• Girardi Tried To Not To Hurt A-Rod’s Feelings When He PH For Him

    Posted by on October 27th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Via Jon Heyman

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a special call to the public address announcer on the press level during a Yankees playoff game to request that Alex Rodriguez not be named when Girardi pinch-hit Eric Chavez for A-Rod, people familiar with the situation said.

    So when Chavez went in for A-Rod, only Chavez’s name was announced, not A-Rod’s. Typically the announcement contains the names of both the player who is pinch hitting and the person who is being pinch-hit for.

    The call by Girardi from the dugout did occur, confirmed general manager Brian Cashman.

    Cashman said he believes it showed the lengths to which Girardi went to protect A-Rod’s feelings. Such a call is very unusual.

    Rodriguez was pinch-hit for and benched multiple times during a postseason in which he went 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts vs. right-handed pitchers. Overall he was 3 for 25.

    Cashman said he didn’t believe the decision to protect A-Rod was the brainchild of Chad Bohling, the club’s influential director of mental conditioning, but rather was Girardi’s idea. Bohling, who came to the Yankees late in Joe Torre’s tenure, is extremely well-regarded within the organization, Cashman said.

    How sweet.

    Who’s To Blame For The Yankees Flaccid Post-Season Bats?

    Posted by on October 19th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    First, some perspective via ESPN

    The Yankees never led in the [ALCS], only the second time in their history that they’ve been beaten in that fashion (the other was in the 1963 World Series) and had some of their weaknesses exposed in October.

    The Yankees were swept in a postseason series for the first time since the 1980 ALCS (against the Kansas City Royals), and swept in a best-of-7 for the first time since the 1976 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

    Lowest BA in Single Postseason
    MLB History

    2012 Yankees .188
    1965 Twins .195
    1956 Dodgers .195
    1974 Athletics .198
    1962 Yankees .199
    1920 Dodgers .205
    1921 Yankees .207
    >>minimum 7 games

    The Yankees had played 36 straight postseason series without being swept. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that is the longest such streak in major-league history.

    The Yankees .188 batting average in the 2012 postseason is the lowest in MLB postseason history by any team that played at least seven games.

    They scored just 22 runs in nine games, for an average of 2.4 runs per game. That’s the fourth-fewest runs per game in a single postseason by any team that played at least seven games.

    How ugly was the final game?

    The 8-1 loss matched the team’s worst in any postseason elimination game. They lost 9-2 to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the 1981 World Series and they lost 10-3 to the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.

    The Yankees offense disappeared in the postseason. The combination of Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, and Robinson Cano went a combined 14-for-125 with one home run.

    Clearly, some – if not most – of this falls on the Yankees batters, themselves. They were the ones in the box with the stick in their hand.

    But, should they be the only ones held accountable here? How about Yankees batting coach Kevin Long? Is he somewhat culpable as well for failure of his star players? Also, what about Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman? He’s the one who put together the starting position players for the Yankees? Should he not also be charged for assembling a team without the skill set to produce in the post-season?

    What do you think?  And, what should be the course of action regarding those responsible for this epic failure?

    Cashman: Blame The Players, Not My Plan

    Posted by on October 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Via John Harper today –

    [Yankees G.M. Brian] Cashman on Wednesday said he remains committed to patience and power at the plate, especially lefthanded power — the approach the Yanks have lived by forever.

    “I believe in this philosophy,” Cashman said. “I was taught by (former GM) Gene Michael and we are still executing the Gene Michael playbook, which is predominantly lefthanded hitters that take walks. They’re typically big, hairy monsters, as I describe them, that hit the ball over the fence and are selective at the plate.

    “What you are seeing right now is not a reflection of that. These guys are better than this. We have a lot of guys that got cold at the wrong time, and it looks bad, but this is not a reflection of who they are.”

    Somebody help me out. Where are the Yankees starting players who are “predominantly lefthanded hitters that take walks”?

    Tex? Cano? Granderson? Swisher? Last time I checked, Granderson and Cano don’t walk a lot, or, as much as they should…

    Maybe Granderson does walk some…but, it doesn’t change the fact that his OBA this season was .319.

    O.K., that leaves Teixeira and Swisher. And, that’s not a whole lot, is it?

    No Offense, Yankees

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    The Yankees have played 8 games so far this post-season.

    In those games, they have scored 7, 2, 3, 1, 3, 4, 0 and 1 runs.

