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Postseason possibilities: Pitching staff

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Assuming a 11-man pitching staff in the postseason, the Yankees will have to trim two pitchers who played fairly significant roles during the regular season. They’ll trim a six-man rotation down to four, and if they move both leftover starters into the bullpen, there won’t be much room left.

Postseason locks
CC Sabathia, Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon, Cory Wade, Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson, Mariano Rivera

Making his case: Phil Hughes
Most likely, Hughes has a spot locked up. The question is whether that spot will come in the rotation or the bullpen. Hughes hasn’t pitched in relief this season, but he’s had great bullpen success in the past. His overall numbers out of this year’s rotation are ugly, but he’s looked much better lately, including a 2.25 ERA in two September starts. He could slide into a versatile bullpen role – capable of long relief or key late-inning outs — or he could be a pivotal starter in the middle of the postseason rotation.

Veteran in an unusual spot: A.J. Burnett
Actually, after last year, Burnett’s spot isn’t all that unusual. It just seems unusual given his contract and his raw talent. Burnett could once again be crowded out of the postseason rotation, and if he is, he could slide into something of a mop-up role. Or, if the Yankees lose faith completely, he could fall out of the mix completely. What’s keeping Burnett in the mix – possibly for a rotation spot – are two good outings in the month of September, including one strong start against the Red Sox. After Tuesday’s three-inning dominance, Burnett is a true wild card on this staff.

New guy with a chance: Hector Noesi
Pushed into the big league bullpen out of necessity, the rookie Noesi has become the Yankees go-to long man, and he’s pitched well in that role. He’s done nothing to lose his spot – he had a 1.46 ERA in his past eight outings before a rough one last Wednesday — but the possibility of moving two starters into the bullpen leaves little room for another long-man, or any sort of reliever for that matter. Noesi has pitched well, but he could be crowded out of the mix in the postseason.

Role players to consider: Luis Ayala, Aaron Laffey
Ayala’s already had a larger impact than anyone might have imagined when he signed a minor league deal this offseason. He’s been with the team since Opening Day – except for a brief disabled list stint – and he’s pitched to a 1.80 ERA, but he’s still a low-man in the pecking order, and he’s not stretched out enough to be a true long man. Laffey could give the Yankees a second left-hander, and they’ve been giving him some opportunities, but he hasn’t been overwhelming since coming over from Seattle.

My guess
The rotation will be decided in these last two weeks. I think Sabathia, Nova and Garcia have the strongest holds on starting spots, but only Sabathia is an absolute guarantee. I think it’s too early to guess at the rotation, but I think an 11-man pitching staff will have the same names regardless of which four are labeled as starters. I think Hughes and Burnett will both be on the staff, with Noesi, Ayala and Laffey let out of the mix.

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96 Responses to “Postseason possibilities: Pitching staff”

  1. jacksquat September 15th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I guess Chad favors Garcia over Colon.

    I think Colon is definitely 2/3 and Garcia is a little bit of a question mark after his last couple starts.

  2. luis September 15th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    jacksquat September 15th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I have to say that Garcia has been one of the top 4 starters in the regular season, but i agree with you about Colon being higher in the pecking order than Garcia, and i don’t think he has the stuff to succeed against powerful and patient line ups…i think he pitches in the PS only if AJ and Hughes keep on struggling, if they don’t, i don’t think Garcia should start

  3. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    6-1 rays, yes!!!!!

  4. Rob B September 15th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t post on here much, preferring to steer clear of the comments section most nights. But I can’t remain silent on this one. I shout an emphatic “Hell no!” to the idea of Ayala being on the post season roster. He may have a low ERA, but he hasn’t pitched in many pressure situations. He also hasn’t been very good at keeping inherited runners from scoring. I just don’t trust the guy in crunch time. If he does make the team, keep him out of the game in any tie situations or with a small lead; because he won’t hold it.

  5. 4 train September 15th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    this topic will bring out old betsy chic. sshe must be watching reruns of the munsters with mommy and daddy.

