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Yes, Wang is out at least 10 weeks.

But-

  • In June, the Yanks are averaging 5.38 runs per game.  Compared to 4.31 in April and 4.43 in May.
  • The pitching has actually been better than last year (on average). 2007's starters pitched a 4.57 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP.  2008's starters have been a little less lucky, a 4.67 ERA but a 1.41 WHIP.  If the offense would score some runs, the relievers would been a story.  In 2007, they were bad; a 4.37 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  2008- 3.46 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
  • After hitting .164/.315/.411 in April, Giambi dominated May (.315/.446/.644) and has continued into June (.364/.481/.818).  Anytime you talk about an on-base plus slugging percentage over 1.000 you're talking about one of the 4 or 5 best players in the majors.  Jason Giambi has been that so far.
  • Jorge Posada is quietly hitting .326/.406/.528.
  • The Yankees have 4 players hitting over .320- Arod, Damon, Matsui and Posada.  Only Damon's OBP is below .400, at .392.
  • As a team, the Yanks have a .342 OBP and a .430 Slugging- good for third in both categories in the AL.
  • Even Cano has been getting in on the act, 5 hits in the last 3 games.