I didn’t have high hopes for a four-game sweep of the Astros, despite the roll the Yankees have been on. Not with Verlander on the mound yesterday. Sadly, I was right. He was solid and Happ was not. (What is it with Happ anyway? He can be very good and then awful; consistency has not been his hallmark.)
But I’ve been trying not to dwell on the loss and look ahead to facing the Blue Jays, Despite their lowly place in the standings, they’ve always been a tough division rival, and the Yanks must beat them before heading to the UK for what I consider a ridiculous series against the Red Sox. I mean, I get that MLB wants to expand the audience for the sport. But do the British people really care about baseball? I was fine when teams played in Japan, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Those countries have a baseball legacy and major league teams have players from those countries. But how many Brits are in the majors right now? Who needs the Yanks to come back with jet leg and have to plunge right back into the pennant race?
But I digress. As for the here and now, I’m disappointed that Maybin has joined the injured list. He made a real contribution to the team. And I’m overjoyed that Mo hit an inside-the-parker during the Old Timer’s game. How cool was that!