The great Yankees teams of the past were known for late-inning lightning. From the 7th inning on, they were dangerous.
Look at how many walk-off wins this years Yankee team has. A good omen.
Once again, the “keep it close and the Yanks will win it” mantra held true.
It was 1-1 in the 7th, with the Yanks’ run coming on a HR by Hinske. (Less than 60 AB as a Yankee but 7 HR). He and Hairston have been superb pickups by Cashman. Give the guy credit. (Also, with Santana done for the year, and CC winning #16 tonight, will the people who knocked Cashman for not trading Joba and/or Hughes for Santana finally give Cash his due? He waited a year for CC. Yes, it cost the Yanks a playoff position in 2008. But instead of having an injured Santana and not having Hughes and/or Joba now, you now have CC, you now have Joba, you now have Hughes … and you may have 105 (!) wins ). 85-48 now. 29 left. The way this team is rolling, 20-9 is NOT out of the question!
Boston is losing as I write. The magic # could drop to 24. The lead could be 7 1/2 with 29 games left.
Forget about that time switching ESPN did with the 9/27 Boston game—unless that is the clincher. The AL East could be over by then.
A-Rod drove in two in the seventh, and added two in the ninth. Late-inning lightning. CC went 7 and was superb again. 7 IP, 1 R, 7 Hits, 1 walk and 9 K. Bruney got an out in the 8th, but gave up a solo dinger to make it 3-2. Coke got his man. Hughes got his (lowering the ERA to 3.21….considering it was 5.45 when he went to the bullpen, what a job).
4 hits for JD tonight, 4 RBI for Alex.
Talk about late-inning lightning? Those two RBI by Alex in the 9th gave the Yanks a cushion. From 3-2 to 5-2.
Then an RBI by Godzilla. Another by the Melkman. Molina joins the Hit Parade with a ribbie.
Jeter gets hit # 2713 and an RBI. Damon follows with a hit and a ribbie. Seven runs in for the top of the 9th.
I don’t know what Girardi will do now. 10-2.
I will tell you what I would do. NOW is the time for Michael Dunn (just brought up) to make his major league debut.
Ninth inning. An eight-run lead. Let the kid get his feet wet. See what he has got.
Let’s see what Girardi does.
I AM PISSED (and the “Truth” and I texted each other…he doesn’t like this one bit either...in his words, “we baby Joba but let Hughes pitch the 9th with an eight-run lead?”).
Hughes stays in. WHY???????? This is the PERFECT time for Dunn to make his MLB debut. No pressure. 8-run lead. Let the kid get his feet wet.
Hughes was fabulous, K’ing the side in the 9th. ERA down to 3.16.
But I have to blast Girardi here. You have an EIGHT-RUN LEAD. Why use Phil? What if he takes a liner off his leg or pitching arm? IT IS SEPTEMBER 2nd! Put the kid, Dunn, in and see what he has.
Had Phil gotten hurt, I would never—ever—have forgiven Girardi.
After all, that is what September callups are for!
One last thing:
#6 to why I’d go with Burnett in Game Two and NOT Game Three. Suzyn Waldman while doing the radio broadcast of the game tonight mentioned how much Burnett likes to follow CC.
There you have it. Six reasons why Burnett should go in Game 2 of the ALDS instead of Game 3. Yet Abraham, Feinsand and others have it backwards.
Sorry. I say CC/AJ/Andy/Joba/CC in the ALDS.
Funny how recently released (by Boston) Brad Penny goes to the NL and tosses 8 shutout innings at the Phils. You have so many pitchers going from AL to NL (Clemens, Randy, CC, Lee…now Penny) and just lighting up the NL —some after struggling in the Al. Between that the AL dominance in All-Star games recently… and remember that Smoltz has done well since HIS return to the NL…