• August 23rd @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on August 24th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Excellent scouting/strategy by the Yankees in this one…having a game plan to attack early in the count against Beckett. Even Terry Francona referenced it during the in-game interview on ESPN. Somebody on the New York coaching staff, and/or the scouting department, derserves a gold star for that one. And, two thumbs up to the players for executing it.

    The A.L. East, while not carved in stone, is pretty much a done deal now with this Yankees victory. New York is up on Boston by 7 games in the loss column with 38 games left to play. Sure, yeah, I know about the 1969 Mets, the 1993 Braves, the 1995 Mariners, the 1978 Yankees and the 2007 Phillies. But, it ain’t happening for Boston this year – not with the condition of their starting pitchers. At this point, all the Yankees need to do from here out is win as much as they lose, avoid injuries to key players, not underestimate who they play in the ALDS, and figure out a way to beat the Angels (should they face them sometime in October). If New York can do that, there’s no reason why we can’t see the World Series come to the Bronx in October.

    Comments on August 23rd @ The Red Sox

    1. Evan3457
      August 24th, 2009 | 5:08 am

      Ran a log5 on the remaining games. It tells me Yanks should go 24-14 the rest of the way, and wind up 102-60 (It also tells me they should split 4 games vs. Angels; we’ll see about that)

      Also ran subjective worst/middle/best cases for each series:

      Worst case: 13-25, final record: 91-71 (probably out of playoffs)
      Middle case: 22-16, final record: 100-62 (division champs, unless something very unusal happens)
      Best case: 32-6, Final record: 110-52 (division champs, unless there is a direct order from a Higher Power to the contrary)

      Average of the 3 cases is 100-62, and very likely, divisional champs.

      Would like to get a 2-2 split vs. Angels, and make sure of the extra game at home for a potential ALCS (wild card is extremely unlikely to be the Angels, which is just about the only way the Yanks can get the Angels in the 1st round).

    2. clintfsu813
      August 24th, 2009 | 6:50 am

      I know its doubtful, but Matsui not making Cash’s decision for next year any easier, lol. Fear The Godzilla..the new Sox killer!

    3. butchie22
      August 24th, 2009 | 8:04 am

      Not only a case of figuring out the Angels BUT possibly Detroit and the wild card team. BTW, that is shaping up to be an interesting little race. Tampa is still around , the Rangers haven’t gone away and Boston is still in the hunt as well. The Yanks haven’t had much luck in October past the first round with in the last few years.

      Funny how the Bluebirds mashed Beckett last time out. Good hitting team, terrible RISP team so if the Jays shelled Beckett could you imagine what the Yanks would do? WE got that answer last night and what an answer indeed.

    4. Tresh Fan
      August 24th, 2009 | 8:30 am

      `The Yankees are now 40-14 (.741) since Cashman went to Atlanta. And in that span they’ve picked up 12 1/2 games on the Red Sox. Incredible.

    5. MJ
      August 24th, 2009 | 8:32 am

      Excellent scouting/strategy by the Yankees in this one
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      Seriously, when was the last time anyone ever said/wrote those words regarding a Yanks win? Usually people (myself included) think the Yanks don’t spend enough time (or money) on the scouting.

      It was nice to come back after a brutal Saturday and beat Boston’s best pitcher. All in all, the Yanks went 7-3 on the three-city road trip which is pretty darn good, no matter what. .700 ball on a road trip that included the Pacific timezone and our most hated rivals? That’s fantastic.

    6. YankCrank
      August 24th, 2009 | 9:41 am

      I think all those “Yanks can’t beat the Sox cuz they’re 0-8″ people are silent, as is the “Well, they can beat the Sox but not in Fenway” crowd as well.

      You can’t be much happier with how the Yankees played on this road trip and in Fenway. Makes the off day easier, makes the month between now and our last Red Sox series easier too.

      It’s just been a great season to be a Yankee fan so far. What can we possibly have to complain about at this point?

    7. MJ
      August 24th, 2009 | 9:50 am

      It’s just been a great season to be a Yankee fan so far. What can we possibly have to complain about at this point?
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      NOTHING!

    8. clintfsu813
      August 24th, 2009 | 10:00 am

      The only grip I have has been AJ at Fenway. Thats gonna need to change, stat.

    9. butchie22
      August 24th, 2009 | 10:19 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      The only grip I have has been AJ at Fenway. Thats gonna need to change, stat.

      True dat, Clint. If they face Boston in the playoffs AJ pitches game 2 against Boston @ the Stadium for sure. AP goes game 3 @ The Most Unbeloved Stadium in the USA.

      @ Crank, we can complain about the expensive seats, the beer, the moat, Burnit flopping at Green Monster Park, Swisher Sweet’s baserunning and fielding, Posada’s game calling, CC’s girth, Gym Teacher Girardi’s sour mug when the Bombers are losing, the horrible weather earlier this summer, and the end of an era at the old park ! :) Seriously, though they’ll probably go on a mini-losing streak sometime soon and we’ll find something to pick on. I’m also quite sure that Teix and St Derek will not look like MVP candidates on some days BUT we’ll get over it. So far so good, but it ain’t over just yet……..

    10. MJ
      August 24th, 2009 | 10:55 am

      From Buster Olney re: the scouting issue:

      “Why Beckett lost, from Trevor Ebaugh of ESPN Stats & Information: The Yankees’ HR data from Sunday night showed a definite trend in how to approach Beckett – look fastball first pitch, then curveball with two strikes. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui’s leadoff HRs in the first and second innings were both off fastballs. Robinson Cano and A-Rod later followed with homers off two-strike curveballs. This proved to be a great approach: Beckett threw 25 of 33 first pitch fastballs (76% vs. 59% overall). Beckett threw curveballs in 8 of 18 of at-bats that reached two strikes (44% vs. 25% overall).”

    11. Raf
      August 24th, 2009 | 11:17 am

      Sure, yeah, I know about the 1969 Mets, the 1993 Braves, the 1995 Mariners, the 1978 Yankees and the 2007 Phillies. But, it ain’t happening for Boston this year – not with the condition of their starting pitchers.

      Not only that, we have 5 examples in 40 years… The odds are definitely in our favor

    12. butchie22
      August 24th, 2009 | 6:00 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Sure, yeah, I know about the 1969 Mets, the 1993 Braves, the 1995 Mariners, the 1978 Yankees and the 2007 Phillies. But, it ain’t happening for Boston this year – not with the condition of their starting pitchers.
      Not only that, we have 5 examples in 40 years… The odds are definitely in our favor

      What were the odds that the 04 Red Sox would come back from a 0-3 deficit? No team had ever done that before in playoffs baseball? The Philly pitching wasn’t all that last year BTW either. One ace(Hamels) and the rest were not the creme de la creme of pitching in the playoffs. It’s like I said about Boston, until I see the stake through their hearts, garlic all over the body and the body encased in a silver casket….I’m not buying Boston’s demise or lack of resolve just yet…..

    13. Raf
      August 24th, 2009 | 9:58 pm

      Butchie, baseball has had a best of 7 series since the 20′s. The LCS has had a best of 7 format since 1985.

      The Yankees blowing an LCS lead after a 3-0 lead is an event that has happened ONCE in 48 LCS series.

      I wouldn’t worry about it. The numbers show that it doesn’t happen often.

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