    Yes, in 6 of the 8 games, they have scored 3 runs or less.  And, in 4 of the 8 games, they have scored 2 runs or less.  And, in only one of the 8 games did they score more than 4 runs.

    By the way, this is a Yankees team that averaged 4.96 runs per game during the regular season.

    This all gets worse when you realize that most of the Yankees scoring came against Jim Johnson and Jose Valverde meltdowns.

    What a joke, or, is it choke?

    Of course, now that the Yankees are down three-oh in the ALCS, all the pressure is off.  It’s hard to choke when you are already dead.  And, the Yankees will probably score 8 runs tonight…

    Cashman: This Is My All Or Nothing Big Hairy Monster Team!

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (122)

    Via David Lennon nine days ago:

    The architect of these Yankees offers no apologies for the all-or-nothing attack of the 2012 Bronx Bombers . It’s no happy accident that they led the majors with 245 home runs (the most in franchise history), went deep in a major league- record 131 of 162 games and relied on the long ball for a third of their RBI production.

    This is by design, and general manager Brian Cashman loves what he sees from this power-mad roster.

    “I want a team that walks and mashes,” Cashman said. “And if you can mash and hit home runs, then you can hit singles and doubles, too. We’re not going to hit triples. But we’re built the way we are for a reason.

    “I’m still using the Gene Michael playbook, and this is about getting big, hairy monsters that mash and are selective at the plate. There’s a reason we’re perennially at the top of runs scored.”

    That’s the bottom line, right? There’s no extra credit for taking longer to get around the bases, no additional style points for nifty bunts or dramatic steals.

    When Joe Girardi faced questions earlier this season about the Yankees’ occasional lapses with situational hitting– as he often does — he explained that home runs are just part of his team’s DNA.

    As for runners in scoring position, well, Girardi pointed out that his players don’t need to be standing at second base for that. It happens as soon as they step into the batter’s box.

    “Our bread-and-butter has been the long ball,” Nick Swisher said. “The Yankees have been doing that for years. On some teams, a guy may get a base hit, steal second and then there’s a single for him to score. With us, we might walk and then hit a two-run jack.”

    Great plan. It’s working out really well this post-season…

    Shocking Or Not? Yankees “Hitters” So Far This Post-Season

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Here are the Yankees batting stats, this post-season, for the ALDS and ALCS, combined:

    Rk Player #Matching PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA ▴ OBP SLG
    1 Brett Gardner 3 Ind. Games 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    2 Eric Chavez 4 Ind. Games 11 11 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000
    3 Robinson Cano 7 Ind. Games 33 32 2 0 4 1 4 .063 .091 .125
    4 Alex Rodriguez 6 Ind. Games 25 23 3 0 0 2 12 .130 .200 .130
    5 Nick Swisher 7 Ind. Games 30 26 4 0 1 3 8 .154 .233 .192
    6 Curtis Granderson 7 Ind. Games 29 26 3 1 1 3 14 .115 .207 .231
    7 Russell Martin 7 Ind. Games 29 26 5 1 1 3 4 .192 .276 .346
    8 Mark Teixeira 7 Ind. Games 32 25 8 0 1 7 2 .320 .469 .360
    9 Eduardo Nunez 3 Ind. Games 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
    10 Ichiro Suzuki 7 Ind. Games 35 33 9 1 5 1 3 .273 .294 .424
    11 Jayson Nix 4 Ind. Games 7 7 2 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .429
    12 Derek Jeter 6 Ind. Games 30 27 9 0 2 2 10 .333 .379 .444
    13 Raul Ibanez 6 Ind. Games 20 16 7 3 5 4 3 .438 .550 1.063
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/15/2012.

    It is truly amazing how much Cano, A-Rod, Swisher, Granderson and Martin have been terrible this post-season.  And, now that Jeter is out, it only leaves Teixeira, Ichiro and Ibanez as the sole guys who have provided some support this October in the line-up.

    Could you imagine what would be happening now if George Steinbrenner were still alive and in his prime?  Kevin Long would have been reassigned to the instructional league during the playoffs.

    I suppose that Martin is not a total shock.  For most of the season, he was a joke at the plate.  But, it’s almost impossible to be as bad as Cano, A-Rod, Swisher and Granderson have been this post-season.  Look at their numbers.  Give CC Sabathia a stick and send him to the plate and he could probably do better than the numbers those four have produced so far.