  6. LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Just got home to see that the sux are losing. :D

  7. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    4 train,

    Instead of talking about betsy, why don’t you enlighten us with your vast baseball knowledge and tell us what do you think the PS roster should be

  8. Chase September 15th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I would love nothing more than the Red Sox getting swept by the Rays.

    They were the most hyped team of all time, not even close. And they are fighting for their lives to be a wild card team. Pathetic.

    Go Rays!

  9. LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Rob B,

    It does seem that Ayala hasn’t been pitching as strong as he was earlier. A lot more inherited runners are scoring. And in the post, I doubt there will be a lot of meaningless innings. So when they use him, it could be costly.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Tar September 15th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    J alfred to funny. I haven’t come to the blog in a week. Made a pact with my son about spending our time wisely. And there was your posts. Thanks.

    The Good people here are what this blog has always been about. Some are just jealous and try to ruin it.

    And yes Pete did troll his own blog. Usually something anti Alex. He slipped up one day by including his name in a post ( caught by DT) that would not get through the filter for anybody but him.

    I have to say I am so glad that west coast trip is done, too many late nights for me. I’m exhausted!!
    ////

    Tar!!!

    Good to see ya, man! So you were on a Lohud fast, eh? I bet you feel cleaner ;) . To tell you the truth, since The Jesus rose, and two of the Bs got called up, I haven’t noticed the trolls as much. I think since that 2 of 3 at Fenway, they’ve lost some of their steam….

    That WC trip was a killer. Didn’t get to bed until 3 a.m. last night, too bad we couldn’t pull out a W. But looks like Hellboy & Co. are determined to put us up by five, any way :D . They’re now taking Hellboy out at 117 pitches…hope they bring in Matt Moore and his 98 mph heater….

    Stick around a little while!

  11. Red Robin September 15th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    No Cy Young Aceves this game?

  12. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Jap,

    I don’t know whats going on, but i guess some posters haven’t realized that there is a new thread…..I think the tone of the blog has improved tremendously in the past two or three weeks, probably the influence of The Jesus!!!, :)

  13. Red Robin September 15th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    The Rays really blew it with the Orioles. They could be 1 game back now.

  14. Red Robin September 15th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Helly got the Rookie of the Year award in his pocket.

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    BJ!!!

  16. yanks 27 September 15th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    “The Rays really blew it with the Orioles. They could be 1 game back now.”

    Yup. At this point, they need to win all 4.

    They have 4 games against us next week while the Sox play the Os, so they can’t expect to gain any ground then. So they have to do it themselves right now.

  17. pkyankfan69 September 15th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sox are getting POUNDED… Embarrassing!

  18. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Chase,

    LOL!!!, all the so called experts predicting that this team would win it all, i wonder what are they going to say if they miss the play offs!!. another dinger from BJ Upton 7-1 rays

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    “I would love nothing more than the Red Sox getting swept by the Rays.

    They were the most hyped team of all time, not even close. And they are fighting for their lives to be a wild card team. Pathetic.

    Go Rays!”

    Chase, I don’t think truer words could be spoken. They were hyped because as soon as the Yanks lost Lee and the Sux got Crawford (I think they already had Agon), well they turned into the pick of the berries. They weren’t when the Yankees were getting Lee, mind you. Just when the Yanks didn’t. So once again it was the case of second best “winning” by default.

    That hype was the most RIDICULOUS stuff I ever heard. I mentioned at the time that a team’s rotation was perhaps its most important component and that since Beckett, Butthole, and Lackey had had questionable previous seasons and DiceK was not any sure bet at any time, it was preposterous to annoint them anything! But there are Yankee posters who are naturally worried about the Sux as a matter of course so I guess their hearing all the hype put them into a mild tailspin. Thankfully there were some of us who annointed the stuff as a total joke.

    In fact, several of us predicted that the Sux wouldn’t even finish second, let alone win the division. Hmmmm.

