Jeter off. Cano 3rd, and it looks like this will be the way things will be vs. righties in the postseason: Cano and Teix flip/flopped.
I like what someone wrote re: Lackey getting pissed at getting a text message 1/2 hour before his last start regarding his upcoming divorce (she is battling breast cancer). Don’t like it? TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF OR DO NOT ANSWER IT!
Ozzie Guillen to Florida. What’s been suspected for a while is now reality.
Rumors are that Toronto will be major players in the FA market this winter.
Boston’s lineup tonight has me laughing. Jed Lowrie cleanup? I never heard of the catcher batting sixth. … and all that $$ for Carl Crawford, and he’s hitting 8th.
Nice back page of the NY Post today re: Michael Vick.
Tonight’s Yankee Lineup (97-63) best in the AL. OPS+ 107, ERA+ 120. Three games worse than the Pythgorean record.
Nunez 6 .262-5-30 21sb/27att OPS+ 82
Granderson 8 .264-41-119 24/34 140 leads MLB in R, AL in RBI
Cano 4 .305-28-118 8/9 131 just 1 RBI behind Grandy Man.
A-Rod 5 .278-16-62 4/5 116 Still looking for #630 to tie Junior
Teixeira 3 .244-37-106 4/5 114
Swisher 9 .260-23-84 2/4 116
Posada DH .239-14-44 0/2 89
Martin 2 .237-17-64 8/10 91
Gardner 7 .259-7-36 48/61 89 AL SB leader
Colon 1 (8-10, 4.02) ERA+ 110
Many of us Yankee fans would like the Yanks to lose (probably the only time we say that) today and tomorrow to screw Boston.
In the second, Zobrist hits a 2-run HR. 2-0 Rays. Martin gets #18 in the 3rd to cut it to 2-1. Yanks load the bases, but Teix flies out. 2-1 after 2 1/2.
In the fifth, Gardner and Nunez single, putting runners on the corners. Granderson GIDP, tying run scores.
The Yanks go up 3-2 in the sixth. Alex walks, Tiex doubles. 2nd and 3rd. Swish doubles, but only Alex scores. Tie game. Posada walks.
MARTIN MUST REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HATE THE RED SOX. Bases loaded, none out. Yanks can pad their lead. Boston is winning and could go one game up with one to go.
So what does Martin do?
HE GITP. That’s right. He grounded into a TRIPLE PLAY.
Colon went 5 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. He ends the year 8-10, 4.00.
Wade 2/3, 0 R, 1 H. 0 walks, 0 K. ERA 1.85.
Good old Soriano. In a game (well, tomorrow too, screw Boston) that Yankee fans want the Yanks to actually lose, Soriano gives up a 3-run HR to his former team in the 7th, 5-3 Rays.
Way to go Soriano. The one time this year I WANTED to see you fail.
1 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 k. He falls to 2-3, 4.12.
That was huge. Boston, up 5-1, hung on to beat Baltimore 8-7. The O’s had the tying run on 2nd when the game ended. The Rays and Boston enter the last game of the season tied for the wild card. The Yanks are said to be pitching the bullpen tomorrow. Bunch of guys, one inning each.
I hope the Yanks trot out a lineup of: C Romine, 1B Laird, 2B Nunez, SS Jeter (for integrity sake? wink, wink) 3B Pena, LF Dickerson, CF Gardner, RF Golson. DH Posada, Montero, whoever. You know what I mean. Heck, DH CC for all I care.
Start Betances. 1st mlb start. Then go with DEFINITELY Proctor now, Kontos, Laffey, other scrubbinis. Screw Boston.
After Soriano helped Tampa Bay stay even with the Red Sox for the wild card, Robertson started the 8th.
2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. His 100th K in 66 2/3 IP. Wow. ERA 1.08.
Rivera the last out. K. 1.91 ERA. If that ERA stays under 2.00, it’ll be the eleventh time in his career he has had an ERA under 2.00. Wilhelm 6x. No other closer has six. Wow.
If not for Ellsbury, Boston would be dead right now. Some guy I never heard of hit 2 HR for Boston tonight. Looking him up. 24 yr. old c/dh. Lavarnway. AA/AAA this year. 116 games. 32 HR, 93 RBI there. Guy was 7 for 30 in 15 games before tonight. In the biggest Bosox game of the year, he gets his FIRST TWO MLB HR. Sheesh.
Meanwhile, the Cards have a big lead (13-6 in 9th) while the Braves lost. It looks like both the AL (Rays/Red Sox) and NL (Cards/Braves) will have BOTH wild cards tied up going into Game 162.
If a playoff is necessary, 4 pm in Tampa, 8 pm in St. Louis.