Perish The Thought: Yanks-Twins ALDS Gamer III

Carl Pavano faces the Yankees today at the Metrodome. Oh, what a bitter pill should the Bombers not wrap this series up this evening.

Comment away.

Lineups courtesy Sam Borden at LoHud

New York Yankees
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Andy Pettitte LHP

Minnesota Twins
Span CF
Cabrera SS
Mauer C
Cuddyer 1B
Kubel RF
Young LF
Harris 3B
Morales DH
Punto 2B
Carl Pavano RHP

90 comments… add one
  • Carl Idle with a 1-2-3. Here’s AP..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Quick first inning, nothing happening..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • The Yankees better start showing me some anti-Pavano sentiment this second time through the lineup.

    walein October 11, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • It would also be nice to see Damon snap out of whatever this is he’s been in for over a month.

    walein October 11, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • are we watching baseball, or america’s most wanted?…that’s the guy that stole $40m from the yankees…

    dc October 11, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • continuing with the “umps suck” post season theme, carl should buy the guy behind home plate a big steak after the game…

    dc October 11, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • What did happen to Krueg?

    rootbeerfloat October 11, 2009, 8:09 pm
  • he got pissed off, and i don’t blame him

    dc October 11, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • pissed off about what?

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • c’mon Hideki!

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • wow. This strike zone is amazing.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • wow. that was all kinds of bad.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • We turned a lead off single inning into a 7 pitch inning. Carl Pavano=greates pitcher ever?

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • I don’t know if you can call it a “big break” since it maybe, could have been a double play if Cano had come up with it.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • “…pissed off about what?…”
    here’s the link…see krueg at 9:09pm on oct. 7

    dc October 11, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • no link

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • dc October 11, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • eh? really?

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • I feel like Swisher has the most right field, within 25 feet of the foul pole, hits this year.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • and by “hits” I mean foul balls.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • The Captain attempts to remind the rest of the lineup that they are indeed facing Carl Pavano. Hopefully Johnny can get it together here and we can get ourselves a nice 2 out run.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • What the F is Damon thinking about?

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • “eh? really?”
    will the real carl pavano please stand up?…not too quickly though, you might pull a gluteous muscle…
    umps do suck

    dc October 11, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • The strike zone is crazy but every single pitch to Damon was somewhere in the middle of the plate.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • I never thought I would be hoping for Nathan to come in.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • To replace Pavano of all people.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • If I were Rodriguez I would look for the breaking ball on the first pitch,.

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Sadly, though I may have the head I don’t have the talent!

    walein October 11, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • YEEEHAWWWWWWW!!!!! A Rod continues to pad his stats!!!!!

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:01 pm
  • Ah, a steroids chant. The last recluse for a desperate fanbase.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • POSADA! Now the crowd is dead silent. Do you throw Pettitte in the 7th? Or go to Hughes? Or Robertson/Aceves? Or maybe Coke for one batter? In that case why not use Pettitte?

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • Nick just asked me on the phone if you would let Pettitte start the bottom of the inning. I said yes if his pitch count was below 90…go hitter by hitter.
    But it’s looking like Joba.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • I don’t know what Joba has done to deserve the nod over Robertson, or even Aceves. I fear Girardi may make a big mistake here simply based on past season results.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • Of course…after Joba’s ok showing the other night Mike is praying he comes in and strikes out the side here.
    Then again, so am I.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Absolutely no reason not to go to Hughes here. But he’ll go with Joba. WHY.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • 2 homers?…back to back?…jet stream conspiracy?…hmmm

    dc October 11, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • in a dome?…what?

    dc October 11, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Yup. Should’ve gone to Hughes.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Is Hughes even warming up?

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • If you use Hughes this inning, then who pitches the 8th? Or do you think Hughes should go 1.2?

    Atheose October 11, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • As long as Joba doesn’t hang his pitches he’s golden.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Hughes can go more than one inning easily.
    Joba can barely touch 97 right now. This is what his stuff looked like as a starter last year.
    One more strike from Joba, then Hughes time, with Mo ready to step in at any moment.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:25 pm
  • Joba always reminds me of Tim Robbins character in Bull Durham.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • Thank god. More runs would be ideal.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • and Melky fakes the bunt…just because?

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • and Melky runs with the bat. He has some really bad habits. He should have been gunning it down the first base line. It IS the playoffs.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Carp. Up to Hughes, but Mo better be ready at a moment’s notice.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:35 pm
  • Unless of course he’s secretly hurt.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:36 pm

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • I love the scrappy Punto getting out scrappled!

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • Rob, I think it’s Gardenhire who deserves a ton of criticism. His players just don’t know how to play fundamental baseball. The Yankees could have been looking at going down 1-2 in the series, but instead they’re that much closer to winning it outright.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • …where did Rob go? Was I hallucinating?

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Cabrera was probably their greatest move. He drives me crazy!

