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Opportunity knocks for Pettitte and the Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Royals came through last night, and now the Yankees have an opportunity to turn the tide in the American League East. Tonight, if the Yankees beat Boston and the Rays lose a second straight in Kansas City, the Yankees will be back in the driver’s seat in the division.

To try to get there, they’ll turn to Andy Pettitte, who will be making his third and final regular-season start since coming off the disabled list.

“I still felt good at 75 (pitches) the other day, so I’m not sure that’s necessarily that important,” Pettitte said. “I would love to get to 100 pitches or get more because that means I’m deep in the game.”

Of course, Pettitte said those words on Tuesday afternoon, before he knew his start was being pushed to tonight, and before news broke of his stiff back. There is a lot at stake tonight in Boston: The Yankees fighting to regain first place, Pettitte is trying to shake off any lingering rust and the Yankees need everyone — Pettitte especially — to finish the day healthy as could be.

“If I had been absolutely horrible in the first start against Baltimore, then bad again in my last one, in the back of my mind, maybe I’d have a little doubt,” Pettitte said. “It’s about executing my pitches and getting them where they need to be. If I don’t, I’ll get hit.”

Can’t say it any more simply than that.

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79 Responses to “Opportunity knocks for Pettitte and the Yankees”

  1. JM October 1st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Hope to see playoff-ready Andy tonight, including the return of his good cutter.

    From the previous thread, amazing photos JCPD. On top of the mountain, indeed.

  2. sunny615 October 1st, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I hope Pettitte has it. It would be a HUGE monkey off their backs to see Pettitte pitch great and go deep into a game. Put a lot of confidence back into a team going into the playoffs.

  3. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    JCPD -

    Wonderful photos. Even more amazing is you going there and taking them!

    I’m hopeful that Pettitte’s back issue was a little stiffness that was/can be worked out by the trainers. I’m hopeful that tonight’s weather isn’t god-awful. Plain old awful is bad enough. I’m hopeful the Yankees score early and often so that the A-team can get off the field, maybe?

    Hoping the Yankees go 2-1 at least, and the Rays go 1-2, at least, over the next 3 games. That’ll do it, right? My math isn’t what it used to be. :)

  4. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 9:08 am

    JCPD-beautiful pictures! I got a little cold looking at them though. ;)

  5. pat October 1st, 2010 at 9:09 am

    A game interupted with a rain delay tonight will not help Andy.

    He needs to get the work in and I would pitch him tomorrow if even the possibility of an interuption exists.

  6. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Doreen, Erin……. glad you enjoyed them. Erin, actually cold is the six winters I lived in Fargo. :-)

  7. beedogs October 1st, 2010 at 9:15 am

    :: obligatory comment chiding everyone for being awful fans for ever doubting andy pettitte if he pitches well, OR, if he stinks tonight, scolding us for doubting pettitte and assuring us in the rosiest of terms that he’ll be right come his first playoff start. ::

    just coverin’ my bases.

  8. sevrox October 1st, 2010 at 9:15 am

    The fact that both Vazquez and Burnout lost those games in Toronto at a most seasonal inopportune time (Tampa losses) increases the aggravation/irritation/frustration I have with them.

  9. JM October 1st, 2010 at 9:19 am

    JCPD,

    I visited Fargo in late September once. It snowed.

  10. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 9:20 am

    JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Doreen, Erin??. glad you enjoyed them. Erin, actually cold is the six winters I lived in Fargo.

    **************************
    Wow-Fargo? I can only imagine! LOL

  11. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I don’t want to imagine…its cold enough up here!

  12. Erica in NY October 1st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Erin-

    I just e-mailed you a picture of my office parking lot under water.

    (And for some reason just now when I typed your name I initially typed “Ernie” instead. LOL)

  13. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 9:30 am

    muppet slip?

  14. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Way more snow up your way Kate, but not nearly as consistently cold.

  15. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Erica-got it!

    And I love the “muppet slip” (good one kate!) :)

  16. Erica in NY October 1st, 2010 at 9:35 am

    upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 9:30 am
    muppet slip?
    *************

    I think I’ve lost it. LOL

  17. MTU October 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Geez JCPD.

    Makes you want to Forego Fargo. ;)

  18. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I’ll be honest though, its a great town to raise a family. There really is something to be said about midwest living. I lived in KC for 5 years and Fargo for 6.

