- The Devil Rays are 38-48, 14.5 games behind the Red Devils and a half game behind the Orioles. The Spankees are 48-35, 3 games behind Boston and 2 games in front of Toronto. The Bronx Roiders lead the season series 4-1.
- New York is coming off a series split against Cleveland in which they lost the first two games es by a combined score of 24-3 and then won the next two games by a combined score of 21-7. The Devil Rays just took 3 of 4 from the Red Sox, but failed to become just the 5th last place team in Major League history to sweep a 4 game series from a first place team.
- This season the Yankees remind us of a teenager spending their first paycheck. They have all this money and it is more than they have ever had. Three days later, they looked at their account and all the money is gone and they have nothing to show for it. The Yankees have a $200 million payroll and in the past three days they have had the following players appear in their starting lineup…And Phillips, Melky Cabrera, Kevin Reese, Miguel Cairo, Aaron Guile, and Devil Ray castoff Nick Green. Inflation…$200 million just doesn’t go as far as it used to. On top of that, Jonny Damon may miss this series and be out until after the all-star break with an abdominal strain.
- Shouldn’t there be more Yankees fans jumping into the East River? It has been argued that YanksBlog, Replacement Level Yankees Weblog and Bronx Banter are the top three Yankee blogs. After reading the most recent posts from all three, we feel like we read the same site three times. All three have posts since yesterday and all three are just recaps of last nights game. We can get that from Sportscenter. Maybe we just caught them before they had their cappucinos. We expected a bit more panic…The Yankees are in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. We guess this is just the mentality of the Yankees fans. They assume that George Steinbrenner will go out and trade for Barry Zito or Dontrelle Willis or Albert Pujols and the team will surge into the playoffs, again. There are problems with that assumption this year.
- The Red Sox are the real deal. They will be there all year and are just as likely as the Yankees to pick up a player before the trade deadline.
- Last season the Yankees picked up Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon in midseason trades. Chacon went 7-3 and Small went 10-0. Where are the Yankees going to find another pair like that this year? The number of available pitchers this season appears to be small and if the Yankees do pick up somebody, are they going to go 10-0 like Small did?
- Finally and most importantly the Red Sox and Yankees are probably fighting for one spot this season. New York is 7 games behind the White Sox and 8 games behind Detroit in the wild card and only 2 games in front of the hottest team in baseball, the Minnesota Twins who recently won 19 of 20.
- Please note below. The Devil Rays will avoid the Yankees top two pitchers in this series, Mike Mussina and Randy Johnson.
- In the last 25 games the Rays are batting .282. Prior to those 25 games, the team had a major league worst .240 average.
- Shawn Chacon is listed as the probable starter for Sunday’s contest, but Bronx Banter reports that Kris Wilson will make the start in place of Chacon. [Bronx Banter]
Friday, 7:15 et
New York Jaret Wright, RHP (4-5, 4.61)
Devil Rays Jae Seo, RHP (2-5, 5.59)
Saturday, 7:15 et
New York Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (8-4, 4.21)
Devil Rays Scott Kazmir, LHP (10-5, 3.29)
Sunday, 1:15 et
New York Shawn Chacon, RHP (4-3, 6.71)
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (3-3, 4.84)