The good news: How many times do you allow 18 hits, 2 walks, and make an error in a game and win?
The bad news: When you’re winning 10-3 after five, you probably should be able to close the game out without using your primary set-up man and your closer. The use of Mo in this game was very disturbing – especially since he was warmed, then sat down, and then later brought up again to come into the game.
Related, just what is the deal with Ramiro Mendoza? He hasn’t been used in three weeks. If he’s not able to throw, just why was he activated at all? And, hearing the stats on YES tonight about Leiter against LH batters as a Yankee (it was something like 0 BB and HR allowed), it’s time to start using him as a LOOGY and forget about Alan Embree.
Aw, what the hey? The important thing is the “W” tonight. Just keep on keeping on, that’s the thing. Who cares if it’s pretty and/or pristine at this stage? In the end, it doesn’t matter – as long as you win.
I guess those reports of Sheffield not being to hit for power were not spot on, huh?
And, that bomb from A-Rod in the 8th, well, I’ve been watching games since 1973 and I cannot ever remember seeing a RH batter go upper-tank at the Stadium before. That’s power.
The Yankees magic number is now 13. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 13 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East. And, there are 12 games to go.
It’s a big game for Randy Johnson tomorrow. His ERA of 3.60 for September (to date) is the best mark that he’s posted for any month so far this season. Ditto his opponent’s batting average of .185 this month. He needs to keep pace with that now.