Bottom line is that we took 2 of 3 from TB! Nice work!
The concern is that both Pettitte and Burnett may have come out of the weekend series with some downtime (most assuredly Pettitte's groin will make him miss 4+ starts - I would expect Mitre to fill in).
Do you think the All Star game contributed to the poor performances by Pettitte and Price? CC didn't have good control either? I really dislike the All Star game mid season.
The Yankees did a great job coming back against Price regardless of the situation. I was extremely encouraged by ARod ripping a line drive up the middle where he was all over a high fastball and then later hitting a HR. He has not looked good at the plate and I hope he is coming out as we need him bad, especially with Jeter looking very weak at the plate. Jeter's OPS is now 719. This is simply awful for the guy who gets up more often than anyone else in your lineup. Now, I am not saying Jeter is done as people don't just drop off like he has, but we are hurting the team leaving him in the leadoff spot. What we should do (and I doubt it happens) is to swap Jeter and Gardner. It would separate Gardner and Granderson more and would give AB's to a guy who is leading the league in pitches per AB and has an 808 OPS, but in this case case more important, a .398 OBP. Another option would be to swap Jeter and Granderson in some odd attempt to jump start both of them. The fact we have the best record in baseball has allowed the poor starts for Jeter and Granderson to remain on the back burner. BTW, I don't really like Granderson in the leadoff spot because I don't think he should be playing against a lefty and swapping the leadoff guy around all the time is probably not that healthy, although probably isn't too bad. Both Granderson and Jeter have platoon splits where they each are around 250 points better against one side and maybe the answer is to platoon Granderson and Jeter in the 1 hole and then get some bench help for the player that is dropped in the lineup once in awhile. For example, let Granderson leadoff against righties and Jeter leadoff against lefties and once in awhile give each of them a blow when they are against their tougher matchup. If Pena were hitting the way I think he can, he would be a good option, but he has not hit well this year so far. Nothing has changed regarding my feelings of Granderson being a great platoon player and in fact his struggles may be that he is facing too many lefties.
I am giving ideas here, but I am not satisfied with status quo and the lineup from 2-6 should not be touched. I would make a move with Jeter (short term hopefully).
Being in 1st place with the best record in baseball is hiding the poor play of Jeter and Granderson, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be looking to improve.