The Yankees came into the weekend riding a hot streak and left it as fodder for their critics. As they won ten straight and fifteen out of seventeen, critics pointed to the quality of their opposition. After losing two out of three to the Red Sox and being humiliated 17-1 by them on Saturday, the Yankees will have to listen to those grumbles for the next month.

Friday night, the Yankees managed to overcome another mediocre start by their ace, Randy Johnson. Saturday and Sunday, they were completely undone by their pitching which failed them at inopportune times. To make matters worse, former Yankee, David Wells, gave the Red Sox the quality start they needed on Sunday. Add it all up and you have a lost weekend in the Bronx.

The Yankees will now head to the road for their longest trip of the year. The Royals, Twins, Brewers and Cardinals will provide stiff opposition, but no matter how many games they win, Yankee fans will question the results until they beat a big team in a big spot. After all, we have come to expect championships and nothing less.

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