After yesterday's 5-2 win over the crosstown Mets, the Yankees' record stands at 50-31, the best in the AL, putting them on pace to win exactly 100 games. Said Mark Teixeira -
I think we're still working on some things. We're not a perfect team, there aren't any perfect teams. I love to see us get completely healthy in the bullpen. Other than that, you gotta feel good with where we are right now at the halfway point.
Who would've thunk the above earlier this year, when the front office failed to sign Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte retired, Phil Hughes, when healthy, was abysmal, Rafael Soriano and Pedro Feliciano went down, and Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter have all disappointed at the plate?
- In case you missed it, Jeter rehabbed for the Trenton Thunder last night, going 1-2 with a walk in five innings. He also made a nice defensive play. The plan is for Jeter to play a full game today and then come off the DL to join the big league club in Cleveland on Monday.
- There's no obvious candidates for removal from the rotation to make room for the rehabbing Phil Hughes -
Hughes has only made three rehab starts. While his numbers in those starts are promising with three runs allowed in 14 innings with an 18/5 K/BB ratio, you can understand why the Yankees might be hesitant. They have the luxury of doing so, as no one in the rotation is deserving of being yanked. Bartolo Colon was activated off the disabled list to start on Saturday while Freddy Garcia currently has the best ERA of his career. Even rookie Ivan Nova has gotten in on the fun, mystifying the Mets on Friday night to drop his ERA to 4.12.
It'll be a tough call for Girardi and Co. Imagine telling Nova - who has a 2.84 ERA in his last three games - that he's not good enough anymore to stay on the team.
- Is it good for baseball if the Yankees and Red Sox dominate the All-Star Game rosters?
- Check out a great article by the Wall Street Journal about the differences between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. In short, Derek Jeter should be very happy where he plays half his games.
- Don't look for Jesus anytime soon (.943 OPS in his last 10 games). The coaching staff loves Russell Martin and the way he's handled the pitching staff in his first pinstriped season.
- If you want to be reminded of your grandfather reminiscing about the Yankees of old (and I mean that in a good way), watch this video.