You Heard It Here Last

The Yankees will make the playoffs this year. Take it to the bank. Okay, maybe better to stuff it under the mattress. I will admit that our Yanks are no great shakes. The bottom of the lineup is anemic, everyone’s aging, the back half of the pitching staff is suspect. So be it. Look at the WC standings.Minnesota, Detroit, and Oakland are behind us, and for all of our problems, there’s no reason to think any of those teams are in better shape. So the Yanks should be able to hold them off. What’s ahead? Boston and Tampa. Realistically, Boston looks like the division winner. Tampa? They’re skidding, only 3 up in the loss column, and their run differential (+40) is already worse than the Yanks’s (+50). Both teams have talent floating around in the minors/DL that could help down the stretch. But the Yanks are better equiped, at least financially, to go out and make a deadline deal to improve. So, yes, you heard it here first. The Stadium will live for October baseball. But what happens then, well, it might not be pretty. Or maybe it will be. One last title for the House of Ruth? Just could be.

41 comments… add one

  • Glad to see the confidence/optimism expressed. I don’t know about this year’s October. My hope comes from the fact that I think the offense will undoubtedly play more to its potential (as it has in recent days/weeks) and that I see no reason – for reasons extensively explored elsewhere here – for the pen to weaken, even if consinually used.
    My doubt comes from the nagging feeling that the curent top 3 in the rotation, with the exception of learning-curve-Joba, is punching above its weight and that there are no likely fixes for the bottom 2/5s.
    But yeah, I’m willing to go along with the prediction YF – October ball in the Cathedral one last time. That would feel pretty special.

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 2:12 pm
  • maybe the Yanks aren’t so poorly constructed for the post-season this year because of their exceptional bullpen, which seems to be give them an advantage in close games. I’m just hoping…

    Nick-YF July 25, 2008, 2:12 pm
  • I’ve never doubted it will be Red Sox and Yankees in the playoffs again, much as I’d like to see the Yankees end that string of appearances. I still think it’ll be a dogfight for the division.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 2:17 pm
  • “that there are no likely fixes for the bottom 2/5s.”
    There’s IPK – that’s one. Karstens is also pitching really well. When Pontoon and Rasner start to suck again, they can find league average again.
    And I think Hughes (but not Wang) will be back in September.
    Agreed on the race. The Angels and Sox are the class of the AL. But the Yanks can compete with the rest of the bunch.

    A YF July 25, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • If the Giants can win the Super Bowl the Yankees can win in October. Anything is possible I guess.
    This weekend will give us a clue if it’s optimism or reality.
    YF for Prez.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 2:39 pm
  • My hatred of the Angels, dormant these past couple of years, is quickly returning and if the Yanks DO make October and draw that card I have to admint that I will feel queasy.

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 2:42 pm
  • Seeing Hughes again would be interesting. I feel like the kid is rehabbing in one of the CIA’s secret prisons. No information whatsoever.

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • No kidding IH, I haven’t heard anything from him since he went on the DL. Has he started his rehab yet?

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 2:49 pm
  • We could tell you Ath but we’d have to…well you know how that old gag goes.
    If I was a gambling man I’d say you don’t see Hughes until ST next season.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 2:53 pm
  • I’m working on my “Manny – wipe your ass!” chant.
    Peace my “electronic buddies”!!! Go Yanks!!!!!

    A YF July 25, 2008, 3:01 pm
  • Thank you Tito for listening.
    Pedroia
    Youkilis
    Ortiz
    Manny
    Lowell
    Drew
    Lowrie
    Varitek
    Ellsbury.
    Finally, some common sense in the lineups. The only thing I would change is Drew and Youk, but the left right thing is prob what they’re going for here.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 3:37 pm
  • sorry to hijack.
    Lineup via EEI guys.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 3:37 pm
  • I agree with you except we will win the division and the Sox will be the WC team.

    the mayor July 25, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • uh, okay?

    Brad July 25, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • sorry, wrong place.
    Jeez. I’m on a bad roll today. I need to get out of here immediately, and begin the “I don’t have to drive anywhere as everyone is coming to my house” evening.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • Sounds like my night Brad… except it’s not as fun for me. My girlfriend’s parents are coming and staying at our apartment this weekend (we live only about 20 minutes from the beach), and they want to go watch The Dark Knight tonight.
    That would be fantastic, except I’ve already seen Dark Knight twice and tonight is Beckett vs Chamberlain. Oh the things we do for the people we love.

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Take nothing to the bank yet, especially not taking Tampa Bay’s demise for granted. The Yankees can’t likely acquire what they need unless they go for broke (and shoot Jorge Posada’s wounded DH/1B future in the foot) and acquire Texiera, because another reliever or the mediocre starters they could acquire aren’t going to make a difference. The Yankees aren’t as dead as I thought they were, but I’m still not buying this team yet.
    But hey, if the Yankees really believe, bite the @*#(@ing bullet already. Sign Bonds. Winning is the only thing, right?

