• September 2nd @ The Orioles

    Posted by on September 2nd, 2009 · Comments (5)

    This was the first time this season that the Yankees scored more than 4 runs in the 9th inning. Nice timing too – turning a close 3-2 game into a blow-out on an evening where Mo Rivera was out with a sore groin. (Prior to this game, there were 4 times this season where the Yankees scored 4 runs in the 9th inning.)

    Sabathia was ace-like in this one. Combined with the Red Sox loss in Tampa, this puts New York 7.5 games over Boston with 29 games to go. This means…if the Yankees go 15-14 in their remaining games then the Red Sox would have to go 24-6 in their remaining games to pass New York in the standings. Then again, Mets fans probably remember 2007 pretty well…

    So, it would be great to see the Yankees win something like 8 of their next 11 and put this thing on ice before their make-up game with the Angels on September 14th.

    Comments on September 2nd @ The Orioles

    1. MJ
      September 3rd, 2009 | 9:11 am

      A really spectacular performance from the ace of the staff. Only the really good ones can shake off a bad 1st inning, bear down and then be flat-out dominant the rest of the way. To only give up one run to open the game and then to be lights out is pretty awesome. Plus, it’s another day where the bullpen gets saved in anticipation of the #62/Gaudin turns in the rotation…

      As great as Sabathia was last night, my personal hero of the game was none other than that stat-padding bum that plays 3rd base. Each of his RBI were critical to the team’s success and he didn’t try to do too much in the 9th…just took a pitch, shortened his swing and smacked a solid line drive single up the middle. A-Rod is quietly heating up and it couldn’t come at a better time…

    2. YankCrank
      September 3rd, 2009 | 9:15 am

      I actually thought tonight was a pretty important game to win. In the upcoming Jays series we’ll have Gaudin, Joba and Mitre starting three of the four games. That means our pen will be pitching a TON of innings and it certainly doesn’t leave me confident that we’ll sweep or win 3 of 4. Looking at that, a split would be nice.

      Basically, picking up another game on the Sox and another game on the Angels for home field was nice last night. Other than that, every Yankee fan who boos A-Rod at any point for the rest of the year should be ashamed. That man is just crushing the baseball. He’s been straight up amazing and he had a great night last night.

    3. Corey
      September 3rd, 2009 | 9:16 am

      @ MJ:
      a-rod, IMO, changed his swing…that’s why we are seeing more singles, cause thats what he’s trying to do. It seems like he’s no longer trying to hit the big homer in the RISP spots…which is why he’s been hitting so well in the clutch lately. Looks like hangin with melky has paid off huh? 😛

    4. YankCrank
      September 3rd, 2009 | 9:21 am

      Corey wrote:

      @ MJ:
      a-rod, IMO, changed his swing…

      I’ve noticed that as well, and it’s not just with RISP. He doesn’t load up much like he used do, meaning his swings have less impact on his hips and core.

      I assumed it was to protect the hip but I could be wrong.

    5. Corey
      September 3rd, 2009 | 9:36 am

      @ YankCrank:
      you’re right, it’s not just with RISP. i feel like he’s trying to raise his batting average purposefully so that it doesn’t look like he had a bad year after he came clean about the steroids. As long as it doesn’t hurt the team (looks like its helping if anything), I’m down.

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