    :)

  20. yankeefeminista September 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    yankeefeminista September 15th, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    BJ says buh-bye!

  21. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Soon the Red Sox will begin their undefeated finish to the season where they overtake the Yankees and win the division in landslide fashion……so it was written….so it shall come to pass……(brainwashing works )

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Chase, looks like the a-troll is back.

    :roll:

    Jackass.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    Jap,

    I don’t know whats going on, but i guess some posters haven’t realized that there is a new thread…..I think the tone of the blog has improved tremendously in the past two or three weeks, probably the influence of The Jesus!!!
    ///

    He hath the power, luis :D .

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Blake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :D :D :D

    Now the evening is complete.

  25. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    The best team ever is just giving everyone a fighting chance…..

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Why is 8-1 bad? They can still catch up right?

    HARDEE HAR HAR HAR FLIPPIN’ HAR!!!!!

    Yankfem, I wonder where the Suxian lecturer is right now, you know the one who sternly reprimands the forum for not having respected the Sux enough!!!!

    Unbelievable.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    “The best team ever is just giving everyone a fighting chance…..”

    :lol:

  28. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Trisha, can you picture P. Gammons with a bottle of scotch trying to reassure himself that all will be well :)

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Don’t you guys know anything?? When they lost Dice-K, they lost “the best No. 5 starter ever.”

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/20.....story.html

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    “Soon the Red Sox will begin their undefeated finish to the season where they overtake the Yankees and win the division in landslide fashion……so it was written….so it shall come to pass……(brainwashing works )”

    This is truly beautiful.

    Seems to me that a lot of er vaunted sporswriters and sportscasters are going to have some ‘splainin to do!

  31. yanks 27 September 15th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Watch Tito try and lineup Beckett/Lester for the Yankees series and take the Orioles for granted lol

    right now, Beckett is scheduled to pitch the day before the Yankees series (and an off-day).

  32. Yogi Mantle September 15th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    At this time of year the fighting Showalters seem to show up to play. They aren’t going to be a guarantee for the Sox to win, even if they put up a gaudy number against them in a game.

    This series will be the key to the season for the Rays and Sox. If the Rays sweep the Sox won’t take that well and the hitters will be pressing a lot. Their pitching will also be on edge making it tough to pitch their best.

    Even if the Rays take 3 games it will make it quite interesting through the end of the season.

  33. LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t even understand why they’re playing this game. Didn’t the sux already win the WS? ;)

  34. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Trisha,

    What i laughed the most was when they started to compare this team to the 1927 yankees and that they could claim the title of best team of all time from them!!! ….sure Agon better than the Iron horse or Big Fatso better than the Babe!! preposterous!!, even when healthy this sux team is not as good as our team even without Arod!!

  35. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Fake peter Gammons is hilarious…..that’s gotta be G. Love.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    “Hi Trisha, can you picture P. Gammons with a bottle of scotch trying to reassure himself that all will be well :)

    Oh my God blake, seriously, the guy must be a shadow of himself at this point. Whatever spirit dwelled within him has definitely left the building!

    :D

  37. brucevodka September 15th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    You know the Sox started horrible and are ending horrible and in between they were the second best team in baseball! Go figure…

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Jokes aside, the Red Sox’ pitching is a disaster.

  39. DaveD September 15th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The guy who threw the greatest inning ever is now pitching in mop up relief and couldn’t even beat out Wakefield or something named Kyle Weiland as a starter

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    The guys at MLB network have been giddy about how Boston would run away and hide in the division. Wonder what they’re saying these days, especially Harold Reynolds.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    “even when healthy this sux team is not as good as our team even without Arod!!”

    Swear to God that says it all luis.

    Don’t understand why that isn’t readily apparent to all who can see!

  42. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    With Price vs Wakefield on Sunday the Rays just have to win one of the next 2 to make 3 of 4 a real reality……only problem is that after that they play the Yankees 4 games at the stadium.

  43. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    CC,Colon,Nova,Garcia,Mo,D-Rob,Sori,Logan,
    Wade, Hughes, Noesi.

