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Postgame notes: “There’s some concern there”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ten starts in a row, Freddy Garcia didn’t allow a single home run. When he finally coughed one up on August 29, it was the only run he allowed all game. Since then, Garcia has allowed multiple home runs in three straight starts, including two tonight to Adam Lind.

“I try to make good pitches, and sometimes I’m not able to do it,” Garcia said. “That’s why I’ve been giving home runs… Last three starts, I don’t be doing my job. I’m really frustrated about it, but that’s part of the game. Sometimes you pitch good. Sometimes you pitch bad. You just have to go continue to try to do the best that you can do, and hopefully everything goes well for you.”

This weekend did little to clarify the Yankees rotation situation. Bartolo Colon couldn’t pitch beyond the fourth inning on Saturday, and Garcia couldn’t get out of the fifth today. At times, one of those two has been the Yankees second-best starter, but they’ve struggled recently.

“Bart had a good start on this road trip and had one that wasn’t so good,” Joe Girardi said. “Freddy’s kept us in the games. We talked at the beginning of the season how we worried about innings for both these guys. There’s some concern there, but they’ve just got to find a way to get it done.”

Garcia said tonight’s home run was a good pitch, a splitter that Lind put a good swing on. The second was a slider that “didn’t do much.”

As good as Garcia has been this season, there is some risk with him. He’s never been an overwhelming or overpowering pitcher. His value is in his experience and savvy, and sometimes that leaves little margin for error.

“He’s just missing some spots, that’s all,” Girardi said. “That’s going to happen. Freddy’s not going to be a huge strikeout guy and they’re going to put the ball in play. If you miss some spots, that’s the chance you’re going to take.”

Here’s Garcia.

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• The Yankees won only four of 10 on this road trip, but they still managed to gain two games in the standings. After today’s game, the team just seemed relieved to be finally going home. “From now on every game is important,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Every game is meaningful. We’re looking forward to playing at home, playing well, start cleaning up some of the small mistakes that we’ve been making. We understand we’ve got to get better.”

• After Monday’s makeup game against the Twins, the Yankees play their final 10 games against the Red Sox and Rays. With seven games at home against those two teams, the Yankees home stand could either put the division away or make it a race to the finish. “It will be a great opportunity to do that there,” Mariano Rivera said. “We still have to perform good and take care of business at home, get this thing over.”

• The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot is five, to clinch the division is seven.

• Obviously Brandon Morrow completely shutdown the Yankees offense today. “He had us baffled all day with his slide,” Rodriguez said. “He probably threw 70 to 75 percent sliders, which is a very high percentage for him. He’s usually the opposite, 70 to 77 percent fastball guy.”

• Of the Yankees five hits, three were by Eduardo Nunez, and Nunez was the only Yankee to advance beyond first base.

• Of course, Nunez also made the second Yankees base-running mistake of the weekend. “He’s just making an aggressive turn,” Girardi said. “In that situation, you’ve got to know the score. You’re not going to get to second unless it really bounces off himn, so you’ve got to be cautious there. He was just overaggressive.”

• Why not pinch hit for Ramiro Pena in the eighth? “Pena’s had some success off him,” Girardi said. “Grandy is 1 for his last 15 with 10 strikeouts. If we had a couple guys on, I might have pinch-hit Grandy and taken a chance.”

• Impressive Yankees debut by Raul Valdes, who retired four of the five batters he faced, including all three left-handers. The Yankees have been giving Aaron Laffey a lot of chances to emerge as a legitimate second lefty candidate, but that Valdes appearance might earn a few more looks. I still don’t think the Yankees will actually carry a second left-hander in the postseason, but I’m sure they’d like to have a backup option in mind.

• Random fact about tonight’s game: The phone from the dugout to the bullpen stopped working for a while. “The phones haven’t worked real good here the last couple days,” Girardi said. “Danny (Iassogna) handled it and we used the policeman’s walkie-talkie for a few minutes, then they got the phones working again.”

