...is how Joe Torre described Chien-Ming Wang to the media yesterday after another strong performance into late innings at Safeco Field. Really, Joe? Perhaps 2 months ago he was still a surprise, but now we must expect performances like this. Wang's best will be necessary to sustain a run deep into October.

Wang's fine effort was complemented by the Yankees offense, who spread 9 runs around the lineup with the now familiar on base + hit for power formula. Cano, Damon, Giambi and Posada all contributed RBIs. What was not expected was the ease in which the Yankees solved the Mariners' young gun Felix Hernandez. He lasted into the 4th inning and was bounced by Mike Hargrove with the Yankees holding a commanding 7-0 lead. A disappointing start for the Seattle faithful given Hernandez's past performances.

I don't know about you, but the low-pressure atmosphere of the famously relaxed Safeco crowd has been great for my nerves after pacing around for most of the 5 games in Boston. Hopefully the players/coaches feel the same way.

During this game, I was also reminded that SEA and NYY are the 2 major players in the Daisuke Matsuzaka sweepstakes that is already underway. (and his famous, mysterious "gyro" pitch that's freaking everyone out...it's like the secret "Caterpillar drive" in the Hunt for Red October) Hopefully Jean Afterman and her Yankees Asia/Pacific colleagues are successful. The Yankees pitching staff is solid right now. In 2007-2008, it could dominate the AL...(Wang, Matsuzaka, Hughes, Zito?...oh my)

The ex-Angels hand Washburn faces the Unit tonight in the series finale. One more night of relative relaxation (I hope) until the team goes into the Angels' lair...always a tough place for Torre's Yankees.