    Then again, maybe we should not be shocked with the others as well?

    Seriously, A-Rod’s been in a decline for a while now and it has really accelerated this year.  Plus, outside of 2009 – where he had help from the Canadian Dr. Feel Good and the benefit of facing the Twins and Angels who never get him out – he’s always been a bust for the Yankees in the post-season.  So, this should not be a surprise.

    And, Granderson, this season, like he was doing in Detroit before he came to New York, turned into Dave Kingman at the plate.  Sure, he can crush a mistake fastball.  But, his swing has more holes to exploit than the Bunny Ranch and these post-season pitchers are having an orgy facing him.

    Swisher?  Check the career post-season stats on ‘Lish, The Red Light Clown:

    Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp G PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2006 25 OAK AL ALDS MIN 3 12 0 1 2 2 .300 .417 .500
    2006 25 OAK AL ALCS DET 4 15 0 0 5 5 .100 .400 .100
    2008 27 CHW AL ALDS TBR 3 6 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .250
    2009 28 NYY AL ALDS MIN 3 12 0 1 0 4 .083 .083 .167
    2009 28 NYY AL ALCS LAA 6 25 0 0 3 7 .150 .292 .150
    2009 28 NYY AL WS PHI 5 19 1 1 4 4 .133 .316 .400
    2010 29 NYY AL ALDS MIN 3 13 1 1 1 1 .333 .385 .750
    2010 29 NYY AL ALCS TEX 6 25 1 1 3 7 .091 .200 .273
    2011 30 NYY AL ALDS DET 5 20 1 1 1 5 .211 .250 .368
    2012 31 NYY AL ALDS BAL 5 21 0 1 2 5 .111 .190 .111
    2012 31 NYY AL ALCS DET 2 9 0 0 1 3 .250 .333 .375
    6 Yrs (11 Series) 45 177 4 7 24 44 .167 .284 .300
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 10/15/2012.

    Swisher just may be the worst hitter (with a minimum of 100 PA) in post-season history. Therefore, what he’s doing now is what he always does in October: Choke.

    And, that leaves Cano.  How a guy can hit six-fifteen in his last 9 games of the season, and then set a major league post-season record for going hitless in 26 straight at-bats, the next minute is beyond reason.  Unless, of course, Cano is the new A-Rod for the Yankees.  And, then, naturally, it makes sense.

    For Yankees fans, the good news is that Swisher should soon be gone and Granderson will not be far behind him.  And, for all we know, Cano may leave New York once he becomes a Free Agent.  But, Brian Cashman is the G.M. who brought in Swisher and Granderson.  So, as long as he’s still in charge, their replacements may be more of the same.  And, A-Rod’s not going anywhere, most likely, because of his contract.  (Unless, like he did in Texas, Rodriguez brokers his own deal out of town.)

    Then again, maybe  the Yankees will turn this all around this post-season and make all this lamenting seem silly? Just don’t bet the house on it.  Because, if that happens, then that will be truly shocking.

    Being There – 2012 ALDS Game 5

    Posted by on October 13th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    My son and I got up to the Stadium yesterday around 3:45 PM.  I think there were less than 1,000 people inside the Stadium when we first walked in…

    And, in the first inning, it was worse.  I was embarrassed.  The seats were empty at the start of the game.  It seemed like there was maybe 20,000 people there at the first pitch, if that.  Where was the excitement that I promised my eight-year old?

    It was pretty much that way for the first few inning.  But, people kept showing up – I even saw some people arriving in the fourth inning, tickets in hand, looking for their seats.

    As the Stadium filled up – and it never was completely full – the place was getting more and more like a playoff game experience.

    After the Granderson homer, I said to my son “We got this!”  But, then in the eight inning, we all starting getting very nervous.  When Mark Reynolds came to the plate with two on, I said, out loud, without realizing it “Oh, no.  Mark Reynolds.  I swear to God, if he hits one into the seats, I will vomit!”  (People around me thought this was funny – and, then, instead of it being me and my son at the game, it became me, my son, the guy next to me, the two couples behind us, and the two guys in front of us, all riding every pitch from there, together, like a family in a living room in front of a TV.)

    Sabathia was the man, no question about it.  This is Yankees legacy material.