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Girardi, make the obvious move and go to Mo.
    Yes, thank you Girardi.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:48 pm
  • Can’t blame Joe for this move. Mauer and Cuddyer are their two scariest hitters right now. (though Span is just a very good player I don’t fear the power as much).
    Also, Mo on a lefty is the best Odds you’re going to get.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Blame Joe? Who WOULDN’T go to Rivera in this spot?

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Jorge a little testy back there.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Classic Mo.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Mauer needs a new bat.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • I’m just teetering on senility…was just sort of speaking out loud about Mo coming in.

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Is Joe Nathan really that scared of A-Rod that they don’t go to their closer in what could be the last inning of their season? Sheesh.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 9:54 pm
  • Bad night for Damon.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • I’d love another homerun right here…or a double and a rbi single

    walein October 11, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Is Gardy going to Nathan?

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • I’ll take the RBI double now. I’m not adverse to flipping.

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Kind of crazy that they don’t bring in Nathan.

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Okay, now you HAVE to bring in Nathan.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Is Nathan maybe hurt?

    rootbeerfloat October 11, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Four pitchers? Sheesh.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • Nice, Jorge.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Wheels are off now.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Poor Joe Nathan. They really should’ve let him start the inning, but in either case, as I’ve said before I’m a huge Nathan fan, though not for this series. Hard not to feel for him though.
    Well, let’s win the damn game and I’ll feel sorry for the guy afterwards..
    Hairston pinch running for Matsui.. weird. I guess it keeps the DH alive, and Damon will come out for Gardner..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • They paid Nathan the money to be in there in the 9th and you have to go back to him. it’s not like the Sox would have not gone to Papelbon again if there had been a game four.

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:20 pm
  • Ya, no save situations at home, I don’t know why they didn’t start off with Nathan..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • Well, that makes this a lot less stressful.
    Yankees co-MVP this series: A-Rod and Joe Nathan.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:24 pm
  • Oh, and whoever coaches baserunning for the Twins. I don’t think he’s long for his job.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • my stomach will not ease….let’s go Mo. A strike out, and double play, vice versa….3 strike outs…three pop ups….

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • strike zone just got smaller.

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:28 pm
  • That guy looked like he was running to take a giant dump.

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Why doesn’t the guy on first take second base? I mean, it would most likely just be fielder indifference anyhow..
    Though maybe he’s really slow..
    Go Yanks!

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Delmon Young is flustered.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • ARod looked confused.

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:34 pm
  • Does it with two outs..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:35 pm

    AndrewYF October 11, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • sweet. now I can leave work! Let’s go Yanks!

    walein October 11, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • Game. Bring on the Halos.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2009, 10:35 pm
  • I guess these fielder indifferences (at least with a 3 run lead) doesn’t matter – only added 0.2% win percentage.
    Let’s go Yanks. The Angels are scary, but at least we’ll both be set up..

    Lar October 11, 2009, 10:37 pm
  • 8 wins to go….keep it rolling!!!

    sam-YF October 11, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • For all the dismissal of the Twins prior to this series, they played the Yankees well all year – and lost every time regardless. They led in most if not all of the 10 games they eventually lost to the Yanks, including every game of the ALDS and every game played at the NYS in 2009.
    In this series their two base-running mistakes (Young falling down rounding second in Game 2 and Punto falling down rounding 3rd in Game 3 not knowing that Jeter had in fact fielded the ball) killed them. Not at all surprisingly Jeter was in the middle of making the Twins pay for it both times.
    The Cuzzi-call was horrid and really inexcusable (he was in position, it didn’t look like anything obstructed his view, and the ball was well in bounds). But I really don’t like the assumption of what would have happened after that call had it in fact gone the right way. Either you acknowledge it was a terrible call that unfairly robbed Mauer of a double and leave it at that or you assume that all else happens in that inning the way that it did – and then you have to give NY the bottom of the inning they had – Teix’s HR would have tied it with 0 outs in the bottom of the 11th. Either way, to say that the Twins were robbed of a win is just wrong. They were robbed of a double, which might have influenced who ultimately won – or might now. In the end they could not close out the Yankees with a 3-1 lead in the 9th in that game and then they could not score with bases loaded and no outs in the 11th of that game (even AFTER the call). But in a series where the Twins needed everything to break their way in order to win, their own mistakes plus the breaks of poor umpiring ensured that they would not advance.

    IronHorse October 12, 2009, 10:13 am
  • well said IH…let me add that the yanks won with good pitching…the twins got good starting pitching in 2 of the games, but their bullpen let them down…the yanks weren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, despite arod’s coming out…lost in the arod excitement was jeter having a nice series with the bat…tex was not so good, except for game 2, and he showed us some good timing, something good players do, with the walkoff…posada made the most of his opportunity, and matsui at least ops’d .417 thanks to a couple of walks…the rest of the offense didn’t show up…they’ve got some bat work to do if they expect to beat the angels…

    dc October 12, 2009, 10:37 am

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