• August 27th vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on August 27th, 2008 · Comments (23)

    Time of death: The 8th inning of Game 132 – approximately 9:55 pm EST on August 27, 2008.

    Yes, that’s when the Yankees 2008 season, in terms of any possibility of being a championship contender, ended. When Dustin Pedroia (pictured, right) hit a grand slam for the Sox in the 8th inning of this game it not only locked up this contest for Boston…it killed any hope for the Yankees to remain in the chase for the American League Wildcard.

    With this loss, New York now sits seven games back of Boston, in the loss column, in the A.L. Wildcard standings – with only thirty games left remaining on the Yankees schedule.

    Do the math on that puppy, if you must. If the Red Sox play just .500 ball for the rest of this season, the Yankees would have to win 23 of 30 games – a winning percentage of .767 – to pass them.

    Forget the fact that Boston has many home games left on their ticket as well as some games against teams with less-than-great records…and that it’s very remote that they would ever play just .500 ball from here out. Just focus on the Yankees, for this moment.

    The Yankees have one more game against the Red Sox in this series – facing Jon Lester who is murder on left-handed batters. Then, New York has to play Toronto for three games. In these games, the Yankees will have to face A.J. Burnett and Roy Halladay.

    After those four games, the Yankees go on the road: Playing one against the Tigers, three against the Rays, three against the Mariners, and three against the Angels.

    After that insane road-trip, New York returns to Yankee Stadium to play three games against the Rays and then four against the White Sox.

    In total, between tomorrow and September 18th, the Yankees will play 21 games. (And will have nine left after that.) To have any hope, whatsoever, the Yankees will need to win at least 16 of these 21 games.

    So, basically, for the Yankees to get back into this thing, this is what needs to happen:

    They have to play Boston again, the Jays for three – including Burnett and Halladay, then play the road-trip from hell for 10 games, and then play the best team in the A.L. East for three and the best team in the A.L. Central for four…and only lose five (or less!) of those 21 games. Further, on top of that, they need the Boston Red Sox to play no better than .500 ball between now and September 18th.

    Yeah, like that’s really going to happen.

    Sorry, it’s over for this Yankees team – as far as having any chance to play some games in October. It’s wait till next year time…turn out the lights, the party’s over.

    Comments on August 27th vs. The Red Sox

    1. JeremyM
      August 27th, 2008 | 10:58 pm

      Hate to say it, but I wonder if the last home game at Yankee stadium will coincide with their official elimination from playoff contention?

      And what is with espn playing numerous highlights of the 04 ALCS as Yankee Stadium highlights?!? Are you kidding me?

    2. August 27th, 2008 | 11:09 pm

      ~~Hate to say it, but I wonder if the last home game at Yankee stadium will coincide with their official elimination from playoff contention?~~

      It could come earlier than that date.

      I hate to think about how ugly/painful those last three games of the season are going to be at Fenway Park.

    3. Horace Clarke
      August 27th, 2008 | 11:24 pm

      Ernie Douglas is too good-looking to be confused with that little fruity gnome who hit the grand slam. Oh, the shame of it…

      This is almost as bad as 2004. I still think that the entire front office/talent evaluators need to be dumped and that they should overspend if necessary to get a good front office/farm system. Forget Cashman.

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    5. Don
      August 28th, 2008 | 3:26 am

      RIP.

      Or is that RISP?

      Time for Cashman to go.

    6. mikem
      August 28th, 2008 | 6:15 am

      is it just me or does anyone else think that Giambi is a big reason why we in such a big hole..seems like he either hits a home run or nothing. has anyone run any stats and how many extra RBI and wins we would have if Giambi had been replaced by a league average player who can actually hit singles?

    7. Joel
      August 28th, 2008 | 7:29 am

      I agree with Don. And you could add the manager to that as well. He has appeared overwhelmed by this job for some time now. And I think one could make an argument that he has lost the clubhouse, regardless of the corporate-speak soundbites we get every night from the team.

      This was not the “transition” year we were subtly sold by Yankee management. This was something far worse, and much more disturbing.

      Blow it up.

    8. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 8:05 am

      If anything, what happened over teh summer of 2008 proves the front office understood what this season was going to be.

      they knew the team was getting older, that the pitching staff was going to have growing pains.

      they knew Girardi was the right choice to manage, but that there was going to make mistakes, and there needed to be a learning curve for him in NY.

      but noone could have ever predicted this offense would have been THIS bad over 130 games. how could you? on paper, this is practically the same team that scored almost 1000 runs last year.

      it was the media, and the fans, who scoffed at Hank’s comments about it being a transition year… but they knew, and they were honest about it.

      and they also know that they are going to shed a lot of payroll this year, and gain flexibility to reshape the roster. they know that the farm system has had another year to develop prospects, and get other young kids good experience.

      it’s going to be an interesting offseason… i dont know which way they are going to go just yet.

    9. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 10:33 am

      it’s going to be an interesting offseason… i dont know which way they are going to go just yet.
      —————-
      Seeing as they’ve gotten “burned” with the kiddie corps, we’ll probably see a bunch of “proven veterans” brought (bought?) in.

    10. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:09 am

      If I may, to the greatest extent possible, the Yankees have to get younger. Say goodbye to Giambi, shovel the money at Teixeira until he signs. Huge defensive upgrade, prime-age bat that will rake against righties at the Stadium.

      Next they need to make a carefully considered decision about Abreu. His offense didn’t decline as much but his power is down, he’s a liability when he tries to steal now, and you know what you get defensively – a good arm and little more. I might consider re-signing him only if he accepts two years, no more.

