Pass the Asprin: Yanks-Rays Gamer

Quite a few members of the Yankees sporting hangovers, is our guess, and who can blame them after their playoff-clinching extravaganza last night. Joe got emotional. Alex declared NY his home, Moose kicked it with the coaches, Robi & Melky sprayed everything and everyone with champagne. A milestone we bring to attention: last night the Captain scored his 100th run. He’s done that in every season of his career except for the 2003 campaign, when he lost about 30 games to his shoulder injury. In these Sabermetric times we have a tendency to downplay “counting” stats, but this is a pretty amazing feat to accomplish over 12 years.

Who plays tonite? The Yanks face the always difficult Scott Kazmir, and I suspect a mellow Joe will see fit to spare some/most/all of the regulars of that displeasure. If The Franchise wants a win tonight, he’s gonna have to bring it.

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  • Duncan at 1st! This will be fun.

    Mike-YF September 27, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • Kazmir will make this game tough. Time to save up some energy for the post, methinks.

    attackgerbil September 27, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • This isn’t actually a comment about this gamer — although I see that Pena just hit one out for the Rays — but this seemed like a convenient place to mention something about the game yesterday.
    With a YF friend, I watched the last few innings and the subsequent festivities on YES. We both (1 SF + 1 YF) thought Edwar Ramirez was waaaay over the top in the celebration — like, excited to the point of weirdness, kind of manhandling some of the veterans even (Mo seemed to give him a nasty look after he got champagne in his eye for the, like, third time).
    So, question: were we the only people who thought Edwar was acting weird or did anyone else see this?

    stuck working September 27, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • You know what? Over his last 5 starts, Hughes has been pretty damn good.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Haha yeah, I think that’s a LITTLE out of the baseline. It’s ridiculous they’re even trying to argue.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • For his 5 starts in September, my rough math has Hughes w/ a 2.16 ERA (including tonight).
    Great to have the 3 big rookie arms continue their success in the majors.

    J (yf) September 27, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • I thought that if Wang and AP can make 2 starts each, you “obviously” start Wang first so he gets a start at home…
    But if he gets game 2, he’ll face off against Carmona, another sinkerball type pitcher. I know the home/road splits, but you would assume the groundskeeper can’t do anything especially against Wang since they have the same pitching style…

    Lar September 28, 2007, 2:04 am
  • SW: Yeah, I saw the eerie/weird/slightly freakish clinginess from Urkel in the post-game festivities Wednesday night.
    I like NY beating Kazmir with the B-squad and Boston losing at home with Cy Boy on the mound. Boston should still clinch without trouble as the B squad looks to be played again in this Baltimore series, but it’s nice to be 100% resting up and still keeping Boston from celebrating for just one or two more days.

    IronHorse (yf) September 28, 2007, 9:16 am
  • I’m going out to celebrate tonight (couldn’t celebrate properly on Wednesday!) so I hope the regulars are back! I would like a 15-1 drubbing of the O’s please???

    krueg September 28, 2007, 9:23 am
  • Krueg, I follow every Yanks game and certainly want them to win out the season, but I honestly am much more focused on the NL for just this weekend.
    Not a SINGLE team in that entire league has clinched a playoff spot yet. That is hard to believe.
    The wildcard could go to the unprecedentedly-collapsing Mets, the unprecedentedly-surging Rockies, the steady-and-strong-pitching Padres, the playing-above-their-heads-with-no-pitching Phillies, or the now-back-to-earth-and-suddenly-threatened Arizona Diamondbacks. And ALL of those teams have a legit shot at their respective divisions too. That leaves out Milwaukee and Chicago, who are each doing their best to lose the division to each other.
    Not enough of these teams square off against each other directly this weekend except what will be a very exciting Rockies-D-backs series (rockies sweep would give them the division by one game on the back of winning 14 games in a row!). That cage-match begins with two 17-game winners facing off tonight.
    And the only other head-to-head is the Padres vs. Brewers.
    But the scoreboard watching will be incredible in the NL and it is not so hard to imagine 2, 3, or even all 4 of the divisional and wild card races not being settled before Sunday night.

    IronHorse (yf) September 28, 2007, 9:42 am
  • Mike Mussina in 3 successive August games before being yanked on the left and in 3 successive Sept games since coming back:
    Record: 0-3 3-0
    Total IP: 9.2 19.2
    ERA: 17.69 1.37
    BAA: .462 .217
    OBPA: .508 .270
    In between these two mini-stretches he had one mediocre 3.2 inning-game in which he gave up 2 ERs.
    If there were ever someone who benefitted from some time off, Mussina is it.

    IronHorse (yf) September 28, 2007, 10:16 am
  • Yeah…I’m hoping the Sox clinch at least after Saturday’s games so that I can more freely watch the NL insanity on Extra Innings the last couple days…

    Devine September 28, 2007, 10:41 am
  • Mike-YF September 28, 2007, 4:06 pm

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