Best Of Three: Yanks-Tigers ALDS Gamer

C.C. Sabathia and Justin Verlander try again, this time in chilly but mostly dry Detroit. Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .200
C. Granderson cf .286
R. Cano 2b .444
A. Rodriguez 3b .000
M. Teixeira 1b .143
N. Swisher rf .286
J. Posada dh .500
R. Martin c .167
B. Gardner lf .167
 
C. Sabathia 4.50
 
Detroit
A. Jackson cf .000
R. Santiago 2b .000
D. Young lf .222
M. Cabrera 1b .429
V. Martinez dh .286
M. Ordonez rf .429
J. Peralta ss .250
A. Avila c .000
B. Inge 3b .500
 
J. Verlander 9.00

152 comments… add one

  • I just have to remember to breathe.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 7:51 pm
  • Stay positive.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:10 pm
  • Hang in there, Krueg. It’s going to be just dandy.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 8:18 pm
  • We can do this.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:27 pm
  • Come on boys.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:31 pm
  • “I’m freakin’ out man…
    You are freakin’ out….maaaaanaaaaaaanaaaaaaan.”

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:34 pm
  • 2-0.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:49 pm
  • We need CC to be at his scoreless best tonight. Gotta assume Verlander will go 8 and give up no more.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 8:52 pm
  • Even CC’s girth cannot make that mitt of his look small. That thing is massive.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 8:53 pm
  • Keep. It. Together.
    Keepittogetherkeepittogetherkeepittogetherkeepittogetherkeepittogether.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 8:54 pm
  • CC squeezed on the first AB. Actually struck him out…twice.
    Walk.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:55 pm
  • Great DP.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:55 pm
  • Cano was NOT late getting over there moron. A-Rod took too long to throw it to him. Cano had to turn it with Jackson on top of him. Whatever. Nice GIDP.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 8:56 pm
  • CC not looking as sharp in the early going as he did Friday night.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 8:58 pm
  • CC not getting any calls while Verlander got his.
    I’m just saying’.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:59 pm
  • 3-0 count that really is 1-2 to Miggy…

    krueg October 3, 2011, 8:59 pm
  • CC is hitting the edge of the plate but getting none of those calls. 3-0 to cabrera.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 8:59 pm
  • 2 walks…none of which were really walks.
    I mean, is this guy from fucking Detroit????

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:01 pm
  • Can’t watch the game.. listening to John and Suz… How tight is this plate?

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 9:02 pm
  • What the hell is wrong with these pitches???!!!?

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:02 pm
  • ag…it’s tiny for CC, not so much for Verlander.
    It may be the worst thing I have ever seen in terms of different strike zones in one direction.
    I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:04 pm
  • K.
    He was MADE to throw a lot of pitches.
    Investigate the ump.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:05 pm
  • According to pitch fx the zone is tight – both CC and Verlander have had pitches on the corners called for balls. However, Verlander had a ball clearly out of the zone called a strike and CC had a ball clearly in the zone called a ball. It seems to me that he gave Verlander the outside pitch to the lefthander (I think it was vs. Curtis) and did not give CC anything on the outside on either side.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:08 pm
  • Posada.
    Incredible.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:10 pm
  • Jorge keeps hitting. Shockingly. Try not to run yourself into an out this time Jorge.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:11 pm
  • Nevermind.
    DP.
    Very easy inning for Verlander.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:11 pm
  • Way to give CC all of 30 seconds to rest up fellas. Damnit.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:12 pm
  • Did you see Valverde “guaranteeing” that the Tigers would win the series in Detroit? Whatever. How I would love for them to win one off him.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:13 pm
  • CC’s fastball flying high and/or outside to righties. Again and again.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:15 pm
  • 4 walks.
    This is a nightmare.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:16 pm
  • G%d D*%nit!!!!!!!!!!! BB, BB, BB, BB, BB…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:16 pm
  • DP.
    HUGE.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:17 pm
  • Hold it together CC. I LOVE IT! Another DP. Suck it Detroit. That’s CC strategy tonight – BB – DP.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:18 pm
  • CC at 40 pitches. Avila is the softes part of this lineup. Get him and let’s give CC some time in the dugout this time offense! K. Yes.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:19 pm
  • K.
    2 innings with no damage.
    In spite of whatever is afflicting him right now.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:20 pm
  • HA HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA. Gardner on with the bizarro-air-mail-bunt.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:23 pm
  • Bunt single for Gardner.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:23 pm
  • Annoy the hell out of him Brett. Then take the bag.
    Avila’s got a gun though…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:24 pm
  • Gardner got a good jump there.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • Jeter.
    GIDP.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:26 pm
  • Jeter GIDP. Damnit. I hate when Gardner gets on and stays at first.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:26 pm
  • Outside strike on Curtis…
    Bullshit.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:27 pm
  • Nothing.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:27 pm
  • Verlander through 3 innings in less pitches than it has taken CC to get through 2. Just give us 6 CC. 6 scoreless that is.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:27 pm
  • Pitch fx update:
    Verlander with two clear balls called strikes and no clear strikes called a ball.
    CC with two clear strikes called for balls and no clear balls called a strike. and by “clear” I mean fully in or out of the zone – not on the line.
    And now Inge with the leadoff double. And here we go to the top of the lineup.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:31 pm
  • Leadoff double for Inge…

