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Some early World Series thoughts …

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There will be plenty of time to debate and discuss in the next few days but here’s just a few World Series thoughts that popped into my head on the drive home from the Stadium last night (or, technically, earlier this morning):

• The only roster change I see the Yankees making is dropping Freddy Guzman and adding Eric Hinske. With three games in the NL park, a pinch-hitter will be much more useful and it’s hard to imagine the Joe Girardi not wanting two lefties against the lefty-heavy Phillies.

• I’d guess the Yankees will use four starters – Chad Gaudin being the fourth – and pitch them in this order: Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Gaudin. If the Yankees were trailing in the series I could see using Sabathia on short rest in Game 4 but a fourth starter is pretty much a necessity; otherwise, you’re asking two guys with health concerns (Pettitte and Burnett) to also go on short rest in their second starts and I just don’t see that happening.

• The bullpens are the keys to the series. Brad Lidge was awful in the regular season, great so far in the postseason. If he blows a game (or two), the Phillies have no chance. If he’s rock-solid, that changes things. Same for Hughes/Joba at the back of the Yankees pen. They can shorten the game considerably and really put the heat on the Phillies.

• Pedro Martinez in Game 2 at the Stadium? Boy, I hope so.

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254 Responses to “Some early World Series thoughts …”

  1. Rob L. October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    first?

  2. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Am I the only one hoping for rain between games 3 and 4?

    I’m not confident in Gaudin’s ability to deal with the lefty-heavy Phils lineup.

  3. AMS223 October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    If pedro pitches game 2, any way we get Zimmer to throw out the first pitch?

  4. Rob L. October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I guess so.

  5. Laura October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    On the ESPN Baseball Podcast, they were saying that PHI wanted us over LAA because we are the more marquee matchup and beating us solidifies their claim that they are the best baseball team in the majors.

    We’ll see.

  6. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “first?”

    No… worst.

  7. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release October 26th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    AMS223 October 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    If pedro pitches game 2, any way we get Zimmer to throw out the first pitch?

    ============================

    LOL
    :lol:

  8. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    If Pedro pitches in game 2, I’d like to see our old friend Grady Little throw out the first pitch.

  9. DB October 26th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Vin, thanks for the sweatshirt help…worked like a charm.

    Erica,

    Yeah, imploded would be a bad description. He did labor through to the six when he was was totally gassed and the BP imploded. Not one of his better games and he has been a totally different pitcher since then. He couldn’t find his spots at all that day even though he was throwing in the upper 90′s. I do think the Yanks had a rematch later in the year and beat Lee though.

    Trisha,
    thanks for putting me on your prediction list. I’ll take the Yanks in 7. I think we will lose one here and win one there. If that makes sense.

  10. Mike Parch October 26th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I’m a little nervous about the bats, but Carton has convinced me that the Phillies pitching will never stop the Yankee line up.

  11. Noreaster October 26th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    No way Pedro does well Vs. an American League club. He was a 6 inning 100 pitch pitcher for the Red Sox, he is going to get killed by the Yanks!

  12. DB October 26th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Rob L., commenting first can get you banned on this site. :)

  13. Phil October 26th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I think we’ll go with the 3 man rotation throughout the WS, too.

  14. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    It Is High… has 10 reasons why we’ll beat Philly. My favorite is:

    “Joe Girardi can finally micro-manage a game as if it’s the World Series.”

    http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....llies.html

  15. pat October 26th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    repost

    Per Sweeny-

    AJ told him this week he has no problem going on short rest and did it a few times last year including once last summer against the Yankees and had good outings doing it.

    Boxscore

    http://www.baseball-reference......7130.shtml

  16. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Vin, thanks for the sweatshirt help…worked like a charm.”

    I’m sure it helped the cause. I was a little nervous because I got a haircut on Saturday. Didn’t know how that would affect the boys. Luckily it was the right move. ;)

  17. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 26th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    If Pedro’s pitching at the Stadium, that would be like the perfect culmination to my season.

  18. HenryfromDC October 26th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    SI.com has a crazy stat about Saunders’ outing last night:

    “He threw 83 pitches. The Yankees swung and missed at one of them. One out of 83. And they didn’t swing and miss at any of his final 68 pitches.”

    Wow, one swing and miss in 83 pitches!!! Who was the batter? He needs to be fined in kangaroo court!

  19. 86w183 October 26th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I would bet the farm that CC gets the ball in game four. Why on earth would you do it in the ALCS but not the W.S.??

    Gaudin in game 5 or AJ on short rest? may depend on pitch count. Actually Pettite on short rest would be my biggest concern, but when you have a horse you ride him and you must plan for CC in games 1, 4 and 7.

    Carrying Guzman for two rounds was insane, plain and simple. He might be the least skilled Yankees player to ever appear on a post-season roster. Adding Hinske is the right thing. Wish there was another bat to replace Cervelli with since there’s no reason to catch Molina now that AJ has messed in the bed where that’s concerned.

  20. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Pedro pitching at the Stadium would be a dream come true (or a prelude to a nightmare?), how likely is it? Would Philly do that just to split up Lee and Hamels? Any other reason?

  21. m October 26th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    randy l,

    So that’s what choking looks like? :lol:

    Here’s the fox interviews on one clip: Jeter with Rosenduh, Alex, Andy, Posada, Mo, the AL trophy presentation, Hal, and Girari.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/video.....0b726dfedb

    One thing stood out. All the players said they were going to wait until tomorrow (Mon) to think about the Phillies. Mo the closer always arriving later than the rest, said, “I’ll think about them on uh…Tuesday..definitely on Tuesday.”

  22. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Wow, one swing and miss in 83 pitches!!! Who was the batter? He needs to be fined in kangaroo court!”

    It was Posada, I believe, in the 1st inning. Not to toot my own horn, but I commented here yesterday (after the 1st inning) that Saunders wasn’t going to be long for the game, partly because he only generated 1 swing and miss that inning. He just seemed completely hittable. I’m not really surprised that he never got another swing and miss.

  23. gary busey's face October 26th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    what are the odds that pedro pitches game 2? i thought it was hamels?

  24. Laura October 26th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Wow, one swing and miss in 83 pitches!!! Who was the batter? He needs to be fined in kangaroo court!”

    Swisher?

  25. jennifer October 26th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Posada bottom of the first swung and missed.

  26. Laura October 26th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “what are the odds that pedro pitches game 2? i thought it was hamels?”

    Hamels pitches better at home so he’ll go in Game 3.

  27. Laura October 26th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    “Posada bottom of the first swung and missed.”

    He had a particularly bad game at the plate.

  28. Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    In the postseason you face good pitchers which means your team won’t score many runs. But I think that the Yankees can handle Hamels, Pedro, Blanton or Happ. The Angels had a stronger rotation than the Phillies so I believe that the offense will break out.

  29. m October 26th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Am listening to McCarver’s segment on dan patrick. He sounds very sleepy.

    Interesting to hear his perspective on how we beat the Angels and kind of answers my question on why the sure-handed Angels fell apart on defense.

    He thinks the Phillies should overload us with lefty pitching.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  30. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    86w183,

    I agree, CC is definitely going in game 4 (and 7 if necessary). The only question is will Gaudin go in game 5, or will AJ and Andy each make their final starts on 3 days rest? My guess is the latter.

    Gaudin is death on righties, but he’s… well… Chad Gaudin against lefties. He doesn’t get nearly as many strikeouts on lefties, and K’s are very helpful this time of year.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;t=p#plato

  31. m October 26th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    dan patrick poll

    Which game did you watch on Sunday night?

    Cardinals/Giants 53%
    Angels/Yankees 47%

    Unscientific to be sure, but not bad.

  32. Dave F October 26th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Eric,

    Repost from last thread.

    1. Posada
    2. Teixeira
    3. Cano
    4. Jeter
    5. Rodriguez
    6. Damon
    7. Cabrera
    8. Swisher
    9. Matsui
    10. Hinske
    11. Molina
    12. Gardner
    13. Hairston

    14. Sabathia
    15. Burnett
    16. Pettitte
    17. Gaudin

    18. Rivera
    19. Hughes
    20. Chamberlain
    21. Robertson
    22. Coke
    23. Marte
    24. Aceves
    25. Bruney

    Leave a Reply

  33. Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Be careful what you wish for. The Phillies should have learned from the Angels mistakes. Abreu and the Angels wished they faced the Yankees and they were arrogant and look what happened to them. The Phillies should just keep their mouths shut.

  34. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    repost
    Does anyone know what the wives and girlfriends do while the Yanks are celebrating in the clubhouse with bubblies? My quess is that they kick out the visiting team and use that locker room for their own party.

  35. vin October 26th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “He thinks the Phillies should overload us with lefty pitching.”

    Yeah, ask Mr.’s Duensing, Saunders and “Airball” Kazmir how they fared against the Yanks. Damon is the only one who looks uncomfortable against a lefty, and even he is a pro and can still have some success.