    My son and I had an incredible time.  We were interviewed by some Asian news crew leaving the Stadium.  So, somewhere – Tokyo? – people watching television know how excited we were over this win.

    Coming home, was brutal.  We live 50 miles south of the Stadium and it took us two and a half hours to drive home.  Most of that, about 75 minutes, was just trying to get from the Stadium to the George Washington Bridge.  But, it was worth it.

    I just hope this is not 2003 all over again – where the Yankees put it all out there to win one post-season series and then didn’t have enough in the tank to be ready for the next one.

    Orioles-Yankees, Game 5, 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    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 today.

    A-Rod Benched For Game 5 Of 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Oh, boy, this is going to be interesting…

    Big Yankees Confidence From Small Places

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Today, I will be attending my 12th Yankees post-season game. (I was there for these ten games, and this other one, prior to today.)

    I consider myself pretty lucky to have seen these games in person – because I realize that there are a lot of other diehard baseball fans out there who were not as fortunate to see their favorite team in the post-season that many times.

    Today’s game will be extra special because it will also be my son’s first ever Yankees post-season game. (And, the next time I get tickets to a post-season game, it will be my daughter’s turn to attend one of these contests.)

    This will be my third “sudden death” Yankees post-season game. And, I just hope it’s more like Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS than it is Game 5 of the 2011 ALDS. In any event, it’s a big game.

    I even said that to my son, who is eight, this morning. “Dude, we’re going today. Game Five. Winner take all. Important game!”

    To which, he answered “Oh, it’s not so important. The games against the Tigers, next, are more important.”

    How’s that for confidence? Well, I guess, at least one Yankees fan is not nervous about today…

    ..now, for his sake, Yankees, how about a win?

    Sabathia When Facing A Team For 2nd Time In Post-Season Series

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Here are the 5 times, prior today, where CC Sabathia has started a game against a team in a post-season series for the second time:

    Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
    2 2011-10-03 ALDS 3 NYY DET L 4-5 GS-6 5.1 7 4 4 6 3 0
    4 2010-10-20 ALCS 5 NYY TEX W 7-2 GS-6 ,W 6.0 11 2 2 0 7 1
    7 2009-11-01 WS 4 NYY PHI W 7-4 GS-7 6.2 7 3 3 3 6 1
    9 2009-10-20 ALCS 4 NYY LAA W 10-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 1 1 2 5 1
    13 2007-10-18 ALCS 5 CLE BOS L 1-7 GS-6 ,L 6.0 10 4 4 2 6 1
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/12/2012.

    These games are not terrible. But, are they “ace” type efforts?

    Want To Go To Game 5 Of The ALDS?

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (10)

    It’s very interesting how many tickets to today’s Yankees game are available on StubHub this morning at relatively reasonable prices (comparing asking price to original ticket price).  What does that say?

    Yankees Batters In 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (9)
    Playoff Series Stats
    Raul Ibanez 3 6 2 3 2 2 1 1 .500 .571 1.500
    Jayson Nix 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750
    Derek Jeter 4 19 3 8 0 2 0 6 .421 .421 .579
    Mark Teixeira 4 15 0 5 0 1 4 2 .333 .474 .333
    Russell Martin 4 14 2 3 1 1 3 2 .214 .353 .500
    Eduardo Nunez 3 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
    Ichiro Suzuki 4 20 2 4 0 2 0 3 .200 .200 .250
    Nick Swisher 4 15 0 2 0 1 2 3 .133 .222 .133
    Alex Rodriguez 4 16 1 2 0 0 2 9 .125 .222 .125
    Robinson Cano 4 18 1 2 0 4 1 1 .111 .158 .222
    Curtis Granderson 4 16 0 1 0 0 1 9 .063 .118 .063
    Eric Chavez 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 10/12/2012.

    There’s so many stories here.

    Ichiro will not be back with New York  in 2013.  And, Swisher is closing out his Yankees career with a turd…his typical post-season performance.

    Cano?  He bats six-fifteen against scrubs to close out the season and then becomes a non-factor in the post-season.  What does that say about him?

    A-Rod, hey, what can you say?  From this point forward, in Yankeeland, he’s Eric Soderholm, Toby Harrah, or Charlie Hayes. He’s your right-handed batting third baseman who should hit in the lower end of the line-up and be lifted when facing a tough righty pitcher. The sooner he gets that into his head, accepts it, and starts to carry himself as that type of player, the better for him and everyone else.

