• August 16th vs. The Tigers

    Posted by on August 17th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    The Tigers have been a very bad baseball team now for a month or so. Still, this contest had a “big game” feel to it before the game – as well it should, given the need that both these teams have for wins (and given the chance that this series could be a post-season preview in case the Yanks and Tigers meet again in October).

    What happens? Mussina melts. A-Rod makes a costly error. The Yankees bats do very little against power arms – even if they work pitch counts. New York loses. In the YES post-game, Joe Torre gives his patented “the effort was there, we just didn’t get the results that we wanted” speech.

    Sure, the Yankees could go on to win the next three games of this series now. But, then again, this whole series, and the one to follow it, and the one after that, and the next one, could just be platform for us to see what we have here in Yankeeland: A team good enough to pound bad pitching and make the post-season, but, once they have to face good pitching, it will be 2005 and 2006 all over again in the ALDS.

    Maybe it’s time to get ready for the 2007 version of the Yankees post-season punt play: Three and out. Unless, of course, we see something different in the next couple of weeks from what we saw in this game.

    Comments on August 16th vs. The Tigers

    1. The Scout
      August 17th, 2007 | 8:32 am

      You are exactly right — this team may, indeed, should make the post-season as the wild card team and then fall short of the World Series. But we should recognize that it is a team in transition, with a pitching staff that is being rebuilt around younger power arms. That doesn’t happen overnight, of course. To make the post-season while going through a generational shift is no small accomplishment. I, for one, would be satisfied with that for 2007.

    2. Yu Hsing Chen
      August 17th, 2007 | 10:31 am

      They touched up Carmona pretty good less than a week ago didn’t they? i heard he was pretty good! not to meantion Guthire and to a lesser extend Doc Halladay (though Wang bombed that game. )

      I’m not saying i think this team has a great chance or anything, but let’s be real, the Cardinals won last year with a craptistic lineup that featured 1 awsome hitter, 1 good hitter, and 2 shell of former great player, and then a lot of garbage. and a rotation that featured the almighty Jeff Weaver and Jeff Suppan , and Reyes, who sucked beyond badly this year.

      It really just say that playoff is 70% luck and 30% skill, make it, and anything could happen. like So Taguchi, a skinny man that have very little power even by NPB standards, homered off Billy Wagner in a crucial moment in the playoff.

    3. baileywalk
      August 17th, 2007 | 1:07 pm

      I don’t think this game, or their performance against Bedard, shows that they can’t win in the post-season. Verlander wasn’t even impressive last night. What it shows is that they need their pitching to match another team’s good pitcher. Hughes, Henn and Ramirez more or less matched Bedard. They were close enough to tie the game against Walker. This Yankees team pounds guys like Walker and Todd Jones. If they can keep it close enough to get to the bullpen, then they can win in the post-season. Also, this was the one game where the Tigers had the pitching advantage. If the Yankees actually take the next three games the series will still have been a success.

      Small thing from last night that disturbed me: Giambi’s at-bats against Rodney and Jones. Okay, Rodney struck him out with a 97-mph fastball, which Giambi was waaaay late on, but Jones HANDLED him, and Jones is horrible. That’s not a good sign.

    4. Joel
      August 17th, 2007 | 2:04 pm

      Let’s not make more of this game than it was. Mussina just stunk. We did fine against Verlander. In a short playoff series, anything can happen.

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