• October 11th @ The Twins

    Posted by on October 11th, 2009 · Comments (12)

    Hey, you gotta give Carl Pavano some credit – as much as it hurts to do it. For the first six innings of this game, he was awesome. And, on the whole, he pitched a very nice ballgame. That all said, it doesn’t take anything away from his time in New York. He was, flat out, a bust.

    Alex Rodriguez was the Yankees MVP this ALDS. Then again, Derek Jeter batted .400 in the series and made some nice plays. That throw to Posada, which went back to A-Rod, in the 8th inning of this game, will be replayed forever now…along with “The Flip” and “The Dive” highlights from Jeter’s collection. And, Mark Teixeira, while not getting many hits, had some big ones in the second game of this series…that really enabled Rodriguez’ hits in that one to be worth remembering. Lastly, of course, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte were excellent in these games – each going at least six innings in their starts and none of them allowing more than one earned run. Heck, maybe CC, A.J., and Andy should be the co-MVPs of this ALDS?

    Or, maybe Joe Girardi should be the MVP of this series – managing each game like it was do-or-die with the pen, going with quick hook after quick hook? And, yeah, Mo was Mo…so Mariano deserves some MVP consideration…

    Nah, this series was A-Rod’s day in the sun. He batted .455 and all his hits came in huge spots. Plus, he did this all coming into the series with a huge monkey on his back. So, he gets extra points for coming through with all that baggage to carry as well. Alex Rodriguez was the Yankees most valuable player in the 2009 ALDS.

    On the flip-side, Nick Swisher and Johnny Damon looked terrible at the plate in these three games. They need to do better in the next round – a lot better. And, Phil Hughes allowed 6 base runners in 2 innings worth of work. That’s a tad troublesome.

    Speaking of troublesome, it is a bit concerning – at least to me – that the Yankees didn’t exactly beat the stuffing out of the Twins in this series. Yes, New York swept Minnesota. But, they did it by smacking around a rookie in Game One (Brian Duensing) and by getting key breaks in Games Two and Three when the Twins made some terrible mistakes on the bases in critical spots – Carlos Gomez on Friday and Nick Punto today. Plus, Joe Nathan did squat for the Twins when he pitched.

    I think many would be willing to admit that these last two games were, actually, pretty close and could have gone either way.

    And, let’s face it – the Los Angeles Angels are not the Minnesota Twins, especially in the context of how those two teams play against the New York Yankees. But, there will be plenty of time over the next 100 hours or so for analysis on the ALCS before that series starts. For now, it’s all about this game, and this series, and the fact that the New York Yankees have advanced past the ALDS for the first time in five years. That’s pretty big, and great, news in Yankeeland. Enjoy it. It’s all good – and should be that way at least for the next four days plus a few hours, give or take.

    Comments on October 11th @ The Twins

    1. Evan3457
      October 11th, 2009 | 11:34 pm

      15-6.
      Score by runs in this series.
      That’s pretty dominant.

    2. 77yankees
      October 11th, 2009 | 11:41 pm

      No game until Friday night now…….

      This week is gonna drag……..

      Would have preferred the Sox to stick it to them, but they can put this “The Angels have the Yankees number” business to bed for good.

    3. October 11th, 2009 | 11:42 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Take out that first game – where the Twins had started someone who was a rookie, their worst SP, and someone who got pasted in AAA this year. Plus, add the fact that the Twins were coming of that Game #163 and had no sleep that day. That first game was a “gimmie” for the Yankees.

      New York was not “dominant” these last two games – and they were lucky…the blown ump call, the two baserunning mistakes, etc.

    4. Tresh Fan
      October 12th, 2009 | 1:46 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      The Yankees were lucky—lucky that they were the better team and played like it.

    5. Evan3457
      October 12th, 2009 | 2:50 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      Take out that first game – where the Twins had started someone who was a rookie, their worst SP, and someone who got pasted in AAA this year. Plus, add the fact that the Twins were coming of that Game #163 and had no sleep that day. That first game was a “gimmie” for the Yankees.

      New York was not “dominant” these last two games – and they were lucky…the blown ump call, the two baserunning mistakes, etc.

      The Yanks earned those breaks by clinching the playoff spot with 11 games left, and the best record in the league 5 games later. The Twins had to overcome their poor start just to get to the postseason. That’s their problem, and not the Yankees’ fault.

      Take out the first game, and the Yanks outscored the Twins, 8-4.

      The Twins beat the Yanks in exactly two things in this series: hitting singles and stealing bases. The Twins had the higher BAVG, .253 and .225. They stole 2 bases to the Yanks’ 1. The Yanks, on the other hand, hit all 6 homeruns in this series, 5 of them in critical spots. They had 5 extra base hits to the Yanks’ 9. The Twins went 8 for 27 with RISP, but only 5 of the hits did damage. The Yanks went 6-17 with RISP, all of them scored runs, and all but one of them was critical in the game situation (A-Rod’s RBI single in the 7th in game 1).