    Lee will be a handful. Pedro will battle. Hamels is clearly the wild card in the series – he’s like their AJ.

  36. Wave Your Hat October 26th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    It’s odd. You think of the Yanks and the Phillies being susceptible to left-handed pitching, but both teams actually hit lefties a bit better than righties this year.

  37. Dave F October 26th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Trisha,

    Yankees in six.

  38. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    “I would be very surprised if Girardi didn’t have AJ starting game two and Andy game three.
    Beyond that, I can see the benefits and pitfalls of the various options, but I feel pretty secure predicting CC-AJ-Andy to start.”

    nick in sf-

    don’t you think sabathia should get three starts ?

    i think he should be the horse that everything else is planned around.

    my second quetion is how does any pettitte only get one start ?

    seems like he should get two.

    it’s going to be very interesting to see how girardi plans his rotation .

    great for blog discussion.

    what opens the door to possibilities is CC’s ability to pitch on three days rest .

    another factor is the yankees really don’t have a solid lights out # 2.

    burnett is really a number three.

    he doesn’t have much big game experience and he pitched really badly in the biggest start of his life in his last post season game.

    if i were manager and could figure out a way to get pettite two games and burnett one, i’d think about it seriously.

    but i do understand this decision will depend on possible info we don’t have as fans. if sabathia, pettitte, or pettitte say something to girardi how they feel, he’s going to know something we don’t and make his decision accordingly.

  39. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Assuming we win #27. Who would be the team of the decade?

    a. Yanks(2 championships)
    b. Sox(2 championships)
    c. Cards(1 chamionship 1 w.s. loss)
    d. Phillies(same)
    e. other

  40. AM October 26th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Keep everything the same besides these two moves: Guzman is off the roster for Hinske. Then I’d bring Ramiro Pena on for Cervelli. Yes you hear me Ramiro Pena. He’d be able to pinch run (takes the roll of guzman) but also can actaully somewhat hit and can defend. Pinch hitters are big in NL ball parks. I find adding Bruney useless because I can’t find a spot I’d ever see him pitch.

  41. upstate kate October 26th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Trisha
    Yankees in 6
    thanks

  42. E-gawa October 26th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    This team has scored 4 or more runs in every single game this postseason. I think we’ll be alright with Gaudin in there for game 4.

  43. tampayank October 26th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Cliff Lee is great but after him I’m not too concerned…Cole Hamels has not been the same this year…I think he gets rocked when he starts and Pedro “The Yankees are My Daddy” is a gamer but he won’t go more than 5 innings

  44. Paco Dooley October 26th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Pedro in NY? All I can say is “welcome back to the AL”.

  45. Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo October 26th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I just don’t get it why D-Rob is not being mentioned at all? This guy is Mo’s heir and right now, he is ahead of Joba in my depth chart.

  46. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Trish,
    Put me in at #27 in 5. This is the best team since 98. We could very well be undefeated in these playoffs. They have the eye of the tiger and the appetite of Kubiashi(whatever that means).

  47. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    The Phillies are a great team, they’re not going to have the jitters as defending champs, and they beat us (albeit not terribly) this summer.

    But the Yankees nor the Angels are the Rays (well, the Angels did have Kazmir and a questionable bullpen).

    I like our chances in a long series.

  48. tampayank October 26th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Be careful what you wish for. The Phillies should have learned from the Angels mistakes. Abreu and the Angels wished they faced the Yankees and they were arrogant and look what happened to them. The Phillies should just keep their mouths shut.”

    yeah Abreu’s smirk all series really bothered me…by his body language you can tell he is still upset the Yankees didn’t give him an offer to stay w/ the Yanks

  49. Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hamels almost has a 7.00 ERA in this postseason. The only reason why he has some wins is because the offense has bailed him out so many times.

  50. The Ghost October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Did anyone find out why Cashman wasn’t there for the award presentation last night?

  51. Laura October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    “The Phillies are a great team, they’re not going to have the jitters as defending champs, and they beat us (albeit not terribly) this summer.”

    m, wasn’t that before Alex was back and Tex was slumping? I’m discounting those games.

  52. jpb1973 October 26th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Pedro in NY? All I can say is “welcome back to the AL”.

    ——————————————————

    Isn’t it time to resurrect the “Who’s your daddy” chant?

  53. jpb1973 October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Did anyone find out why Cashman wasn’t there for the award presentation last night?

    ———————————————————

    He was hosting Aroldis Chapman last night.

  54. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The Ghost
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
    Did anyone find out why Cashman wasn’t there for the award presentation last night?
    *************
    I’ve heard he was giving Chapman a tour of the stadium while the celebrating was going on.

  55. tampayank October 26th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “Erin October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The Ghost
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
    Did anyone find out why Cashman wasn’t there for the award presentation last night?
    *************
    I’ve heard he was giving Chapman a tour of the stadium while the celebrating was going on.”

    joking are are you serious? :) I heard he wants 60 mil from the Mets

  56. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Laura,

    And they added Lee. We’ve handled him, and he’s handled us at times. But he can’t pitch all 7 games.

    NL pitchers can get away with only really worrying about the top half of the order, but you can’t do that against the AL. Especially the Yankees.

    We’ll just have to wait and see.

  57. Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    The rest of the rotation after Lee is not scary. They beat a Dodgers team with a horrible offense. Hamels, Pedro, and Blanton will not shut down this lineup.

  58. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    ESPN is lying the Phillies always wanted the Angels,Yahoo sports did an article on this very topic over the weekend.That’s all ESPN media hype!

    ESPN=LIE

  59. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “On the ESPN Baseball Podcast, they were saying that PHI wanted us over LAA because we are the more marquee matchup and beating us solidifies their claim that they are the best baseball team in the majors.

    We’ll see.”

    ————

    I happen to agree with them. If they win this series, they’ll have a pretty good resume for 2008-2009.

    Of course, be careful what you wish for.

  60. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    “The rest of the rotation after Lee is not scary.”

    —————

    It doesn’t need to be scary. It needs to be effective. And so far, the Yankees offense hasn’t been what’s winning games.

    It’s been the pitching. The Dodgers lineup isn’t anything to laugh at and they did well against them.

    The Yankees win this series if their pitching continues on lock-down mode.

    The Yanks offense just needs to work the starters and get into that bullpen.

  61. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The only thing I fear in an NL park,is one of our pitchers tripping over a base(lis franc)and being out for a year.

  62. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    randy, I agree about putting as many chips as possible on CC. There are multiple ways to go about that.

    As for AJ, agreed that he didn’t pitch well in the biggest start of his career in game five, but he pitched better in the previous biggest starts of his career in the second games of the ALDS and ALCS.

    So in game five, did he pitch badly BECAUSE it was the biggest start of his career, or did he pitch badly because anyone can have a bad start, postseason or not (or, if you prefer, because that’s the kind of uneven pitcher AJ has been throughout his career)?

    Either way, I think Girardi will prefer AJ on regular rest at home in game two over Andy on short rest. If they decide to use CC as much as possible, he goes in game four and game five is the first time someone other than CC has to pitch on short rest.

  63. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Buster’s chat.

    If anyone knows that particular Ian in Hoboken, NJ. Beat him up, please.

    Buster’s on the fence. If Hamels does well he thinks the Phillies will win. If Burnett does well he thinks the Yankees will win.

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio.....ster-olney

  64. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    tampayank-LOL :D

  65. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “Hamels almost has a 7.00 ERA in this postseason.”

    —————

    though a good sign for the Yanks, it’s tough to put too much stock into those #s.

    The NL teams Hamels was facing have seen him many times. The Yanks have not.

    A pitcher with an excellent changeup can give the Yanks trouble if they can’t pick it up. Not having experience against Hamels could pose a problem, certainly the first time through the lineup.

    Again, Yanks win this series if their starting pitching continues on the pace their on. I’m not expecting the Yanks to bludgeon any of the Phils starters.

  66. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Kobayashi???? Please don’t jinx us with references to that former champ but back-to-back loser! We need the Yanks to be like Joey Chestnut: champion and hungry for more.

  67. jennifer October 26th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    someone just said the Yankees did almost a 30rating in NY at 12 am. What ever that means.

  68. 86w183 October 26th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I see no reason to add a pitcher. Eleven in a seven game series is already one too many as evidenced by the minimal amount of work the tenth and eleventh guys got in the ALCS.

    I agree with the suggestion of replacing Cervelli with Pena IF Posada is going to catch AJ, which I think he should.

  69. iwingame October 26th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    What do their health concerns matter? It will be their last starts of the year no matter what happens.

  70. Patrick October 26th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Twice in the postseason Girardi was willing to use every available pitcher, when he had eight relievers. ”

    Yes but he never used them for many pitches. All of his pitchers were available in every game (other than the starters). That was a function of the excessive days off but also because of the way Joe used his guys.

    If he managed the pen in a better way he could get away with only 7 guys. Heck, he had a 7-man pen for most of the year.

