It’s the Twins Tigers

We’re not surprised that the Tigers finally blew their AL Central lead; that they did it on the last day of the season after losing 5 straight—that is a surprise. And so the Yanks will host Detroit beginning tomorrow night. The pitching matchups:

Nate Robertson vs. Chien-Ming Wang
Justin Verlander vs. Mike Mussina
Kenny Rogers vs. Randy Johnson (who seems okay)
Jeremy Bonderman vs. Jaret Wright

Elsewhere, Oakland plays at Minnesota, the Dodgers play the Mets, and St. Louis plays at San Diego. Looking back at the preseason predictions, I’ll pat myself on the back for picking 5 out of the 6 division winners. And a Subway Series. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

More on the matchups and fallout from the last day later. Certainly, the 3rd-place Red Sox had an interesting day: a 5 inning no-hitter from lobsterman Devern Hansack. Coulda used one of those last month.

17 comments… add one
  • sad thing is that the tigers came out as the sure clear division winners early on the season, middle of the season, and END of the season
    but the twins sure grabbed it through surprise
    Predictions:
    Yankees over detroit
    minnesota over oakland
    mets over dodgers
    san diego over st louis
    i wonder if i actually get this right

    yankeeboy October 2, 2006, 12:28 am
  • now that i think about it, why would they start nate robertson first?
    is it because it was originally lined up that way or something?

    yankeeboy October 2, 2006, 12:29 am
  • Nate Robertson is starting first because Kenny Rogers ended up pitching in relief on Sunday, I believe.

    Quo October 2, 2006, 1:05 am
  • while i’m glad we got to skip the red-hot twins, this tiger team should not be taken lightly. they’ve just been really humiliated, and might come out angry. hopefully, verlander’s arm is still tired. as well as bonderman. sadly, it doesn’t look like kenny rogers will get to pitch in yankee stadium.

    m.g. yanks fan October 2, 2006, 1:19 am
  • Randy Johnson (who seems okay)
    Based on what? The really crappy efforts in recent days? Or the EPIDURAL he had to get to quell his back pain?
    Dr. YF in the house!!!

    SF October 2, 2006, 5:48 am
  • I think RJ will get hammered. But maybe he will surprise me.
    The matchup looks good for the Yanks. Hopefully the games will play out that way.
    In other news, the names from the Grimsely affidavit are out. I heard it on the radio this morning. Clemens, Pettite, Tejada, Gibbons, Segui…
    Honestly, I cannot say I’m surprised.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) October 2, 2006, 8:26 am
  • Randy’s side-session looked typical according to the Yankees (Torre/Cash) and reporters (see Peter Abraham’s blog). He’s been inconsistent all year. No knowing what we’ll get this week, but at least he’s throwing normally. He faces Kenny Rogers, which means cameramen should be on super-duper high alert.

    YF October 2, 2006, 9:16 am
  • You just wanted a chance to say 3rd-place Red Sox, didn’t you?
    Anyways, I think the advantage is obviously with the Yankees, but it’s 5 games of baseball. Anyone who says they know for sure is completely out there.

    yankeesnj October 2, 2006, 9:22 am
  • …ho hum…let’s just play the games…sox fans will get some comfort in rj’s struggles [if he pitches at all], and in knowing they’re another year closer to 2090…

    dc October 2, 2006, 9:30 am
  • I think “2090” is approximately the lamest insult ever.
    Congrats once again, Yankee fans, in case you missed it in the “One More Day” thread (or whatever it was called). I honestly think you have a great chance to win it all, yadda yadda yadda.

    Devine October 2, 2006, 10:39 am
  • Working on an updated ending to my poem:
    …the seats atop the Monster: deathly quiet – mum’s the word!
    There is no joy in Beantown –
    The Sox finish in Third!

    ELThayer October 2, 2006, 11:23 am
  • Who cares, though? Second, third? Fewer than 90 games won either way and out of first by double digits. What’s the difference? I know I don’t care, anyway.

    Devine October 2, 2006, 12:23 pm
  • …but, you do care…just like i cared when the sox humbled the yanks in historic fashion 2 years ago…caring about it is what makes us fans…
    …uh, lamer than 1918?…

    dc October 2, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • But I would only care if I saw a difference between the two states, dc. I honestly could give a *&%^ if the Sox won, let’s say, two more games or not. There’s no qualitative (and barely any quantitative–as it turns out) difference between 2nd and 3rd in my mind. The Blue Jays got 2nd by a game (when the Sox had a freakish number of injuries, no less)? Bully for them.

    Devine October 2, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • Yes, lamer than “1918”. That was based in fact, if needlessly cruel, stupid, and childish. Sorry for the second immediate post.
    PS Perhaps saying I don’t care at all about the 3rd place finish is wrong, but I definitely care very, very, VERY little…there’s a big difference between losing the ALCS and ending up one game behind the very-distant runner-up in your division in the regular season.

    Devine October 2, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • The only thing that hacks me off about third place is that it allows the ignoramuses (ignorami?) who projected the Sox to finish third for a variety of reasons that were proved wrong (Lowell sucks, Schilling is old, they have no closer, Burnett’s the reincarnation of Walter Johnson) to claim that they were right.

    Paul SF October 2, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Point well-taken, Paul. I’m glad I tend to get my baseball news only from Sox blogs and this one. Watching (?) gleeful pundits do hack jobs on my team is not my idea of a good time. I avoid things like Edes’s attack on Manny as well.

    Devine October 2, 2006, 2:48 pm

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