First some perspective:
The Mariners are 18-31 and 5-16 this month. Even Ichiro looks like he doesn’t care. This is a dead team walking.
That said, the Yankees have scored 23 runs in the last three games and allowed three. That may not quite signal the return of good times, but it’s the first bit of consistency from this team in several weeks.
Here’s a fine summation from our man Shelley Duncan:
â€œEvery team is different. Just because last yearâ€™s team came back and played well after a slow start doesnâ€™t mean this team will. We needed some confidence and these last three nights have shown us what we can do.â€
Shelley then said, literally, “Go put that in your blog.” Thankfully he didn’t head-butt me.
Kevin Long pointed out that left-handed hitters had seven of the eight hits Erik Bedard allowed. That’s a good sign for the Yankees.
Most of this you can trace back to A-Rod. The Yankees are 3-1 since he came back. He does plenty himself. But he allows Girardi to better balance the lineup. His presence enlivens Bobby Abreu and creates more RBI opportunities for Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi.
“He was the MVP,” bench coach Rob Thomson said.
Sometimes, it’s just that simple.
Thanks for all the holiday weekend comments. Check back tomorrow. Mike Mussina against Carlos Silva at 1:05.
(J.B. Cox, 1.2 scoreless innings for the win tonight for Scranton, by the way).