• August 4th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on August 4th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Wow. Every time you thought the Yankees had a little breathing room in this one…bam…it was back to being a nail-biter.

    A-Rod almost gets nailed, pushing it on the bases in the first on the Halladay error, but gets away with it when he kicks the ball (Ha!) out of Rod Barajas’ mitt. And, Johnny Damon gets a hanger from Halladay in the eighth, on a 2-2 pitch with two outs, and lifts it high and far enough for a homer.

    To me, those two runs were the margin of victory in this 5-3 game. The RBI double by Rodriguez in the first, the homerun by Teixeira in the eighth, and the bomb from Godzilla in the ninth were all hard hit balls. They were going no matter what…it’s that gift in the first on the kicked ball and that mistake by Halladay to Damon that were the deal breakers here.

    On the Yankees pitching side, Andy Pettitte, with the help of some at’em balls, a sweet 3-6-3 DP in the fifth by Teixiera, and a nice running catch by Leche in the seventh, had a heckuva game – banging out round after round with Halladay.

    Phil Hughes had his bumps in the eighth – but, that 1-2 curveball that Hughes threw to Jose Bautista, to get him looking, ending the seventh inning, was an absolute work of art. Seriously, send a video of that pitch to the Louvre.

    Lastly, we have Mo. Dunno what was up with Rivera today. He got away with that pitch to Jose Bautista in the ninth. And, I was a bit nervous when Aaron Hill came to the plate in that frame as well. Like I said, this one was a nail-biter at times. But, the Sandman closed the door and the Yankees came away with a win against Doc Halladay.

    As this is being posted, the Red Sox and Rays are tied at two after eight. But, regardless of whether Boston wins or loses, this win is huge for the Yankees – as it either helps them hold their position (should Boston win) or helps them add a game to their lead (should the Sox lose). The Yankees need to get greedy now…and get the sweep tomorrow.

    Comments on August 4th @ The Blue Jays

    1. Rich
      August 4th, 2009 | 10:22 pm

      Regularly using an almost 40 year old Mo, who is coming off shoulder surgery, for four outs saves is really dumb.

    2. JeremyM
      August 4th, 2009 | 10:52 pm

      Yeah, it probably is, even though he has looked exceptional in all of them leading up to this one and did get the job done tonight. But at some point he is going to likely wear out.

      This game shows why some wins against sub-.500 teams are not all the same (and vice versa of course). Any time you beat Halladay, you’ve done something.

    3. yagottagotomo1
      August 4th, 2009 | 11:31 pm

      They only do it when he hasn’t been worked hard in the days prior to it. He has pitched something like twice in the last week. They are hardly overworking him.

    4. Rich
      August 4th, 2009 | 11:37 pm

      If overworking him isn’t a risk, why has Girardi explicitly said that he doesn’t want to use Mo for five out saves? Obviously, he is acknowledging that there is a risk of overuse, but no one can know if four out saves preclude the risk that Girardi thinks that five outs saves present.

      So the risk is clearly present.

      Hughes is good enough to finish his own appearances. Mo should be restricted to three out saves except in a very critical game down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    5. shaked
      August 5th, 2009 | 7:19 am

      Rich wrote:

      Mo should be restricted to three out saves except in a very critical game down the stretch and in the playoffs.

      I have been a bit more worried about Mo’s work this year as well. As much as I disliked the way Joe Torre managed games at times, he stuck to a strict Mo policy: if he gets up, he’s coming into the game.

      The 5-2 game as well as the 8-2 (guessing) game where Joe G started the inning off with a poor reliever (Albie or Bruney) and then IMMEDIATELY got Mo up as soon as there were signs of trouble really aggravated me. If you aren’t willing to trust your 3rd, 4th, and 5th best options, why even waste time putting them in the game? It’s not worth sacrificing Mo’s arm over in my opinion. I really hope the division/wild card is at hand by September so Mo can rest for a couple of weeks. He’s getting up there in age. He doesn’t have many more playoff runs left in the tank. The Yanks need to preserve him.

      Disclaimer: I’m not sure what the effects of warming up and tossing a few pitches in the bullpen on an “off-day” are on an arm/shoulder, but I can’t imagine it being helpful. Mo worked 3 straight, got a couple days off, worked 2 straight, got up in one game (but didn’t enter), and then worked the next night. That’s A LOT of work in a 9 day period regardless of age.

    6. MJ
      August 5th, 2009 | 9:19 am

      The Yankees need to get greedy now…and get the sweep tomorrow.
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      Agreed, especially because David Price is pitching for Tampa tonight. Although he’s been much better at home than he’s been on the road, I’ll be diplomatic in saying that he’s looked pretty rough out there in his first year as a starter. Brad Penny is no better so it’s possible that there’s a slugfest down in Tampa tonight and those types of games can go either way (with a slight edge to Boston, given their lineup).

    7. Corey
      August 5th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      I’m not sure what all your complaints about Mo’s usage are about, he was fresh and he looked it. Mo’s stuff was too good last night due to the extra strength, and he couldn’t control it as a result. It’s been a while (if ever) since i’ve seen the ball have that much movement out of Mo’s hands. His cutter looked like sliders.

      The one thing i noticed about this game was, and I’m not sure if it’s the surgery he had or the lack of PED’s(him trying to conserve energy, where as if he was on PED’s he’d have tons of energy), but A-Rod is no longer hustling on every play like he used to…and that almost cost him at the plate last night, but thankfully he kicked the ball out of barajas’ glove

    8. Corey
      August 5th, 2009 | 9:33 am

      but, that 1-2 curveball that Hughes threw to Jose Bautista
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      that breaking ball had me fooled too…as he threw it I said to myself, ugh he lost 1 there…nasty

    9. YankCrank
      August 5th, 2009 | 9:42 am

      The one thing i noticed about this game was, and I’m not sure if it’s the surgery he had or the lack of PED’s(him trying to conserve energy, where as if he was on PED’s he’d have tons of energy), but A-Rod is no longer hustling on every play like he used to
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      I’ve noticed this all year with Alex, and I think it’s far too soon to presume it’s because of a lack of PEDs. He’s only 34 and it’s more of a sign that he needs to take it easy with his ody to last the entire year after an invasive hip surgery.

      He can’t run full speed, he has zero range at 3b, he never dives and only slides if he absolutely has to. He also doesn’t take any pre-game bp anymore and doesn’t do his intense pre-game workouts either, both because he needs to conserve energy and in turn, conserve health. I could be wrong, but it all seems to be a result of the surgery. That and, considering he needs another surgery in the offseason, the injury may just not be fully healed.

    10. bfriley76
      August 5th, 2009 | 10:00 am

      @ MJ:
      and let’s hope its the type of game that beats up the bullpen a little more. Can only help this weekend.

    11. Corey
      August 5th, 2009 | 10:05 am

      @ YankCrank:
      but isn’t that the point of PED’s? To help 1 recover faster?

    12. YankCrank
      August 5th, 2009 | 10:15 am

      @ YankCrank:
      but isn’t that the point of PED’s? To help 1 recover faster?
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      Yes, that is the point, and i’m sure if he were on them he’d be hopping around like he was still 25.

    13. MJ
      August 5th, 2009 | 10:16 am

      bfriley76 wrote:

      @ MJ:
      and let’s hope its the type of game that beats up the bullpen a little more. Can only help this weekend.

      Agreed. The Rays/Sox went to 13 innings last night so I figure Boston’s bullpen is already a little ragged going into tonight’s game. Here’s hoping Tampa softens them up a little more for us.

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