Another close game. Wow. But, it’s another win.
September 16, 1964 – the Yankees are a 1/2 game out of first.
September 19, 1964 – the Yankees take first place and don’t look back.
September 16, 2005 – the Yankees are 1.5 games out of first.
September 21, 2005 – the Yankees take first place for the first time since July 18th.
This year is really starting to look like 1964.
Tonight’s game is a credit to the good people on staff with the Yankees.
On July 24th, Joe Kerrigan sits with Randy Johnson. Since then, including tonight, in his last 6 starts, the Big Unit is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.91. He’s only allowed 1 homer in those games and the league is only hitting .158 against him.
Matt Lawton comes to New York and can’t hit planet earth if he fell out of a space ship. Don Mattingly works with him and tonight he hits the big HR that provided the runs to win this game.
Wow. Have I said that already?
And, elsewhere, Mike Timlin blows a game in the 8th inning for the Red Sox. In their last 20 games, Boston has a record of 10-10. Something is happening with that team.
Is it O.K. to say “Wow” again? Wow.
Wow-we-wow-wow, in fact.
There are two concerns from this otherwise wonderful evening. First, Giambi looks like a guy who should be on the DL because of his back. Secondly, Mariano Rivera is not going to have a shoulder left come October the way he has to pitch just about every game these days.
Nonetheless, the Yankees magic number is now 11. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 11 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East. And, there are 11 games to go.
Torre better have a very short leash on Mussina tomorrow. While a loss on Thursday would not be the end of the world, a win, giving the Yankees a full game lead, with just 10 games to go, is a gazillion times better than allowing the idle Red Sox to regain a share of first place.
This is the time to put the pedal to the metal.