  71. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Amazing that everyone either wants Burnett relegated to the bullpen or limited to one WS start because of one off game in the ALCS. He pitched very well in his other two PS starts. Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte will all get 2 starts if the series goes that far.

  72. iwingameanfastball October 26th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    If they’re ready to go on 3 days rest, they should start.

  73. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Resting the bullpen guys is going to pay off. They’re not going to be gassed. Hopefully our starters will be able to go deep, even in the NL park.

  74. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “If he managed the pen in a better way he could get away with only 7 guys. ”

    —————-

    true, but it would require a complete 180 from his ALCS philosophy.

    I’m guessing he sticks with his “by the book” approach and we see a good share of 1-2 batter appearances from the pen.

  75. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Anyone know what the world series record for combined homeruns is in a series? With both stadiums being launching pads, i can see them threatening it.

  76. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release October 26th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    “The New York Yankees have been blasting Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” during their playoff run. Now, the team is having the rap king perform the song live to kick off Game 1 of the World Series.

    Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys are set to perform the hit on Wednesday, as the Yankees take on defending World Series champs, the Philadelphia Phillies.

    In an interview Monday, Jay-Z was excited about the performance, and said: “Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

    He calls the opportunity a “once in a lifetime experience.”

    http://www.newsday.com/enterta.....-1.1549356

    Nice :)

  77. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    What is this “everyone” business?

  78. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    While losing game 5 was not ideal or fun, it was great that the Yankees clinched at home. And I think they’ll have just the right amount of time between the ALCS and WS. They’ll hangover today. Back to work tomorrow, back in the saddle on Wednesday.

  79. Keith FL October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Hate to say it but early forecast for Wednesday is 60% rain and then great weather after that…wonder how a rainout would affect the starting pitching….

  80. Patrick October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t understand this sentiment among some writers that the series hangs on Burnett vs Hamels. Even if Hamels outpitches Burnett in 2 out of 2 starts (which I don’t think will happen) the Yankees have advantages elsewhere. Better lineup, far better bullpen. Also the other pitching match-ups don’t look too favorable for the Phils:

    Sabathia is better than Lee
    Pettitte is better than Pedro
    Blanton vs Gaudin is a push IMO – Blanton was a 5th starter in the AL, same as Gaudin.

    Sounds to me like writers trying to come up with an easy “key” to the series to base a story on. If you really want to predict and analyze the series you have to look at every player, it’s not as simple as saying “It all comes down to Hamels and Burnett”.

  81. Mark in Tampa October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    ‘In an interview Monday, Jay-Z was excited about the performance, and said: “Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”’

    What position will he be playing? I was unaware that the Yankees had signed him.

  82. Jeremy October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    The Yankees faced Hamels before. He is not that special. He has a fastball around 90-92 and a change. He gives up a lot of homers to left handed batters. Hamels is not the one to watch. The guy to watch is Lee.

  83. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Anyone have a link to tha clubhouse party pics?

  84. vin October 26th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Haven’t seen it mentioned yet…

    Was last night’s game the 3rd time there wasn’t a HR hit in New Yankee Stadium? There was one earlier in the series, and the game against Washington during the regular season.

  85. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “Amazing that everyone either wants Burnett relegated to the bullpen or limited to one WS start because of one off game in the ALCS. He pitched very well in his other two PS starts. Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte will all get 2 starts if the series goes that far.”

    ————-

    Agreed.

    AJ had just 1 bad inning in each of his starts, IIRC.

    Like it or not, AJ may be the x-factor in this series for the Yankees.

    I’m looking forward to plenty of Rollins, Utley, Ibanez, and Howard swings and misses at that diving inside curveball from AJ.

  86. Mark in Tampa October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    vin,

    I think you are correct.

  87. jennifer October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    uncle check daylife, they had some great pictures there.

  88. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    It’s not Burnett vs. Hamels. They won’t be pitching against each other at least in games 2 or 3.

    Buster’s just calling each of them the X-factor. Kind of how Lamar Odom was for the Lakers. ;)

  89. Patrick October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “I’m guessing he sticks with his “by the book” approach and we see a good share of 1-2 batter appearances from the pen.”

    By who’s book? There is no book on managing a bullpen. You’re either smart or you’re dumb. If Girardi is following a book right now, it’s the wrong damn book.

    Girardi did a fine job of managing the pen during the season and for much of that time he only had 7 guys out there. Why can’t he go back to that?

  90. vin October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “Hate to say it but early forecast for Wednesday is 60% rain and then great weather after that…wonder how a rainout would affect the starting pitching….”

    A rainout after game 3 would be ideal. Only the big 3 start, all on regular rest (except CC in game 7 if necessary).

    CC, AJ, Andy, and pray for rain.

    Doesn’t have the same ring to it as the other version.

  91. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    jennifer
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    uncle check daylife, they had some great pictures there.

    Thanks!

  92. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Every game Gaudin has started in the Yankees have won.
    Philly’s line up isn’t as menacing as the Angel’s.

  93. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Dave F-

    Stop calling me Eric!!! LOL

  94. Jim Mason October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    That buster prediction is b.s. well, who will do well? make a prediction! IF AJ pitches well … well, no kidding. some ‘expert’.

  95. Patrick October 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    m,

    Buster isn’t the only one trying to boil the series down to Hamels vs Burnett. Our old friend Pete Abe posted the same thing on his twitter.

  96. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    My bad Nick. Chestnut it is. I like the slogan. I would have Chestnut as honerary man on the bench with a T-SHIRT and sign that says HUNGRY 4 MORE. I can see the Yankee fans picking up on it. Much better than that cowgirl slogan that the sox fans had.

  97. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Patrick: I think the tendency is to pick the players who might have the widest variance in their performance and call them the keys to the series. It’s total guesswork. For all we know the key to the series could be whether Jeter hits .327 or .285.

  98. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    The Ghost
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
    Did anyone find out why Cashman wasn’t there for the award presentation last night?

    *****

    He didn’t want to miss Desperate Housewives and Mad Men

  99. vin October 26th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Mel,

    Who’s the X-factor this year for the Lakers? Ron-Ron, Lamar, or Bynum?

    If 2 out of those 3 play up to their abilities, then they will be another parade.

  100. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    The cast of Glee is performing pregame Game 3 in Philly!!!!

  101. mick October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    why the heck would they start pedro in game 2, that is suicide.

    save him for 3or 4 and then game 7(if necc.) at the Stadium.

    Who’s your Daddy?

  102. Mark in Tampa October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “Philly’s line up isn’t as menacing as the Angel’s.”

    I would have to disagree with that. Their speed is just as good, their power is better, and their best hitters are in their prime, whereas the Angels marquee hitter(Vlad) is clearly on the downside.

  103. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Jim,

    He did. Sort of. He’s hedging his pick.

    Justin (New York, NY)

    Simple question – Yankees or Phillies? And in how many games?

    Buster Olney (1:03 PM)

    Justin: I got the Yankees in six games. I think the series will swing on the performances, one way or the other, of A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels.

  104. 86w183 October 26th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Olney is a riot.

    Phillies win if Hamels pitches well? Even if CC throws three times and wins each of them?

    Yanks win if Pettite pitches well? Even if CC and AJ get smacked around?

    idiot.

    AJ basically had five lousy batters to start his game against the Angels and then threw six lights out innings. If not for the 25 minutes of down time he probably keeps on cruising but that’s show biz.

    I want the big three making all the starts with AJ pitching the clincher in Philly in game five.

  105. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    ‘In an interview Monday, Jay-Z was excited about the performance, and said: “Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”’

    What position will he be playing? I was unaware that the Yankees had signed him.

    ===========

    The same position Ben Afleck played. Behind the fence/dugout.

  106. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    4 Yankee starters have 6 or more plate appearances against Hamels:

    Johnny Damon, 7 plate appearances, .600 batting average
    Derek Jeter, 7 plate appearances, .571 average
    Mark Teixeria, 17 plate appearances .294 average
    Melky Cabreram 6 plate appearances . 500

    Very small sample sizes, but encouraging

  107. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    vin,

    If Bynum can stay healthy he’s not an x-factor, he’ll be very good (but still prone to bouts of immaturity, yeah?). I guess it’s Ron-Ron, but Lamar’s the real unknown right? But boy, did he show up in the playoffs. I was very proud of him for that. So many people questioned his mind and his heart.

  108. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    The one left handed batter that I see giving Sabathia and Pettitte the most trouble would Ibanez. Howard, if that leave a pitch about thigh high on the outside. Howard and Utley won’t see an inside breaking pitch from either. Sabathia might knock ‘em down, though. The one batter that concerns me the most is Werth.