      The Yanks’ closer didn’t blow any games, the Twins closer blew one, and put a 2nd one out of reach. The Yanks’ starters each went at least 6 innings, and each of them allowed exactly one earned run. The Yanks’ starters had an ERA of 1.42, the Twins starters’ were at 4.15. The Yanks’ pen had an ERA of 1.80, the Twins’ pen had an ERA of 5.59. Even with the 13 they K’d in game 3, the Twins pitchers K’d 22 and walked 9, while the Yanks’ pitchers K’d 34 and walked 11.

      The Yanks committed two passed balls in the 1st game, but the Twins had the only two fielding errors, and of the three baserunning blunders in the series, the Twins committed two of them.

      The major tactical decision of the series, that of starting Molina over Posada in game 2, was made by Girardi, and it worked exactly as envisioned. Molina steered Burnett through 6 good innings, and as soon as Girardi decided Burnett was done, Posada was in to pinch-hit, and in the rest of the way.

      The major strategic decision was made by Girardi before the series, that of taking the series that started earlier and with the extra day off in the middle, and it too worked exactly as envisioned. The Yanks caught the Twins cold in game 1 because of it, and were able to used their top 3 relievers in each game.

      As for the blown ump call, if it had not been blown, the best case you can assume for the Twins is that game 2 is tied after Tex’ home run, and both teams having already used all of their best relievers. If Kubel walks instead of singling after a double instead of a single, you can’t even assume that.
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      No, I’m sorry Steve, this might not go any further against the Angels, but the truth is, the Yanks beat the Twins decisively, even though there were a couple of games that were close for awhile.

      They were clearly better, in nearly all phases of the game.

    6. clintfsu813
      October 12th, 2009 | 7:25 am

      Dont forget The Yanks won in the hot celebrity GF category.

    7. dave24s
      October 12th, 2009 | 8:38 am

      Steve, if you take away all the games the Yankees won this year, god, they were really horrible in losing 59.

      Come on man. You can take away any little piece of minutia that you want, but in the end the Yanks still won. Arod still had a huge series, Jeter was still awesome, and the pitching was still fantastic. Why must you keep trying to downplay everything they do? Put the blinders on man, even for just a little while and enjoy what’s happening right now.

    8. OldYanksFan
      October 12th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Well…. to some extent I agree with Steve. It was our pitching, not our offense, that won the series. Our offense:
      Team: .225 .288 .431 .720
      And that includes ARods 1.500 OPS and Jeters 1.438 OPS.

      So, considering the Twins were EXtremely tired and that their cleanup hitter was out for the series, it was much closer then it should have been. Simply erase 2 unusual running mistakes by the Twins, and who knows how things end up.

      We got 3 GREAT pitching performances in a row (against a weak hitting team)
      Can you guys count on that against a well rested, fired up Angels?

      Will a Team line of: .225 .288 .431 .720 against the Angels do it?
      Obviously not.
      Yes, we did outplay the Twinkies in ever facet of the game.
      But it was far from the slaughter it should have been.

      I’m not forcasting anything, but our bats MUST be better against the Halos.
      JD, Swish and Cano have got to be much better.
      And lets hope either way, ARod, with a little help from his sleepover partner, continue to carry the team.

    9. YankCrank
      October 12th, 2009 | 9:35 am

      Agree with many of you. Our pitching was outstanding, our hitting was clutch, and we took advantage of just about every opportunity the Twins threw our way with their blunders.

      But Cano, Swish, Melky and Johnny need to step up this next series if we want to make it to the series. I like how half of our lineup can sleep through a series and we still advance, but it’s not ideal. Kick it into gear, guys. I don’t wanna lose another series to those a-holes in LA and watch Abreu celebrate.

    10. ken
      October 12th, 2009 | 9:39 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      Dont forget The Yanks won in the hot celebrity GF category.

      Umm. The future Mrs. Buchholz ain’t too shabby:

      http://tinyurl.com/yjt3488

    11. clintfsu813
      October 12th, 2009 | 9:41 am

      @ ken:
      Eh..shes no Kate.

      I think we’re all forgetting the most important play of this game. I am referring to Delmon Young’s shot off the cajones. This allowed, not only my giggling to take over, but his unability to catch Jorges game leading HR.

    12. Corey
      October 12th, 2009 | 9:49 am

      clintfsu813 wrote:

      I am referring to Delmon Young’s shot off the cajones. This allowed, not only my giggling to take over, but his unability to catch Jorges game leading HR.

      LOL

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