Missed this one. Too nice not to be outside enjoying a Sunday on a day like today. Took the family for a nice lunch and then some browsing. So, everything I know about this one comes from after-the-fact reports.
First, from what I can tell, that IBB to Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning was bush league. And, those on the Rays who made that call should now come down with a pox, if there’s such a thing as baseball karma…
And, yes, A-Rod made them pay…and good for him…well, sorta/kinda.
Leave it to Alex Rodriguez to hit two homeruns and drive in seven in one inning – setting a new A.L. record for most RBI in an inning – in an absolute “garbage time” situation…meaning game #162 and facing a rookie, Wade Davis, and a guy who can’t get anyone out this year, Andy Sonnanstine. Truly…seriously…the only guys who have been worse than Sonnanstine, this year in the A.L., are Jason Berken and Fausto Carmona. (Well, maybe you can throw Luke Hochevar and Derek Holland in there too?)
Now, on to the most important news of the day: The news about the race for the A.L. Central.
Could the ALDS be set up any better, now, for the Yankees? First, they get to face the weakest seed in the A.L. post-season – and don’t have to worry about the Red Sox or Angels until the ALCS. And, whichever team they face, albeit the Tigers or Twins, their opponent will be running on fumes.
Oh, my stars and garters, if the Yankees somehow manage to now screw up the ALDS…well, it will be very ugly, for sure.