A thoughts on last night’s game, and the state of the Yankees:
* What a strange game. Joba Chamberlain had one of those first innings that would make you think the game was going to be a blowout. Then he gets 12 strikeouts. Oh, and he hit Jason Bay in clear retaliation for that homer, which is something you don’t see a Yankee do against the Sox very much.
* But other than that, and the Johnny Damon homer against his old team, the Yankees looked pretty flat. Some fans chanted “We want Torre” at last night’s game. Good grief.
* The Yankee bullpen, which was terrific last year, is a horror show. The Yanks can’t seem to hit with runners in scoring position against the Sox. And the Bombers are 0-5 against the Sox. Not good.
* I don’t think getting rid of Joe Girardi is the answer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses his job this year if the team doesn’t improve.
* I know the weather is horrendous, and that explains part of it, but it’s still strange to see so many empty seats at the Stadium for Yankees-Red Sox.
* Losing Jorge Posada – even if it’s only for a month – is really going to stink. But why hasn’t Brian Cashman tried to groom a real successor? As one of our readers put it, “Posada can talk about how he’s a catcher and not a first baseman but his 3rd stint on the disabled list in less than 2 years says otherwise. You just can’t fool mother nature.”