  19. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Off to photograph the waterfalls after yesterday’s torrential rains.

  20. MTU October 1st, 2010 at 9:41 am

    JCPD-

    Should be quite a show. Looking forward to them, and your fall color shots.

    Be careful. :)

  21. JCPD October 1st, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I will be MTU, don’t plan on getting as close as normal. Water is way too powerful. I lost two former staff members this week from rising waters on the rivers up north.

  22. MTU October 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am

    JCPD-

    A nice telephoto lens should do the trick. That, and a little common sense.

    Was all set up last week to take some beautiful fall color shots up North but fate intervened.

    Maybe this week. :)

  23. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 9:52 am

    (Doreen)It sure does seem to be a situation where it looks like no one wants to face Cliff Lee. Boy, the guy walks NO ONE. Especially in the 5-game series situation, it’s not something to look forward to at all. The Yankees did get to him once this year, though.

    The Yankees beat Lee once, but it was shortly before he took an extended break with a sore back. Then he came back and whipped them the next time.

  24. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 9:58 am

    jacksquat -

    I know. I know. :(

    Still…….

    Nah.

    :lol:

  25. blackaccord October 1st, 2010 at 10:01 am

    what are the pitching matchups for the weekend?

  26. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Looks like:

    Pettitte vs Matsuzaka

    Burnett vs Buchholz

    ??? vs Lackey

    TB faces two pretty poor KC pitchers on Sat and Sun…

  27. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    looks like AJ’s chance to redeem himself…we can only hope

  28. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2010 at 10:09 am

    KC has nothing to lose and TBay needs to set up their rotation for the playoffs too…..Rays are going 1-2, Yankees are going 2-1 and we get it ALL, baby ! ;-)

  29. sunny615 October 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am

    First Game:
    Andy Pettitte, LHP, 11-3, 3.17 ERA
    Pettitte will get on line for an ALDS start, hoping to get into the 100-pitch range against Boston. The Red Sox battered Pettitte for seven runs on 10 hits on Sept. 23, his second start off the disabled list from a groin strain.
    vs
    Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, 9-6, 4.72 ERA
    Dice-K snapped out of a prolonged slump by turning in one of his best starts of the season last time out, allowing four hits and two runs over eight innings, walking one and striking out seven against the Yankees.

    Game 2:
    A.J. Burnett, RHP, 10-15, 5.33 ERA
    Burnett gets one more chance to straighten out his disappointing year Saturday, drawing Boston. He did not get out of the third inning Sept. 27 at Toronto, allowing seven runs, and hasn’t won since Sept. 1.
    vs
    Clay Buchholz, RHP, 17-7, 2.33 ERA
    Buchholz will close out a breakthrough season looking for win No. 18. He can also push forward in his quest for the AL ERA title. Buchholz is 7-4 with a 2.20 ERA in 13 Fenway starts. Opponents are hitting .226 against him.

    Game 3:
    To Be Announced

    The Yankees have not announced their scheduled starter for Sunday, listing it only as TBA. Phil Hughes may be tabbed to start if the game has implications for the AL East; otherwise, Hughes will likely relieve in the series.
    vs
    John Lackey, RHP, 13-11, 4.47 ERA
    Lackey will close out his first season with the Red Sox hoping to pitch well for a third straight time. He left his last start against the White Sox with a 4-2 lead, pitching well over six innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

  30. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hey, Jacksquat -

    Last WS, they faced Lee twice. Lee was a beast in Game 1. But in Game 5, he did give up 5 runs. Now, you could say AJ had already lost the game for the Yankees at that point, and Lee was taking it easy; or you could say that it took a while, but they finally got to him in the 8th inning. The Yankees actually made it a game.

    And the Yankees scored first. If AJ hadn’t given it right back and then given them some more two innings later, who knows?

