Chance to Gain Some Breathing Room: Yanks-Sox Gamer

Over the next six days the Yankees have a perfect opportunity to put some real distance between themselves and their nearest pursuers for the AL East divisional title.

While the Yanks head into Fenway tonight to play a rival that is down on their luck and down in the standings, their main two rivals for the division title clash in Baltimore.  Following those two series, the Orioles have to jet out to the west coast and go straight into a three-game series against the tough and equally over-achieving Oakland A’s while the Yanks host the Rays in the Bronx.  If the Yankees can handle their business, come Monday morning they could again have a commanding lead.  If…..

In the meantime, we’ll try not to think about the elephant in the room that would kill any Yankee post-season run before it begins: the cause of CC Sabathia’s substantial drop in velocity.

Starting it all off this evening is a clash of two rivals on opposite ends of the standings each sending arguably their best pitcher to the mound.  If the Yankees are lucky, the Sox will be motivated less by knocking their rivals down in the standings than by knocking their own manager off his perch, though I doubt it.

It’s Kuroda vs. Lester in Fenway.

Comment away…

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  • Would like to win one game. Probably won’t be watching much. Keep playing out the string…

    Devine September 11, 2012, 10:51 am
  • as up and down as the yankees have been, it wouldn’t surprise me if they only took one game, or [gulp] got swept…with the exception of the 10 game streak and lead, which seemed like it happened years ago, this team hasn’t been much fun to watch, and certainly hasn’t done anything recently to instill confidence in me that they are in a position to put this thing away…i expect a good fight from boston…if these teams that have to play us down the stretch were smart, they’d pitch all rookies, or guys we haven’t seen before…

    dc September 11, 2012, 12:54 pm
  • I have a feeling we are going to turn it around, starting in Boston tonight…

    I don’t know why. I just do.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 1:29 pm
  • Lester against NYY: http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?pitcher=lestejo01#ajax_result_table::none

    My favorite line is Jayson Nix: 6 for 21 with 3 HR. Bat him cleanup just ’cause.

    attackgerbil September 11, 2012, 1:40 pm
  • I agree it’s been a frustrating season to watch dc, but the Yanks have been in first for pretty much all of it, no? I mean, I get down on them and on the season, until I remind myself that in less than 2 months, there won’t be any more baseball until 2013, and then I get pumped for tonight’s game…Today is the first of 2012 that actually feels like Fall here in NY – a slight chill in the wind and either shorts or pants work fine. Love these Fall baseball days…

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 3:56 pm
  • i’m just spoiled and entitled, IH ;)

    dc September 11, 2012, 5:08 pm
  • Me too dc…I’m working on it though. I’m trying to enjoy it more.

    Let’s get it on!!!

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:04 pm
  • I’m not saying anything.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:17 pm
  • 1-0.

    Better than nothing.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:18 pm
  • I just realized that we might not have a 100 RBI player this year. Total understandable given how this season has gone but still, wow.

    Hopefully they are just saving their bullets for October.

    Maybe???

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:22 pm
  • Lots of baserunners…

    Come on Curtis.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:23 pm
  • I’m starting to think Curtis wants out of NY…no way they re-sign him at this point.

    Let Lester off the hook.

    The beat goes on…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:25 pm
  • Leadoff double…

    Starting to agree with dc now.

    I feel the anger growing…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:28 pm
  • DP.

    Whew.

    1-0 after 1…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:32 pm
  • Can’t remember the last time Andruw did anything good…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:34 pm
  • Yep, let Lester off the hook and he’s settled in now…

    Might not score again.

    I think this is the most un-fun 1st place team of all-time. Just a soul-sucking, miserable season in terms of fun.

    Vomit.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 7:36 pm
  • Hi, everybody.
    What’s new?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 7:41 pm
  • Tampa 1, Balt 1, bot 3

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 7:45 pm
  • Krueg, last year’s Red Sox were unfun and soul-sucking from after the all-Star break until they fell out of first.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 7:46 pm
  • I’m going to watch the USA World Cup qualifier against Jamaica…

    I just really hate this Yankee team.