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:31 pm
  • Hold onto that Russell!!!!!!!

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:34 pm
  • Ridiculous.
    Absolutely fucking ridiculous.
    He struck him out.
    No fucking question.
    Joe needs to lose his fucking mind and get tossed.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:36 pm
  • CC with 5 freaking walks. This is ridiculous. Here comes the bunt to move 2 guys into scoring position.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:36 pm
  • I have decided not to look at the pitch tracker anymore.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 9:37 pm
  • High heat CC…he’s looking down…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:38 pm
  • Damnit. Would have prefered that the sac work. Meat of the order with two on no out. CC not quite having it plus ultra-tight zone = death.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:40 pm
  • 2-1.
    CC has no chance.
    There is literally nothing he can do but throw it right down the middle and hope for the best.
    I have never seen anything like this.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:40 pm
  • Bases chucked for F’ing Cabrera. CC seriously on the ropes. I might need a bathroom break. For like 30 minutes.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:41 pm
  • Miggy up…
    Bases loaded.
    No outs.
    This game is over.
    As is the series.
    It’s not CC’s fault.
    This ump should be investigated. This is blatant.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:41 pm
  • Best f’ing outcome right there. Third DP of the night.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:42 pm
  • If he gets out of this inning with the game tied I will be so relieved. And grateful.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:43 pm
  • YES. The way that inning started — bases loaded with one run in already and Cabrera up — that was as good as they could have hoped for.
    Can we at least make Verlander work a little???

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:45 pm
  • 4 CC strikes called for balls. None for Verlander.
    2 Verlander balls called for strikes. None for CC.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:48 pm
  • Yankees are not taking many pitches given how tight this zone is.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:49 pm
  • We actually got a walk.
    ARod.
    Come on Tex. Please do something for once. Please???

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:50 pm
  • Teix smokes it but right at Young. BABIP blows. And of course it was on the first pitch. Yanks doing their best to get Verlander plenty of rest while exhausting CC.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:51 pm
  • 1 pitch.
    Out.
    Complete game coming.
    We won’t score again.
    I’m out.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 9:51 pm
  • That right there is the outside pitch to lefties that Verlander is getting. Now CC is facing almost all righties (except Avila) and so he is not throwing that exact pitch. But it sure as hell gives Verlander more room to work with than CC.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:52 pm
  • And there iS ANOTHER one on the outside that gets Swisher looking. That’s 4 pitches way outside to lefties called for strikes. Guess the Yankees picked the wrong night to have a lefty on the mound facing a ton of righties.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:57 pm
  • Nice play A-Rod. One out.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 9:59 pm
  • Dancing with disaster.. Ordonez down, finally.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 9:59 pm
  • 2 outs. Could it be????????