  31. Cashman needs to go October 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I was having a conversation with a friend about being “clutch” and it seemed we each had a different definition of the word…..so of course I turn to you all because many times someone comes up with a great comment…so heres a few of the issues that popped up –

    1) Is being clutch only measured with important games or even the non important ones (i.e. playoff games or games where “you need to win” or do the mid april games against cleveland with 500 people in the stands count as well)

    2) does the game situation count or can you be clutch in any situation (bases loaded 2 outs losing 3-2 as compared to bases loaded 2 outs winning 3-2)

    3) Does what inning you’re in count (same bases loaded situations as above but the inning is the 9th as compared to the 3rd)

    4) Can you lose your “clutch” tag or reversely can you be “non clutch” and then turn it around? (i.e. derek jeter and arod)

    5) Is there really a clutch measurement or is it just subjective and small sample sizing – i.e. if given enough at bats in “clutch situations” a player usually has stats similar to “the back of his baseball card” – aka “it all evens out” meaning there is nothing as clutch since a player who is tagged as clutch is only remembered for the times he came through and not for the equal amount of times he didn’t…i.e. arod has struck out in the 9th inning with the game on the line as often (if not more) times than he has come through – and i’m not picking on arod i’m just showing an example…

    my opinions:

    1) if your clutch your clutch no matter if its april or october
    2) same as above – it shouldn’t matter the situation
    3) same as above – what inning it is shouldn’t matter
    4) I don’t believe in clutch so you can lose or gain the title
    5) i think its just fans that either love a person or don’t – so in my opinion clutch is a fan measurement of how much a player is loved and not a real game ability

    your thoughts?

  32. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Has Lee EVER pitched on short rest? That’s an “x” factor, too.

  33. CountryClub October 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    No way they play tonight. It’ll be interesting to see if they play a DH tomorrow or if they wait to see if it’s needed on Sunday. My guess is they’ll wait until Sunday because neither team will want to play 2 unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  34. tk October 1st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    “Has Lee EVER pitched on short rest?”

    No, he has not.

  35. pat October 1st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    If tonight is rained out, doubleheader Sunday is likely.

    Saturdays game is a FOX game and Boston isn’t likely to give up the gate with a one price DH.

  36. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I hate doubleheaders and 4-game series.

  37. Joe from Long Island October 1st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    good morning, all –

    I don’t know what the weather is in Boston, but right now on LI it is nasty. Earlier, around 5-7 AM, it was wide-open pouring in Suffolk, with high winds, now it’s more like a steady regular-type of rain. Hope the weather doesn’t factor into the game tonight, and screw up Andy.

    By my expert calculations, the Yanks’ magic number to win the division is 4. That is, any combo of Yankees’ wins and Rays’ losses totaling 4. If they tie on W-L, then Tampa gets the nod due to the regular season record, right?

  38. tk October 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    The poor performances this year from Burnett and Vazquez have gotten a lot of attention, but we usually don’t hear much about how well the rest of the team has pitched. Burnett/Vazquez have combined to pitch 338 innings while allowing 200 ER, for an ERA of 5.33. However, the rest of the team has pitched 1,077 innings and allowed 433 ER, for an ERA of 3.62. If Pettitte returns to form and the Yankees avoid A.J. as much as possible, the pitching should be in pretty good shape for the playoffs.

  39. Shame Spencer October 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Not only hasn’t Lee pitched on short rest but he publicly stated he wasn’t comfortable doing so in the World Series last year IIRC.

    If you think about it, had they chosen to start Lee on 3 days rest regardless of his preference, it could have been a game changer. I wonder if people in Philly looked at him as being a bit soft for asking not to start. Could, of course, also just be a case of a pitcher knowing his own abilities.. he could’ve started on short rest and threw a stinker.

  40. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 10:38 am

    DoreenOctober 1st, 2010 at 10:15 amHey, Jacksquat -
    Last WS, they faced Lee twice. Lee was a beast in Game 1. But in Game 5, he did give up 5 runs. Now, you could say AJ had already lost the game for the Yankees at that point, and Lee was taking it easy; or you could say that it took a while, but they finally got to him in the 8th inning. The Yankees actually made it a game.
    And the Yankees scored first. If AJ hadn’t given it right back and then given them some more two innings later, who knows?