  109. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Here’s who is in so far for Guess the World Series Roster

    Submissions today only until 5pm. Remember you do not need to change the current roster if you don’t want to

    Remember to list them out
    1. Derek Jeter
    2. Alex Rodriguez
    3. Johnny Damon

    Players:
    Doreen, Mark in Tampa, KF, Jason R, Patrick, Blackaccord, Fran, ramar, upstate kate, Dave F

  110. Patrick October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “Patrick: I think the tendency is to pick the players who might have the widest variance in their performance and call them the keys to the series. It’s total guesswork. For all we know the key to the series could be whether Jeter hits .327 or .285. ”

    Good point. I guess I’m commenting on the silliness of trying to latch the outcome of a series onto 2 players when there are 50 players involved. It seems like a ploy for writers/analysts to key in on something for a newspaper story or a snappy one-liner on ESPN.

    I think the series will be decided between Lee and Sabathia. If Sabathia pitches 3 perfect games, the Yankees will win. If Lee pitches 3 perfect games, the Phillies will win.

  111. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Howard, if ***they*** leave

  112. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    If 2 out of those 3 play up to their abilities, then they will be another parade.

    =========

    Duncan and the Spurs beg to differ.

  113. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Agreed,

    Werth has quickly grown into a force on both sides of the ball. He’s absolutely raking this postseason with lots of power.

  114. Mark in Tampa October 26th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    This is going to be tough series, no newsflash there. Who wins is likely to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes, and which team is able to capitalize on them the best. The Yankees have been doing that this whole PS, just like the dynasty teams used to. Let’s hope it continues for 4 more wins.

    They always say in football “you can’t handicap turnovers”. The same applies to errors, baserunning mistakes, and managerial decisions in baseball. Yet all three play a critical role in the outcome of the playoffs year after year.

  115. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    E! Online pondering Kate Hudson’s good luck charm status:

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblo.....opstories#

  116. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    SoS,

    Did you know the season starts tomorrow? I always thought it was around Halloween time. But trick or treat coming early this year for me. Whoo Hoo!

  117. Peepee Hands October 26th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Great Quote from Torii Hunter:

    “You really have to admire that; How can you hate the Yankees when they play baseball the way it’s supposed to be played?”

  118. PittsburghYankeeFan October 26th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Since this is really the Cross Jersey Series, can Tony Soprano and/or Paulie Walnuts throw out a first pitch?

  119. mick October 26th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    86w183

    AJ won’t go on 3 days rest in game 5, on road.

    Look for him in game 6 at home.

    Andy or CC in game 7.

  120. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    E! Online pondering Kate Hudson’s good luck charm status:

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblo…..opstories#

    Raising Helen!

  121. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Buster thinks they’ll stay with tradition and go with Yogi. How can you go wrong with Yogi?

    LUIS (JUAREZ, MEX.)

    BUSTER, WHICH LINEUP DO YOU THINK GIRARDI ITS GOING TO USE IN PHILLY?

    Buster Olney (1:39 PM)

    Luis: Without putting a lot of thought into it yet, I’ll riff a possible lineup for you:Jeter (11-for-27 in his career against Lee); Damon (2-for-22), Teixeira (9-for-23, 1 homer), A-Rod, (5-for-15, two homers), Posada (6-for-21), Matsui (5-for-17), Cano (4-for-18), Swisher (6-for-18) and Melky Cabrera (3-for-11). In other words, basically the same lineup you saw last night.

  122. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    “Girardi did a fine job of managing the pen during the season and for much of that time he only had 7 guys out there. Why can’t he go back to that?”

    ———-

    Girardi has “a book” that he uses somewhere to dictate pitching matchups. He suggested during the ALCS that he liked certain pitchers (Aceves, Coke, Marte, etc) against certain hitters.

    It will be interesting to see if Girardi sticks with this approach, which runs through the bullpen much quicker (many pitchers face just 1 or 2 batters).

    It’s a big factor when considering the # of pitchers they should carry.

  123. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    It will also be interesting to see if Dave Robertson can find his way out of whatever doghouse he’s in.

  124. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Patrick-

    Just to comment earlier on your post about being negative in talking abotu Angels mistakes.

    The mistakes of the Angles go hand in hand with the successes of the Yankees. What would it say about this Yankee team if the Angels made muistakes and we could not capitalize on them.

    Sure, we benefited from an errant throw. But at the end of the game, that throw means nothing if the runner doesn’t cross the plate.

  125. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    mel,
    I always remember the season starting in the first week of November. I cant chew gum and walk right now. I will start watching once we bring home 27. Was at my dads(laker fan) the other night and he had the game on. There is a big center you guys picked up this year (wierd name)that looks pretty good. My father was raving about him. Im not listening to him till he changes the channel. So we didnt discuss it.

  126. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing)
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    E! Online pondering Kate Hudson’s good luck charm status:

    http://www.eonline.com/uberblo…..opstories#

    Raising Helen!

    ******

    I hope Brandon knows what he is getting into there. That movie was really bad!

  127. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I’d rather hear what GB and CB and Randy have to say about the Yanks than Buster – no offense m

  128. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Peepee hands,

    1st, is that a Posada reference? :)

    2nd, Torii Hunter is a good guy. He’s a straight shooter but he never says anything way out of line and gives 100% on the field. You have to respect the dude.

  129. m October 26th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    sos,

    If he’s talking about DJ Mbenga (pronounced Benga) we’ve had him for almost a couple of years, used to play for Dallas. He did well in spot starts for an injured Bynum in preseason. That boy loves to block. Ask your pops about Shannon Brown. That boy loves to posterize.

  130. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Raising Helen!

    ******

    I hope Brandon knows what he is getting into there. That movie was really bad!

    You know he changed his promise from “if the Yanks win the series” to “if Alex continues his to torrid hitting” I’ll watch all her movies. He’s afaraid of Helen – I think Dr T and the women may be worse.

  131. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3)
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    If 2 out of those 3 play up to their abilities, then they will be another parade.

    =========

    Duncan and the Spurs beg to differ.

    ————————————

    KG might disagree as well.

  132. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    “I’d rather hear what GB and CB and Randy have to say about the Yanks than Buster – no offense m”

    ————-

    it’s funny, but true. most of the (credible) posters on this blog are more qualified to write about the Yanks than pretty much any of the ESPN drones.

  133. jpb1973 October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    It will also be interesting to see if Dave Robertson can find his way out of whatever doghouse he’s in.

    —————————————————–

    I don’t think that Robertson is in the doghouse…I think he’s still not 100% recovered from his elbow problem. When he was pitching in game #3 af the ALCS, I noticed that his fastball was only 89 mph. Girardi noticed that too and I think it affected his decision to bring in Aceves in that game.

  134. 46fan October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    WOOOO HOOOO Yankees and congrats to Andy!!!!! The one thing that bothers me about Pedro pitching game 2 at the stadium is we all know how he always LOVED hitting Jeter and whoever else he decided to hit – and he can do it again without any repercussions if he’s pitching at the Stadium…..

  135. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing)
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    You know he changed his promise from “if the Yanks win the series” to “if Alex continues his to torrid hitting” I’ll watch all her movies. He’s afaraid of Helen – I think Dr T and the women may be worse.

    *****

    Ugh, Brandon is cheating!!! I have not seen Dr. T and the Women. The only other movies of hers I have seen are Almost Famous (loved it), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (cute), You, Me and Dupree (awful!!!)

  136. 86w183 October 26th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Mick—

    Wanna bet? I can’t see Gaudin getting his first start in almost a month in the World Series. AJ has a solid track record on three days rest. Pettite is a concern under those circumstances, which is why pitch count for both in their first start is gonna be very important.

    CC is pitching 1, 4 and 7. If Girardi does otherwise the big lefty will stuff him into a trash can.

  137. vin October 26th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Erica,

    1 CC
    2 AJ
    3 Andy
    4 Gaudin

    5 Mo
    6 Hughes-y
    7 Joba-y
    8 Rob-y (robertson)
    9 Cokey
    10 Marte-y
    11 Ace(ves)

    12 Posada
    13 Tex
    14 Cano
    15 Jeter
    16 Alex
    17 Damon
    18 Melky
    19 Swisher
    20 Matsui

    21 Molina
    22 Hairston
    23 Gardner
    24 Hinske
    25 Cervelli (the Phils will fall under his gaze)

    Pretty straightforward. No way Girardi has Posada catch with AJ on the hill.

  138. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “I don’t think that Robertson is in the doghouse…I think he’s still not 100% recovered from his elbow problem.”

    ———–

    I agree. I was loosely saying “doghouse” because it’s not clear why he was never used in the last few games of the series.

    I’m not sure if his elbow is an issue, but he got results nonetheless. If he’s healthy enough to be on the roster, he’s still an effective weapon.

    not unlike the series with the speedy angels, a strikeout pitcher out of the pen could be a huge weapon.

  139. CR9 October 26th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Did Buster say that our lineup will have Matsui in Philly. It cannot have Matsui in Philly.

  140. mick October 26th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    86w183

    in your scenario, who goes game 6?

  141. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    “Did Buster say that our lineup will have Matsui in Philly. It cannot have Matsui in Philly.”

