Phillies need production up the middle

Yankee haters among you might want to savor this day because things are about to turn much brighter.

Updated: April 26, 2004, 10:06 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Walks, change of luck will save Yanks
For Yankee haters, these are the good old days. Getting to watch Derek Jeter absorb a boo barrage at the big ball orchard in the Bronx well, it doesn't get any better than that, does it? When New York fans start eating their own like that, surely it's a sign that the Yankee apocalypse has come to visit the Earth, isn't it?

Not so fast.

Hideki Matsui
Getty ImagesThe Yankees lineup is too good to stay down all season.
Three-fifths of the Yankee starting rotation has been pretty sub-par and the team batting average is the worst in the league. Because box scores still follow the practice of listing that arcane novelty called "batting average" next to the player game lines, looking at a Yankee box makes one wonder just how they've managed to win as many games as they have. Yesterday's box against the Red Sox is filled with lots of very defeated-looking numbers which lead one to believe the Yanks are in serious disrepair.
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