      Mussina and Pettitte are both tough decisions. I’d probably keep only one, on a short contract.

      I’d trade IPK, keep Hughes and hope for bounce-back years from Jeter, Posada and A-Rod (in terms of hitting with RISP).

      There’s a chance of another down year if Posada and Jeter are declining, but add a free agent pitcher to go with a healthy Wang and Joba and the Yankees may not need to score 950 runs to make the playoffs.

    11. ken
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:20 am

      ~~Seeing as they’ve gotten “burned” with the kiddie corps, we’ll probably see a bunch of “proven veterans” brought (bought?) in.~~

      I hope not.

      Lord help us if we return to the early 2000′s strategy that gave us Giambi, K Brown, R Johnson, Sheffield. The “trade the prospects and sign all stars at every position” approach led to the disaster of 2004. And residual effects are hurting us now. (What deals would have been been otherwise made; or not made?)

      Cashman needs to come back and stay on track. Give Girardi the right team and he’ll do the job. Or change managers. That’s the least of it.

      This year’s team is not that far from success. (Take away pitching injuries and assume our 4-5 hitters produce even at league average, and the results would be far better.)

    12. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:22 am

      Once was, I agree with your assessment, evry team in the AL East is getting younger even the Jays have better position prospects in their system than the Yankees do with their bonus baby money! I think Texeira will come to NY and make Giambi money. Is he worth it? Considering the fact some of these players are ready for AARP, it might be a good idea. The next GM, hopefully not Cashman, will begin to draft the next generation of position players to avoid this 1965 syndrome again.

      Abreu should be resigned at 2 years for 25 million and a club option. Keep both Moose and Pettite at reduced rates and sign Sabathia. I think that Arod and Posada will comtribute next year but Jeter will decline a little bit. Kennedy belongs on a NL squad and the Yankees should get something for him. Wang and Joba being back will add to the Yankee strength pitchingwise.

    13. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:23 am

      Steve, Pedroia doesn’t look like he’s one of the Three Sons but rather Chukka from Land of the Lost or even a Wolf Boy!

    14. August 28th, 2008 | 11:32 am

      Yeah, what’s up with him and the shadow? He never has a beard and is never clean shaven.

      How does he get that “in between” look, EVERYDAY?

      What does he have – a special electric razor that ensures an everyday look of I didn’t shave today?

    15. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:33 am

      I hope not.
      —————-
      I hope not either, but you know how these things go. Look at how people are screaming about not trading for Santana.

      I can see Hankie messing around trying to land every “big name” or “big game” player out there because they were “on a winner.”

    16. Raf
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:36 am

      How does he get that “in between” look, EVERYDAY?
      ———
      My elementary school principal was like that; perpetual 5:00 shadow.

    17. MJ
      August 28th, 2008 | 11:56 am

      I hope not either, but you know how these things go. Look at how people are screaming about not trading for Santana.

      I can see Hankie messing around trying to land every “big name” or “big game” player out there because they were “on a winner.”
      —————————————
      Agree. It’s positively frightening to think of what the reactionary result of this season will be. How many years will it take to undo the potential disaster this winter will be…?

    18. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:23 pm

      I think the Yanks need to lock up Teixeira because otherwise there is a good chance the Red Sox will throw money his way. I could see Youk going to third, Teixeira at first and Mikey Lowell shipped to the Phils, who wanted him pretty badly before, and they could expect him to put up big numbers in their park.

      Then in one move, the Red Sox would only have Drew in RF and (presumably) Tek behind the plate as the graybeards, and everywhere else you look you’d find young stars or guys in their prime.

    19. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:38 pm

      Once was, I don’t see Boston picking up Tex only because Youk and Lowell are relatively cost efficient for Henry, Theo and Co. Lowell is excellent in Fenway Park offensively so why fix something that is not broken. Quite frankly, they have a gaggle of cheap young postion players.The Red Sox should spend that money on resigning Beckett when the time comes ( Beckett might be the exception to the Red Sox’s reluctance to give a big contract). Though I think that the last big signing for 20 mill will be Manny AND remember that came during the Duquette regime. That play for Santana was a bluff because of the money involved.

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    21. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      August 28th, 2008 | 12:50 pm

      Butchie,
      you may be right but there is money coming off of the payroll. Its distressing to watch Lowell go back to his pattern of having a crappy second half, and Youk’s play at third really shows that there isn’t a big drop off when he plays there.

      I’d say for sure that Theo will be in on Teix, if only to make sure the Yankees pay through the nose. We gotta make sure they use up as much as possible of that new stadium revenue on one guy that they sign way beyond his prime! ;)

    22. butchie22
      August 28th, 2008 | 3:28 pm

      Once was, the problem is the Yankee revenues are supposed to be what 800 mill next with the new stadium? Lucchino keeps on refering to the express train in the bronx keeps on going so Tex won’t be a problem moneywise, even for the newly fiscally responsible Yankees. I have a gut feeling that Tex will end up in the Bronx, Manny in Toronto and CC will be wearing Yankee pinstripes.

      Look with Santana and Boston , they saw his 7 ERA at Fenway and decided to play a game of chicken with NYY. I don’t really see Theo and Co making a mad dash for Teix because of resigning Beckett even though money is coming off for them. Tek really stinks offensively but I feel that he is the heart and soul of that club and it would be a big mistake to get rid of him, even though his slugging,OBP and RISP isn’t pleasing to James and the egghead contingent. I don’t think that the Red Sox are over when Tek leaves, but it gives Tampa the edge as the best team in the division.

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