• October 18th vs. The Rangers

    Posted by on October 19th, 2010 · Comments (11)

    The moment Josh Hamilton hit his two-run homer into the RF corner, I knew this game was over.  Yes, it was only the first inning.  Yes, I had confidence than Andy Pettitte would hold the Rangers down the rest of the way.  Those things never concerned me.  What concerned me was knowing that the Yankee offense — inconsistent as it’s been through 167 games thus far — was facing the best pitcher in the American League.

    Sure enough, Cliff Lee (8 2 0 0 1 13) was utterly dominant last night and the Rangers made the 2-0 first inning lead stand.  Six tack-on runs in the ninth inning made this game a laugher but, by then, the game had already been decided.  In a masterful performance — one that might be his last game at Yankee Stadium — Andy Pettitte (7 5 2 2 0 5) showed us once again why he’s been such a special pitcher for the Yankees ballclub.

    Listening to the fans chanting “An-dy Pett-itte” in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings brought back memories of the “Paul O’Neill” chants in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series, when fans knew O’Neill would retire at season’s end.  It’s a sobering thought, knowing that such a dependable and vital part of the team may be wrapping up a very good career.  If it was truly the end for Andy at Yankee Stadium, I’m only sorry the team couldn’t send him out with his 19th playoff win.

    There’s not much more to say at this point.  Either AJ Burnett and the offense do their jobs tonight or they don’t.  The Yankees chances for winning this series are minimal at this point but miracles can happen from time to time.  Perhaps tonight is the night for the first of a few more miracles for the 2010 Yanks.

    Comments on October 18th vs. The Rangers

    1. bmezza88
      October 19th, 2010 | 10:15 am

      They knew lee was going to throw strikes all night and still took pitches. his mediocre fastball should be getting tattoed and you know whats comming Changeup sweeping curve or cutter. Reminds me of what Zito looked like in his prime. he throws that garbage fastball one of 2 places in or out and a low changeup to make you chase or if hes up 0-2 hes going with the curve. anyone with a brain can see this pattern. when gardner singled and stole second they should have let jeter swing and had swisher sacrifice him in. i know he cant bunt but ill take my chance with gardner and a big lead and his speed. but enough about that its over and done with.

      Tonight AJ needs to peg hamilton and send a message and just throw him nothing to hit. high and tigh all night and if he gets froggy keep it up there. Girardi needs to bring in Mo for minimum 4 outs today and throw Wood for more that 3 outs as well. That lineup besides young and maybe free swinging vlad. AJ needs to go out there just like they do in little league and throw forget corners. his stuff moves reguarless set up middle and let it move. i promise it will work.

      Prediction for tonight is he goes seven. have this gut feeling hes coming out blazing.

    2. ken
      October 19th, 2010 | 10:18 am

      Split 2 in Texas. Cliff Lee gets his moment. So we are down 1-2. Nothing unexpected there. So long as offense wakes up the Yanks are not in bad shape.

    3. YankCrank
      October 19th, 2010 | 10:20 am

      There’s not much more to say at this point. Either AJ Burnett and the offense do their jobs tonight or they don’t
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      That’s pretty much it. If the Yankees don’t win tonight, they most likely don’t win the series. Being down 3-1 and having to play two more in Texas – with one game being thrown by Cliff Lee – is a death wish.

      Like you said, either the Yankees win tonight or they’ve dug their own grave.

    4. GDH
      October 19th, 2010 | 11:39 am

      Let’s not bury the Yanks just yet. Even though they have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Tonight is THE must-win. Wake up offense. Cliff Lee pisses me off, because he’s in the Yanks heads. He’s very good, but we made him brilliant last night.

      We were the hot team in the first series, but the bats are ice cold right now. Last time I checked, you can’t win a game scoring zero f*ing runs. The only thing I would fault is Girardi leaving Hughes in for 7 runs worth last week. Even so, with only 2 runs, makes it hard to come up winners in that one. Offense, man. Our #3 hitter is 0fer the series for chrissakes.

    5. MJ Recanati
      October 19th, 2010 | 12:20 pm

      bmezza88 wrote:

      They knew lee was going to throw strikes all night and still took pitches. his mediocre fastball should be getting tattoed and you know whats comming Changeup sweeping curve or cutter. Reminds me of what Zito looked like in his prime. he throws that garbage fastball one of 2 places in or out and a low changeup to make you chase or if hes up 0-2 hes going with the curve. anyone with a brain can see this pattern.

      GDH wrote:

      Cliff Lee pisses me off, because he’s in the Yanks heads. He’s very good, but we made him brilliant last night.

      I strongly disagree with both of you. Cliff Lee was unhittable. Knowing Lee’s patterns and being able to square up good wood on balls moving as much as his were are two different things. After all, Mariano Rivera throws only one pitch greater than 80% of the time and most people just can’t handle his movement.

      Cliff Lee mixed five pitches last night (two-seam, four-seam, cutter, curve & change) and was well-balanced in his approach, throwing none of his pitches less than 12% of the time or more than 33% of the time. In other words, I don’t agree that Lee was predictable or that he was aided by Yankee hitters. He was simply moving his pitches in and out, keeping a consistent release point, changing speeds (76-92) and keeping hitters off balance.

      http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.com/pitcher/424324/?batters=A&count=AA&pitches=AA&from=10%2F18%2F2010&to=10%2F18%2F2010

    6. ken
      October 19th, 2010 | 12:21 pm

      GDH wrote:

      Tonight is THE must-win.

      Only elimination games are must win. Yanks can lose tonight and win the series.

    7. nwyank
      October 19th, 2010 | 12:30 pm

      Gotta agree w/ this post. Felt the game was over after Hamilton’s HR. Was amazed before yesterday’s game when reading the NYY blogoshpere, where many were predicting we would beat Lee. After watching the Yankee offense fail against greatly inferior pitchers, I had no confidence they would score 3-4 runs off him.
      Impressed with:
      M Young. Like the way he hits.
      J Hamilton. 1 man wrecking crew against NYY.
      C Lee. Have long thought him the best pitcher in MLB.
      Pettitte. Deserved better.

      Not impressed with:
      Tex. Easily dispatched by good pitching.
      Jeter. Have loved watching him for past 15 years, but no longer an elite player.

    8. GDH
      October 19th, 2010 | 1:05 pm

      @ ken:
      That’s true. Unlikely, but true.

    9. GDH
      October 19th, 2010 | 1:07 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      MJ – my only disagreement with your post is that I feel Lee was excellent, but not unhittable. I didn’t think that CJ Wilson was that unhittable either, but our offense made him look better than he was. That’s my point.

    10. MJ Recanati
      October 19th, 2010 | 1:39 pm

      nwyank wrote:

      Impressed with:
      M Young. Like the way he hits.
      J Hamilton. 1 man wrecking crew against NYY.
      C Lee. Have long thought him the best pitcher in MLB.
      Pettitte. Deserved better.

      Not impressed with:
      Tex. Easily dispatched by good pitching.
      Jeter. Have loved watching him for past 15 years, but no longer an elite player.

      I agree with all of this, especially the part about Teixeira. He’s a good hitter but he can be pitched to pretty consistently. He doesn’t make adjustments and routinely gets himself out. Definitely not looking forward to several more years of rotten Aprils and Octobers that Teixeira seems to be a lock for…

    11. MJ Recanati
      October 19th, 2010 | 1:39 pm

      GDH wrote:

      MJ – my only disagreement with your post is that I feel Lee was excellent, but not unhittable. I didn’t think that CJ Wilson was that unhittable either, but our offense made him look better than he was. That’s my point.

      OK, I can agree with that.

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