I feel the need to write this, because I know how often you frequent this blog, and how important our opinions and insights are to you. In case you haven't picked it up from our game reviews, you haven't been playing well. Perhaps you've lost some confidence after going 0-5 against Boston, perhaps losing Bruney and Posada has effected all your spirits. Whatever the cause, I feel I need to remind you of certain things. You are the New York Yankees. You need to stop playing like the New York Mets. Let me tip you off to some realities about the AL East. The Toronto Blue Jays do not have the pitching behind Roy Halladay to continue winning the way they are. The Boston Red Sox, who look like a way better team than you, are actually not as good as they've been playing. Nick Green is not a .300 hitter, Beckett's 6+ ERA is indicative of a league that has caught on to him, Nancy Drew is not now, has never been, and never will be a threat in this league, David Ortiz is not in a slump he's in a decline, Tim Wakefield will not end the season with an ERA under 4, Brad Penny sucks, John Smoltz will suck, and Jason Varitek's .231 average is probably about what he'll finish with this season. I mention this to point out that the Sox's recent hot streak, is just that, a streak. They can be beaten, as was shown with thier series against the Rays, because unlike you, the Rays are a confident bunch who exploited the aforementioned weaknesses. Don't get me wrong, the Red Sox are a good team, great even. Jason Bay is proving that his performance last season was not a fluke. Kevin Youkilis has always been a good hitter, and Dustin Pedroia was not voted MVP without reason. Mike Lowell is a presence in that lineup, and Ellsbury is one of the fastest base stealers they've had in recent history. Their bullpen is easily better than yours, and Papelbon is a reliable and talented closer. Still, they are not a better team, they are a more confident team. At the end of the season I'm willing to bet that Jason Bay, and Nick Swisher will have comparable numbers, Kevin Youkilis and Marky T will have comparable numbers, same with Pedroia and Cano, or even Lowell and Damon. The difference is that the Red Sox win because they believe they can. You Yankees lose, because you step up to the plate with doubt in your minds. End this now. You're the New York Yankees. You drive in runs. Right now you look beaten before you even step up to the plate, and yet, everyone in that lineup is capable of getting a hit. Even Ramiro Pena. You're all big league players. Start acting like you've been there before.
Now for the fans freaking out, I have this to say. Its still just May 7. We have a team full of slow starters including our biggest additions, Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia. Even though we've been out played, the Boston Red Sox rotation is not better than ours. Do you really think at the end of the season a rotation of Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester, Wakefield, and Penny/Smoltz is going to do better than Sabathia, Beckett, Pettitte, Chamberlain, and Wang? And about Wang, he will be back. He has not forgotten how to pitch. His sinker will return.
Of course I could be wrong about all of this, but I'm not. Come July, you will all see this coming to fruition. For now, you New York Yankees need to start winning games, starting tonight, and keep things close in the standings, because when you start playing for real, you're going to own the AL East.
Remember: You're the New York Yankees. Start acting like it.