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:01 pm
  • Now there is the same pitch that Verlander has been getting – outside to the lefty. Maybe he is consistent. He just is fat on that side of the plate to lefties and we don’t have the good fortune to be facing many lefties.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:02 pm
  • A 1-2-3 inning. Breathing again.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:03 pm
  • So this is shaping up as a game in which CC will have to pull a houdini act and get BABIP’s good fortune in order to get through 6 with the game tied. Meanwhile, Verlander seems destined to go 9. At least. And easy. I don’t see this ending well.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:08 pm
  • Verlander now bending the entire Yankee offense over his knee and spanking them.
    With his cleats no less.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:10 pm
  • Tigers with better ABs vs. CC than the Yanks are putting on Verlander. By a lot. And Inge, the CC-killer on again. Top of the order. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson bunts now. Tigers have to feel that if they get a one run lead this game is over.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:16 pm
  • Put in Bartolo. We’re gonna need 4 strong before hitting the big 3, if ever. And he throws strikes.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:18 pm
  • That’s probably the game right there. Verlander is not giving up squat.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:19 pm
  • CC survives without any more damage. But 3-2 never felt so insurmountable.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:26 pm
  • Nice AB Jeter. Verlander with the near-20-mph differential between his FB and curve. Ridiculous. Jeter hangs in and gets the sinlge. Please Curtis…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:31 pm
  • Knew that was coming. Granderson never came close to any of the FBs in that AB. Cano…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:33 pm
  • Jeez. Even Cano. No one is anywhere near these 99- and 100-mph FBs.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:34 pm
  • Chances that A-Rod Ks: 99.99999999%

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:35 pm
  • And the ump calls a ball that was slightly lower than the previous pitch (which he called a ball) for the third strike. Whatever. Not like A-Rod was going to do anything there anyway.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:37 pm
  • You just sit and wait for someone…
    anyone…
    to get a big hit.
    and wait…
    and wait…
    and wait…
    But you know one isn’t coming.
    Deep down. You know we’re finished.
    This series is going to come down to two terrifying letters…
    A.
    J.
    Game.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 10:37 pm
  • Even the defensive scrub gets on with a perfectly placed bunt past CC’s considerable…waist.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:39 pm
  • Peralta knockout blow. 4-2, no outs. It’s over.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:41 pm
  • Why the hell would you not let that slow curve hit you Teixeira???

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:54 pm
  • If I were on death row I’d want Verlander to be my executioner. Quick and to the point. Minimal pain.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:57 pm
  • Great AB Jorge. Works a walk. At least make him throw a few more pitches. Russell hit in the side by a 100-mph fastball. I think I bruised one of my ribs on that. Oh my God.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:59 pm
  • I bet that will leave a mark.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 10:59 pm
  • Interesting that Joe leaves Gardner in there.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 10:59 pm
  • Small victory. Thanks to Jorge Verlander has had to throw 10 or more extra pitches. At 2-0 to Gardner now. I still suspect he’ll go the full 9, but if Gardner can luck out and bloop one we might have a faint chance.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:01 pm
  • Please tell me why Joe isn’t running for Jorge here.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:02 pm
  • BRETT GARDNER!!!!

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:03 pm
  • Fucking HUGE@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Eat that Tigers fans!!!!!! I can’t believe the little guyu did it again!!!! Tie game baby!!!!!!!

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:03 pm
  • More than a bloop. Wow.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:03 pm
  • Excuse my French. I nearly pissed myself.
    Please Derek – a bloop to right and we’re in business.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:04 pm
  • All credit to Jorge and Brett. We may still lose, but that was massive.
    2 strikes on Jeter as Verlander tops 100 pitches. Come one Jeter…

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:05 pm
  • with two outs. LOVE it.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:06 pm
  • We’ve got a game where I simply didn’t expect one. Does Soriano come back out??

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:06 pm
  • Soriano just scares me. All or nothing. He was ALL last inning. What will he be here?

