• Kuroda Tonight

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Let’s hope he doesn’t have a repeat of this tonight.

    Because, if he does, then it won’t matter who is batting where in the Yankees line-up this evening.

    I’m Starting To Think The “A” In “ALDS” Stands For “A-Rod”

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Wally Matthews makes a case for not moving A-Rod down in the Yankees line-up this post-season.

    I have to say, between WFAN, ESPN, the MLB Network, Twitter, Facebook, the Blogosphere, the print media, it seems like it’s all A-Rod, all the time, when it comes to the ALDS coverage. And, to be candid, even I am starting to get sick of it.

    It’s going to be a great day in Yankeeland when this lightning rod of a player is off the team.

    So, Yankeeland, How Do You Feel About The Game Tonight?

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Nervous?  Excited? Confident?  Something else?  You tell me…

    4 Baseball Playoff Games Today!

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Four games in one day, a baseball junkie’s dream!

    Thank you, Bay Area baseball teams…

    Close games for the A’s and Giants too.

    Meanwhile, In The Other ALDS…

    Posted by on October 9th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Something to chew as we head into this evening’s Tigers-A’s game:

    The Oakland Athletics try to stave off elimination on Tuesday when they play Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at the Coliseum.

    Although Oakland finished six games better than the Tigers in the standings, the A’s were forced to play the first two games of this series in Detroit and now return home where they have won six in a row and sit in an 0-2 hole after falling, 5-4, on Sunday.

    After the game, though, much was made of Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque kissing Yoenis Cespedes’ comebacker before throwing to first in the eighth inning.

    “I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I will sit here today and I will not try to defend it. I will say that I can assure everybody, including the Oakland A’s, Al Alburquerque did nothing intentionally to offend the Oakland A’s. A lot of emotion is shown in different ways in the game anymore. You see a lot of different variations of personal celebrations as well as team celebrations.

    “It wasn’t a smart thing to do, but I can honestly tell you that there is no way that Al Alburquerque or any members of the Detroit Tigers would ever do anything intentionally to offend another team. It just would not happen.”

    I really want to see Oakland win this game today – just to make this LDS interesting.

    Yankees LDS Game 3 History

    Posted by on October 9th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    In all their LDS Games 3′s, the Yankees are 11-6. And, they’ve won 5 of their last 8. But, when they’re not playing the Twins, it’s not been that good.

    Rk Date ▾ Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt
    1 2011-10-03 ALDS 3 NYY DET L 4-5
    2 2010-10-09 ALDS 3 NYY MIN W 6-1
    3 2009-10-11 ALDS 3 NYY MIN W 4-1
    4 2007-10-07 ALDS 3 NYY CLE W 8-4
    5 2006-10-06 ALDS 3 NYY DET L 0-6
    6 2005-10-07 ALDS 3 NYY LAA L 7-11
    7 2004-10-08 ALDS 3 NYY MIN W 8-4
    8 2003-10-04 ALDS 3 NYY MIN W 3-1
    9 2002-10-04 ALDS 3 NYY ANA L 6-9
    10 2001-10-13 ALDS 3 NYY OAK W 1-0
    11 2000-10-06 ALDS 3 NYY OAK W 4-2
    12 1999-10-09 ALDS 3 NYY TEX W 3-0
    13 1998-10-02 ALDS 3 NYY TEX W 4-0
    14 1997-10-04 ALDS 3 NYY CLE W 6-1
    15 1996-10-04 ALDS 3 NYY TEX W 3-2
    16 1995-10-06 ALDS 3 NYY SEA L 4-7
    17 1981-10-09 ALDS 3 NYY MIL L 3-5
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    Generated 10/9/2012.

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    Baltimore Vs. New York LDS Now Best 2 of 3

    Posted by on October 9th, 2012 · Comments (20)

    The Yankees wasted a nice effort by Andy Pettitte in Game 2 of the ALDS. And, now, I would not be shocked if this series goes to five games.

    The Yankees really need Hiroki Kuroda to pitch well in Game 3. You never know what you’re going to get with Phil Hughes in Game 4 – especially the way he allows homeruns and the way the Orioles hit them.

    The Yankees bats, sans the meltdown by Johnson in the 9th inning in Game 1, have not been impressive, overall, in these first two games. New York needs to improve there.

    Worst of all, the Yankees had the Orioles pinned down on the emotional mat after Game 1. And, now, they let them back up. Baltimore can now savor this win, a wonderful victory for their franchise in so many ways, for a solid 40 hours before they have to play again. That’s a lot of time for it to resonate in system and add spring to their step.

