I suspect he will be sent on his way today and he’s probably relieved as his wife is about to have a baby.
If you take away that 1-2-3 inning he had in his first appearance, Edwar Ramirez has a 6.52 ERA in the majors. He’s a tough guy to figure out. On one hand he has allowed 10 hits (three of them homers) and 8 walks in 10.2 innings. On the other, he has struck out 16.
He could be a second-tier bullpen guy in the majors, coming in with the team down in the sixth inning. But I’m not sure he’s ready to be a set-up man quite yet.
The Wilson Betemit Glory Days have hit a bit of a skid. He’s hitless in 13 straight at-bats and has two errors in his last four games.
Derek Jeter is 0 for his last 12 and was wrapped in ice after the game yesterday. He’s hurtin’ for certain but I suspect he’ll earn his keep against the Red Sox.
Alex Rodriguez had two RBI in Detroit. The Yankees could use one of those six-day power binges from him sometime soon.
Back later with the lineups, the roster moves and the fate of Mike Mussina. But knowing the Yankees, don’t necessarily expect them to announce exactly what they plan to do today.
For now, however, a short nap awaits.