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August 25, 2008 at 5:00 am ET
Playoffs? Don’t talk to me about playoffs — yet!

I am in mourning today, as my New York Giants have lost star defensive end Osi Umenyiora for the season. Consequently, the New York Yankees are not at the forefront of my mind today. Yet, I will give you what I can.

  • The Yankees’ weekend sweep of the Baltimore Orioles provides a glimmer of hope for the Yankees’ fading playoff aspirations. The Yankees are 5 games out of the wild card with 32 to play, and start a critical three-game series with Boston Tuesday. I will believe the Yankees have a shot at the playoffs if — and only if — they sweep all three games.
  • Tyler Kepner of the New York Times makes the incredible statement that we are more likely to see Chase Wright and Victor Zambrano start games down the stretch for the Yankees than Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or ian Kennedy.
  • Joe Girardi really needs to learn to play straight with the media. Peter Abraham provides the latest embarrassing example of the Yankee manager’s struggles with media relations in his LoHud Yankees Blog.
  • Wonders never cease. Did you know Joe Torre is a blogger now?
  • Speaking of wonders, LaTroy Hawkins has not allowed a run in 10 appearances with the Astros. How the hell did that happen?
  • Joba Chamberlain said “everything was fine” after throwing from the mound Saturday.
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3 Responses to “Playoffs? Don’t talk to me about playoffs — yet!”
  1. FrankDiscussion says:

    The Red Sox series is crucial, but don’t forget the upcoming series with the White Sox as well.

    I post frequently on LoHud and Pete always seems to catch Girardi putting his foot in his mouth. Pretty funny following the ongoing battle of words between him and the guys over at NoMaas.

    IMO the next few games should determine whether or not Joba is shut down. If they have a legitimate shot, put him back in his slot. If not, shut him down. Can’t risk rushing him back into action, ala Posada. Hughes should start next season in AAA, and Kennedy, well, I’d be pleased if he never took the mound again for the Yankees.

  2. Ed Valentine says:

    White Sox set, and anything after Boston, is meaningless if the Yankees don’t win AT LEAST 2 of 3 from the Red Sox. By Thursday night, we will know if there will be meaningful baseball in the Bronx in September.

  3. Dave Johnson says:

    Glimmer of hope? I read today they only have a 3% chance as of right now. Seems like they could make a run. Get Joba back and AROD heats up at the plate anything can happen. They have TB, Boston and the White Sox all left on tap in the next couple weeks. I bet them at +15 to 1 to make the playoffs this mronign at this site:
    Odds seem ridiculous. These are the Yankees….It may be a mistake but definitely worth a shot for them to make it.

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