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August 25, 2006

by SG

Randy Johnson disappointed again last night, leading the Yankees to a 4-2 loss and a series loss to the awful Seattle Mariners. In other news, grass is green, and the sky is blue.

To me, Johnson is the poster child of the problems inherent when you do not develop enough of your own talent.

The Yankees traded for and are paying for this guy.

Unfortunately, they've gotten this guy.

They're stuck with him for the rest of this season and next year, so I hope he will be useful most of the time, but I really can't wait for him to be off the team. At least he gave the bullpen a rare night off. Maybe they should make Johnson pitch a complete game every time out.

The Yankee offense wasn't much better last night, as Johan Santana Jarrod Washburn toyed with their hitters for 6.1 innings and Seattle's bullpen followed up with 2.1 perfect innings.

So yeah, Seattle sucks, and had lost 11 straight games before beating the Yankees in two out of three games. I was expecting a letdown after an emotionally draining series with Boston (where the Yankees swept five games) followed by a long flight to the West Coast. Any day where the magic number doesn't go down is not a good day, but the Yankees have the breathing room to let that happen once in a while. Hopefully they don't make a habit of it.

On to Anaheim, and the Angels, who are number two on my list of most hated teams. Losing two out of three to Boston at home didn't help their ranking either. If the Yankees don't want to lose to them in the playoffs, they'd be best served by beating them this weekend. Here are your matchups:

J. Wright (9-7, 4.63) vs. J. Lackey (10-9, 3.52)

I think it's safe to skip watching this one.

C. Lidle (2-2, 2.82) vs. E. Santana (12-6, 4.28)

J. Karstens (0-0, 4.76) vs. J. Saunders (4-1, 3.06)

I hate all three matchups. Angels will sweep.