  44. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:40 pm
    Don’t you guys know anything?? When they lost Dice-K, they lost “the best No. 5 starter ever.”

    ——————————–

    They still have the 200 million man!!!!…

  45. pkyankfan69 September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    NESN has Bledsoe in the Box trying to take the focus off of this brutal beatdown

  46. LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    JAP, Harold actually defended the yankees, saying they would still be in it. Mitch was the one that had red sux up by at least 10 games.

  47. DaveD September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Still don’t understand the logic that Buchholz will be available out of the pen in the playoffs. He’s not going to overtake Wheeler, Aceves, or a healthy Bard in short relief. He’s going to be pitching in long relief mostly. And if he has the ability to throw a few innings out of the pen, why wouldn’t he start for them over Lackey or Wakefield?

  48. kd September 15th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    i just don’t think all of the red sox problems can be assigned to injuries.

    it’s systemic: over paid position players who are consistently underperforming, like jd drew

    they lack dynamic players in the up the middle positions, c and ss have been a serious problems for years. if i were the red sox owners, i would seriously think of blowing the whole thing up and starting over.

    not that i would ever do that in reality, it would just really be fun to watch as a yankee fan

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    And then there’s NESN. Anyone watching this game via NESN is being treated to nonstop chatter with DREW BLEDSOE! Everything about that organization – television and players – is a mess.

    Hey 9-1 isn’t a lot right? They still have the second half. Oh wait, is it already the third quarter??? I’ll have to ask Drew Bledsoe!

    :D

  50. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    J Alfred,

    That’s why as soon as Beckett went down it was trouble for Boston…..even if he only missed a start or two because they are just getting no length from their rotation…..they are in the pen by the 5th or 6th every night and that eventually takes a toll.

  51. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Mitch Williams predicted that the Sox would win the East by the largest margin in baseball.

  52. DaveD September 15th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    The matchups for the Rays/Yanks series looks like

    Davis-Hughes
    Hellickson-Burnett
    Someone (Moore?)-Nova (assuming they use him in game 2 of the DH)
    CC-Shields

    This is the one series I don’t mind if Joe manages like he did last year ;)

  53. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    The Red Sox injuries have hurt them badly because the upper levels of their farm.system.is barren….especially with starting pitching.

  54. GreenBeret7 September 15th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    A couple of years ago, The Donut Choker trashed me for saying if Melky Cabrera ever got a full-time jpg, he could lead the league in doubles. I may have been wrong, but, it won’t be by much. 4-4 tonight with his 18th homer and his 41st double…4 off of the lead.

  55. yanks 27 September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    The Os took 2\4 against us (they split the last 8 against us actually, after losing like 10 of the first 11) and just took 2\3 from Tampa

    They now need to do their part and take a couple from Boston too.

  56. hardwired7 September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “100 wins doesn’t just appear plausible, it seems downright inevitable”

    -Eric Ortiz, Senior Writer NESN on the ’11 Boston Red Sox

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    JAP, Harold actually defended the yankees, saying they would still be in it. Mitch was the one that had red sux up by at least 10 games.
    ///

    He did?! Awfully big of him. Every word I hear out of his mouth is Sox worship. Mitch is always up their ass, that’s for sure…

    The one guy who’s put up a mild but consistent protest at ESPN is Bobby Valentine. In fact, earlier in the season, he said “I can’t understand why no one’s talking about the Yankees.”

  58. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    The Yanks need to be sure they are winning the division first and foremost…..this is one year it matters with the way Detroit is playing.

  59. Bronx Jeers September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Mitch Williams predicted that the Sox would win the East by the largest margin in baseball.

    —————————————————

    I’m pretty sure even he knows that he’s a total dolt.

    But many also “saw” something similar.

