A couple of things:
The pitching matchup Monday in Detroit will be Sidney Ponson against Justin Verlander. Mussina, Pavano and Rasner will face Garza, Jackson and Kazmir in Tampa.
The Yankees are 13-14 this month. They have not had a losing record in August since the 1996 team went 13-17. That team won the World Series. That’s not going to happen this time.
A-Rod is 24 of 100 this month with 30 Ks and 11 GIDPs. He said he felt great at the plate today and didn’t have much to show for it beyond the RBI single in the first inning. It’s silly, I think, for people to boo him like they are. He’s at .305/.393/.575 for the season and that’s with playing much of the spring with a bad quad.
Oh, and he was the MVP last season.
Jeter needs nine hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the most at the Stadium.
Buster Olney’s blog on ESPN.com had a great stat today. Roy Halladay will try tomorrow to become only the fifth pitcher in the last 25 years to beat the Yankees four times in a season. The others: Chuck Finley (1996 Angels), Kevin Tapani (1991 Twins), Al Nipper (1987 Red Sox) and Floyd Bannister (1984 White Sox).
I’m off tomorrow in advance of the road trip. But we’ll get the lineup up in the morning.
Thanks for reading today. Getting 1,000+ comments on a holiday weekend is a testament to how much you love this team, even when they frustrate the heck out of you.