Wanted: Slumpbuster!…

 

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox are winning, and the Yankees, um, not so much…

 

 


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The proverbial “bump in the road” has occurred which derailed the great start to the season.  Of course, the Yankees are just a winning streak away from corrective action.  However, the recent days have not been fun.

 

 

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After defeating the New York Mets on Friday night behind the brilliant, but injury-shortened, effort of Javier Vazquez, the Yankees and Phil Hughes lost on Saturday night, 5-3.  Hughes has mirrored the team play…great start followed by recent lackluster performances. 

 

 

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Tonight, the Yankees trail the Mets 6-0 in the top of the 7th inning.  There is still lots of time for the Yankees to rally.  But this team is definitely missing the “spark” right now.  I am not sure who’ll provide that spark, but perhaps the impending return of centerfielder Curtis Granderson will help.  While I enjoy the energy and excitement that Francisco Cervelli provides, a starting lineup that includes Cervelli, Juan Miranda, and Randy Winn/Marcus Thames/Kevin Russo definitely does not stir memories of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera. 

 

 

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Starting pitching, once a strength, is now suspect.  There was a time when the only slug in the rotation was Vazquez, and now he’s the only shining star.  CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes have all left pitching lines that they just as soon forget.  How quickly things have changed.  I recognize that this mini-slump is temporary, but so far, the Rays have not showed they are susceptible to these types of slowdowns.  Therefore, it is imperative for the Yankees to break out of this slump soon.  Otherwise, they’ll soon find themselves looking at the backs of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox. 

 

 

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As much as I hate to do it, I have to give a tip of the cap to the Boston Red Sox.  Not only did they beat the Philadelphia Phillies today with Tim Wakefield, they beat Roy Halladay.  It was an impressive win by Julia‘s guys…

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, the Fat Lady did sing today.  The Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in the NHL Western Conference Finals.  Another disappointing finish for Joe Thornton and Company.  Good luck to the Blackhawks as they move on to the Stanley Cup Finals to face either the Montreal Canadiens or the Philadelphia Flyers.  I am left to wonder what could have been.  But then again, that’s a frequent feeling when you are a fan of the Sharks and the Minnesota Vikings…  L

 

 

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1 Comment

Don’t look now – but the Red Sox are inching even closer…. ;-) I feel your pain over having a team not performing the way you expect it to. The first couple of months have been frustrating for both our teams…..

Sorry to hear about the Sharks…okay, maybe not! ;-) But seriously, I did expect them to go farther.

And thanks for the kudos for Tim Wakefield – it was a great game!! And as good as the Doc’s numbers are in the NL, I guess the AL can still give him trouble! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

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