  60. luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    JAP,

    They already started saying that they lost to many players to injuries, in fact some are wondering if the rays can catch them…..And saying what i find Colon and Garcia were to the Yankees, that nobody could have forseen that

  61. kd September 15th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    so the ‘greatest farm system’ in the game causes them to have an off year…

    they may go nuts this off season and spend a serious amount of money.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    hardwired7 September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    “100 wins doesn’t just appear plausible, it seems downright inevitable”

    -Eric Ortiz, Senior Writer NESN on the ’11 Boston Red Sox
    ////

    Papi’s little brother?

  63. blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Lol….100 wins is never inevitable for.any team. I really can’t remember a team getting more respect given to them without doing anything to earn it.

  64. Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Harold Reynolds is a big yankee supporter. He always had New Yorks back when he worked at ESPN.

  65. Chase September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Guys, it’s a bridge year!

    ….. to their empty farm system.

  66. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    GB,

    The doughnut choker wasn’t fond of you criticizing his fantasy ladies either.

    Make one nasty remark about Kim Jones and IT WAS ON!!!!!

  67. Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    # Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Harold Reynolds is a big yankee supporter. He always had New Yorks back when he worked at ESPN.

    ——–

    Indeed he did.

  68. MTU September 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    It would fun seein’ Epstein’s head rollin’ down Yawkey way.

    :)

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    “100 wins doesn’t just appear plausible, it seems downright inevitable”

    -Eric Ortiz, Senior Writer NESN on the ’11 Boston Red Sox

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

    Big Fatso probably got his ten-year old son that job…

    :D

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    luis September 15th, 2011 at 9:54 pm
    JAP,

    They already started saying that they lost to many players to injuries, in fact some are wondering if the rays can catch them…..And saying what i find Colon and Garcia were to the Yankees, that nobody could have forseen that
    ////

    Right, & just ignore our lineup while they cream all over AGon and Pedie.

  71. yanks 27 September 15th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    The magic number is 10 after tonight. Assuming we win 2\3 and the Sox lost at least 1 more this weekend… the magic number will be at least 7 by Monday.

    We take at least 2\4 vs. Tampa, that is down to 5. Boston loses at least one to BAL, then it down to at least 4 when the BOS/NYY series starts. Then all it takes is 2\3 in that series and the division is ours.

    They need to clinch ASAP so that they can start organizing their rotation. Playoffs start 2 days after the season ends this time.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Big Fatso probably got his ten-year old son that job…
    ///

    Trisha, you know everybody wants to hug Papi.

  73. yanks 27 September 15th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    “Harold Reynolds is a big yankee supporter. He always had New Yorks back when he worked at ESPN.”

    Wasn’t the rumor that someone in an ESPN production meeting asked them to dramatize something about the Yankees and he refused or something like that?

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    LOVE Harold Reynolds.

    I’ll tell you how serious this really is. Gross “Krukie”, the one who dismisses the Yankees out of hand and swoons over the Sux, has publicly said that he sees the Yankees taking it all. (It could have been taking the division, but he did say it at a time where you could have considered it more questionable if you were an idiot.

  75. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    In this instance JF is 100% correct. Harold Reynolds is extremely fair and very supportive of the Yankee’s talent. One night I saw him wax eloquently and passionately about Robbie Cano for a solid ten minutes, saying he was the best in the game and could very well wind up being one of the best second baseman of all times.

  76. blake September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Reynolds is pretty unbiased overall….he likes everybody but he loves DJ and is always very fair to the Yanks.

  77. LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    LockDown September 15th, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    JAP, Harold actually defended the yankees, saying they would still be in it. Mitch was the one that had red sux up by at least 10 games.
    ///

    He did?! Awfully big of him. Every word I hear out of his mouth is Sox worship. Mitch is always up their ass, that’s for sure…

    The one guy who’s put up a mild but consistent protest at ESPN is Bobby Valentine. In fact, earlier in the season, he said “I can’t understand why no one’s talking about the Yankees.”

    —-

    Also, Leiter picked the yankees to win the division, I believe. Yeah, Harold picked the sox to win division & ws, but disagreed with Mitch about a blowout in the division. He did his patented “c’mon now…” to Mitch. :lol:

  78. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “Trisha, you know everybody wants to hug Papi.”

