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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Yankees, Saturday 6/18

NEW YORK -- Several days ago I sent "Five Questions" to my SportsBLOGS colleague John Amato at Pinstripe Alley.

He just got answers back to me -- says he's injured. Hey, who isn't these days?

Q: What's up with your $200 million team? Why aren't they blowing the competition away?

A: There's a lot of pressure playing in NY. The team has always been built on pitching and when they lost Petitte, Clemens and Wells that was a back breaker. This year they always seem to be playing three runs down and the offense has been pressing.

Q: Besides the obvious (Jason Giambi, Kevin Brown), who is the biggest disappointment on the Yankees this year and why?

A: Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright. Pavano hasn't used his fastball enough and as you saw last night is getting hit badly. Wright was shelled until he got hurt and a bad move from the getgo. Cashman admitted he made a big mistake not resigning Lieber.

Q: If you could do one thing and one thing only to change the Yankees' current roster to make them better, what would it be?

A: A big bat in the outfield. and probably would have signed Vladimir Guererro instead of Sheffield.

Q: Which Cubs hitters and pitchers do you fear facing this weekend?

A: Lee and Zambrano

Q: The other day, plans for a new Yankee Stadium were announced. Do you and other Yankee fans have a sentimental attachment to the old stadium? Or is it way past time for a replacement?

A: The old stadium was awesome. History. I think its time for a new one now. The fact that they are turning it into a museum is an excellent idea. I saw Mantle hit a ball off the 457 sign and only get a double. I saw DiMaggio in an oldtimers game and I was at Mickey Mantle Day.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Glendon Rusch
G. Rusch
vs. Chien-Ming Wang
C. Wang
5-2 W-L 3-2
2.57 ERA 4.44
49 SO 17
28 BB 14
3 HR 1

Finally, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles summed up very well in his column yesterday what moves the Cubs should make, and soon, if they are serious about contending.

Discuss amongst yourselves.