    Besides Jeter, Jeter is god.

    Enjoy IBM, you can take solace in knocking us out of first place.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 8:06 pm
  • Pawtucket leads Charlotte, 7-2.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:25 pm
  • An interesting exercise might be to guess which members of each teams’ current roster will be on the 2013 opening-day rosters.
    My hunch is that both team will be much different than they look today. Much.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:26 pm
  • Balt 6, Tampa 1, top 7.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:28 pm
  • I really hope so…but we have to get our payroll down so hopefully Cashman’s awesome farm hands will be on the team. I mean, he is a GREAT GM.

    Gotta make the Steinbrenners more money. Maybe they’ll raise ticket prices too.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 9:33 pm
  • 3-3 bot 7, Sox load the bases without a ball leaving the infield.
    Nah-ver up v. Joba.
    Spoiler time.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:43 pm
  • Anatomy of a rally that should never have been. Bad luck and bad defense = bases loaded with one out for the Sox.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:43 pm
  • Joba. This could be great or disastrous. There is no in between with Joba.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:44 pm
  • Jobe doing his best to throw the game away literally. Nice block Martin…

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:45 pm
  • Nice play by Swisher after his complete brainfart on the lat play. Why was Cano waltzing toward 1st without a care in the world there???

    Hot as hell Pedroia up…

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:46 pm
  • Pedroia is 11 for 21 in his career vs. Joba?!?!?! Lovely…

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:46 pm
  • Popped him up. Wow. Great job Joba.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 9:47 pm
  • And a squander. Defining term of the 2011-2012 Red Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:55 pm
  • Pedey has been hot but when was he last up in a truely meaningful at-bat?
    Guilty of pressing there.
    Seems like Pedey has popped up an awful lot in key ABs this season.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:56 pm
  • Good news. Sox only have 7 home games left this season.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 9:57 pm
  • Sox suddenly lifeless.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:00 pm
  • In just the last couple games Robertson and Joba has started to look like their old selves. Would be a big deal if that actually sticks – has been a while since anyone other than Soriano in the bullpen has been solid.

    Jeter gives is a ride but Kalish tracks it down.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:07 pm
  • Swisher with his second hard hit of the night. For SFs who haven’t been following, Swisher came into this game ridiculously cold…Nunez in to run for Swish. Please do something good A-Rod.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:09 pm
  • Alex not looking good all of a sudden tonight.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:10 pm
  • Lavarnway snags Nunez. Perfect throw off a tough pitch.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:11 pm
  • Lavarnway snags Nunez. Perfect throw off a tough pitch. A-Rod Ks. Mr. Clutch.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:12 pm
  • Second inning of Robertson…err……

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:15 pm
  • Swisher just beats up the Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:18 pm
  • Ciriaco is F’iong ridiculous. What the F was that?!?!?! When playing the Yankees the guy could throw his jockstrap at a 100-mph fastball with his eyes closed and it would be a frozen rope off the Green Monster. I’m so sick of his gangly a%$.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:18 pm
  • Forget Swisher IBM, Ciriaco is the all-time most fearsome Yankee-killer. What the hell….

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:19 pm
  • You know what’s coming…walk off.

    You know, that thing where you score a run in the 9th or later to win the game?

    I know it’s been a few years since we’ve seen one of those go our way but I think that’s how it works?

    krueg September 11, 2012, 10:19 pm
  • I remember when we had killers on our team…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 10:20 pm
  • Yeah krueg. I see Ciriaco stealing second and then coming home on a broken bat bloop

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:21 pm
  • Yet another seeing eye infield hit. This is about to collapse all around us…They simply deserve to lose after letting Lester walk the world with no consequences early in the game. And now we get to the meat of the order.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:23 pm
  • Suzuki is in constant motion. I imagine he sleeps standing up.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:24 pm
  • Happy birthday Jacoby Ellsbury!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • Well, fuck.

    attackgerbil September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • Perfect. Who is shocked? No one.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • My mfrs beats the Yankees on his birthday.

    attackgerbil September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • Krueg, I could say the same thing about killers.
    We used to have them, too.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • Gee, it’s really surprising that Ciriaco scored the winning run. He is after all Ty Cobb when the Yanks are in town.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
  • Spoilers. It’s all we got.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:26 pm
  • Well, no surprise there.

