I taped the below segment with Ted Berg yesterday, before Jose Molina tore his quad and left the Yankees without a major league catcher, and before Mariano Rivera gave up back-to-back home runs for the first time in his career and later had his manager explain he’s having issues with his arm strength. How Brian Cashman rejiggers the roster with Molina heading to the DL and Alex Rodriguez coming off it tonight is crucial. Can he find a catcher better than Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli? Will he drop Angel Berroa, demote a reliever, and bring up a couple of bats (preferably Shelley Duncan and John Rodriguez) who can hit for that catcher in the late-innings? Will he add Brett Tomko to the struggling bullpen? Have things really gotten so bad that we think Tomko can help?
That the Yankees have allowed more runs per game than any other team in baseball can no longer be blamed on Chien-Ming Wang. Even if you just flat out erase the 23 runs Wang allowed in his three starts, rest of the team has allowed allowed 5.54 runs per game, which would be better than only five teams in baseball.
The Yankees have Sabathia, Hughes, and Chamberlain lined up to pitch in Baltimore this weekend. Those three could go a long way toward making us all feel better if they’re able to build on the flashes of brilliance they’ve each shown in their recent starts. As a friend just said to me, “I won’t take the toaster into the bathtub until I see what happens this weekend.”
I’m still not quite ready to panic, but I’m a lot closer than I was when we filmed this: