• WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 9/23/09

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    1. September 23rd, 2009 | 1:10 pm

      Via an e-mail from a friend in Boston: All everyone up here is talking about is how the Red Sox can catch the Yankees, which means they most likely can’t do simple math.

      My reply: Can the Sox catch the Yanks? A lot depends on today and tomorrow. If Boston can get it to being 4 back in the loss column, and then can sweep in NY, sure then the have a shot. But, will the Yankees lose today and will Boston win they’re next 5 in a row….? That’s a lot.

      So, what do you think? Does Boston still have a slim shot at catching New York? Or, is there no way, now, whatsoever, that it will happen?

    2. YankCrank
      September 23rd, 2009 | 1:32 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      So, what do you think? Does Boston still have a slim shot at catching New York? Or, is there no way, now, whatsoever, that it will happen?

      As long as they’re not mathematically eliminated from the division, than yes they have small chance…but that chance is indeed very small. Remember though, unless we sweep them this weekend, all they need to do is tie us to win the division. One win this weekend and they’ll own the tiebreaker.

      The important thing about last night’s game is with that win, at worst case scenario, we go into the Boston series up 4.5 games. At that point, we need to just not get swept and we’ll be in good shape…remember, that’s worst case scenario. If we lose two games and are up 3.5, they have to make up 3.5 with only nine or 10 to play…it can be done, but it’s not easy.

      To be completely honest, we’ll know at the end of Sunday night’s game if they have a realistic shot or not. Until then, it’s all noise from some anxious fans.

    3. YankCrank
      September 23rd, 2009 | 1:48 pm

      Really Yankees, that’s your lineup today? No desire to win a series in Anaheim??

      Jeter SS
      Hairston 3B
      Teixeira 1B
      Matsui DH
      Duncan RF
      Cano 2B
      Cabrera LF
      Gardner CF
      Molina C

    4. Corey
      September 23rd, 2009 | 2:31 pm

      @ YankCrank:
      blah, i can’t say this enough apparently… the game don’t matter anymore, we’re in. And we have the division all but wrapped up. Trust me, once Boston is in the playoffs you won’t be seeing their ‘A’ line up either.

    5. butchie22
      September 23rd, 2009 | 2:34 pm

      I think if you asked me that question days ago, Steve about Boston, I would answered in the absolute affirmative. at this point it looks less and less likely. Though anything can happen in baseball, even a hard core cynic like myself has great faith(at this point at least) at the Yanks holding on to the lead. A collapse a la Los Metropoitanos of Nueva York would be unlikely at this point……..

      George “De FactoCaptain/Cry Baby” Posada is having his bruised toes evaluated. God, could you imagine a post season with Molina as the main catcher? Boy, that would be some blow. as much as I have ripped Georgy in the past, the guy is one of the lynchpins of the team along with San Mariano AND Golden Boy Jeter.

    6. YankCrank
      September 23rd, 2009 | 2:58 pm

      Corey wrote:

      @ YankCrank:
      blah, i can’t say this enough apparently… the game don’t matter anymore, we’re in. And we have the division all but wrapped up. Trust me, once Boston is in the playoffs you won’t be seeing their ‘A’ line up either.

      I have heard you say this a lot, but even though you say it it’s still a matter of opinion.

      Yes, to an extent the games are not as meaningful because the goal was to get into the playoffs and they have done that. But there is more to play for. We’re only a few games ahead of the Angels for home field advantage and a choice at picking what playoff schedule we want, the same team we’re throwing a weak lineup against and most likely losing to. The Red Sox are playing well and making things interesting…basically, with an off day tomorrow, it would be nice to try and win this one, keep the division lead at 6 or more and then enjoy the off day before a Boston series. It would also be nice to know we can win a series in Anaheim, something I can’t remember us doing in the last few years.

      It’s all a matter of opinion, and i’m guessing yours is the right one because it falls in line with what the Yankees are doing (not pressing to win today), but IMHO, i’d like to see the Yankees push for as many wins as possible until the division is clinched.

    7. Corey
      September 23rd, 2009 | 3:09 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      We’re only a few games ahead of the Angels for home field advantage and a choice at picking what playoff schedule we want, the same team we’re throwing a weak lineup against and most likely losing to.

      from pete abe:

      Home field advantage: The Yankees lead the Angels by 5.5 games. A victory in the final game of this series would just about wrap that up. Mike Scioscia said before the game that he values giving his regulars rest far more than trying to chase down the Yankees.

      “Not much sense in getting the pole position if you have a flat tire when you get there,” he said.
      =================
      can’t really say it any better then that.

    8. Corey
      September 23rd, 2009 | 3:10 pm

      Btw, Steve, the e-mail the other day from the guy who said they weren’t watching the yankees the past few games cause they were making him sick…was that MJ? lol

    9. GDH
      September 23rd, 2009 | 5:52 pm

      @ Corey:
      Absolutely I assume that Francona is on the same page. The series this weekend will be much more important to the media than to the teams on the field, no matter what the players say. They’re going to get some guys a little rest, and try hard to win with the team they put out there – mostly to gain a little psychological advantage going in. The Yanks would have Alex batting fourth right now if they were any different. They’re not. No Vlady, no Alex.

      That said, for the Yankees, home field is pretty important and I really hope we don’t flush it.

    10. September 23rd, 2009 | 8:01 pm

      @ Corey:
      Remind me again, which one was M.J.? The name does ring a bell.

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