• Girardi’s assessment of going 4-6 on the road and still gaining two games in the standings: “I think we are fortunate,” he said. “We’ve got to go home and play better, there’s no doubt about it. At times, we didn’t swing the bats on this trip. Is it good pitching? Is it fatigue? I don’t know, but I know our guys are pretty worn down. Now they’ll get to sleep in their own beds and hopefully catch up a little bit.”

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98 Responses to “Postgame notes: “There’s some concern there””

  1. Chase September 18th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Go O’s!

  2. WMD September 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    should have pinch hit for pena in the 8th. there were only 4 outs left in the game at the time. granderson not swinging the bat well is no excuse since he hit a hr yesterday. beside him there were teixeira, jeter, and posada on the bench. so even if you don’t have 2 runners on you should still have hit for pena. pena put on weight and looked just terrible. if you pinch hit him and got a hr then it’s a one run game and every batter is a potential tying run. girardi is just a major moron and a bigger one for using that excuse.

  3. BBFan September 18th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Does anyone know how many games Yanks and Detroit played this season and what is the record?
    It will have an impact for tie break for HFA, if they finish with the same record.

  4. Eroc September 18th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Detroit won the season series 4-3.

  5. stuart a September 18th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    girardi is full of it. nunez aggressive baserunning. there is absolutely no logic to what Nunez did..

    nunez is a dope. he has zero baseball IQ like his buddy Cano and Jorge.

    what happens more often Russell Martin swinging at the first pitch or Texiera popping up on a offspeed pitch while looking fastball??????????????//

    horrible road trip, terrible fundamentals almost the whole trip. laffey sucks, just like logan. they cannot get lefties out……………..

  6. BBFan September 18th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks Eroc.
    So, Yanks have to win atleast one game more than Detroit for FHA.

  7. stuart a September 18th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    not pinch hitting pena is standard giradi bullcr-p………….

    granderson blind is a better option then pena. also pena looked bad the previous 2 or 3 ab’s and was awalking wounded after fouling about 3 pitches off his leg. but then again nunez, pena , and arod can have a nice laugh down by 3 getting shutout……..

    the yanks have clinched nothing after they clinch talk to me……………………….

  8. BBFan September 18th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Good whining posts, Stuart little :)

  9. sunny615 September 18th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Fortunate… more like lucky as hell.

    • Of course, Nunez also made the second Yankees base-running mistake of the weekend. “He was just overaggressive.”

    Overagressive? More like an idiot.

    • Why not pinch hit for Ramiro Pena in the eighth? “Pena’s had some success off him,” Girardi said. “Grandy is 1 for his last 15 with 10 strikeouts. If we had a couple guys on, I might have pinch-hit Grandy and taken a chance.”

    Good ol’ Binder Joe… sigh.

  10. jacksquat September 18th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I think Girardi was just determined to give certain guys a full day off no matter what.

  11. Niblick September 18th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    If Binder Joe hadn’t put out a little league lineup, the Yanks might have actually won this game. “There’s some concern there”, says Binder. Yeah, the concern is that Binder is an idiot and is tanking the team in September the way he did last year. Not good to go into the playoffs after stinking up the joint for a month.

  12. joeman September 18th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    this team is going to have a very time getting out of the 1st rd…this staff is bad and getting worse…and please don’t tell me about how many games this team has won, it’s all about the playoffs for the Yankees

  13. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Joe just wanted Mo to get the record save at home, no mystery.

  14. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Joeman – as is usually the case, I agree with you, the pitching is not up to snuff for the playoffs. That being said, this year more than ever in recent past, we can slug our way through the ALDS and ALCS. Our #2/3/4 are really no worse than the 2-4′s of our opponents.

  15. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    If we face texas in the alds, we need to win game 1 with CC and then we need to split a 4 game series with cc throwing one more time. One of nova/hughes/colon/burnett/freddie need to win a game. That’s it. Offense could outslug them too in a game 3 or 4.

