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June 26, 2003

by Larry Mahnken

At first glance, it appears that the Yankees have turned it around. Since being humiliated by the Astros, the Yankees have gone 11-2, 2½ games better than the Red Sox, and opened up a little breathing room in the AL East.

A closer look shows that the Yankees have benefitted more from an easy schedule than anything else. You can't discount their wins versus the Astros and Cardinals, all of which were hard-earned and well deserved, but the last nine games have been against the D-Rays and Mets. Their performance in these games has left much to be desired, to say the least. Victor Zambrano, who is not Carlos Zambrano, kept Clemens from winning 301 twice, beating the Rocket on Monday; Jeff Weaver got knocked around by the D-Rays twice in eight days, eliminating any chance of his keeping his rotation spot once Contreras comes back from the DL, and if the Mets and Devil Rays hadn't handed out walks like they were facing Barry Bonds every at bat, they would have lost Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. As I said the other day, wins are wins, but the way they've won lately shows that this team needs to improve if they want to beat the good teams.

Pipe-dream Giles trades included, nothing will improve this team more than replacing Zeile and Rivera with Nick and Bernie. The types of trades they should be thinking of making are ones that improve the bullpen and bench, not the lineup. The lineup will be fine.

For those of you who don't know, BP forgot to create a Game Chatter for yesterday's game, so we gathered in Tuesday's Chatter, and they won again.

Never fuck with a winning streak.

So, we took the Chatter to Tuesday's thread again. 3-0. So, until they lose, Yankee Chatter will be here. Be there, or it's your fault if they lose.