    ———–

    Matsui in Philly will be as useful as that “blockbuster” Jim Thome trade for the Dodgers.

  142. Vader October 26th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Erica…here is my entry:

    1. Posada
    2. Teixeira
    3. Cano
    4. Jeter
    5. Rodriguez
    6. Damon
    7. Cabrera
    8. Swisher
    9. Matsui
    10. Hinske
    11. Molina
    12. Gardner
    13. Hairston
    14. Sabathia
    15. Burnett
    16. Pettitte
    17. Gaudin
    18. Rivera
    19. Hughes
    20. Chamberlain
    21. Robertson
    22. Coke
    23. Marte
    24. Aceves
    25. Bruney

  143. CR9 October 26th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “Sure, we benefited from an errant throw. But at the end of the game, that throw means nothing if the runner doesn’t cross the plate.”

    The best part about it is, last night’s victory (as have many others this posteason) has been attributed to the implosion of the Angels defense. But our 3 runs in the 4th inning proved decisive. While the 2 runs were helpful for Mo and for my stress level, they did not affect the outcome of the game.

  144. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    mel,
    Is that the same Brown that has been with 4 teams in 4 years? Never heard of him. Bottom line is. The top 5 teams are
    Lakers
    Spurs
    Celtics
    Cavs
    Magic

    Whoever is healthiest in the playoffs will win it all. If they are equal. I just cant see the Lakers with Artest doing it again. He will find a way to blow things up.

  145. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    S.o.S

    I like the moves your Spurs made and I think they can really challenge the Lakers.

    The key is Ginobli’s health.

  146. upstate kate October 26th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I always had respect for Torii Hunter, until he started shooting off his mouth. I guess I have to like him again, he says he is rooting for the Yankees to win.

  147. TLVP October 26th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    i saw someone said that the offense hasn’t won us the games this postseason – i think that is a bit unfair

    We’ve now played 9 postseason games and they have scored 4 runs EVERY SINGLE TIME. I wonder when that happened last for any team in the postseason?

  148. mick October 26th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    1 tex
    2 cano
    3 jeter
    4 arod
    5damon
    6 melky
    7 swish
    8 matsui
    9 posada
    10 molina
    11 gardner
    12 hairston
    13 hinske
    14 cervelli

    15 cc
    16 AJ
    17 Andy
    18 Joba
    19 Mo
    20 hughes
    21 coke
    22 marte
    23aceves
    24 robertson
    25 gaudin

  149. no.27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    CC has to be set up to pitch in games 1, 4, and 7. No question about that. He was great his first time on 3 days rest and will have a full week off before his game 1 start.

    Then, you have to decide if having Burnett and Pettitte start on short rest is better than starting Gaudin on what will be about a months rest. I say you have to start Burnett and Pettitte in games 5 and 6.

    As far as roster moves go, I’d add Bruney because more relievers might be needed without the extra day off and AJ and Andy going on short rest. I’d take Guzman and Cervelli off the roster and add Hinske as well.

  150. CR9 October 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “We’ve now played 9 postseason games and they have scored 4 runs EVERY SINGLE TIME.”

    But, TLVP, do you not see? That is due to all the mistakes committed against us by 2 fundamentally sound teams ;)

  151. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    CR9
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    The best part about it is, last night’s victory (as have many others this posteason) has been attributed to the implosion of the Angels defense. But our 3 runs in the 4th inning proved decisive. While the 2 runs were helpful for Mo and for my stress level, they did not affect the outcome of the game.
    ******

    I thought it was best not to mention this during the game, but when Mo came in to start the 8th my dad called me in a panic saying he wasn’t sure about that move. I told him it was a gamble. It was genius if it worked, but a disaster if it didn’t. But there was no one else I would rather see pitch at that time.

    I honestly wasn’t sure how Mo would pitch that 9th inning. Did I think he would blow the save? No. But would I bet my apartment on it? No. Those two tack on insurance runs, while ultimately not needed, certainly slowed down a lot of heartbeats of Yankee fans.

  152. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    MainYankee,
    Like wise with the Celts. They put up a bigger fight than i expected last year without their big man. I think they have a better squad this year. Cleveland with shaq IMO is getting too much hype in the east. I think Magic and Celts are better.

  153. DT - OPPC member October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “I hope Brandon knows what he is getting into there. That movie was really bad!”

    as bad as My Best Friend’s Girl?

    Even worse it was filmed in Boston.

  154. 86w183 October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Gee Mick, I wrote I want the big three making all the starts so AJ and Andy would pitch games five and six in some order.

    Gaudin has pitched 2 1/3 inning since September 28th. No way I give him a start.

  155. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    TLVP
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    i saw someone said that the offense hasn’t won us the games this postseason – i think that is a bit unfair

    We’ve now played 9 postseason games and they have scored 4 runs EVERY SINGLE TIME. I wonder when that happened last for any team in the postseason?

    ******

    Not to mention they scored 21 runs over the last 3 games.

    An average of 7 per game would put you at over 1,100 runs in an 162 game season

  156. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    “I hope Brandon knows what he is getting into there. That movie was really bad!”

    as bad as My Best Friend’s Girl?

    Even worse it was filmed in Boston.

    *****

    I don’t know that movie :oops:

  157. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Boston Dave,

    You’d have to assume that Matsui will be riding the pine in Philly. That is a HUGE defensive liability because it’d mean Matsui in LF and Damon in CF. He’ll be limited to pinch hitting duties.

    With the whole Posada/Molina thing with AJ a non-factor re: DH/No DH, it doesn’t really impact us too badly. I think Posada is fully capable of sliding nicely into that 5 hole w/ Cano behind him.

  158. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Erica

    If you think bringing in Mo in the 8th was a gamble I bet Nick would be in on it real quick. :lol:

  159. DT - OPPC member October 26th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    lucky you Erica. Dane Cook and Kate Hudson have about as much chemistry as Peter Gammons and Oprah.

  160. JasonR October 26th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    “Whoever is healthiest in the playoffs will win it all. If they are equal. I just cant see the Lakers with Artest doing it again. He will find a way to blow things up.”

    Not only that, he’s not as good a defensive player as he once was (can’t stay in front of quick guards anymore) and he’s gonna take 3-4 atrocious shots every game. Letting Ariza go and signing Artest was a bad move.

  161. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Erica,

    Our offense, by and large, did just fine as we all know.

    The kicker is, in the Postseason, pitching is what sets great teams apart from good teams. As a result, our pitching has been FAR more vital than our offense, and since it has come through, its getting the greater attention.

    Fine by me…if Philly wants to believe that our offense didn’t “get it done” then so be it, but I am sure they respect our team 1-25 just as the Yankees better respect the Phils 1-25.

    Should be a great matchup.

  162. champ809 October 26th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    AM
    October 26th, 2009 at 12:58 pm
    Keep everything the same besides these two moves: Guzman is off the roster for Hinske. Then I’d bring Ramiro Pena on for Cervelli. Yes you hear me Ramiro Pena. He’d be able to pinch run (takes the roll of guzman) but also can actaully somewhat hit and can defend. Pinch hitters are big in NL ball parks. I find adding Bruney useless because I can’t find a spot I’d ever see him pitch.

    the man crushing over Ramiro Pena going on on these boards is really scary….occupying a world series roster spot for Ramiro Pena would be absolutely assinine..Girardi would have to completeley outdo his best overmanaging job to date to create a situation where it would be justifiable for him to insert Pena…

    ex. you said he could hit and defend…who would he replace defensively as he is a SS/2B Jeter???? Cano?!?!?!?!? i mean seriously.

    it would make infinitely more sense to add Hinske and Bruney as they both represent guys who could impact the series as Hinske will obviously be the first pinchhitter off the bench when the games are in Philly and Bruney as another good live arm in the pen who can get a big out or two in the later innings of these games(especially with Phil and Joba very inexperienced and a lil shaky on the biggest stage). i personally think that Hughes,Joba and DRob will come up big when their #’s are called and will swing the series over to us. Joe just has to remember that D Rob and Cokie are out there ond use them a time or two

  163. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    DT,
    Dont pick on Gammons. He said the Yankees would win it all before the post season started. I think he has officially bandwagon jumped.

  164. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Cheap Seats October 26th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    trisha wrote:

    “One thing sorely missing from this celebration is George M. Steinbrenner. When I think about it, it actually makes me cry. If it wasn’t for him, you know we wouldn’t be here celebrating right now. The guy is passion, toughness, and softness, all rolled into one. And he cared about winning, and he cared about the fans. I will always love you, Boss.”

    Oh my Gawd. Where were you in the 70s?

    *********
    Being a long time Yankee fan has had it’s up and downs. G Steinbrenner has had his faults but to me as a fan his passion for winning coupled with the financial resources he’s helped create has made for an exciting ride. Most of his philanthropy over the years goes unreported.
    Unfortunately his health (part physical/mental) played an enormous part in his sons taking over the reigns.
    The family goes to great lengths to protect him in public.

