With apologies to SI.com's Peter King, who has made this style his trademark, here are a few things I think about the New York Yankees as we enjoy an off day.
- I think winning two of three from the Baltimore Orioles is just fine. After a rough week that had everyone, myself included, down in the dumps maybe the Yankees are pointed in the right direction again.
- I think this is my problem with Phil Hughes, who could not get out of the second inning Saturday. I'm not sure about his toughness. His stuff is excellent, and Saturday he was hitting 93-94 with his fastball. I don't want to hear about his mechanics, either. He's been doing this most of his life, he has got to be able to figure out how to throw the ball. What I wonder about is whether or not he can handle adversity. When things got dicey Saturday Hughes unraveled. He had no idea where the ball was going, and I couldn't believe it was 7-0 before there was bullpen action. At every level prior to the big leagues Hughes has been dominant, and rarely tested. To succeed, he has to handle adversity. As of now, he hasn't really shown that he can.
- I think that if Johnny Damon (.325, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 3 stolen bases) keeps hitting like this there is no way the Yankees will be able to let him go after the season. Is there any argument that he has been their best player thus far?
- I think you're either not paying attention, or not willing to acknowledge reality, if you can't see that Joba Chamberlain is on his way to becoming an excellent major-league starting pitcher. We can, and will, continue to argue over whether he is more valuable starting or relieving. Joba has been terrific in his last two starts, though, and you have to see that he is turning into the starter the Yankees hoped he could be. Chamberlain has gotten into the 6th inning in all but one of his six starts this season.
- I think I am liking Francisco Cervelli. I am not anointing him catcher of the future -- I don't think he will be. I do think, though, that Cervelli could end up joining the Sal Fasano Backup Catchers' Fraternity and having a long major-league career.
- I think it was really nice to see Joe Girardi put Phil Coke in the game to start the 7th inning on Sunday, then stay out of the way and let Coke pitch two full innings to get the ball to Mariano Rivera. It's about time Joe G. didn't over-think his bullpen strategy.
- I think Robinson Cano will not be a truly great hitter until he learns to relax and drive in runs. Yes, he is hitting .315, but with runners in scoring position he is only at .186.
- I think the fact that Angel Berroa is still on the big-league team, and the Yankees have been forced to add veteran re-treads Casey Fossum and Josh Towers to the AAA rotation, is a terrible indictment of the upper levels of the farm system.
(Click 'Continue Reading' to see updated season stats. I know we don't need the batting stats on the pitchers, but these are the numbers we have available and I can't edit the data).