    In that game Lee had only given up 2 runs before the 8th inning, the Phillies were leading 8-2. He had already thrown 103 pitches. He gave up a single and two doubles (Damon-Teixeira-Arod), was pulled at 112 pitches, then his 5th earned run came in off Chan Ho Park from a groundout and a sac fly. Chances are if the game were closer he would have been pulled sooner.

    I’m not saying he can’t be beat, it’s just that he has more chance of dominating the Yankees than any other pitcher they could face.

  41. ac1 October 1st, 2010 at 10:39 am

    with longoria out, the yankees have a real chance to win the division now.

    i know cc cant start this weekend, but we should see all hands on deck otherwise with the day off yesterday, and a break between this weekend and the playoffs.

  42. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Wow -

    I just did a google search to find out exactly what happened with Cliff Lee LAST year with regard to short rest, and I found out that Texas has now decided that Lee will NOT pitch on short rest in a Game 4. They will start Hunter.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2.....unter.html

    I haven’t read the article yet.

  43. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The article says the numbers don’t favor pitchers going on short rest (ERA of 5.00-ish) and they don’t want to hurt Lee.

    jacksquat -

    Definitely. But he’s not totally unbeatable. And he does stay in games long all the time and throws 100+ pitches all the time. If they can keep a game close or tied, they stand just as much a chance of beating him late as not, I think. Hard work? Indeed. Impossible? No.

  44. bruceb October 1st, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Looking at the advanced weather forecast for Boston, looks very unlikely there will be a game tonight. And even if they start, there’s no guarantee they will finish. Looks like a double header for Saturday. In any case, I think it would be best for the Yankees to push Andy back until tomorrow, when the forecast is for sunshine.

  45. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 10:50 am

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

    Also, look at Lee’s clutch stats, specifically what happens when he has >4 run lead. His so/bb ratio goes way up, presumably from far fewer walks, and the batting stats against him go way up. In other words, he just pumps it in there with a big lead.

  46. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Because the other thing about that Game 5 was that you don’t know how the Yankees themselves may have done if they weren’t already in a 6-1 hole in third inning. If AJ had been able to – ah – we all know that story by now. :)

  47. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Also, in Game 1, a complete game, Lee walked no one. In Game 5, he walked 3 in total, and at least 2 of them were early in the game. I think he may have been beatable, if AJ gave him some competition on the mound.

  48. ac1 October 1st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Looking at the advanced weather forecast for Boston, looks very unlikely there will be a game tonight. And even if they start, there’s no guarantee they will finish. Looks like a double header for Saturday. In any case, I think it would be best for the Yankees to push Andy back until tomorrow, when the forecast is for sunshine.
    __

    100% agree. dont really want to see one of the scrubs pitching, but andy’s health is essential to the chances of winning, and he can go saturday and still pitch in game 2 thursday or friday or whenever it is.

  49. Dano from England October 1st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Took the day off work to watch the Ryder Cup – it started at 7.45am here, and stopped two hours later. What a shocker! Who could have guessed that Wales would be wet and windy in October??

    About the only thing Faldo got right two years ago was when he said “bring your waterproofs to Wales”.

    Doreen – that’s big/great news on Lee.

  50. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Good morning LOHUD!

    Crazy story.

    A good buddy of mine got in a brutal bar fight that started over his NYY hat. Some guy kept walking over to my friend and taunting him by slamming the Yankees. Before my friend could leave, the guy grabbed him.

    The funny part is after the fight, he holds up his Yankees hat and shouts at the guy while he’s on the bar floor knocked out cold.

    My buddy put it on YouTube last night.

    Watch it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKwNMKL-e5U

  51. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 10:59 am

    He walked 1 each in the 1st, 3rd and 5th. When they got to him in the 8th, they scored 2 runs before anyone was out and the counts were 1-2, 1-2 and 0-0 on the three batters (Damon, Tex and ARod). Then he was taken out.

  52. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Bret The HitmanOctober 1st, 2010 at 10:55 amGood morning LOHUD!
    Crazy story.
    A good buddy of mine got in a brutal bar fight that started over his NYY hat. Some guy kept walking over to my friend and taunting him by slamming the Yankees. Before my friend could leave, the guy grabbed him.
    The funny part is after the fight, he holds up his Yankees hat and shouts at the guy while he’s on the bar floor knocked out cold.
    My buddy put it on YouTube last night.
    Watch it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKwNMKL-e5U

    It looks to me like your friend started the real physical part right after he paid his tab.