    The world series has been his passion, not just the pennant. I’d expect to see a very controlled access to him in and after the Yankees win the series but his presence was notably missed last night. Even if for understandable reasons. Jeter said let’s win this for the Boss and that would be sweet.

  165. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    86w183

    i’m with you but if andy goes game 3 on sat. how does he come back in game 6, wednesday on 3 days rest. That means aj on 3 days in game 5. cc in 7 on 3 days.

    games 4-7 all on 3 days? i dunno.

    andy could only go once. pray for rain.

  166. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    JasonR,

    I despise the Lakers in every way, but I respect them because they are a solid team with legitimate depth.

    I have to disagree about Artest. On a team where he is not one of the premier players (as he was on Indy, Chicago, Sacramento, and Houston), he won’t get as much attention and should be able to be a role player in the same way that Rodman was for the Bulls. A hot head that is ultimately placed in the backseat by legends (Bryant).

    I’m lookin for Portland (my team) as a dark horse to wreak some havoc on LA.

  167. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    MaineYankee

    Erica

    If you think bringing in Mo in the 8th was a gamble I bet Nick would be in on it real quick. :lol:

    Only because he liked the odds!

  168. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    MaineYankee
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    Erica

    If you think bringing in Mo in the 8th was a gamble I bet Nick would be in on it real quick.

    ******

    The only reason I call it a gamble, was because in the small chance there was failure. It would have been epic. It would have been the loss of the game and a Game 7 played tonight. And since Rivera had pitched two innings in Game 6, his game 7 availability would have been limited.

    Thankfully, this disaster scenario was adverted cause that sly Girardi knew what he was doing :-)

  169. CR9 October 26th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Erica, When you have a chance to go to a World Series or take a commanding 3-1 lead in a World Series, you put the best closer in baseball history in. He may be aging, but he can give you 40-50 pitches in a game, especially with all the days off and the low amount of pitches he’s thrown per inning this postseason.

    The biggest mistake Joe Torre ever made was leaving Jeff Nightmare Weaver in for a 2nd inning against the Marlins in Game 4. Just because you get lucky enough to have Weaver go one scoreless extra inning, does not mean you leave him out there. The fact that he refused to use Mariano, who could have gone at least 2 innings in that game, and the fact that Mariano was never to be used in a meaningful spot again in the series is what hurt so much. The series, a World Series, was lost with Jeff Weaver.

  170. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3)
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    MainYankee,
    Like wise with the Celts. They put up a bigger fight than i expected last year without their big man. I think they have a better squad this year. Cleveland with shaq IMO is getting too much hype in the east. I think Magic and Celts are better.

    ————————————————–

    I think Shaq will change the Cavs offense and not for the better.

    Not sold on Carter in Orlando. Not enough team play before and he makes it worse.

    Looking forward to tom. night at Cavs.

    Not only did KG go down last year but losing Powe in the PO really hurt the bigman depth.

  171. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating for Kate Hudson Movies – prettty bad
    Fool’s Gold takes it but it is subjective. I think I might need to watch these and come up with the List of worsts

    13% 13% Bride Wars
    2009

    no Data Nine
    2009

    10% 10% Fool’s Gold
    2008

    15% 15% My Best Friend’s Girl
    2008

    21% 21% You, Me and Dupree
    2006

    39% 39% The Skeleton Key
    2005

    22% 22% Raising Helen
    2004

    11% 11% Alex and Emma
    2003

    38% 38% Le Divorce

    43% 43% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

    41% 41% The Four Feathers
    2002

    68% 68% About Adam
    2001

    — Ricochet River
    2001

    88% 88% Almost Famous
    2000

    58% 58% Dr. T and the Women
    2000

    28% 28% Gossip
    2000

    30% 30% 200 Cigarettes
    1999

    44% Desert Blue
    1998

  172. m October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    No offense taken, Uncle.

    But I have to disagree with Boston Dave, while the top tier guys here know their stuff, Olney’s a respected writer who does know his stuff.

    Just because he’s not covering the Yankees and writing books about them doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  173. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    KF
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    MaineYankee

    Erica

    If you think bringing in Mo in the 8th was a gamble I bet Nick would be in on it real quick.

    Only because he liked the odds!

    ———————————-

    Exactly my point. :lol:

  174. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Everyone, you need to count on Gaudin in Game 4 unless we’re either down 2-1 or 0-3.

    This why I would think maybe the Yankees would consider another bullpen arm instead of Guzman or Hinske.

    I assume it will work in such a way that Joba or Aceves is in the waiting while Gaudin takes the ball, but that game could really thin out the bullpen for game 5 (assuming we don’t sweep :) ).

  175. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Erica,

    Our offense, by and large, did just fine as we all know.

    The kicker is, in the Postseason, pitching is what sets great teams apart from good teams. As a result, our pitching has been FAR more vital than our offense, and since it has come through, its getting the greater attention.

    *****

    Thats the funny part. If you never watched a Yankee game and only read the comments in a game thread. You would really think the Yankees didn’t score at all last night.

    The early game stranded LOB’s hurt. But thats nothing different than we have seen all season. For some reason this team seems to really love hitting in the 7th inning on.

  176. JasonR October 26th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “I’m lookin for Portland (my team) as a dark horse to wreak some havoc on LA.”

    I like Portland a lot too. They’re doing things the right way, building the team around a core of talented young players who’ll grow up together.

  177. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    CR9
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Erica, When you have a chance to go to a World Series or take a commanding 3-1 lead in a World Series, you put the best closer in baseball history in. He may be aging, but he can give you 40-50 pitches in a game, especially with all the days off and the low amount of pitches he’s thrown per inning this postseason.

    ******

    Exactly! That’s what I told my daddy. That man is so silly sometimes!!! :lol:

  178. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    and I’d like to know why everybody is assuming that AJ is done pitching to Molina.

    I don’t think AJ pitches on the road where playing Molina would leave matsui and posada out.

    Probably go with AJ in game 6 then CC/Andy in 7.

    Whatever it takes.

  179. TLVP October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    To answer a version of my own question above

    NO team has ever scored at least 4 runs in every game of the ALDS and ALCS. No team has ever done it in the NLDS + NLCS… Except… The 2009 New York Yankees

  180. DT - OPPC member October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    It should be illegal to have to work with an ALCS Yankee hangover.

    back later

  181. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve seen How to Lose a Guy and Skeleton Key among others – these two were not utter disaters but not good by any means

  182. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    If these movie studios were smart, they would be advertising any upcoming Kate Hudson movie during this postseason.

  183. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing)
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    I’ve seen How to Lose a Guy and Skeleton Key among others – these two were not utter disaters but not good by any means

    ******

    Raising Helen makes How to Lose a Guy look like Citizen Kane

  184. pat October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Uncle E

    Can you wait until after the WS is over to start trashing Alex’s GFs acting skills. Karma, ya know? :wink:

  185. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Erica,

    Yes, you are absolutely right RE: when the offense really starts chuggin away after the 7th, but hey, Anaheim is a solid team and their starters are legit and challenging.

    I think Hamels and Lee are studs too, but when you start getting into Pedro and Blanton, I like our chances. I think AJ matches up perfectly with a guy like Hamels because you often have a 50/50 chance with either of them bringing their best to the mound. I am not so sure I buy Pedro in Game 2 in NY though. He very well may get roughed up.

  186. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Erica

    If these movie studios were smart, they would be advertising any upcoming Kate Hudson movie during this postseason.

    Erica is always looking for an edge!

  187. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
    It should be illegal to have to work with an ALCS Yankee hangover.

    back later

    ******

    I concur. But at least I am happy :grin:

  188. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I forgot about Portland. They will be in the thick of things. In regards to Artest not needing to be the main man. Thats the problem. It will only be a matter of time before he goes T.O. on the team. He’s just wound differently than anyone in the league. Ariza was a team player. Lets see the ticking time bomb do the same.

  189. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    KF
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    Erica

    If these movie studios were smart, they would be advertising any upcoming Kate Hudson movie during this postseason.

    Erica is always looking for an edge!

    *****

    As I have said previously- my genius knows no boundaries!

  190. m October 26th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Oops. To clarify. Onley might not know everything, but he is respected in the business and does get paid for talking and writing about baseball. And as far as I know, the only ones who get paid here to talk about baseball are Josh, Sam, and Chad.

    That’s not to say the regulars here don’t know their stuff. Just saying.

  191. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    i don’t think it’s obvious that you go with gaudin in game 4. starting CC in 1-4-7 does not allow you to avoid starting gaudin unless the yanks are willing to start both AJ and pettitte on short rest. seems unlikely. so, the question is — when do you start gaudin. if you start him in game 4 and CC in game 5, then CC cannot plausibly start game 7. i think yanks are best off starting CC three times even though the last two will be on short rest. so that means you slot CC in 1-4-7 and then start gaudin in game 5 and either AJ or pettitte in game 6 (my vote would be pettitte).

    so i agree we will see gaudin, but i don’t think i’d slot him in game 4 instead of CC.