  16. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Hughes and AJ are coming up strong on the outside with Freddy fading fast and Bart gasping for air.
    Can’t help but think this was the Yankee plan from the start and want it to end that way with CC, Nova, Phil, AJ/CC game 4 if necc.

  17. Bret The Hitman September 18th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    My thoughts are Girardi will do this:

    ALDS

    Game 1 Sabathia

    Game 2 Nova

    Game 3 Colon

    Game 4 Sabathia

    Hughes in the pen

    ALCS and WS if necessary

    Game 1 Sabathia

    Game 2 Nova

    Game 3 Colon

    Game 4 Burnett

    Game 5 Sabathia

    Game 6 Nova

    Game 7 Colon

    Hughes + Garcia in the pen

  18. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    They really should give noesi a start against tampa, skip colon, and bring colon back for one start against tampa in the final regular season series to see if he gets some strength back. He really could have used a few weeks off.

  19. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Today’s lineup was the worst in the history of the Yankees since 1995.
    Coincidence? If Joe was to pick a day to lose esp against Yankee killer Morrow, today was it.
    Does anyone else think not pinch hitting for Pena and “resting” the entire team had anything to do with Mo getting #602 at home?
    I do.

  20. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I must say, a world series title this year would likely be the greatest accomplishment of any yankee team during my 25 years of watching them. I thought they were overmatched in 1996 but the titles that followed were won by the better team. I can’t say we have “the better team” this year. This title would be special in a different way.

  21. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Bret

    With all the rest CC has been getting I expect him to go 3 times if necc in the ALCS.
    3 days rest is no problem for the big man.

  22. blake September 18th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    the Yankees have the best run differential they’ve had since 1998

  23. RadioKev September 18th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    We’ll beat up on the Twins tomorrow, Negative Nancys.

  24. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Why not pinch hit for Ramiro Pena in the eighth? “Pena’s had some success off him,” Girardi said. “Grandy is 1 for his last 15 with 10 strikeouts. If we had a couple guys on, I might have pinch-hit Grandy and taken a chance.”

    Ok, here it is: Joe’s small sample size: Pena is 4/7 vs. Morrow. I rest my case.

  25. Bo knows September 18th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Niblick

    You forgot to use moron. Stepping out are we. It’s still repetition ad nauseum.

  26. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Blake – that’s a cumulative stat. What matters is what you have going into october, not what u had in april – august. I’ve already said I think we can slug through the alds and alcs, but I think every series will be a coin flip and I think we’ll be the underdogs against philly.

  27. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    you had tex, grandy and posada to pinch hit for pena, there was no excuse for not doing it.
    not buying resting jeter as an excuse
    or taking cano off dh to 2nd

  28. yankeefeminista September 18th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    or “was” 4/7; Pena is now 4/10 vs. Morrow.

  29. blake September 18th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    “that’s a cumulative stat. ”

    yea….but it’s still an indication that they are a pretty good team. The rotation situation isn’t ideal…..but aside from starting pitching I think they are the best team…..we’ll see how it goes….they’ll need to really have good AB’s, their pen will have to be lockdown, and they’ll have to get just enough starting pitching.

  30. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Agree with all that……as it pertains to the AL side of things. If we face the phillies, we’re going to need the starters to show more of those early season performances.

  31. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    there could be some surprises in the postseason:
    guys like dickerson,romine, proctor, even the lefty valdez could make the team
    guys like noesi , montero, ayala could be left off

  32. blake September 18th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’ll worry about the Phils if they both make it to the WS. Wouldn’t shock me for the Brew Crew to give Philly all sorts of fits despite how their reg. season series went.

  33. blake September 18th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    ayala and Montero won’t be left off I don’t think.

  34. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Blake

    brewers and DBacks are on a roll
    Could see Phillies get shocked.

  35. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    who is the BUC with cervelli down?

  36. blake September 18th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    “who is the BUC with cervelli down?”

    probably Romine, Montero, Posada….starting to think they’ll take all three

  37. LGY September 18th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Am I missing something?

    Why was Grandy the only option to pinch hit for Pena?

