The Yankees are about to enter a series with the Rays and its time the Yankees start playing strategy instead of baseball. Let's face it, they're not playing much baseball these days as it is so they might as well try their hand at something else. In recent years, the Yankees have done a good job of stifling the rival Red Sox, and in some seasons have ended their post season dreams (2006), or knocked them out of an AL East division title (2005). Since the Yankees are not getting into the post season, the best strategy they can use to maintain this trend is to make sure the Rays win. To that end, the Yankees need to let the Rays win this series. Now, some may point out that with Ponson and Pavano pitching its very likely we were going to lose the series anyway, but the Yankees need to make sure of this. For example, if Ponson decides to pitch one of those gems of his, A-Rod needs to step up his GIDP production. If Pavano is staying competitive into the 6th inning, Cano just needs to let a bunch of grounders through. The only game the Yankees need to win is the Saturday game with Mussina pitching. That game is essential. Now if Mussina comes out of the game and does not have the win, then the Yankees should just let the Rays have it. There's no point in winning that game if Moose doesn't get his win. For those who think the Yankees need to win games for pride's sake, my argument to you is, they haven't been doing it all season, so why start now? Especially when winning games means a division title for the Red Sox, and with that, the rise in global warming, baby elephant poaching, a severe decrease of the US dollar, and a severe increase of nursery school arsons.
In other unrelated matters, it looks like the Yankees have plans in motion to fix Cano's swing. I for one am glad that they're addressing this now and not waiting for a whole season to pass by before doing so.