• August 5th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on August 6th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    Did Phil Hughes really need to pitch in this game – with him pitching the day before and the Boston series starting the day after? Joba Chamberlain pitches the first game of the Sox/Yanks four-game set. So, you have to figure New York is going to need their set-up men out of the pen for that one, no?

    Strange game for Sergio Mitre. Sure, there were some well placed balls that went for hits in the first. And, he did work his way out of trouble in other spots. But, you have to be able to go five innings in a start – and he’s not showing us that he can do that. Oh, well, at least the Yankees avoided pitching him against the Red Sox and did win the game he started this turn.

    Before moving off this game, as a kid, I thought that Rollen Stewart has annoying as heck back in the day. But, boy, Tim Williams and Joe Farrell take it to another level. I miss the days where the only distraction during a Jays-Yankees game in Toronto were the waitresses who worked the seats behind home plate…

    So, now it begins! Yankees/Red Sox for four at the Stadium. New York has won three straight and Boston has lost two straight coming in – giving the Yankees a 2 1/2 game lead over the Sox (in the standings) at this moment. Will that lead be 6 1/2 games on Monday morning? Or, will Boston have a 1 1/2 game lead over New York come Monday? Or, will it still be 2 1/2 games, for New York, after this big series? Of course, it could also be extended to 4 1/2 games for the Yankees, or, cut down to just a half-game lead for New York by Monday…

    The good news, to me, is that the Yankees now only need to win one of their next four games to ensure that they will still be in first place when the Red Sox leave the Bronx. That’s a nice safety net…assuming they can actually beat Boston, at least once, which would be the first time they’ve beaten them this year…

    Comments on August 5th @ The Blue Jays

    1. Rich
      August 6th, 2009 | 12:37 am

      Nope, Girardi could have gone batter to batter with Melancon, but such is the case with recent Yankee managers named Joe.

    2. Evan3457
      August 6th, 2009 | 12:38 am

      Nope; can’t beat Boston, gonna go 0-18 for the season.

      Fortunately, the Rays will go 13-5 vs. the Sox, and the Yanks will wind up 11-7 vs. the Rays, allowing the Yanks to win the division at 96-66, the Rays to finish 2nd at 95-67, and the Sox to finish 3rd at 94-68.

      That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

    3. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      August 6th, 2009 | 9:30 am

      The Red Sox are going into free-fall. The deficit should be 6.5 by Sunday night, but perhaps only 4.5. They’ll be out of the wild card by the end of next week, and they won’t reach 90 wins.

    4. MJ
      August 6th, 2009 | 9:51 am

      OnceIWasAYankeeFan wrote:

      The Red Sox are going into free-fall. The deficit should be 6.5 by Sunday night, but perhaps only 4.5. They’ll be out of the wild card by the end of next week, and they won’t reach 90 wins.

      Are you sarcastic or do you really believe that? I sure as hell don’t. The Red Sox are making the playoffs this year and, as usual, rolling over the Angels. After that, we’ll see.

    5. YankCrank
      August 6th, 2009 | 10:00 am

      The Red Sox are going into free-fall. The deficit should be 6.5 by Sunday night, but perhaps only 4.5. They’ll be out of the wild card by the end of next week, and they won’t reach 90 wins.
      ——-

      The Red Sox lost two close games, on the road, to a very good team after winning 3 or 4 straight (i forget the exact number). None of that signifies anything close to a free fall. The fact that the Sox have played their worst stretch of baseball since 2006 and are still only a couple games back is very encouraging. Also, we haven’t even beaten you in a game yet this year…if that continues (please, don’t continue) the Sox ill be fine.

      So i’m guessing you were being sarcastic, it’s hard to tell online.

    6. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      August 6th, 2009 | 10:21 am

      I use emoticons whenever necessary. I am not being sarcastic.

      The pitching consists of two aces and three pieces of you-know-what. There is no help on the way, though it must have been amusing for you when you heard that they signed Paul Byrd.

      The closer has gone from Cy Young to Sayonara, relatively speaking. At least, I hold my breath when he is brought in, and that is a very strange and aggravating feeling.

      The Yankees are a better team, top to bottom, and over 162 games I am certain it will show. Better starters, better offense, better closer and enough arms to get to the closer.

      The Rays are a better team, top to bottom, and over 162 games, that will show. Better starters, better offense, equal bullpen, and the absolute confidence to know that they will beat us.

      Stick a fork in them, they are done.

      And if you needed one more reason, here it is: Only seven more games against the Orioles.

    7. YankCrank
      August 6th, 2009 | 11:14 am

      though it must have been amusing for you when you heard that they signed Paul Byrd.
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      Yeah, very amusing when our 5th starter couldn’t get through 5 against the Jays and we signed Russ Ortiz. I like the Byrd move.

      As for what you’re saying, I understand the frustration. It’s hard to think straight when the team you love is consistently throwing out clinkers for games, but even the best teams go through rough stretches. The Sox have far too much talent to play like this the rest of the year.

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