If the Yanks sweep Boston (5-17 this month) and the Rays win today, it’d create a wild card tie with three games to go. How I’d love to see it.
Yanks 96-61, clinched A.L. #1 seed. Today’s lineup, because of a d/n dh, has some regulars out.
Three games worse than Pythagorean record. OPS+108, ERA+ 120
Gardner CF .261-7-36 46sb/59 att; OPS+ 91 (ave-100) AL SB leader
Jeter SS .297-6-60 15/21 96 3085 career hits
Rodriguez 3B .277-16-61 4/5 117 629 HR, needs to find his stroke, .277
Posada DH .238-13-42 0/2 87 see below
Jones LF .251-12-32 0/0 123 419 HR
Martin C .237-17-64 8/9 91
Dickerson RF .302-1-6 3/3 98 13 for 43
Laird 1B .154-0-1 0/0 16 2 for 13
Pena 2B .118-1-4 0/0 (-3) 4 for 34, yes, that’s a minus 3.
Burnett P 10-11, 5.28, ERA+ 84
Why Posada cleanup? I think because of the very real possibility that this could be Jorge’s last regular season home game. It’s a tribute, and although no one wants to actually say it’s a goodbye, read between the lines.
To me, it’s pretty obvious who should be the #3 starter in the postseason. After CC and Nova, who has the most wins? Garcia with 12. Who has the lowest ERA? Garcia at 3.62, same as Nova. Who is the only one with a winning record? Garcia at 12-8 (A.J. 10-11 going into today, Hughes 5-5, Colon 8-10). To me, go with Garcia, hope he keeps you in the game, gives you five, then go to a bullpen where you can use Ayala in the 6th (1.67), Soriano in the 7th (3.62), Robertson in the 8th (1.11) and Mo (1.95). That’s not even taking Cory Wade (1.98) into account.
Love it. Gardner bunts his way on leading off the bottom of the 1st. SB #47 (got to go on a knuckleballer, Wakefield). Jeter bunt hit (#3086), love it. Gardner to third. Jeter SB #16, PB on the play lets Gardner score, and it’s 1-0 Yanks. Boston looks like a team completely falling apart. We’ll see what happens today, but…
Umm…after a groundout by A-Rod, A PB moves Jeter to third. Got to love the knuckleball. WP makes it 2-0. Two bunt singles, two passed balls, a wild pitch and the Yanks are up 2-0. Posada walks and so does Jones, but after one, it’s 2-0 Yankees.
One PB is changed to an E-2.
Some people have no clue. None. Someone named Dom Arruzzo of Hamilton, N.J. criticizes Mo’s “meltdowns” in the 2001 WS and 2004 ALCS. Um, that 2001 Game 7 loss is Mo’s only postseason loss. He gave up the tying run in Game 4. Tying. The Yanks (it’s a team game) had an opportunity to score runs before losing in extras. Mo gave up the tying run in Game 5 only because he came in with a man on third. He got a SF. It’s not easy to just strike someone out. He got the out. He didn’t give up a HR and then put a man on third. Gordon did.
…and oh yeah,… how many people remember what Mo had to do BEFORE that 2004 ALCS started? Bury his cousins. Read that again. BURY HIS COUSINS. How many people remember that? (Mr. Arruzzo must clearly not remember it). Upon celebrating their ALDS win that year, Mo was notified that two of his cousins were electrocuted while cleaning Mo’s swimming pool. Before Game 1 of that ALCS, he went to Panama to bury them. It was unknown whether he’d make it back for the game, but in the middle of the game, there he was….direct from the airport.
Yes, Mo didn’t get it done in Games 4 and 5 of that 2004 ALCS, but how would YOU have performed in such a situation? He’s human. He just buried two family members after an unspeakable tragedy. But people like Mr. Arruzzo forget that. Pathetic. Have a bleeping heart. And to hold those two years against him, when so many other years ended in success BECAUSE OF HIM? Just shows cluelessness.
In the third, what could be a storybook ending for Posada comes true. He gets a 2-run HR (14) to put the Yanks up 4-0. It could be his last HR as a Yankee. It’s #275, and matches Roger Maris’ total (Maris had 203 of his 275 as a Yankee).
A.J. gives up a HR to Ellsbury in the 4th. 4-1. Meanwhile, the Rays have a lead. Still in all, good outing by A.J. so far today.
In the fifth, more signs of Boston bumbling. Jeter singles, goes to second on an error by Crawford, and scores on an A-Rod single. 5-1.
It’s something when Joel Sherman has his Anti-MVP list and Crawford and Werth, arguably two of last year’s top free agents, are listed.
Oh, Lord. That annoying Kars for Kids commercial again.
The Red Sox cut it to 5-2 in the sixth on another Ellsbury HR, his 30th.
The Yanks get it back in the bottom of the sixth. Laird singles, is sac’d to second by Pena and scores on Jeter’s double. That’s Jeter’s 3rd hit of the day, (3088) and it gives Jeter a .300 average. Can he hold it? It’s amazing, since on the day Jeter went 5 for 5 and got his 3000th hit (July 9th), he entered the day with a .257 B.A.
Posada singles in the 7th, PR for by Nunez. In what could be the last regular season home start of Posada’s career, he goes 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
A.J. goes 7 2/3, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 6 K. His best performance in God knows how long. Like Garcia’s performance yesterday, it’s encouraging. But I still think Garcia gets Game 3. ERA to 5.16. He goes to 11-11.
Robertson gets a K for the last out in the 8th. 1.11.
He stays for the 9th. Gives up a single, but 0 R, 2 K.
99 K in 66 IP for Robertson this year. ERA an incredible 1.10.
Now to get the sweep.
What’s worse for Boston is this: the Rays won 5-2. Boston’s wild card lead is down to a half a game.
The Red Sox are collapsing like a deck of cards. Tonight, they throw 6.49 ERA Lackey.