Here’s the line-up for tonight:
D. Jeter SS
E. Nunez 2B
M. Teixeira DH
N. Swisher RF
A. Jones LF
J. Montero C
J. Posada 1B
B. Laird 3B
G. Golson CF
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
“I absolutely love it. This is what you plot in the offseason, and you play the whole season to play meaningful games at this time of year. I know we’re not going to get any extra money for it, but we’ve already been in the playoffs for about 10 days. And it’s been fantastic.” — Joe Maddon
That’s all well and good for the Rays, but I won’t mind so much if the Yankees lock up their ticket to the post in game one of today’s double header. Comment away.
"There’s no reason for us to sit here and say the walls are crumbling down and it’s time to start panicking. That’s not going to happen in this clubhouse." – Jonathan Papelbon, September 20
"Hell, yeah, you've got to panic." – David Ortiz, September 11
Offered without comment…
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Lackey gave up three in the top of the first. Boston is batting now, facing Brian Matusz; Pedroia just brought in Ellsbury on a FC to get one back. The Sox are 4-14 in September after the day game. That’s a kind of brutally bad that is hard to fathom.
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
From this point forward, there is a direct relationship between the number of Derek Jeter fist pumps makes in the next week and a half and the happiness of SF (to choose just one Sox fan at random). It turns out the schedule-makers were geniuses this season.
Greetings, weekend readers. As I sit in Rochester International waiting for a delayed plane to take me to points west, I have had time to catch up on baseball happenings for the past few days. I missed Rivera’s 601st save last night, which was quite all right by me as I was occupied with family at a delightful dinner, but it did occur to me that watching Rivera close is one of those things as a fan that has become such a part of my experience of the game it is hard for me to imagine the day when it will no longer be the case. The opportunity to enjoy something special, especially those things that at a glance may seem quite ordinary was poignantly in parallel to my current reflection upon farewells bid to family this morning after a brief visit.
The Yankees play in Toronto, with Freddy Garcia and Brandon Morrow on the mound. Lineups follow, comment away.
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Friday, September 16th, 2011
The Yankees are in the midst of a brutal 33-games-in-32-days stretch including their just-completed final West-coast-swing of 2011. They've lost 5 of their last 8 games, including three one-run losses in extra innings (one of them at 2:00 am) and a fourth one-run loss on a bottom of the 9th sac fly by Izturis out in LA.
They are tired, rather beaten up, and probably more than a little eager to get back to New York. But they've got to go through Toronto first. And yet spirits are high — the foul wind blowing from New England in recent weeks has bought the Yankees some breathing room and as a result they maintain the largest 1st place lead that any team has had in the AL East this season. But they're still far from closing anything out. So the return of their clean-up hitter this weekend should be a cause for renewed energy and a strong push to the finish line, right? Not so much.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
The last time Ivan Nova faced Seattle was May 28th at the Stadium, which was also the last time he didn’t last at least five full in a start. Tonight he looks for redemption as well as win number 16 on the season for the Yankees, who finish their left coast roadie against the Mariners and Jason Vargas.
Vargas has taken the loss in 8 of his last 12 starts with only 2 victories over that span; the Mariners are 12-17 in his starts on the year. The Yankees are 18-6 in games Ivan Nova started. Nova is no doubt having a better season in most metrics but it is worth noting that the Yanks average 6.48 runs in support of Nova while the Mariners put up a paltry 3.32 per nine for Vargas.
Gerbil would normally report on at least one game from the Emerald City road trip for y’all but it is not to be this year. However, it is an ESPN game, so all you folks with 10pm start times, put on some coffee after the kids go to sleep and see if the 90-win Yankees can put a bit more space between themselves and the Sox, or dare I say any other of those eighty-something-wins “teams” from LosAngelheim/DallarlingtonFortWorth/TampaSt.Peter’sBurgByTheOldBay? I think I will collectively call them The Rayngels. Lineups follow, comment away.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Monday, September 12th, 2011
The Rays won again, pulling to within 3 games of the Sox and 6.5 of the Bombers. There's a good chance that number goes down to 6 (and if Man is 5, then the Devil is…) because the Yanks drew the King for tonight's affair. The good news is that Phil Hughes drew the Mariners' offense. So there's hope yet.
Sunday, September 11th, 2011