Here is today’s lineup. Posada sits.
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
A.J. Burnett P
Ok. I’m pissed. I had a report all written up and lost what I wrote (damned computer). I know I need to save. But…
I will try to recapture as much as I can.
NLCS: Phils only get 3 hits as they are shut out 3-0. Ross another RBI. Fox s***ting bricks as they realize they may get SF/Texas WS and no NY or Philly market.
ALCS: Cano HR’s in the 2nd. 1-0 Yanks. At this point, 3 Cano HRs and a 5 run comeback are all but one of the Yankees runs.
But Berkman misses a HR by inches. An omen of things to come.
AJ gives up two in the 3rd as only AJ can. Walk, WP, HBP, sac. Groundout and infield hit. No balls out of the infield. 2 runs. What have I been saying about too many free bases he gives up?
Jeter triples, Granderson singles. Tie game. Kudos to Jeter, who hustled out of the box. Others think the ball is gone, watch it thinking that it is a HR and are on second. Then they don’t score on Granderson’s hit. But another omen? Jeter missed a HR by maybe two feet.
In the fourth, the Yanks are tied 2-2, but I feel that the Yanks lost the game…and the season….starting here. A-Rod HBP. Cano singles.
You have Swisher up. You haven’t been scoring runs. Swisher at this point was 4 for 41 vs. Texas pitching all year. You need runs…badly.
Swisher strikes out. The Yankees play for the three-run HR again instead of playing littleball. No bunt. They do get a run on a Gardner forceout, but…
I am sick of no aggressiveness from this team. Bunt the runners over. Especially from someone who isn’t hitting in this ALCS and who hasn’t hit Texas pitching all year.
In the fifth, Teix, 0 for the ALCS, grounds into a force but appears to pull a hammy in trying to beat out the DP. There were 1st and 2nd, no out. Now Alex. He GIDP. Nothing. Again.
Sixth. A.J. has given you five. Just two runs. More than you thought and better than you thought. Hit, force, flyout. Here the season gets away.
For God knows what reason, Girardi calls an intentional walk to Murphy to face Molina. If such is the case, A.J. went 5 2/3. Just bring in Logan.
A.J. vs. Molina. Are you that confident there? Why not just bring in Robertson or Joba if you don’t want A.J. to face Murphy, why have him face Molina?
Since when did A.J., who didn’t pitch from October 2nd to today (19 days), and who was 1-7, 6.61 in his last 12 starts, deserve a long leash?
Molina hits a 3-run HR. For all extensive purposes, that appears to have ended the Yankees season. 5-3 Texas.
A.J. got the last out. 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K. It could have been 5 2/3, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 k if you brought someone in (Logan?) to pitch to Murphy.
The 7th. Robertson, who COULD have faced Molina. But no. Robertson gets the first two guys out. Readers of this blog for years know that I NEVER change a rhythm of a game when it is good. It’s like going from Led Zep to a polka in mid-beat. Robertson, who sucked the night before, got two guys out. Let him get the third! Nope. NOW he brings in Logan for Hamilton. HR. 6-3. Now Joba. Hit, walk, single. 7-3.
Doesn’t take Burnett out after 5 2/3. Pulls Robertson after D-Rob gets two guys. Not Girardi’s finest moment.
Logan had the one batter. HR. The lack of another lefty in the bullpen hurt the Yankees. Logan’s ALCS ERA? 27.00. Joba went 1 1/3, 1 R.
In the 8th, the Rangers loaded the bases all on walks. Swisher pops up. What an awful job vs. Texas this year. 4 for 44? (yanks 2 for 13 with RISP tonight). 1 for 16 in the ALCS. Berkman grounds out.
Mitre comes in. Hamilton HR, his 4th of the ALCS (MVP?). Cruz a 2-run HR. Meat Tray with the Meat Balls. 10-3.
Yes, the Yanks won game 5 of the 1958 WS at home and the last two on the road. Yes, Wilson, Lewis and Lee aren’t Burdette, Spahn and Burdette again. Yes, in 1958 the Yanks came back from 3-1. Yes, it’s CC, Phil and Andy.
But this team is dead. If not for a 5-run 8th in game 1, they’d have been swept.
Teix is most likely done for 2010 with a pulled hammy. 0 for the ALCS. Alex .133 in the ALCS. Swisher .067. Other than the 5-run comeback and 3 solo HR by Cano, this team has scored only three other runs in four games.
CC may give a good outing. But then it’s back to Texas. Hughes in 6? Question mark. If you somehow force a 7, there’s Lee.
But they aren’t hitting. If this was tennis, the score would read 6-5, 2-7, 0-8 and 3-10. The pitching has given up 30 runs in 4 games. Take away the 5-run comeback inning and Cano’s 3 solo HR and you don’t have much.
I hate to say it, but 2010 is thisclose to over.