Eight is Great: Yanks-Twins Gamer II

Heading into tonight’s game, the Yankees’ magic number is eight to win the Division. They face Esmerling Vasquez, while Phil Hughes will get the nod at Target Field. Meanwhile, Clay Buccholz and the Sox host David Price and the Rays at Fenway, with Tampa sitting three games out of the wild card and only nine slots left on their dance card. Baltimore is pitching Joe Saunders against Aaron Laffey and the Jays, two games back of the Yankees and holding one of two available wild cards along with Oakland.

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  • So Girardi is getting critiqued not surprisingly for going with Logan vs. Span in the 7th with the bases loaded and two outs. And Hughes was clearly annoyed, having just struck out the #9 hitter and still at just 99 pitches. The thing is, I am pretty sure that if it were Kuroda, Pettitte, or CC, Girardi sticks with him. And that’s probably what irks Hughes. But he simply hasn’t earned that trust yet. He has been inconsistent. When he has faltered it has come not in the form of dinks and bloops but massive home runs. I was sort of hoping that Hughes would be left in – but wasn’t all that bothered by Girardi’s move. As Martin said after the game, Logan has been superb as a LOOGY and they just happened to get him on a night where he didn’t have his slider working. It’s disappointing to miss out on a possible 3-game lead in the loss column over Baltimore for sure, but the Yankees are in a great position, are still playing some of their best baseball of the season right now, and it even seems hopeful that Teixeira will make it back sometime soon – perhaps in Toronto or at least for the final 3-game set in the Bronx. A tough loss, but not devastating.

    The AL West is still where the real fun is right now – A’s-Rangers-Angels are tightening up and playing some fun baseball…

    IronHorse - YF September 26, 2012, 8:28 am
  • well, the next week will tell if the yankees hold on by the skin of their teeth, or complete the ”great collapse” many non-yankee fans would love to see…though they seem to have righted the ship somewhat by winning 8 of their last 10 gaining a slim 2 game lead in the loss column, this team just doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct of past yankee champions…playoffs or not, we’re not going far if we only win the games andy pettitte pitches

    dc September 26, 2012, 8:30 am
  • This team has been in first place forever. Yeah it was nicer to be 10 up, but they do seem to reflect Pettitte’s bend-don’t-break MO, which is not as comforting as dominance, but is pretty damn impressive regardless. They lost that entire lead, and fell into a tie with Baltimore multiple times, but Baltimore simply couldn’t edge in front of them, at least not yet, despite playing out of their minds. I don’t think the Yankees are better than LAA or Texas, but I think they certainly could beat those teams in a given series. I think they’d need A-Rod to re-emerge as a serious force to reckon with if they are to go far in the playoffs and I hav ebigger doubts about that than anything else frankly, but I’m enjoying the way they’re playing now and am mildly hopeful for October…

    IronHorse - YF September 26, 2012, 11:01 am

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