May 31, 2006
112 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall......
On April 26th, I predicted that the Yankees would go 18-11 for the month of May.
Well, there's been one rain out this month, and the Yankees still have to play tonight's game (which will be the last one for this month). But, as of this moment, their actual record for the month of May is 17-10.
A win tonight gives them the 18 wins that I predicted - and a loss just means that they would have the exact number of losses that I predicted. And, this prediction was made before the bad news on Matsui and Sheffield.
So, clearly, the month of May has been a great month for the Yankees. As of this morning, they are tied for first place in the A.L. East (with 112 games to go). New York controls its own destiny at this moment.
When I look at the Yankees schedule for June, I see a 10-game homestand starting next week and a 9-game homestand at the end of the month. (Actually, the last 2 games of the 9-game string are in July - but, work with me here.)
In total, the Yankees play 17 of 27 games at home during the month of June. Personally, I expect the Yankees to have a great month in June. And, they should build up a lead large enough to carry them through the rough months of July and August (this year).
It would be nice to see someone on this roster place the team on his shoulders and say "OK boys, ride with me!" during June. It could be a pitcher going 5-0 for the month or a hitter batting over .400 with 8 homers and 25 RBI.
This is the time where the Big Units, Giambis, A-Rods, and the like need to come through for the Yankees. This is why they were brought to New York. It will be interesting to see who rises to this occasion.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 31, 2006 09:54 AM
I think we need to give a special tip of the cap to Jaret Wright and Melky Cabrera for doing their part to help us through a difficult month of May. Obviously Mussina, Jeter, Posada and the rest of the team did a great job picking up for a lousy RJ and the Matsui/Sheff injuries but I'm really proud of Wright stepping up and doing the best he can do for the ballclub. He might never justify the contract but over the last month, he's given a good effort and done fairly well. And the Milkman, well...let's just hope we see him blossom into a regular player that we can all root for 3, 5, even 10 years from now.
Excellent points MJ. Without Wright and Melky, May would have not been the same.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at May 31, 2006 10:48 AM
Just wait, with the injury plague going through the Yankees, the minute someone put the Yankees on his back, he'll go down with a hernia.
Considering that $7 million gets you Esteban Loaiza (this from a frugal team like the A's), Kris Benson, and an extra million gets you Clement, Jaret Wright's $5.5 million is looking ok these days. Am I that wrong?