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:09 pm
  • I guess Soriano wasn’t the right choice.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:11 pm
  • That is so Soriano. And whoever the hell it was in the booth called that to a T. Way to completely turn around the momentum Soriano you piece of trash.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:11 pm
  • He makes me cry ag. Makes me cry. And then he induces the 418-foot fly ball out.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:13 pm
  • > in the booth
    Twitter says John Smoltz called that shot.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:15 pm
  • I’m so pissed at Soriano right now. After the team claws back against the hands-down Cy Young award winner you – on multiple days rest – give it right back. To a notorious first-ball-fastball hitter. You piece of trash. How I hate thee.
    Little voice in Cashman’s head: I told you so.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:15 pm
  • Delmon Young now has Randy Levine on his holiday card list

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:17 pm
  • Yeah. He literally said “watch that first pitch”. Boom. I guess Smoltz was on his game enough to know you don’t groove a fastball to Young. Too bad Soriano wasn’t as prepared as the color-man.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:17 pm
  • That was a ball! That is not a pitch he has been calling a strike all night long.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:18 pm
  • John Sterling, too often, gives me little haeart attacks. This park is too small this inning. Just right last inning though, when Cabrera was hitting.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:19 pm
  • Cano has looked really overmatched tonight. Can’t remember feeling that way about him vs. anyone this year.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:19 pm
  • Apparently the high fastball is a strike in this inning. This pisses me off.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:20 pm
  • There’s little they can do when Verlander gets every single close pitch called his way, and we don’t…
    It’s just unbelievable.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:22 pm
  • I think I expect too much from Cano. In the back of my mind, even when he has an MVP-caliber year, I keep thinking, “he could seems like he could be better.”

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:22 pm
  • Teix. Just wonce I’d like you to come up big. And now we’ll have the bottom of the order vs. Valverde. How i’d love to break through vs. him.
    I am so seeting furious at Soriano right now. I really despise him.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:26 pm
  • It’s also hard to win when ARod and Tex do nothing. Tex especially.
    When is he going to get a big hit in the playoffs? It’s been two years since his last and even then it was only one hit. He is clearly a playoff choker at this point.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:26 pm
  • Teixeira corrects the walk given up by Verlander.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:26 pm
  • We’re going to need Jorge and Gardner to come up big one more time.
    Or Swisher could do SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:27 pm
  • That inning was basically the reason Soriano got $13 million…
    Blew it.
    Huge mistake on him. It may have cost us the series.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:30 pm
  • A-Rod has made 3-4 plays on absolute bullets tonight.
    To the 9th. We need you to wake up Nick Swisher. Stop saluting fans. Stop being jovial. Stop saying “man”. And just hit a bomb. Please. I beg you.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:37 pm
  • This is it.
    3 outs to do something or else our entire season comes down to AJ fucking Burnett.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:39 pm
  • Yeah krueg. This felt like the rubber game. AJ could always walk into dumb luck, but none of us would count on it.
    But on a night when you score 4 of Justin Verlander and have CC on the mound and a rotation with only one other reliable starter, you have to win.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:39 pm
  • That’s right. Keep throwing balls you loudmouth A*&.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:41 pm
  • Swisher misses a high fastball that he usually drives…
    Foul pop up.
    1 out.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:41 pm
  • Oh Swish that was such a perfect ball to drive. Damnit.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:41 pm
  • This is not our season.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:42 pm
  • > Soriano got $13 million
    Well, he only got 10 million for his 39 innings this year. He gets 11 next year and 14 the year after that. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:43 pm
  • Thanks ag…strangely, no. ;)
    Losing in the first round SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS…..

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:44 pm
  • Jorge with the best ABs on the team by far. Groove one Valdemort.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:44 pm
  • Russell. We need Russell.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:45 pm
  • Walking Posada? Inexcusable!

    Michael Myett October 3, 2011, 11:46 pm
  • Russell gave it a little ride. With Nunez stuck at 1st they keep Gardner in.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:46 pm
  • Warning track power.
    2 outs.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:46 pm
  • Big steal. Serious carjones. Nice job Gardner blocking Avila.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:48 pm
  • Girardi has Nunez steal, scaring the crap out of me in the process, because he is just as likely to have run in the wrong direction.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:48 pm
  • Good eye Gardner. Get it to Jeter. I soooooo want to get Valverde.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:49 pm
  • Jeter.
    It’s up to the Captain.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:49 pm
  • I want a Jeter oppo-double.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:49 pm
  • I still want to kill Soriano. Just saying.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:50 pm
  • I wish this were circa-’00…

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:50 pm
  • Damn. 0-2. I feel queasy.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:51 pm
  • Hit it right back at his head Derek. Developing a real hatred for this guy.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:51 pm
  • Ummmm. OK. No comment.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:53 pm
  • Oh Derek Derek Derek.
    Thank you Rafael Soriano. You are worthless.