    New York needs to win Game 3 now and stop this wave which the Orioles are building. If you are the Yankees, you do not want to be down two games to one in this series with Phil Hughes going for you in Game 4. Sure, anything can always happen. But, if the Orioles do win Game 3, they will smell the blood in the water and it will be very, very, tough for New York and Phil Hughes to win Game 4.

    Yanks-O’s, Game 2, 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    Feel free to use this entry as a place for you to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game this evening.

    Yankees-Orioles In For A Long Night In ALDS Game 2?

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Forecast for Baltimore, at 7 PM tonight, is a 64% chance of rain.

    And, it only drops down to 40% around 8 PM.

    Considering how long fans had to wait for the start of the game last night, I could see MLB doing a late start again today.

    2001 Yankees Role Models For Many This LDS?

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    The 2001 Yankees lost their first two ALDS games at home – and then went on to win three in a row, on the road, to advance to the League Championship Series.

    Think any teams are hoping to match that feat this season?  You know the Giants are thinking that…and maybe the Orioles and Cardinals will be after tonight.

    And, the A’s this post-season?  They’re looking at the 1995 Mariners as their role model right now…

    Andy Pettitte’s Post-Season Game 2 History

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Means nothing for tonight. But, still fun to check out:

    Rk Date ▴ Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc ERA
    1 1995-10-04 ALDS 2 NYY SEA W 7-5 7.0 9 4 4 3 0 1 40 5.14
    2 1996-10-02 ALDS 2 NYY TEX W 5-4 6.1 4 4 4 6 3 2 46 5.68
    3 1997-10-02 ALDS 2 NYY CLE L 5-7 5.0 9 7 7 1 3 1 23 12.60
    4 1998-09-30 ALDS 2 NYY TEX W 3-1 7.0 3 1 1 0 8 0 75 1.29
    5 1999-10-07 ALDS 2 NYY TEX W 3-1 7.1 7 1 1 0 5 1 65 1.23
    6 2000-10-04 ALDS 2 NYY OAK W 4-0 7.2 5 0 0 1 3 0 71 0.00
    7 2001-10-11 ALDS 2 NYY OAK L 0-2 6.1 7 1 1 2 4 1 57 1.42
    8 2001-10-28 WS 2 NYY ARI L 0-4 7.0 5 4 4 0 8 1 59 5.14
    9 2002-10-02 ALDS 2 NYY ANA L 6-8 3.0 8 4 4 0 1 2 28 12.00
    10 2003-10-02 ALDS 2 NYY MIN W 4-1 7.0 4 1 1 3 10 1 72 1.29
    11 2003-10-09 ALCS 2 NYY BOS W 6-2 6.2 9 2 2 2 5 1 51 2.70
    12 2003-10-19 WS 2 NYY FLA W 6-1 8.2 6 1 0 1 7 0 76 0.00
    13 2005-10-23 WS 2 HOU CHW L 6-7 6.0 8 2 2 0 4 0 52 3.00
    14 2007-10-05 ALDS 2 NYY CLE L 1-2 6.1 7 0 0 2 5 0 62 0.00
    15 2010-10-07 ALDS 2 NYY MIN W 5-2 7.0 5 2 2 1 4 1 62 2.57
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    Generated 10/8/2012.

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    Yankees Plate 5 In The 9th

    Posted by on October 8th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    This has to be crushing for the Orioles in many ways – physically, mentally and emotionally.

    Credit the Yankees bats. But, also, credit Sabathia for keeping the game close up to that point.

    Yanks-O’s, Game 1, 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 7th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Feel free to use this entry as a place for you to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game this evening.

    Yankees-Orioles In For A Long Night In ALDS Game 1?

    Posted by on October 7th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Forecast for Baltimore, at 6 PM tonight, is a 75% chance of rain.

    But, it drops down to 7% around 8 PM.

    Given the importance of the game, I suspect MLB will push back the start time rather than start the game in the rain and then have to deal with what happened in Game 1 of the ALDS last year between the Tigers and Yankees.

    2 Biggest Stats For O’s-Yanks ALDS Game 1

    Posted by on October 6th, 2012 · Comments (11)
    1. Baltimore outscored New York, 92-90, in the 18 regular-season meetings this season.
    2. CC Sabathia has a 5.00 lifetime ERA in eight Division Series appearances (seven starts), with 26 walks issued in 36 innings.

    The Birds are going to score some runs in Game 1. The Yankees bats better be ready to answer that…

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