It's times like these that I miss George Steinbrenner (and so do the Yanks). Can you imagine how he would have reacted to a second consecutive sweep by the Red Sox of the Yanks at Yankee Stadium? Without him management (Girardi/Cashman) baby the players way too much and this year the pampered bunch are coming up small in every department (just one example: .250 team batting average compared to .270 for the Red Sox). There are also mental mistakes galore. Girardi sometimes seems more interested in resting players than winning games (so they will play better in September/October--we saw last year how that strategy failed when the team played poorly at the end of the season and had to settle for a wild card) and Cashman with his Jaba rules to protect pitchers such as Chamberlain and Hughes (we've seen how well that has worked: Jaba's on the DL and Hughes is making a 'rehab start'). Someone has to get in the face of the players and with the Boss gone unfortunately there is no one around to do it.