About last night…
For the Yankees, though, this morning must seem bright and shiny. The aftermath of last night’s stirring come-from-behind 8-7 victory is still resonating today, especially because New York came back from the dead against the cream of the Red Sox bullpen.
Doing it against a Boston reliever or two would be one thing, but in beating Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon, messages are sent. It also raises questions: why was Okajima left in the game after surrendering the home runs to Giambi and Cano, when it was clear he was missing his spots, and was Terry Francona really looking to Papelbon for a six-out save?
That, I would think, sends a hint about how the Red Sox might feel about using Eric Gagne with a tight lead against the Yankees. In any event, the rain is supposed to taper off in the late afternoon, which should permit us to see a pair of Cy Young Award contenders go head-to-head in Chien-Ming Wang and Josh Beckett.
Wang isn’t going to have the sexy strikeout numbers by season’s end, but as Jorge Posada mentioned yesterday, it doesn’t matter how you get the outs — just that you get them. The "Worm Killer" has certainly done that and more — 20 wins are in sight, but first he’ll need to get to 19. Naturally the Yankees hope that happens this afternoon.
It would be a bonus if the game didn’t take four hours and 23 minutes again; the Yankees always play pretty long games, but between last night and the Detroit game that went 4:24 following a 4:01 rain delay, I’d say this team has had their share.