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May 24, 2004

by Larry Mahnken

Well, the Yanks lost their first series in four weeks, lost first place, and lost their best hitter for two weeks. But hey, at least Enrique Wilson (or as sjohnny dubbed him, "Enweakque") popped two homers, probably ensuring him a spot in the lineup well into July!

I didn't really get to see much of the first two games this weekend because of work, I forgot to tape the game Friday, and I saw all the Texas runs Saturday. I didn't see Jose Contreras pitch very much, but it appears that while the numbers looked good, he didn't pitch that differently from his previous starts, throwing a lot of pitches out of the strike zone, and relying heavily on the aggressiveness of the Rangers (please correct me if I'm wrong; as I said, I didn't see most of the game). Tom Gordon blew the game, not so much because he pitched particularly badly (though he didn't pitch well), but because he threw to second base badly--twice. That horrible call at first didn't help, but that wasn't why they lost.

Kevin Brown was pretty terrible Friday, but the near-comeback in the ninth was a bit exciting. Unfortunately, Jason Giambi twisted an ankle rounding first after an RBI single in that rally, and went on the DL. That'll give him a chance to rest his knee and back, and if he feels better for a while when he comes back, it might be a good idea to give him a couple of weeks off in September if the Yankees are going well, to keep him healthy for the playoffs.

Yesterday was a game the Yanks really needed. They hit well, Vazquez pitched well, and they avoided the sweep.

I noticed that they aren't scheduled to play any Monday games until July--their only Monday game, in fact, was the Patriot's Day game. They're not even playing on Memorial Day, how stupid is that? At least they've got a double-header on Labor Day.