  53. I Like Inge October 1st, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Bret the Hitman,

    Awesome video. That dude get knocked out quick. Why would that guy mess with your boy? He looked rock solid.

  54. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    jacksquat,

    The camera hides all the physical contact initiated by the other guy prior to my friend elbowing him in the face. The other guy was charged with criminal provocation. My friend was charged with battery and spent 3 days in jail held on $10,000 bond.

  55. pat October 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    What Bautista has done this year is mind boggling and I’m not implying PEDs accusations when I say that.

    59 total HRs in his first 6 years and 54 this year.

    He also hit his first opposite field HR ever last night.

    He’s going to cost the Jays a little more than the $2.4M in arbitration than they are currently paying him.

  56. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 11:08 am

    DoreenOctober 1st, 2010 at 10:59 amHe walked 1 each in the 1st, 3rd and 5th. When they got to him in the 8th, they scored 2 runs before anyone was out and the counts were 1-2, 1-2 and 0-0 on the three batters (Damon, Tex and ARod). Then he was taken out.

    Right, that goes right along with the post I made about how he pitches with a big run margin.

    Probably not the smartest thing to do in the postseason against the Yankees though.

  57. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I Like Inge,

    My boy is a one man wrecking crew but the other guy was actually much bigger and I suspect he’s never been tamed so to speak until he stumbled across my friend.

    The quick KO is due to an elbow to the face.

    My favorite part is where he began to stomp on his head before the bouncers pulled him off.

  58. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    RiverAveBlues GET OFF MY TV. RT @BizballMaury: Just announced: …Dallas Braden will serve as guest analysts on MLB Network throughout Oct

    Dallas Braden??? Seriously? LOL

  59. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Bret, yeah, all I could really see was him getting in his face, chest bump etc. I would have just called the bouncer to avoid the 3 days in jail though. :)

  60. jacksquat October 1st, 2010 at 11:14 am

    ErinOctober 1st, 2010 at 11:10 amRiverAveBlues GET OFF MY TV. RT @BizballMaury: Just announced: …Dallas Braden will serve as guest analysts on MLB Network throughout Oct
    Dallas Braden??? Seriously? LOL

    Oh no… get off my MLBN!!!

  61. I Like Inge October 1st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Bret the Hitman,

    I figured it was an elbow because he dropped instantly. That guy got a good lesson not to mess around with others. Good for your friend.

  62. Yankeefran October 1st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    My jaw dropped when I saw Dallas Braden’s name. What are they thinking over there?

  63. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 11:18 am

    jacksquat -

    But if you look at the counts in all the at-bats all game, there’s nothing that would raise your eyebrows. In the 1st and 5th, the walks scored for the Yankees.

    I’m certainly not trying to imply that Lee is not a fearsome pitcher to have to face once, much less twice in a series, but that I think in game 5, if AJ had kept it competitive, he was beatable. He wasn’t AS dominant the second game.

    But, we’ll never know that, we will? :) Facts are facts and AJ wasn’t competitive and Lee held the Yankees to 2 runs over 7 innings. I don’t think Manuel would have taken him out, though, if it were a closer game because staying with Lee was probably a better option than any guy out of their bullpen, given his track record. The only thing is ARod had rbi doubles off him – one in the first and one in that eighth. Perhaps if it’s a closer game, Lee doesn’t fact ARod, or he walks him.

    But again, we’ll never know. :lol:

  64. Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Apparently the guy had a history of getting drunk and bullying people in that bar but nobody ever stood up to him so he thought he owned the place. My friend was just visiting from out of state. This happened in Wyoming.

  65. tk October 1st, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Glad to hear that Lee won’t be pitching on short rest. CC’s ability to pitch well on short rest is a major advantage for the Yankees relative to their AL opponents. In a 7 game series he can pitch three times instead of twice. Or, he can pitch game 4 of the ALDS in order to start game 1 of the ALCS on full rest. On the other hand, by pitching game 5 of the ALDS, full rest would put Lee/Price on schedule to pitch games 3 & 7 of the ALCS. The dropoff from Lee/Price is pretty significant, and this scenario creates the potential for the Yankees to face these other pitchers in 5 of the first 6 games of the ALCS. We don’t know how any of these series will play out, but we do know that CC gives the Yankees more opportunities to put their best pitcher on the mound than the rest of the AL–hopefully that will make the difference.