    IronHorse (YF) October 3, 2011, 11:54 pm
  • Nope.
    We’re done. Even Jeter.
    I feel sick.
    Losing in the first round is unacceptable.
    I feel like I wasted another 6+ months of my life.
    I’m going to draw a warm bath and get out an extension cord.

    krueg October 3, 2011, 11:54 pm
  • Makes me a bit sick.
    The Captain deserves as much criticism as Teix/ARod so far.

    attackgerbil October 3, 2011, 11:55 pm
  • Absolutely ag. He has come up small in some very key spots.
    Girardi commenting about the strikezone. If you’re going to complain about the zone, do it in the game, make a stink, and get tossed. Don’t whine about it in the postgame.

    IronHorse (YF) October 4, 2011, 12:00 am
  • I can’t recall a single AB against any pitcher in which a Yankee batter fouled off a ton of pitches. They worked walks but mainly because Verlander/Valverde missed their spots a few times. But there were precious few extended ABs.
    Our fates in AJ’s hands. What a comforting feeling. I will be on a plane from about the 6th inning on. Will find out our fate when I land in Istanbul. I suspect given that it’s AJ that I may know our fate wlel before I board.
    Good night krueg, ag.

    IronHorse (YF) October 4, 2011, 12:05 am
  • Have fun in Turkey IH. Save yourself the heartache and just don’t check the score when you land, or on the plane…

    krueg October 4, 2011, 12:22 am
  • I don’t like losing, but damn that was such a great baseball game. Verlander is so much fun to watch pitch. He works fast and even when he’s not sharp he still battles the hitters. Santiago and Don Kelly were the killers, in addition to CC just not having his best stuff. The Tigers aren’t the better team, but they certainly are playing better right now all around. I can’t believe Smoltz jinxed us, no sooner did he say it the ball was over the fence. “Papa Grande” is annoying, super annoying and he’s just not that good. I think I dislike him as much or more than Papelbon. At least Papelbon is good and has won something.
    As for tonight, since Detroit doesn’t run would it be so crazy to have Jesus catch? Since Jorge has been one of the only players hitting there’s no way he’s coming out, so why not give Martin a rest? AJ Burnett is going to get his tits lit. The Yankees are going to need to score 10-11 runs, so why not try a fresh Montero?

    John - YF October 4, 2011, 9:24 am
  • Darkness…
    Despair…
    Misery…
    Hopelessness…
    Pain…
    Death.

    krueg October 4, 2011, 10:43 am
  • John, you know baseball better than I, but don’t you think the last pitcher on the Yankee staff with whom you should pair Montero is AJ? Not just his head-case-i-ness, but the very real assortment of wild pitches he is likely to throw. I agree that Montero as a possible offensive spark would be good, but if they were to want that, I would actually prefer to see Teix pulled for Posada at 1st so Russell can stay behind the dish and Montero can DH. For the record, I don’t think that’s a good idea either, but I just think if you were intent on getting MOntero in, that would be the better option than sliding him behind the plate to catch AJ in the biggest game of the year.

    IronHorse (YF) October 4, 2011, 12:21 pm
  • Good point…I’ll be honest with you I’d still catch Montero. This game has 12-11 written all over it and I’d rather concentrate on putting my best offense out there so that I am best prepared to win the offensive battle this game will surely become or need to be. You could always bring Martin in for defense, you can’t really work it vice versa. Either way IH, I doubt Girardi listens to me.
    If you need a laugh, go to College Humor and watch Too Much Moneyball, it’s hysterical. Sure it pokes fun at the Yankees, but it’s funny none the less.

    John - YF October 4, 2011, 1:38 pm
  • I am too depressed to laugh.

    krueg October 4, 2011, 2:04 pm

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