• September 19th @ The Mariners

    Posted by on September 20th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    With this win, the Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now two. And, their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now nine. If you haven’t already made your plans for observing the high holy days of Yankeeland October baseball…you really should. (Throw in some time for November too – since the World Series could creep into that month.)

    Actually, the Yankees got very lucky in this one. Since he was in his follow-through, that liner in the fifth inning just missed CC Sabathia’s face, by inches, and caught him in the chest. If CC takes that in the face, we’re talking broken bones and Sabathia missing the post-season.

    Speaking of Sabathia, I can’t wait to see him pitch in October. In his last 9 starts, including this one, he’s 7-0 with an ERA of 1.79. And, he’s only allowed an BA/OBA/SLG line of .193/.244/.283 in 65.3 IP (facing 253 batters). Just like A-Rod, who has a BA/OBA/SLG of .338/.439/.517 since August 1st (in 180 PA), CC has been on fire down the stretch. But, we know, in October, things are sometimes different

    Comments on September 19th @ The Mariners

    1. Evan3457
      September 20th, 2009 | 12:08 pm

      Interesting…that thread was titled “Carsten Chales Choker”, and your comment about the Yankees signing him as a free agent was…


      You may have changed your mind a little about his value to the Yankees.

      We’ll just have to see about the postseason. I think he’ll do OK if it’s the Twins or Tigers. Their lineups don’t scare me.

      The Angels or Red Sox? That’s another matter.

    2. nwyank
      September 21st, 2009 | 1:01 pm

      Went to the game. I know the Yanks won in a blowout, but what stood out to me was how bad they are at situational hitting. Man on 3rd, 1 out? Won’t score. Leadoff double? Runner doesn’t move off 2nd base. 2nd and 3rd, no outs? Count on only 1 run scoring. Very few productive outs.
      Sure, they hit a few obligitory homers against lousy pitchers, but those will dry up in the post season.
      CC was good, though there were several deep line drives that were caught. As Steve has said, the Mariners are a poor hitting team.
      Saw a lot of CC walking around downtown Seattle. He’s normally with wife and kids. Nice guy.

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