The Yankees have not been getting hits with men are in scoring position. They have not been scoring many runs, one of the telling differences between last year's early-season slump and this year's version. When their ace pitcher is not on his game--Chien-Ming Wang was knocked around to the tune of seven runs--there is no way for them to win, even with the umpires helping them out with a huge missed call, negating a three-run home run by Carlos Delgado (who singled in a run instead). The game was actually close enough until the eighth when the Mets busted it open, but given the way the Yankee offense has been going it didn't feel close at all. On consecutive plays in the top of the eighth, Bobby Abreu made poor throws to the plate and a 5-2 lead quickly became 7-2. Jose Reyes' three-run shot into the right-centerfield bleachers sealed it. Oliver Perez, the Mets' inconsistent left-hander, allowed only three hits in 7. 2/3 innings, the only damage coming from a two run-homer by Hideki Matsui.
So the Yanks are the winners of an abbreviated scrubway series--right now, they are worse than the Mets. Their offense is worse, their record is worse, and, of course, they are in last place. I wish I had something positive to say, but I don't. Okay, how about this? At least we don't have to watch this team play on Monday. They've got the day off. Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to rejoin the team on Tuesday night. But even Rodriguez, the reigning AL MVP, won't be enough to help save these pinestriped suckas all by himself.