This afternoon the Yankees look for the sweep of the Mariners as they send out the following lineup via Pete Abe:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
DH Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
C Jorge Posada
1B Nick Swisher
RF Eric Hinske
CF Jerry Hairston Jr.
2B Ramiro Pena
And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain
Matsui’s knee acting up (again)
Hideki Matsui had fluid drained from his left knee and is day to day. What else is knew?
What’s going on here?
Damaso Marte’s (yeah he used to be a pitcher) 30 day rehab stint ended two days ago, and the Yankees either had to put him on the 25 man roster, or come up with some other excuse such as an injury to keep him in rehab. Well according to Pete Abe, the Yankees announced that he has been indefinitely excused from the team for “personal reasons.” This is very strange to me, I have to wonder if these personal reasons are real, or if the Yankees are just making random excuses. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if he does have some personal issues…hey…who knows?
Flashes of 1998
This current Yankee team is really reminding people of 1998, back when the Yankees won 114 games and went on to win the World Series. Anyway, according to Baseball Prospectus, the Yankees have a 99.1% chance of making the playoffs. That’s pretty damn good, but it ain’t over till it’s over.