- Most are not holding Joe Torre responsible for the Yankee decline
- Most believe this slump to be a) temporary and b) related to injuries
- Some do wonder if Mariano Rivera could, in fact, experience an age-related decline
- While most respect A-Rod's meteoric start, they don't necessarily embrace him in the Yankee tradition
Kevin Youkilis wondered whether Sox fans were too quick to judgment. At this point in the season, we have a larger sample size and we can note some observations.
- The reformation of the pitching staff has been the greatest contribution to the team's success
- The bullpen breadth and depth has improved via the return of Papelbon to closer (and his judicious use), and surprising effectiveness of Okajima, Donnelly, and Pineiro in particular. Timlin and Snyder haven't had enough opportunities to make any sweeping assessment and Romero has been shaky.
- Alex Cora's strong play has compensated for Pedroia's struggles.
- Ortiz and Lowell's production has compensated for Manny's sluggish (but improving) start.
- Terry Francona's steady management, and use of the entire roster gets overlooked and his 'control' of the complex personalities on a high payroll, high maintenance roster is admirable.