Yankees At Mariners, Game 52
Vargas vs Sabathia, 1:10 pm.
If the Mariners win and the Rangers lose today, the M’s will stand alone in first place in the American League West. That’s actually kind of hilarious, when you think that:
Ichiro is having the worst year of his career.
Chone Figgins has actually been worse than he was last year.
Jack Cust has one home run.
Franklin Gutierrez has spent 84% of the season on the disabled list.
David Aardsma has spent 100% of the season on the disabled list.
Milton Bradley was so lousy that he got released and his replacements have been even worse.
Seriously, this isn’t an everything-that-could-go-right-has-gone-right situation. The M’s are getting sub-Mendoza line averages from three positions, have already swapped out their opening day left fielder and second baseman for replacements, and are once again putting one of baseball’s worst line-ups on the field. And yet, thanks to ridiculously great performances from the likes of David Pauley (!), the team is a half game out of first place on May 28th. Baseball. It’s awesome.
That said, the team has their work cut out for them today. The Sunday afternoon line-up is in affect, and there’s a lefty on the mound, so Cust, Kennedy, and Olivo are all getting the day off. The guy hitting fifth has three Major League hits, and oh by the way, C.C. Sabathia is pitching. Let’s hope Jason Vargas has some magic in him today.