Remember when the Yankees had a huge lead in the division? Me too. It was bound to shrink over the course of the season, but I don’t like the way things are going right now. It’s one thing to get beaten by Verlander. Porcello is another story. He was vulnerable and yet the Yanks couldn’t break through against him. What’s more, Hughes….Well, what’s the point. He makes progress, then he regresses. I can only shrug my shoulders. I think the offense misses A-Rod. No, he wasn’t hitting with power like he used to, but he was getting on base and represented a presence in the lineup that made pitchers uncomfortable. Playing the Tigers feels like the ALDS all over again.
Fortunately, Chavez has a pulse. He’s been so terrific. He even figured into the play that actually made me laugh during that abysmal loss tonight. In case anyone missed it, go on Deadspin. I wouldn’t have laughed if Eppley had been hurt, obviously, but it was funny!