Monday, August 11, 2008

Angels Sweep Hapless Yankees

The Angels continued their dominance of the American League this weekend by sweeping the hapless Yankees and improving their MLB best record to 74-43.  The sweep dealt a severe blow to the Yankees playoff hopes, who now sit 8.5 games behind the AL East leading Rays.

Although the Yankees trail the Red Sox by only 4 games in the wild card race, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which that lead does not expand.  The team has been stifled by injuries all the way around, particularly the starting rotation.  Beyond Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte, injuries to Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain have forced the club to rely on guys like Sidney Ponson and Dan Giese (spelling?) to get them to a bullpen that has been struggling lately.  That is not going to cut it.