  38. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    posada could have hit for pena

  39. mick September 18th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    carrying romine is a waste but might be a neccesity altho he has just as little experience with the staff as montero

  40. The Ghost of Lohud Past September 18th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    The Ghost says-

    Not pinch hitting for Pena in the 8th inning made no sense, Pena could be the worst hitter in major league baseball.

    4 Cities, 11 days, a West Coast Trip, and 11 games after a long season is a killer, I’m amazed they were in as many games as they were. It’s even better that they come home with 2 games tacked on their lead.

    For all this talk how they could be in trouble in the postseason because of the way they are playing at the end of this long road trip makes no sense, speak with me in a week. If they go into a tailspin for the next week they don’t deserve the playoffs or HFA but I doubt that will be the case, they’ll probably go something like 5-3 or 4-4 over the next 8 games and unless the Sox get hot that will put the division away.

  41. LGY September 18th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Another thing I’m missing. Why are people acting like this lineup was so awful?

    It certainly wasn’t their best but it was still pretty good and better than most teams.

  42. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    the only bad hitters were Pena and arguably Dickerson…..Morrow was great and that was the story. I don’t think having Jeter, Tex, and Granderson in there would have made a great deal of difference the way he was throwing to be honest.

  43. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Why are people acting like this lineup was so awful?
    =================================
    Bc Tex, Jeter and Grandy were not in it…see how far today’s lineup would get over 162 games.
    Also is Montero not even an option against a good righty?
    If so, forget him in the playoffs.

  44. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I do wish they’d let Montero play mostly every day…..the league has started to adjust to him a little and they need to get him chances to adjust back

  45. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    “who is the BUC with cervelli down?”

    probably Romine, Montero, Posada….starting to think they’ll take all three
    ======================
    romine is the buc and hopefully he gets NO playing time, he atkes the place of cervelli who also wouldn’t have played….only in emergency.

  46. Carlo September 18th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Let’s not get carried away with tex getting a day off. The guy isn’t exactly raking.

  47. LGY September 18th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Bc Tex, Jeter and Grandy were not in it…see how far today’s lineup would get over 162 games. Also is Montero not even an option against a good righty? If so, forget him in the playoffs.

    ——

    How many lineups in MLB do you think are better than the one they put out there today?

  48. Kelvin September 18th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Would’ve been good for montero to catch today :(.

  49. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Full squad should be in there tomorrow and they need to get a win there. If they win tomorrow and the Sox split the double header then it’s a 6 game lead with 10 to play

  50. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    “How many lineups in MLB do you think are better than the one they put out there today?”

    maybe 5 or 6

  51. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    lgy
    is this a 1st place team with today’s lineup?

  52. LGY September 18th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Tex to Chavez vs RHP is really not a big dropoff, if it even is a dropoff…

  53. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    montero and jorge are not catching in the playoffs so romine makes the team
    today would have been a good day to catch jorge

  54. LGY September 18th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Mick

    I’d say wildcard.

  55. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    i’m wondering if proctor makes the team ?

  56. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Boston, Texas, Brewers, Tigers, maybe Phillies would be better….can’t think of many more

  57. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    lgy
    chavez is not an everyday player
    dickerson and pena are not good aaa hitters
    nunez isn’t a starter yet
    are you serious?
    w/out jeter, tex and grandy this is not a wildcard team

  58. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    how ppl dismiss 40/100 for tex is beyond me

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    “I’ll worry about the Phils if they both make it to the WS. Wouldn’t shock me for the Brew Crew to give Philly all sorts of fits despite how their reg. season series went.”

    I think that’s a pretty good mantra for all of the postseason pairings, don’t you think?

    It appears that there are two disparate groups of posters right now – those who are totally unwilling to accept Girardi’s lineup (and reasoning) and those who understand and accept it. The twains aren’t going to meet.

