What is it with the ‘Stros Colt .45s and how they owned the Yankees just after losing a series to Oakland? I currently blame Yordan Luthor Álvarez but also Craig Lex Biggio, retired evil baseball wizard genius.
Holy crap. I made a post for the first time in forever, the Yankees lost. I don’t make a post after making the last one, and the Yankees win. So, I don’t make another post, thinking I’m on to something about me not posting, and Boston scores a fajillion runs, as if they were playing a little league team. Elimination time for the Yankees, with Carston Charles Sabathia looking to hold the Red Sox to what, less than double digits? I ain’t superstitious, but Porcello is gonna cross that path.
Enjoy the game. Lineups after the fold.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees manager Aaron Boone faced each other on the field for the first time May 1st 2001 (I may be wrong.. I had to dig for a while to find it..), when the Dodgers lost to the Reds 7-6, on a three for four performance by Boone including a home run off Eric Gagne, the beginning of history between them as they face off for the first time as managers in the post season. Cora was with the Dodgers in ’04 and Boone sat that season out, injured, so neither figured in the last post-season meeting between the Sox and Yanks. But they will figure tonight, along with the brilliant and impossibly thin figure of Chris Sale on the bump for the home team Boston Red Sox, and J.A. Happ getting the start for the visiting New York Yankees.
This year’s story was the Sox outscoring the Bombers 116 to 102 heads-up, and Boston winning 10 to the Yankees 9. Perhaps most important is that in the height of the race in August, the Sox swept the Yanks four games at Fenway 28-13 including winning the last game in extras, where after putting their proverbial foot down, and won 108 games, never having to look back. The Yankees knocked off the A’s in their play-in game, and managed to win 100 games in the reggalar, third place behind Boston and defending World Champion Houston’s 103 win tally. The Yanks also slugged the most home runs ever in a season (267), while Boston ran away with runs (876) (yanks were 2nd at 851) hits (1509) and doubles (355): +56 for hits on the Cubbies.. Talk about two awesome offenses.
Houston posted a major’s-best 3.3 RA/G, and it’s not even close. What is most remarkable, and you really should go look this up, is that they did it with only 22 pitchers for the season. The Sox and Yanks were both above league average, but think about that Houston rotation and pen. Twenty two pitchers for a whole season? With a staff ERA of 3.11?
Anyway, now it is on to the two best teams in the Beast with a combined 208 regular season wins facing off for the short race to three wins. Line-ups when I have them. It’s important enough to say it again: this the first post-season meeting between these two arch rivals since the epic series of 2004. Wasn’t that something to behold? Comment away.
It’s Whitley at Rogers Centre facing knuckler Dickey.
Comment away, eh?
Tanaka out for a month minimum. In the meantime, Michael Pineda and the Yankees host the Rays and Drew Smyly in a getaway game before the Bombers go to Boston on Friday.
Chase Whitley gets a spot start as the first-place Yankees (!) look to defend their lead in the AL East. Jake Odorizzi pitches for the SatanFish. Comment away.
Which is Superman and which is Batman? I don’t know, really. It’s a crap metaphor anyway. Jon Niese v. Nathan Eovaldi in the rubber match on Sunday Night Baseball.
These Miracle Mets have won eleventy hundred games in a row, and that’s a big thing, if you are a Mets fan. Jacob deGrom will be on the bump for the hottest commodity in hyperbole. Meanwhile, in the real world, the Yankees are sending Pineda to the bump.
Let’s do this thing.
Justin Verlander is being sat today to figure out what ails him, so the Yankees face southpaw Kyle Lobstein, who has eight major-league games to his name of which one was a win over the Yankees last August. Nathan Eovaldi got no decisions from his previous two starts for the Bombers this season. It’s hard to be cheerful after Sabathia took the loss last night after the mini-rally by the Tigers in the seventh, but hey, it’s only April and the Yanks are only two away from Boston. Chin up.
Michael Pineda and the Yankees take on the Rays who have rookie Matt Andriese on the mound in a getaway game at the Trop. After the Yankees try to sweep the series, it’s off to Tiger Town.
Sorry I’m late, I was coaching young gerbil’s game earlier today and lost track of the time when I got back. 4-4 at the plate today.. woohoo. Since then, the Yanks are underway at the Trop with no score, Tanaka on the bump for the good guys.
I imagine it is a common homonym error, but it is personally a fond memory for me when I sat down to watch a game and my young son thought, several years ago, that the Yankees were playing the cookies. Unfortunately, it’s the O’s that own the cookie jar and have won 13 out of the last 19 meetings. Miguel Gonzalez for the Birds, with C.C. Sabathia coming off a disappointing debut.
The Yankees were 6-13 against the the Orioles last year. There is no reason to expect more this season. If you are going to go to Baltimore, enjoy some local music along with some soft shell crab.
Let’s see what prize awaits us tonight on ESPN with Buccholz and Tanaka in da Bronx.
Devine is away, and I have been dealing with RL stuff. Tried to post gamers from my phone and failed miserably. I’m back at the wheel, albeit belatedly.