    Hit Dog July 25, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Have a great party, Brad! I’m looking forward to 3 innings of kid-free ball, then back on the clock. Should be a great weekend though. Tonight’s game looks fantastic… hate to build it up, but I hope it’s just like when all the people told me “THE DARK KNIGHT” WAS FCUKING OARSOME only to find out they were wrong — it was better — I have great expectations for tonight’s game. Then tomorrow on the couch for the midday game. But I have to miss Sunday’s game, ’cause we’re taking the little man to sit on the lawn at McMenamins Edgefield and watch Lyle Lovett And His Large Band. Sunny and 76 degrees all the way through. Whadda weekend.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Heheh Ath.. didn’t see your comment. Went to TDK on Wednesday for a late show. Wow. Wow. Wow.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Wow.
    See, I entered into this commitment under certain regulatory behavior from her, and her family.
    That qualifies as overstepping said boundraies, and is fully punishable by me leaving the deck unfinished for yet another weekend since I would be forced to shield myself from all media outlets for the evening, and watch two full baseball games tomorrow. One recorded and one live.
    She knows where my ability to host guests, and my ability to actually pay any attention to them whatsoever diverge, and tonight is that night.
    Plus, it would allow her parents a glimpse into the side of me that they probably would not like that much: the screaming that television while cursing me ( I don’t have children) while throwing out words not suitable for company.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • What Hit Dog said.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • Anyone want to place odds on whether Joba and Youkilis leads to all hell breaking loose tonight? I would frankly place the odds on that at no less than 50-50.
    Yankee line-up:
    Damon DH
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    A-Rod 3B
    Giambi 1B
    Cano 2B
    Melky CF
    Molina C
    Gardner LF
    I like that line-up, at least as long as Jorge and Hideki are unavailable.

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • I’m going to fill up on nachos, wings, beer, and maybe a late night trip to KFC. Then, I’m going to sleep in tomorrow until about nine, get up, work on said deck mentioned above (which is right now fully unstained and partially stripped of the paint the some moron put on it before I bought the house).
    Sunday, I’m going clamming and fishing in RI to start the day, then baseball afterwards.
    My weekend is indeed planned. Minus the work (which I do enjoy, though I hate anything to do with painting or scraping or even looking at the word “paint”), I’m hopefully headed for a great weekend.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • IH –
    My guess their history has something to do with where he is hitting tonight. If Joba wants to head-hunt, he’s only going to bury himeself in a harder hole to climb out of. If Youk was hitting sixth, it would be a much easier road for him once he plunked him, but chances are, things will be calm.
    Plus, Youk hits about .400 on him in limited AB, so putting him there makes sense to me.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • Interesting Brad. Yeah – perhaps Joba will be more reluctant to go after him. Then again, the way things get with these teams, a Joba inside pitch to brush Youkilis back is all that is required fro mayhem. I’m not rooting for it mind you – I just think there is standing fuel there that probably needs the mildest of sparks, esp. in Fenway. Can’t wait for this game.

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • > Can’t wait for this game
    Moved and seconded.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 4:46 pm
  • Wow Brad! I need a Sunday like that! Enjoy bud!
    I know things are amplified because it’s Sox/Yanks but truth be told I just want to keep seeing good baseball! Bold prediction of night…Brett Gardner goes Yahtzee over the monster. Less bold prediction…Joba and Youk tango tonight.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • Manny scratched from the lineup. Great, just great.

    LocklandSF July 25, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • Anyone doing a gamer? My record is very very good…let me know.

    John - YF July 25, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • So the lineup returns to suckitude. Manny out, Ellsbury leading off AND Coco batting ninth. Kill me.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 5:01 pm
  • Wait – what’s the lineup now for the RS?

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 5:02 pm
  • Paul what happened? Why’d the lineup change… Manny suddenly decided he didn’t want to play? Fuck.

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 5:04 pm
  • Yeah AG, TDK was fantastic. I was afraid it was overhyped… and then Heath Ledger took over. Brilliant performance, the best in a comic book movie and perhaps one of the best in the history of film.

    Atheose July 25, 2008, 5:05 pm
  • Manny scratched with the sore knee:
    1. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
    5. Mike Lowell, 3B
    6. J.D. Drew, RF
    7. Jed Lowrie, SS
    8. Jason Varitek, C
    9. Coco Crisp, CF
    SP — Josh Beckett

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • Still, that 2-7 ain’t bad. Would be even better if we moved Youk to left and put Casey in at first and left Crisp or Ellsbury (did I just say that?) on the bench.

    Paul SF July 25, 2008, 5:11 pm
  • Why is JD Drew, Boston’s best hitter, batting sixth?

    AndrewYF July 25, 2008, 5:12 pm
  • Drew after Lowell? Are you guys trying to counter Cano after Sexson from the other night? OK, Lowell is not Sexson, but really, why is Drew so low?
    Oh, and likelihood of Joba-Youk fireworks may have bumped up a notch…

    IronHorse (yf) July 25, 2008, 5:15 pm
  • I’m hoping for seven or eight strong IPs from Joba, so am hoping that he reins in his animosity for Youk.
    Seems like Manny is going to be Manny somewhere else in 2009.

    yankees76 July 25, 2008, 6:06 pm
  • Seems like Manny is going to be Manny somewhere else in 2009
    A boy sure can dream. This would be the greatest news I’ve gotten all season.
    Jesus do I freaking hate Manny Ramirez.

    Brad July 25, 2008, 6:12 pm
  • I just hope it’s somewhere in the NL.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • “I’m going to fill up on nachos, wings, beer, and maybe a late night trip to KFC.”
    This sounds like Joba’s offseaon dietary regimen.

    SoxFan July 26, 2008, 2:20 am

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