Pouring in Eastern PA. Things to do, and I’m not hanging around the radio waiting out what could be interminable rain delays. (I don’t know what Boston is like right now, or NY (Mets) but believe me, it’s POURING here). Steelers play tomorrow night, so I can take care of some things this afternoon. Here is what the lineup is supposed to be for Game 1 vs. Dice-K. It could be Moose’s final game if he wants to retire. Hopefully he can get #20.
YANKEES (88-72, will finish 3rd. 2 games better than Pythagorean.)
OPS+ 104, ERA+ 100 (100=league average)
Gardner CF .229-0-16-11-56 (118 MLB AB)
Damon LF .305-17-71-29-122
Abreu RF .297-20-100-21-122 (final games as Yankee?)
A.Rodriguez 3B .300-35-102-18-152 (Risking .300 for possible HR title. One HR back.)
Giambi 1B .249-32-96-2-133 (needs 4 RBI)
Nady DH .268-11-36-0-106 as Yankee. (220 AB). Total, .305-24-93-1-127 (would need a KILLER DH for 100 RBI)
Cano 2B .267-14-71-1-86
Ransom SS 11 for 37. .297-4-8
Molina C .219-3-17-0-54 (and the eternal trivia answer)
Mussina RHP 19-9, 3.47, ERA+ 124.
Hopefully the rain holds up and Moose at least can do it or not on the field and not have the weather decide it for him. Will this be his last game ever? Last as a Yankee and signing elsewhere? If he wins, it’ll be win #270, tying “Ol’ Stubblebeard”, spitballer and HOF Burleigh Grimes, on the all-time list.
Apparently Mo can go. All hands on deck for the Moose.
BTW, Greg Maddux won #355 last night. That moves him past Roger Clemens into 8th on the all-time list. Only one man who pitched after 1930 has more wins than Maddux—Warren Spahn at 363. Something for Maddux to shoot for if he wants to return in 2009. Not only that, 10 wins would put Maddux in the top five.
Jeter finishes at .300-11-69-11, OPS+ 105 (that could change by a point). He’s done.
YFCR returns tonight. Hope to catch you.
40 years ago today: At Fenway, Mickey Mantle pops to short in the top of the 1st. Andy Kosco goes in to play 1B in the bottom of the inning and Mantle never plays again.
4:20 p.m.: An interesting day. Nady hits a 3-run HR off the 18-2 Dice-K (think that bidding didn’t have an effect on baseball? Imagine the Mets or Yanks with him. If the Mets had him, do they still make the Johan deal?) That’s basically it for the Yanks game at present. Moose still pitching in the 6th, but has the 3-run lead and everyone in the bullpen is at the ready to try to bring Moose’s 20th home.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have a 5-1 lead, the Twins a 2-0 lead. If both scores hold up, the White Sox will have their makeup game tomorrow against the Tigers and MUST win to force a one-game playoff Tuesday for the AL Central title.
In the NL, the Mets currently are trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 8th. The bullpen blows it AGAIN. Schoenweis comes in and gives up a tie-breaking HR to Wes Helms. Ayala relieves Schoeneweis and gives up an insurance HR to Uggla. Last game at Shea? Postgame ceremonies on the closing of Shea….in the rain. Could be QUITE miserable. ESPECIALLY since the Brewers have now taken a 3-1 lead as Ryan Braun HRs in the bottom of the 8th for the Brew Crew. For the second straight year, the JV’s (as Tim the Wizard calls them) could be shut out of the playoffs by losing on the season’s final day. If so, Brewers/Phils, Cubs/Dodgers. Torre vs. Lou means a tough choice for Yankee fans. As for me, I’d have to go Cubs. After all, the Dodgers are “Boston West” with Manny, Derek Lowe and Nomar.
4:40: Brewers win 3-1. Mets need a miracle comeback. Looks like another last-game heartbreak.
Moose is pulled after 6 with a three-run lead. Coke in. If this is Mussina’s final game of his career, he is “Going in Style”
“The Real Thing” has a scoreless inning. 1-2-3 with 2 Ks. 2 more innings for the Moose to win #20. Joba and Mo?
4:45 p.m. White Sox win. They have to play the makeup game tomorrow NO MATTER WHAT THE TWINS DO.
5 P.M.: Joba comes in for the 8th. Walk, double. Damn. C’mon, do it for Moose. Bruney relieves Joba. K. Sterling mentions that Bruney’s 96 is faster than Joba right now.
Two out. Easley walks. Bottom of 9th. Church up. Mets’ last hope. He flies out. Mets are HISTORY. It’s the Brewers/Phils, Cubs/Dodgers. For the second year in a row, Florida eliminates the Mets at home on the season’s final day.
Groundout. Run scores. Runner at 3rd, 2 out and Marte in. Stinkin’ Marte gives up a hit. 3-2 Yanks. Yanks go to Mo now. Joba, Marte don’t do thier jobs for Moose.
Twins get 2 in the 8th. 6-0 Twins. They will most likely carry that 1/2 game lead into tomorrow.
The Greatest gets a K to end the inning. Hopefully the Yanks get some insurance runs and the Greatest won’t be needed in the 9th. Still….what a job by the Greatest…Mo. Shoulder bothering him, and look what he’s done this year. Superb.
Final. Twins win. Chicago must win the makeup tomorrow to force a playoff game Tuesday vs. the Twins.
Cano and Ransom single. SF Molina for an insurance run. Good for Moose. Single for the Road Runner. Raining. Game 162? Questionable. Damon walks. Bases loaded. Melky groundout, RBI. A-Rod infield hit, RBI. 6-2 Yanks. Looks like #20 for Moose.
Error Ransom. But Mo gets the next two. One out to go for Moose’s 20th and Mo’s 39th save. He gets the groundout!
20 for MOOSE! Congrats. Who’d have thought? At 39, Moose is finally a 20 game winner! #270 ties Burleigh Grimes on the all-time list. I don’t expect Mo to go in game 2 (if played). 6-5, 39 saves, 1.40 for Mo. 1.40. 2nd lowest of his career behind the 1.38 of 2005. Win #89 for the Yanks.