On to the second half!
The unofficial second half of the season begins tonight for the Yankees, as they return from the All-Star Break and open up their homestand against the Detroit Tigers.
All things considered, the Yankees should be feeling pretty good about where they are, especially if they were able to erase all thoughts of the three-game sweep against the Angels.
Despite absence and ineffectiveness from Chien-Ming Wang, the same for projected eighth-inning men Brian Bruney and Damaso Marte, the streakiness of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, and problems from Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain (need we go on?) … the Yankees still enter play tonight at 51-37, three games behind the Red Sox in the American League East and leading the Wild Card chase.
Yes, if the season ended today, the Yankees would be in the playoffs — which may be new information to some of the people who proclaim the sky is falling on a daily basis. That’s the good news. The bad news is they’d be flying to Anaheim to play the Angels if that were the case, and we all know how that seems to work out.
In any event, A.J. Burnett has the ball tonight as the Tigers make their first trip in to the new Stadium. Rookie Lucas French goes for Detroit, as the Yankees will try to put that whole “can’t hit unknown pitchers” fallacy to rest.