  66. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Dallas Braden as an analyst on MLB????

    All you can do is shake your head. It’s not what you know, it’s what attention you can attract.

  67. pat October 1st, 2010 at 11:22 am

    In addition to Braden, Torii Hunter, Chris Young and Eric Chavez round out the MLB Network postseason commentators group.

  68. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I don’t know much about Chavez and Young, but Braden and Hunter don’t really have a filter between their brains and their mouths, do they? :)

  69. West Coast Yankee Fan October 1st, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I think Longoria may be back today. Go Royals.

    I’m more than a little worried about our catching situation in the post-season. I’m not sure Posada or Cervelli are capable of throwing out runners, (Cervelli won’t play much), and that debacle against Boston is on tape for Gardenhire or Washingtomn’s viewing pleasure. This stealing third against the Ynkees is catching on like wildfire. Mariano wasn’t holding runners on, but as a team, with the exception of Pettitte, most of our pitchers are slow to the plate. Throw in passed balls and catcher could be a real liability for us in a close series.

    I hope Posada has one more good post-season in him and rises to the occasion. I guess anything is possible.

  70. 108 stitches October 1st, 2010 at 11:28 am

    It is what it is but if Vazquez and Burnett pulled their weight while Andy was out, these final 3 games would have been insignificant.
    The very thought of either of them in the playoffs is nerve racking. Can’t wait to see what the ALDS roster will look like when Cashman makes the decision.

  71. blake October 1st, 2010 at 11:29 am

    If the Yanks still have a shot at the division on Sunday then they could start Hughes that game and still have him on regular rest for game 3 of the ALDS. I think they should throw him sometime this weekend…..that’s a long layoff if they don’t.

    Hope they play tonight….don’t need any double headers this time of year.

  72. Doreen October 1st, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I have to go food shopping in the worst way, and I keep putting it off because of the rain. Guess I’ll have to just deal with it.

    Catch ya later.

  73. pat October 1st, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Beat writers who opted to try and fly to Boston today instead of driving or Amtrak-ing have questionable judgement and make their opinions on everything less valid. :wink:

  74. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Royals almost even money (48%) to win tonight….that is a LOCK, baby ! ;-) ( BTW, Yankees are 59% to win…..and ESPN is SPOT ON, always,,,,right ? )

  75. upstate kate October 1st, 2010 at 11:39 am

    108
    you are right, it is what it is and we have to move forward. It is hard not to play the blame game. AJ was the #2 starter and has a record of 10-15…if he was a .500 pitcher, the Yankees would have won the Al east no problem.
    OK, I am done w/ this! Unless he pitches terrible in Boston

  76. Cashman needs to go October 1st, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Bret The Hitman October 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am
    jacksquat,

    The camera hides all the physical contact initiated by the other guy prior to my friend elbowing him in the face. The other guy was charged with criminal provocation. My friend was charged with battery and spent 3 days in jail held on $10,000 bond.

    **************************

    And yet if the 3 bouncers actually had a brain they be able to stop that altercation WAY before your friend’s elbow KO’d the douche (heck they were like what 8 feet away when the loser started instigating)…..but then again if bouncers actually had a brain they be doing something else instead of picking their noses at 4am in the morning at the local dive….

    also with that long spiral staircase people have to navigate to get to the bar, it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen..wow 3 days in jail for basically a punch to the face – and here i thought wyoming was part of the wild west and not some stuck up snooty state like massachusetts where Boston resides…. ;-)

  77. Erin October 1st, 2010 at 11:47 am

    New Post: Pitching matchups in Boston

    :arrow:

  78. Rishi October 1st, 2010 at 11:59 am

    JimmyTraina This weekend, I will be part of Red Sox Nation. Last thing I want is for the Yankees to win the division. Give me the Twins!
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  79. SAS October 1st, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    JCPD,

    I just checked out the pix. They were awesome. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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