Friday, August 26, 2005


If it wasn't for a shocker of a 5th inning on Wednesday night, the Yanks sweep the Blue Jays in a four game set at the Stadium. However that inning was quite something, 13 runners up, 13 runners down (including a double play) but then it all collapsed after he didn't get a close call on a 1-1 pitch and the next eight guys would touch home plate.

Here is a nice stat I picked up on though with regards to our starting pitching:

Shawn Chacon improved his record to 3-1 in six starts for the Yankees with Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Chacon's 1.80 ERA is the fourth best in the American League since his debut for the Yankees on July 30.

In fact, since that date, Chacon, and three other starters -- Aaron Small, Al Leiter and Jaret Wright -- have combined for a record 8-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Meanwhile, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina are 2-4 with a 6.31 ERA during that time.

So our #3, 4 and 5 starters are pitching very nicely in recent times, whereas our aces are not performing up to the level that we are expecting. It is Randy, Jaret and Al this weekend against the Royals and they'll be looking to gain revenge for getting swept out of KC earlier in the year.

The Yanks are 2.5 out of first place in the East and are locked in a three-way virtual tie for the Wildcard with the A's and the Indians.

Red Sox Note: The Sox will make up the rained out ChiSox game on Monday September 5, it has yet to be announced whether it'll be a day or a night game.

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