• September 26th vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on September 26th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    And, the magic number is now one

    CC was the man in this one. Enough so that one may be willing to turn a blind eye towards the Yankees bats going limp today with runners on base…

    So, the Yankees have shown us this week that they can beat the Angels and the Red Sox, right now, today, as the ballclubs stand at this moment…

    …does this mean, assuming the Tigers or Twins don’t upset the apple chart in the ALDS, that it’s smooth sailing to the Fall Classic for General Joe’s Boys? Time will tell…

    Comments on September 26th vs. The Red Sox

    1. straylightrise
      September 26th, 2009 | 9:59 pm

      smooth sailing? I’m not gonna be a negative nancy like you usually are Steve, but this team isn’t “perfect” and we need to be healthy and FOCUSED. Luckily, we’ve been both during our run here. This is certainly the best Yankees team since 2000.

      Bar

      None.

    2. Evan3457
      September 27th, 2009 | 12:33 am

      Where do I go to unwatch that video and unhear that “song”?

    3. Tresh Fan
      September 27th, 2009 | 12:36 am

      This was a very satisfying game—-eventually. Lord knows it had its frustrating moments; but the end result was very good. Now a win tomorrow will give the Yanks the opportunity to celebrate their division championship as Boston looks on. Ah, sweet!

      Also, dyk that Rivera’s save in this game was not only the 525th of his career, but the 520th in his 13 years as the Yankees closer—that’s an average of 40 saves a year FOR 13 YEARS! Also also, in that span Rivera has notched a 2.02 ERA in 912.33 IP. Now if someone comes along a picks up 40 saves on a 2.02 ERA every year for 6 or 7 years you’d think that was really special, wouldn’t you? But Rivera has done that for TWICE as long. That’s more than special, that’s quite nearly superhuman..

    4. #15
      September 27th, 2009 | 6:10 am

      For those old enough to have kids….. Gardner = Dash (from the Incredibles)….
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Mf6NaB9ok

    5. MJ
      September 27th, 2009 | 9:08 am

      I picked up the game in the 5th inning on my drive home from Long Beach. CC was absolutely incredible and the Yanks are lucky to have a pitcher of his talent on their team.

      The offense was unacceptably poor with men on base. How the heck do you let Dice-K off the hook like that? The saving grace was Johnny Damon picking up Jeter in the 8th inning with that big base hit off Wagner. Ahhhh…it’s nice to see “Billy Benitez” still make an appearance from time to time. I guess once a Mets closer, always a Mets closer.

      Rivera, unfortunately was a bit shaky in the 9th. I’ll chalk it up to the Red Sox being incredibly patient and a tough lineup to take out 1-2-3 and will just be thankful that he got out of his own mini-jam.

      Finally, I’m reminded of Steve’s pre-season post on how big-ticket pitching free agents that came to the Yanks (Clemens, Pavano, etc.) didn’t often have good first seasons. In Sabathia’s case, that was most certainly not applicable. Greinke’s my vote for the AL Cy Young but Sabathia will finish in the top-3 for sure. I love Carsten Charles.

    6. Raf
      September 27th, 2009 | 10:04 am

      MJ wrote:

      How the heck do you let Dice-K off the hook like that?

      He’s been doing it for a couple of years now. One of these days his luck’s going to run out

    7. MJ
      September 27th, 2009 | 10:14 am

      Raf wrote:

      He’s been doing it for a couple of years now. One of these days his luck’s going to run out

      I agree and that’s what I kept telling myself during the game yesterday. You can’t walk this many guys in a career and escape every time. Here’s hoping that BIG inning is coming around the corner in the playoffs.

    8. YankCrank
      September 27th, 2009 | 11:09 am

      Anybody remember that conversation we all had when the Red Sox traded for Wagner and the Sox fans on here couldn’t believe that if, with the game on the line, we’d much rather see Billy Wagner on the mound over Bard and Papelbon?

      Yeah well, there you go. Like MJ said…once a Mets closer, always a Mets closer. I’ll take my chances against Billy Wagner every time.

      And yes, this was a very frustrating game. Going 1 for 15 with RISP isn’t going to win us many playoff games. Idk whether to give Matsuzaka credit or rip on the Yankees offense but that guy seems to always be in danger of the big inning.

    9. Corey
      September 27th, 2009 | 11:32 am

      Remember that conversation when you guys were all worried that Boston might catch us?

    10. MJ
      September 27th, 2009 | 12:26 pm

      YankCrank wrote:

      Anybody remember that conversation we all had when the Red Sox traded for Wagner and the Sox fans on here couldn’t believe that if, with the game on the line, we’d much rather see Billy Wagner on the mound over Bard and Papelbon?
      Yeah well, there you go. Like MJ said…once a Mets closer, always a Mets closer. I’ll take my chances against Billy Wagner every time.

      I absolutely remember that conversation. Billy Wagner’s still got his velocity but his command is off. Without his slider, every decent hitter can now just start the bat early on his fastball and plop singles like Damon did yesterday.

      Wagner doesn’t scare me. Never did, never will. Billy Benitez…

    11. YankCrank
      September 27th, 2009 | 2:25 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Remember that conversation when you guys were all worried that Boston might catch us?

      Dropping games at home to the Orioles and Jays makes you think crazy thoughts…

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