The Yankees are on the kind of run teams dream about: They’re winning close games and blowouts, coming back when they need it and playing from in front the rest of the time. Suddenly, everything seems to be working. Tonight’s win is their eighth in a row and with Boston beating Toronto again, the top of the AL East is getting awfully bunched.
It was good to see Phil Hughes have a strong outing, if only because he’ll go back to the minors with a better taste in his mouth. I’m not entirely convinced he won’t have one more start in the bigs before Chien-Ming Wang returns, but it sounds like Joe Girardi will make some sort of decision on Wang tomorrow.
The offense? Hard to complain about anything at this point. Three homers in a row is impressive (especially off Guthrie, who is about as good a pitcher as the Orioles have) and the power numbers are getting overwhelming. Hitting like this makes inconsistent pitching a non-issue.
I know there are fans out there who always see the downside or potential for disaster, and I’d be the first to admit there are still some legitimate questions about this team that need to be answered before I’d label them a World Series lock. That doesn’t mean this kind of run isn’t something to be wholly enjoyed. There’ll be plenty of time to worry about the bullpen or injuries or whether Joba belongs in the pen or the rotation. For now, take a break and breathe in a big winning streak. They’re something special.
Condolences to the Yankee family tonight on the loss of Max Margulis, a World War II veteran who ran “Max’s Cafe” inside Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Max’s was the place where everyone — Yankee staffers, scouts, executives and the media — had lunch during spring training, and Margulis was always waiting at the door when you came in. The Yankees said he passed away Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. He was a very, very nice man, and he’ll be missed. Spring training won’t be the same without him.