Some recommended reading for a hump day amidst a four game losing streak:
- Joel Sherman does the “trade deadline winners and losers thing,” listing the Yankees as winner.
- Larry Brooks is not impressed with Ivan Nova‘s self-confidence. I think people are being a little bit harsh on Nova after last night, he’s been rough of late but he’s also been good in spurts and decidedly solid for the season as a whole, but he probably shouldn’t have said he had good stuff last night. Though in his defense, the offense not scoring any runs after the first inning didn’t help matters any either.
- Remember how I said the stretch run unofficially begins when the trade deadline passes? Well ESPN New York already wants to talk about the playoff rotation! It’s not like anything could change between now and Game 2 of the ALDS, right?
- Apparently the Yankees tried to acquire Carlos Lee from the Marlins, but Lee wouldn’t waive his no trade clause to make the move happen. That doesn’t really make you feel good about their impression of Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury.