Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Junkees Hit the "10 Over" Mark

I could be pretty upset right now. The Junkees won another close one, A-Rod had another homer, and they beat the White Sox. And Junkee fans are getting all excited about being 10 games over .500 for the first time all year.

But look at it this way. If I would've told you in December that the Yanks wouldn't be 10 over till August, you would have thought I was nuts. The past bunch of years, the Yanks got to 10 over in May or June. The anniversary of the '94 strike is coming up; when the games stopped, they were 70-34, a lot better than they are now.

My guess is that '95 was the last time they got to 10 over so late in the year. And comparing this year to '95, the team was in a different direction then. Their big pitching acquisition of the summer was David Cone, not Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon. This team will not pull off a September run like the '95 Junkees did.

And if the season ended tomorrow, the Junkees would be home for October for the first time since the Spike Owen era. Even in a year where A-Rod, Rivera, and Sheff are all putting up MVP-caliber numbers. So things are not that bad.

-- The Yanks are lucky they're missing Garland and Buehrle this series. I don't care if the Junkees win two of three here; they wouldn't stand a chance against the White Sox in a playoff series.


mouse said...

Yankees lose 2-1 to one of their former teammates, Jose Contreras. Poetic justice, perhaps?

Aside from the solo homer by A-Fraud, the Yanks were absolutely dominated by Chicago's pitching all night. Fun to watch them flail helplessly like a bunch of little-leaguers.

PizzaBagel said...

Did anyone hear that a-hole, John Sterling, giddy over "Alexander the Great" tying the game with his one-run homer, with his typically over-the-top call? The only thing: Before the blast, the Stinkees were down by two runs! What a jerk! By that time - the ninth inning - Suzyn (That's "Suzyn," not "Susan") Waldman was long gone from the "Lowe's Broadcast Booth," so even she couldn't correct him.

PizzaBagel said...

The Daily News' Bob Raissman, in today's installment of his Tuning In column, dubbed Sterling the Dweeb of the Week for that aforementioned gaffe, and for not apologizing for his error, despite a golden opportunity to do so. Good work, Bob! Keep up your good work knocking Ma and Pa Pinstripe.