    Lastly, Granderson. Well, I never was a fan. I always thought he had too many holes in his swing. And, I knew that the Tigers unloaded him for a reason. At this point, a smart G.M. would shop him this winter. Pitch him to the sabermetric-inclined front offices. Talk about the homeruns and the fact that he’s not tied up long-term, maybe even offer to throw in some money. Anything to get him off the team. But, the Yankees G.M. is Brian Cashman, the one who was suckered into trading multiple young, cheap, and useful players to get Granderson. So, expect Granderson to be a Yankee in 2013 too – and, get ready for that 200-strikeout season from him.

    You can’t blame the lack of Yankees offense so far this ALDS on Jeter, Teixeira or Martin.  But, for sure, the rest of this team has been terrible.  And, it’s time for the Yankees to start dealing with that…

    A-Rod Unhappy About Being Lifted For Pinch-Hitter In Game 4

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Via the Ledger

    The game ended with Alex Rodriguez as a spectator again, and this time he didn’t exactly greet the demotion with a smile that lit up the room.

    This time, he didn’t sound as supportive as he did the night before, when Raul Ibanez turned Game 3 into his career highlight reel and put the Yankees on the brink of a first-round victory. This time, Rodriguez pursed his lips and made his feelings pretty clear: He might have gone 1-for-4 with two more strikeouts, but he wasn’t the only guy who looked clueless against Baltimore pitching.

    And he also made this clear: He didn’t expect to get lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 defeat, which ended when Eric Chavez lined out to the game’s hero, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

    “No, no — obviously I’ve gotten a look at this guy for a couple of days now,” Rodriguez said of closer Jim Johnson, “and I hoped it was a little bit different today, but it wasn’t.”

    It wasn’t.

    Joe Girardi had let the world know what time it was Wednesday night when he lifted A-Rod in the ninth and turned Ibanez into the darling of the Bronx, so this call wasn’t exactly surprising.

    Unless you want to cite the evidence that A-Rod wasn’t much worse than anybody else, which is precisely what he did. He started the game off with a first-inning walk, which drew rousing cheers from 49,307 fair weather friends, and he even lined a single to left in the fourth inning off starter Joe Saunders.

    But the next two plate appearances were strikeouts — against Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day, who summarily blew him away with fastballs.

    “I felt pretty good today at the plate, especially after the walk, and I hit a pretty good ball over the shortstop’s head,” he said. “(But) O’Day seemed to have everybody’s number tonight. And I certainly didn’t see it very well today.”

    The second K was the killer. Rodriguez had a chance to give his team the lead in the eighth inning, with two men in scoring position and one out, but he was facing O’Day — a guy he’s managed to hit just once in seven tries. To the surprise of no one, A-Rod fanned on four pitches, the last one a rising fastball that he wouldn’t have hit with a tennis racket.

    “It’s obviously frustrating,” he said. “I found myself in a few situations where I could do some damage, and I couldn’t get it done tonight.”

    If I had a chance, I would tell A-Rod the same thing I told my 8-year son when he complained about batting 6th on his travel team line-up: If you hit great, you’ll bat higher. But, of course, in the case of A-Rod, the message would be: If you hit, then they won’t pinch-hit for you. So, shut up and hit.

    Yankees LDS Game 5 History

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (0)
    Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt IP
    1 2011-10-06 ALDS 5 NYY DET L 2-3 9.0
    2 2005-10-10 ALDS 5 NYY LAA L 3-5 8.0
    3 2001-10-15 ALDS 5 NYY OAK W 5-3 9.0
    4 2000-10-08 ALDS 5 NYY OAK W 7-5 9.0
    5 1997-10-06 ALDS 5 NYY CLE L 3-4 8.0
    6 1995-10-08 ALDS 5 NYY SEA L 5-6 10.0
    7 1981-10-11 ALDS 5 NYY MIL W 7-3 9.0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/12/2012.

    This will be the second year in a row that I will be there for a LDS Game 5 at Yankee Stadium.  Let’s hope this year doesn’t  turn out like last year.

    Orioles Force Game 5

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (15)

    Is it possible to bench A-Rod, Cano, Granderson, Swisher and Ichiro in the same game?

    Orioles, Yankees – 2012 ALDS, Game 4, Heading To Extra Innings

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (49)

    Game 4, tied, 1-1, after 8 innings. And, after 9 innings too…now heading to the 10th inning.