    That’s what Papi says.

  79. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Jerkface September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    Harold Reynolds is a big yankee supporter. He always had New Yorks back when he worked at ESPN.
    ///

    He’s given us faint praise when I’ve listened and has kissed AGon era Boston’s butt. His only real excitement Yankee wise that I’ve witnessed is over Robinson Cano.

  80. blake September 15th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Agon could still hit an 8 run homer

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Well, good for Harold. I’ve apparently missed his finer moments.

  82. Tank September 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Reynolds is like Jon Gruden… every player is awesome

  83. GreenBeret7 September 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Giuseppe Franco September 15th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    GB,

    The doughnut choker wasn’t fond of you criticizing his fantasy ladies either.

    Make one nasty remark about Kim Jones and IT WAS ON!!!!!

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Yeah, never mention Jones and a ’59 Buick in the same sentence with him around. Just for kicks, I looked to see who he follows on twitter….a few sports figures, but, the majority are gossip columnists and young Hollywood starlets. And Heidi watney. Almost pathic.

  84. West Coast Yankee Fan September 15th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Not all the Boston media are biased. For example, Alex Speier of WEEI said that the Red Sox have been a relatively healthy club for much of the year, and so it would be unseemly for them to complain, particularly given that nearly every team is dealing with its share of aches and pains, and worse, with the 162-game season reduced to its final weeks.”

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Does anyone know who’s going for the Rays tomorrow night?

  86. lounge lizard September 15th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Clinching the division isn’t enough to rest on laurels. There’s also the overall HFA. The Tigers are now closer to us than the Red Sox, have the tiebreakers against us and a soft schedule to the finish. Facing Verlander in the ALCS would be tough enough. Facing him in Comerica is an exremely unattractive prospect.

    Root for the A’s tonight.

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Hey I think we also got reamed for taking shots at that woman (long ago from the public eye) who trailed Arod and wrote her unsuccessful book about him.

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’m rooting for the A’s tonight because Brandon McCarthy is on my fantasy team. I’m nothing if not pragmatic!

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    blake September 15th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    J Alfred,

    That’s why as soon as Beckett went down it was trouble for Boston…..even if he only missed a start or two because they are just getting no length from their rotation…..they are in the pen by the 5th or 6th every night and that eventually takes a toll.
    ///

    Losing Bucky didn’t help, either, but they have no depth in the system to help them. They can’t even go to Aceves as an option since they’ve wrung him out now in rescue assignments. I’d really rather face Boston than Tampa, if those were my ALCS choices. Boston, at the very least, will have to have a healthy Beckett to show up, though.

  90. GreenBeret7 September 15th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Trisha, are you talking about that true and honest SI reporter….the same one that trashed the lives of the Duke LaCrosse team?

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    A couple of years ago, The Donut Choker trashed me for saying if Melky Cabrera ever got a full-time jpg, he could lead the league in doubles. I may have been wrong, but, it won’t be by much. 4-4 tonight with his 18th homer and his 41st double…4 off of the lead.
    ///

    Cabrera has always had a hitter in there waiting to break out. Bill Massey once predicted he’d win a batting title. He may not do that, but he’s probably on his way to hitting .300 for the year. And he’ll probably hit 20 homers playing in a homepark that discourages them.

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    That would be the disgusting heifer to whom I am referring, GB!

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock September 15th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    No one cared about our injuries in 2008. It was like there weren’t any. F Boston. We have not really had our cleanup hitter healthy all year long. We lost Joba, a big blow to the pen.

    We have better reinforcements because we’re better throughout our organization than they are. I’m tired of them. They won two championships in the last decade, but what, one division title? They have some boo boos? Cry me a river.

  94. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    J Al – they won two championships*

  95. yankeefeminista September 15th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Trisha, Shields.

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 15th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks YF. I love Big Game James.


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