Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-5-23

5/23/2007
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Top of the 1st
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Tom Seaver, the great Hall of Fame pitcher said, “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.”

Was last night’s 7-3 victory by the Red Sox over the Yankees the end?

The 2007 New York Yankees, a team that has been racked with injuries, has also been incredibly inconsistent and may be at the end of their remarkable run. One shouldn’t speak of the fall of an empire lightly and I have been reticent to write this column for a number of reasons, first and foremost, these are words that can bite you in the tush come the end of August. But I felt that last night’s game at The Stadium was huge for the New Yorkers and they fell miserably short.

The Yanks were riding a two-game winning streak. Talk about inconsistency! If you can talk about a winning streak of two games, you can talk about a “hitting streak” of four games. The important thing for the Yanks was that they were back within single digits of their rivals (9