From a Bob Klapisch feature on ESPN.com, earlier today:
“Anyone who tells you they could’ve predicted what Shawn’s done, or did predict it, is lying,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “When we got him [July 28] we needed a pitcher, and he was better than what we had on the roster. That was about it. The rest you can credit to Shawn.”
Seriously, how could anyone have predicted that Chacón would channel the pitching skill of Don Newcombe (say, around age 30) once he hit the Bronx? As long as he keeps pitching the way he’s been doing, including tonight, let’s just join hands and keep riding the C-Train. Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo!
Memo to Yankees: Find a way to trade with the Jays for that Shaun Marcum kid and use him out of the pen. He’s not afraid of pressure, throws strikes, and has some stuff. He’s going to be a good one.
So, ho-hum, the Yankees win another game today. And, it’s the 14th shutout victory for the team this year – tops in the A.L. (Lousy Yankees starting pitching, huh?)
Again, it (meaning a win) just seems like a given thing these days – even when they do something like tonight, where they have the bases loaded with no outs (in the 2nd) and the heart of the order up, and plate no one. It just doesn’t seem to matter. They’re just going to win.
Further, the Yankees actually now have a great shot at posting the best record in the league and getting home field in the post-season. How did that happen? Man, they’ve come a loooong way baby.
During the game today, I did allow my mind to wander a bit – towards the game on Sunday.
Will the Yankees fans do something for Bernie Williams, in what may be his last regular season game? I’m thinking no (at the moment) – as they probably expect him to have some post-season games coming in the Bronx. And, he’s not retiring, so maybe there’s no sense of urgency? I’m not sure.
Also, I wonder what the Yankees rookies will be forced to wear going into the last road trip of the season? Didn’t they do Elvis last year? Or, was last year the pimp suits? I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures for this year – whatever they decide. Wang, Cano, and the boys better get ready.
I did have one rant from today. It’s the 9th inning, there are 2 outs, you’re up by five, and you have Rivera start to get loose? Torre, man, you’re killing me.
Lastly, thanks to Miggy (B-12) Tejada, the O’s let down Daniel Cabrera tonight (and cost my prediction from coming true) and Boston won this evening. Nonetheless, the Yankees magic number is now 9. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 9 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East. And, there are 9 games to go.
If Jaret Wright can pitch into the 7th tomorrow, I like the Yankees chances to make that number go down some more.