June 22, 2007
At the close of business, yesterday, June 21, 2007, the Yankees are 10.5 games back of first place.
The last time the Yankees were 10.5+ games back of first on the morning of June 22nd: 1990
Now, yes, of course, the 2007 Yankees are not as bad as the 1990 Yankees. The talent level of these two clubs is not the same. And, the 2007 Yankees, to date, are a .500 team - whereas the 1990 Yankees were 24-40 at C.O.B. June 21st.
Still, in terms of being "behind," well, you can make a case that, at this junction, the 2007 Yankees are just as "behind" as the 1990 Yankees were at the same time (thereabouts).
On the bright side, because the 2007 Yankees have talent, they should be able to make up some of that "behind-ness" (for lack of a better term). The question is: Can they make up all of it?
On May 22, 2007, the Yankees were 10.5 games out of first. Therefore, in the past month, this means the Yankees have made up zero ground in the standings.
At that pace, I think it's safe to say that they won't make up all of it.
Play for the wildcard boys. Play for that card.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 22, 2007 10:31 AM
it looks like the Pirates have claimed Josh Phelps, according to Mike and the Mad Dog. I find this interesting, and kind of a strange fit. Am I wrong? I very well could be, but he just seems a strange addition to the Pirates.
Well, in the sense that he may be platooning with Laroche, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. Or he could be coming off the bench.
We'll soon find out. Yanks should've kept him over Cairo/Basak (two backup middle infielders?). Or Villone/Henn/Meyers (3 lefties?)
Raf--I suppose when you put it that way it makes sense. He just seems kind of large and stiff for the Pirates. When I think Pirates, I think young and scrappy. Off the bench makes sense, though. The Yankees DEFINITELY need more bench players too. Or they just need to bring up a couple from womewhere when they play in these NL stadiums, because Andy Phillips being the 9th inning pinch-hit hope is just sad.
Why bother bringing up Andy Phillips just to start Cairo at first all the time?