    Game 3, Orioles ahead, 2-1, after 8 innings. Yankees tie it in the 9th inning. And, New York wins, 3-2, in the 12th inning.

    Game 2, close game – Baltimore wins, 3-2. And, that was the score from the 8th inning to the end of the game.

    Game 1, tied, 2-2, after 8 innings. Yankees win it in the 9th when the Orioles closer implodes.

    Man, these games have been close…

    Orioles-Yankees, Game 4, 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (20)

    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.

    Joe Girardi’s Father Passes

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    The story.

    Sad. This should be a happy time for Joe. And, while he father was very ill, this will obviously weigh heavy on his heart.

    LDS, In General, This Season

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Lost in the shadow of what happened in Yankee Stadium last night, the Oakland A’s had a super game on the west coast.

    So, along with the Giants & Reds, the A’s and Tigers are going to Game 5.

    And, I would love to see the Nationals win today as well – and force a Game 5 with St. Louis.

    Why? If the Yankees should lose today, and the Nats win, that means the Yankees game will be at 5 PM on Friday. And, since I have tickets, it would be nice to see the game and not get home in the early hours of Saturday morning. Plus, how cool would it be if all four LDS series went five games?

    But, that said, as a Yankees fan, I would rather see them win in four games than go there tomorrow. It’s better for the team – because then Sabathia can start Game 1 of the ALCS. And, besides, in a Game 5, anything can happen. It’s no different than the one-game wildcard playoff situation. And, who wants that?

    Joe Saunders & Phil Hughes – Last 6 Starts

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Saunders: 2.75 ERA in 39.3 IP
    Hughes: 5.19 ERA in 34.6 IP

    The Orioles have to be the favorites, over the Yankees, in Game 4 tonight, no?

    Who Slapped A-Rod’s Ego More, Torre Or Girardi?

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (12)

    Did you see on the YES post-game coverage last night where Michael Kay said that Joe Girardi pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez was a bigger snub for A-Rod than when Joe Torre batted Alex eighth in the 2006 ALDS?

    This got me wondering which was a bigger blow to the ego? And, I tried to picture how I would feel as a player in these spots.

    To me, being told that I am batting eighth says to me: “We feel like there are seven other guys in the line-up who are better than you right now. And, we’re not confident that you will be able to do better than them in a big spot. But, we’re not taking you out of the game. So, you still have a chance to make an impact – if you can.”

    But, being told that I am being lifted for a pinch-hitter says to me: “We feel like there’s a much better option now than you. And, we don’t think you have a chance in this big spot compared to someone else who is available. Rather than see you bat, we’re taking you out of the game.”

    That said, I have to agree with Kay – and that’s not something that I usually would do…

    How about you, what do you think?

    Oh! Jim Johnson

    Posted by on October 11th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    Is it possible that, if Jim Johnson did his job in Game 1 and 3 of the ALDS, then the Orioles would have swept the Yankees by now?

    There’s Never Been A Player In Post-Season History With PA=2 & HR=2 In The Same Game

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

    Until Raúl Ibañez tonight.

    Raúl Ibañez!

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    That’s twice now that he’s saved the Yankees in a huge game with a pinch-hit homer and then a game-winner. Amazing.

    O’s-Yankees Tied, After 11, In Game 3 Of 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (24)

    OK, I’m calling this one.

    There is no way the Yankees lose this game.

    They have to win this game.

    And, if they lose this game, they can pack their bags. There’s no way they will recover in this series if they manage to drop this one.

    This Is The 19th Post-Season Game At Yankee Stadium To Go At Least 10 Innings

    Posted by on October 10th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    20th overall such home game for the Yankees, if you count one at the Polo Grounds in 1922.

    Yankees have won 9 of the last such games.

    Ibanez Pinch Hits For A-Rod!

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

    Bam! Homerun!

    Bad News Yankees For Game 4 Of The ALDS

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

    “Non-Michael/Watson” Yankees teams, meaning post-2001 Yankees, are only 2-3 in ALDS Game 4’s when facing teams other than the Minnesota Twins.

    O’s-Yankees ALDS Game 3, After 7 Innings

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    Miguel González looks like the lovechild of Cliff Lee and Greg Maddux this evening, huh?

    He’s giving everyone a blueprint on how to pitch the Yankees.

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