Here’s a wild idea – how about Darrell Rasner on the post-season roster instead of Dotel?
OK, you pull a bunch of guys because of the rain. Not a terrible idea. But, you leave in Giambi, to play the field (no less!), with his bad wrist? I just don’t get Torre sometimes. Strike that – make it a lot of times.
Jim Kaat mentioned this several times on YES tonight, but, A-Rod is having one heckuva September. His OPS for the month, to date, is in the thirteen hundreds.
Part of me is bothered by this development.
Sure, I want to see him do well – because that helps the Yankees. But, on the flip side, seeing him mash (off the charts) like this now makes me worry about what happens in October.
If Alex Rodriguez bombs in the post-season this year, the case against him will be set up perfectly: He was great in May. He struggled badly when the team needed him in June. Once the season was locked up, he hit like Babe Ruth in September. And, once the games “counted” again in October, he failed.
The only way around this is for A-Rod to play well in the post-season. He doesn’t need to have an OPS around 1300 – but, something in the range of 890 would make the case “for him” much easier.
Lastly, good for Jeter, Cano and Matsui tonight. Let’s hope that Posada is O.K. – and, thanks for nothing Baltimore.
On the bright side, if the Yankees take 3 of 4 from Boston this weekend, it’s officially over in the A.L. East. And, it would give New York 13 games to play around with until the post-season. That’s one nice cushion – almost too big. But, it beats playing it down until the last weekend (like last year).