  192. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    JasonR,

    Ya…Portland is a very well run team in the post JailBlazer era.

    I’ll say this: If, and this is a big big IF, Greg Oden starts to put it together, Portland will be right up there with any team in the West. By getting it together, this means he ups is PPG to around 10-12, rebounds on both ends, and plays D w/o fouling too much, then they’ll get everything else they need offensively from Aldridge and Roy.

    Deep team. Hopefully everyone stays healthy.

  193. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    JasonR,

    I despise the Lakers in every way, but I respect them because they are a solid team with legitimate depth.

    I have to disagree about Artest. On a team where he is not one of the premier players (as he was on Indy, Chicago, Sacramento, and Houston), he won’t get as much attention and should be able to be a role player in the same way that Rodman was for the Bulls. A hot head that is ultimately placed in the backseat by legends (Bryant).

    I’m lookin for Portland (my team) as a dark horse to wreak some havoc on LA.

    —————————————————-

    You mean the team that figured out that the way to get the advantage was to play 6 on 5. :lol: j/k

    Portland has got a good you team and will cause problems. Maybe not quite ready to take the top but real good.

  194. 108 stitches October 26th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Attention Philly !

    Repeating is not an easy thing to do.
    Since the advent of the Wild Card and another tier of playoffs in ’95, only one (1) team has repeated and that was the Yankees of ’99. In 2000, they three-peated.

  195. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    Erica,

    Yes, you are absolutely right RE: when the offense really starts chuggin away after the 7th, but hey, Anaheim is a solid team and their starters are legit and challenging.

    I think Hamels and Lee are studs too, but when you start getting into Pedro and Blanton, I like our chances. I think AJ matches up perfectly with a guy like Hamels because you often have a 50/50 chance with either of them bringing their best to the mound. I am not so sure I buy Pedro in Game 2 in NY though. He very well may get roughed up.

    *****

    I looked up the Yanks starting line up against Lee. Every Yankee has really decent numbers except Johnny Damon :-( and Cano.

    Jeter has .407 in 30 PAs
    A-Rod has .333 in 20 PAs
    Tex has .391 in 26 PAs
    Posada has .286 in 22 PAs
    Swisher has .333 in 24 PAs
    Melky has .273 in 12 PAs
    Matsui has .294 in 19 PAs

    If you accuscore those numbers, you have the Yanks with a definite edge

    And how obvious is it that I am bored out of mind at work today?

  196. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Erica

    If these movie studios were smart, they would be advertising any upcoming Kate Hudson movie during this postseason.

    Erica is always looking for an edge!

    *****

    As I have said previously- my genius knows no boundaries!

    When others recognize that the future is unlimited

  197. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    gs1,

    I guess whether CC starts 1-4-7 will depend largely on how he looks in Game 1 and where they’re at by game 4.

    I don’t think this series will go 7 games though. My guess would be the Yankees in 5, MAYBE 6.

  198. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “I think Posada is fully capable of sliding nicely into that 5 hole w/ Cano behind him.”

    ————

    gross.

  199. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    pat
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    Uncle E

    Can you wait until after the WS is over to start trashing Alex’s GFs acting skills. Karma, ya know?

    Almost Famous – makes up for a a lot of it -
    mostly trashing her choices.

    I hope her career has a Rodriuezian Comeback – I like her.

  200. m October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Hey, SoS, how about you stop worrying about Artest, and worry about your own guys. ;)

    BTW, thanks to Selig this Sunday (weather permitting) will be the first day in sports history that there will be NFL, NBA, NFL, and MLB games being played on the same day in November.

  201. adam d October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Was today just a great day or what? Yankees are in the World Series. I don’t know how many of you follow Failblog.org , but I had to upload a photo from last nights win. It’s too funny. Give it your votes and hopefully it can be put on the main page. Go Yanks! Go celebration Win?

    http://cheezburger.com/View.aspx?aid=2765640704

  202. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    m
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Hey, SoS, how about you stop worrying about Artest, and worry about your own guys.

    BTW, thanks to Selig this Sunday (weather permitting) will be the first day in sports history that there will be NFL, NBA, NFL, and MLB games being played on the same day in November.

    *****

    You mean NHL right?? :-)

  203. m October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Oops. NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB

  204. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    forget about the Lakers and Spurs…

    just a spoonful of (healthy) Garnett sugar will make the Lakers go down :)

    of course a spoonful of Rasheed Wallace might make the whole thing blow up

  205. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    SOS,

    I hope you’re right re: Artest being a T.O-like ticking time bomb…nothing would make me happier. I’d love to see him punch Bryant during a game :)

    MaineYankee,

    I think you’re absolutely right. Portland will be a solid team but they’re not QUITE ready to stand atop the league. I bet you they make a pretty significant trade before this year’s deadline and add some veteran savvy at either PF or SF. Then, you’ll see them fully meld in the second half ready to take on the world in 2010/2011 :)

  206. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    why not reserve judgment on who pitches games 4-5 till we see where we are at?

    up 2-1, gaudin…down 2-1, cc

    if cc goes game 5, andy goes game 7.

  207. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Boston Dave,

    It was not my intention to mortify you, but I see that I have.

    You have my apologies ;)

  208. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    m

    I thought that was the National FoozeBall League. :lol:

  209. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    sorry, i must be in the wrong blog..thought this was yankee baseball not the nba.

  210. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Without looking at any long term weather forecasts, you can just about guess on at least one game getting weathered out during the series, given the time of the year.

  211. pat October 26th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “I hope her career has a Rodriuezian Comeback – I like her.”

    Her next film has a Christmas Day release which usually means the studio is feeling pretty good about it.

  212. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Mad Prince,

    haha, maybe “gross” was a bit harsh… as some may find your suggestion delightful.

    either way, I think the Yanks will miss the DH spot and Matsui’s bat (assuming he’s still better against lefties than most) in Games 3 and 5 when they presumably have to face Hamels and Lee.

    No big surprise but home field advantage could prove critical.

  213. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    of course much depends on how things pan out in the early going. and of course we need to reserve ultimate judgment. but it’s fun to speculate (at least i think so). and from my perspective, if the yanks are down 3-0 or 2-1 after 3 games, you have to start CC in game 4. if they are up 3-0, you start gaudin. the hard question is what you do if they are up 2-1. even then, i’d lean sabathia over gaudin.

    the bottom line question is whether you’d rather get an additional start by CC on short rest or by either AJ or andy on full rest. i am inclined toward the former.

  214. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    of course much depends on how things pan out in the early going. and of course we need to reserve ultimate judgment. but it’s fun to speculate (at least i think so). and from my perspective, if the yanks are down 3-0 or 2-1 after 3 games, you have to start CC in game 4. if they are up 3-0, you start gaudin. the hard question is what you do if they are up 2-1. even then, i’d lean sabathia over gaudin.

    the bottom line question is whether you’d rather get an additional start by CC on short rest or by either AJ or andy on full rest. i am inclined toward the former.

  215. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 pm
    SOS,

    I hope you’re right re: Artest being a T.O-like ticking time bomb…nothing would make me happier. I’d love to see him punch Bryant during a game

    MaineYankee,

    I think you’re absolutely right. Portland will be a solid team but they’re not QUITE ready to stand atop the league. I bet you they make a pretty significant trade before this year’s deadline and add some veteran savvy at either PF or SF. Then, you’ll see them fully meld in the second half ready to take on the world in 2010/2011

    ——————————————

    What’s your take on Oden?

    I’d be concerned if he has the skills to become what some have projected him to be.

    Of course when some compared him to a young Russell that’s a bit unfair. I haven’t seen one reach that since he played.

  216. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Hey, SoS, how about you stop worrying about Artest, and worry about your own guys.

    ============

    Stop being so protective mel. He hasnt played one regular season game and your already put him on your fav 5. I wonder how his new record album will do?
    How about i enjoy Artest as a Laker and you worry about the Spurs.

  217. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    Raising Helen makes How to Lose a Guy look like Citizen Kane

    **************
    LMAO. Too true. I made the mistake of seeing that in the theater when it first came out. 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back :)

  218. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    mick,

    Exactly…we have to see where we’re at after Game 3 before we worry about Game 4.

    One game at a time…let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  219. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “Without looking at any long term weather forecasts, you can just about guess on at least one game getting weathered out during the series, given the time of the year.”

    ———-

    good point, especially if the weekend games are scheduled night games as well

  220. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    rain is predicted for game 1….if it got rained out they would probably play games 1-5 w/out a day off.

    that would def. mean 4 starters

  221. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    mick
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    sorry, i must be in the wrong blog..thought this was yankee baseball not the nba.