    I’m not even mad anymore, I just don’t really care.

    I almost hope we miss the playoffs so everyone gets fired.

    This team, as constructed, is junk. No offense, average at-best pitching and average defense. For $200 million.

    Jeter and a bunch of losers.

    Meh.

    krueg September 11, 2012, 10:26 pm
  • Seriously … Where is Ciriaco next season?
    He certainly seems to have earned a ML roster spot somewhere, no?

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:27 pm
  • Not angry at Roberston. He pitched well for more than an inning. This one hangs squarely on an offense that let an incredibly shaky Lester off the hook. Stranding RISP has been their MO all year long. It’s simply not changing.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:27 pm
  • 2 years long IH…2 years…

    krueg September 11, 2012, 10:28 pm
  • “Well, no surprise there.
    “I’m not even mad anymore, I just don’t really care.
    “I almost hope we miss the playoffs so everyone gets fired.
    “This team, as constructed, is junk. No offense, average at-best pitching and average defense. For $200 million.”

    Pretty sure I wrote something like that last year.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:28 pm
  • Good night.
    Hang in there, YFs.

    I'mBillMcNeal September 11, 2012, 10:31 pm
  • Dude – an ML spot?? I know my view is skewed since I only watch him vs. the Yankees, and for his career against them he bats (no joke) .469 with a 1.110 OPS, and that’s BEFORE tonight, but even apart from his success vs. them he hit over .300 in both 2011 and 2012, plays a great defense, and is lighting fast on the basepads. Why would the Sox not keep him?

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 10:31 pm
  • Can we fire Cashman now IH, or are you still onboard?

    krueg September 11, 2012, 10:35 pm
  • I’m wavering krueg. A-Rod is not on Cashman and that’s the most egregious and debilitating of moves. Do u blame him for Pineda’s injury? I don’t know. If we have Gardner and Suzuki I think we have a very different kind of team in those RISP situations. I’m too tired to think straight I guess…but I certainly agree that for a team that has been in first virtually all year, they ceertainly make it feel like pulling teeth to follow them…I really would rather them get blown out then these constant RISP failures in tight games. Just keep you hanging on and hoping. Crap.

    IronHorse - YF September 11, 2012, 11:34 pm
  • this team will not make the playoffs…

    dc September 12, 2012, 1:08 am
  • Oh they’ll make the playoffs…no doubt about it…just to kick us squarely in the balls with yet another first round exit…

    I think Cashman needs to go. I think Girardi needs to go.

    I can’t think of any GREAT moves Cashman has made, other than throwing millions at big-names. I don’t blame him for ARod, that clearly wasn’t his fault. I’m not even mad about the trades, it’s the farm system. It’s been quite a few years since he’s developed a star player. Cano is about it and if I’m being honest, what the fuck has Cano done this year? His numbers are an illusion. This was his chance to carry the team, if he is supposed to be an MVP/Superstar. He has failed miserably.

    And don’t get me started on the pitchers. No denying the guy cannot do anything with them. The “Killer B’s”…ha, what a misnomer, have regressed. Hughes, Joba, IPK…terrible. Nova? I’m not giving up on him yet but is he a #1 or #2? Nah, just another mediocre pitchers. Am I asking too much for our GM, with all his resources, to find a true top of the rotation pitcher? He never has.

    krueg September 12, 2012, 11:55 am
  • In a year in which more teams than ever will make the playoffs (that is, if you include one-game wild-card “play-in” games as playoffs), the Phillies, Angels, Yankees, and Red Sox all may miss out, despite how strong they all looked in the pre-season.

    IronHorse - YF September 12, 2012, 2:57 pm

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