    ———————————————-

    I guess you missed the Muppett version earlier. :lol:

  222. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Erin
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    Raising Helen makes How to Lose a Guy look like Citizen Kane

    **************
    LMAO. Too true. I made the mistake of seeing that in the theater when it first came out. 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back
    *********

    There was nothing redeeming at all about that movie. Even John Corbett couldn’t save it. In fact, he seemed to be asking himself “why am I in this movie”

  223. eric in queens October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Last night was the first time I’ve felt the new stadium shake. Pretty wild scene in the grandstand.

  224. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    MaineYankee
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I guess you missed the Muppett version earlier.
    ******

    You are out of the loop clearly! It seems like the more Erin and I talk muppets the more luck it seems to bring the Yanks

  225. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    would andy be a problem in a game 7?

    i could see him cc and aj getting 2 starts each.

  226. m October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    mick,

    When did you start reading the blog regularly?

  227. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Her next film has a Christmas Day release which usually means the studio is feeling pretty good about it.

    You are probably right…
    Daniel Day Lewis
    Judi Dench
    Sophia Loren can’t all be wrong

  228. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    MaineYankee,

    I think Oden has the ability, but he came into the NBA so raw. It wasn’t going to be some immediate dividend paid.

    The injuries have really raised eyebrows regarding his ability to stay healthy. Its also hindered his development. But he is so young and has shown serious athleticism for a man his size that you have to believe that he’ll be what they need him to be (i.e. not score a ton a of points, play good Def.) if he can get in a full season this year.

    Put it this way: Kevin Pritchard has put this team together for the 2010/2011 season and on. If healthy, they will be a force in the Western Conference and NBA.

  229. Stultus Magnus October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Peepee Hands October 26th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Great Quote from Torii Hunter:

    “You really have to admire that; How can you hate the Yankees when they play baseball the way it’s supposed to be played?”

    ================

    Hmmmm, a subtle knock on Kazmir and Guerrero…

    ;)

  230. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    i think the muppets go better in here than the NBA.

  231. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Erica-I had to laugh a couple of weeks ago when Raising Helen was being shown on AMC. They must have really low standards.

    I must confess, I am really looking forward to her new movie, Nine. I think that looks really good.

  232. Azaz October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    this dude mark sanchez ate a hot dog on the sideline during the game..lol…imagine a yankee doing that

  233. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    mick-I think the Muppets are the Yankees secret good luck charm :)

  234. Joel Goods October 26th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    You have to remember C.C. was the hottest pitcher in baseball last year coming into the postseason and the Phils dismantled him in the first playoff game. The Lee-CC matchups should make out to be great games but if the Phils take game 1 in NY it would certainly give them all the momentum.

    The Phillies also haven’t lost a game 1 in the playoffs in the past 2 years (2008 – Brewers, Dodgers, Rays) (2009 – Rockies, Dodgers, _____)

  235. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Erin
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Erica-I had to laugh a couple of weeks ago when Raising Helen was being shown on AMC. They must have really low standards.

    ****

    That movie is on cable a lot. Doesn’t make it any less awful. LOL

    Btw- I saw that 40th anniversary DVD. Not ready to preorder it. Not sure if I really want to. Were you going to get it?

  236. AM October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    champ809, stop making it sound like you are smarter than everyone else. A. Hinske would not be the number 1 pinch hitter in NL Parks, it would actually be Matsui, good try though. Second, Pena could play 3b, SS, 2B and some CF, he can also pinchit for the pitcher. He adds speed to the bench, but unlike Guzman he adds something besides just pure speed. Bruney would be useless, A. he is terrible and would give everyone a heart attack everytime he came i, but also when exactly would he ever be used?

  237. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    ooh- new thread :arrow:

  238. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “Exactly…we have to see where we’re at after Game 3 before we worry about Game 4.

    One game at a time…let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”

    ————

    sure, but it makes sense to lay down a general plan now so Joe can use his staff accordingly.

    Obviously, plans often change but I do think it’s prudent to decide now how likely CC pitches 3 games as soon as possible.

    If it were me, I would give CC the Game 4 start unless the Yanks are up 3-0. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Phillies do the same with Cliff Lee.

    The Yanks have been beaten by short rest. Time to turn the tables…

    The Diamondbacks didn’t flinch with using Randy Johnson (pitched game 6 and again in game 7!) and Curt Schilling as much as possible.

    Josh Beckett didn’t mind short rest when he shut them down in Game 6 in 03.

  239. Nick in SF in American Canyon October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Posada has already moved to 5th to prevent a repeat of Hairston batting behind Arod late in a game.

    As for the Mo/gamble thing, whatever move Girardi made was going to be a gamble; in that situation it’s all about making the choice with the best expected result.

    And on another point, I for one do not make any assumption at all that Posada will catch AJ the rest of the way. But since having Molina catch AJ would probably mean giving Cervelli a roster spot again, I think it’s likely that the brain trust will be discussing this very issue.

    If they go with the three-man rotation, does anyone want to see Melky-Molina-AJ at the bottom of the game five order?

  240. vin October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t put much faith in the career #’s vs. Cliff Lee. He’s really been two kinds of pitchers in his career.

    2004 – very hittable
    2005 – very good
    2006 – very hittable
    2007 – putrid (sent down to minors)
    2008 – great
    2009 – great

  241. S.o.S.(formerly for a second 3) October 26th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    relax mick. Im not sure if you heard. The Yanks are going to the World Series. Thats about it.
    Now back to our scheduled program “will Artest punch Kobe first or Choke Phil”.

  242. mick October 26th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    long live the muppets….actually being puppets they will probably live forever.

  243. Erin October 26th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Erica-Yeah, I think I am going to get that DVD. I’ll let you know if it’s worth it.

  244. MaineYankee October 26th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    mick
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    i think the muppets go better in here than the NBA.

    —————————————————–

    Everyone has a right to their opinion.

  245. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Mad Prince, you wrote:

    “Exactly…we have to see where we’re at after Game 3 before we worry about Game 4. One game at a time…let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”

    i think that applies to the people playing the game and not to the fans. it is costless for fans to “get ahead of themselves” and speculate about different possibilities and think about what they would do if faced with different scenarios. it’s part of what’s fun about obssessing about these things. when players “get ahead of themselves,” it causes problems because they need to focus on the matter at hand.
    \
    no reason at all fans can’t do it.

  246. Ed H. (Winner of Guess the Postseason Roster) October 26th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Erica,

    Here’s my GTWSR entry!

    1. Posada
    2. Teixeira
    3. Cano
    4. Jeter
    5. Rodriguez
    6. Damon
    7. Cabrera
    8. Swisher
    9. Matsui
    10. Hinske
    11. Molina
    12. Gardner
    13. Hairston
    14. Sabathia
    15. Burnett
    16. Pettitte
    17. Gaudin
    18. Rivera
    19. Hughes
    20. Chamberlain
    21. Robertson
    22. Coke
    23. Marte
    24. Aceves
    25. Bruney

  247. Ed H. (Winner of Guess the Postseason Roster) October 26th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Trisha,

    Please list me for Yankees in 6. Thanks!

  248. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    mick, i think you’re focused on the right question. do we want:

    (1) CC, AJ, and Andy twice plus gaudin once (eveyrone on full rest for all starts), or

    (2) CC on ful rest once and short rest twice, Andy on full rest twice, plus AJ and gaudin on full rest once each.

    obviously knowing nothing about how this series will shake down, i am inclined to approach (1).

  249. Chambliss October 26th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I would not start Andy on three days’ rest. He has been starting with extra rest for the past month or so.

    I would piece things together in game 4 with Gaudin,Aceves and Joba.

    Joe needs to toss out his matchup book for the World Series. Guys like Joba, Hughes and Robertson should pitch for more than one or two batters.

  250. gs1 October 26th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Chambliss, why start gaudin in game 4 instead of game 5? why throw away the possibility of starting CC three times?

  251. BlueshirtBrawler October 26th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Drop Aceves or Marte and add Bruney. Also drop Guzman and add Hinske. I’m not sure why Hinske wasn’t on the ALCS roster. Omitting him was definitely a mistake.

  252. Bill October 26th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    You don’t need to start Guadin. Go with the 3-man rotation. Burnett and Pettitte have pitched on 3 days rest before and asking them to do it in what will be their last start of the year is not a big deal. At any other time you might be concerned about injury, but now is not the time to hold back unless you feel that either won’t be effective on limited rest.

    Burnett did it a few times last year with success. CC can obviously do it. Pettitte hasn’t done it in a while, but I have faith that he could. If any of them struggles Gaudin is always there in the bullpen to pick up the pieces early. We also have Aceves who can give us length out of the pen.

    If we go up 3-0 maybe we go to Guadin in game 4 or 5, but if the series is even remotely close there’s no good reason not to stick with the 3-man rotation. One start on 3 days rest will not kill Burnett or Pettitte.

  253. JMK aka The Overshare October 26th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Whoever thinks they’d drop Marte has a screw loose

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