    Therefore, isn’t there something more important to be talking about? I mean the topic’s been pretty much exhausted throughout the game thread and after. The game is history.

    Onward and upward.

  60. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    yep lets change the subject cause trish says so

  61. bruceb September 18th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The Phillies clinched the NL East yesterday but I notice all their regulars bar the injured Ryan Howard are playing against the Cards tonight. I understand we were at the end of a grueling road trip and that the players were tired, but why not rest them once a play-off place has been clinched. I know we went through this last year and that Girardi is trying to keep the players fresh for the post-season but what if it comes back to bite us in the butt, we lose the division to the Red Sox and end up having to face Verlander and the Tigers in round one? Do any other managers “dump” games like this? In any case, it’s counter productive as it only increases the pressure on the regulars to bust a gut to try and win the required amount of games against the Rays and the Sox next week.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    (For the record I think Girardi sitting down the regulars today was spot-on.)

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    What a nice vakay it was. I was hoping you’d stay away even longer. The overall bleating on the forum decreased exponentially.

  64. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    why bc you can’t take criticism?

  65. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    “I know we went through this last year and that Girardi is trying to keep the players fresh for the post-season but what if it comes back to bite us in the butt, we lose the division to the Red Sox and end up having to face Verlander and the Tigers in round one? ”

    if the Yankees go 5-6 over their final 11 games then Boston would need to go 9-1 to catch them…..basically win all 7 vs Baltimore and 2 of 3 vs the Yankees. That’s highly unlikely with their current rotation and bullpen…….and that’s if the Yanks don’t even play .500 ball

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    bruceb – the difficulty is that the longer you hold off resting your regulars, the more tired they are when you finally do. Doing it in the middle of playing the Rays or Sux I think is definitely not the way to go. Of any teams that you don’t want to be handing games to, those are the top two. And both are hungry because both are competing for the playoff spot. They are going to loaded for bear. I think if you had any chance of taking a game with the regulars not in it, you’d have a better chance with the Jays than with either of the two teams competing. So now the regulars are rested as if they had an official day off, and they can start again refreshed.

    I think it made good sense.

  67. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    what a joke–the overall bleating?—what am i the ringleader ? put your pom poms down for a minute and take a deep breath…you are far from the voice of reality.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    “why bc you can’t take criticism?”

    Sure I can take cricitism. And you’re right, if you choose to keep talking about it, that is your right.

  69. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    If the Yankees go 6-5 then Boston can’t lose another game. The math isn’t on their side…..the Yanks would really have to play poorly and Boston would have to play a lot better to catch them

  70. JM September 18th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I am hoping that a nice week of home cooking will pull the Yanks out of their funk. Start by winning tomorrow, with Mo getting his 602nd save. Isn’t Pavano pitching for the Twins?

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Then there’s the interesting thing about the timing of clinching. You don’t want to clinch too early, you don’t want to clinch too late. Teams that clinch early lose their momentum going in, teams that clinch late sometimes are pretty beat up. I think we’re in the right spot right now and if a few things fall our way, we should be good to go.

  72. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    The Yanks just had a horrendous road trip and not bc they went 4-6.
    The rain delayed game then the trip to Balt then to LA and back was brutal.
    They will be fine now with 8 home games.
    Boston isn’t an issue, they are done as is their pitching.
    TB has a great staff and could be trouble in the playoffs.

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    “I am hoping that a nice week of home cooking will pull the Yanks out of their funk. Start by winning tomorrow, with Mo getting his 602nd save. Isn’t Pavano pitching for the Twins?”

    JM, I don’t even think that the Yanks are in a funk. I think the 6-man rotation better die pretty soon because CC’s problems have been since Joe stayed with the 6-man. You’re as good as your pitching and CC on regular rest is pretty damned good.

    Maybe the same thing has affected some of the others. Pitching is a pretty precise skill, with all of the workouts, work days, and everything else that goes into getting ready for a start. I remember that Andy would be all messed up if he pitched with too much rest. I hope Joe manages to let the guys get back to a 5-day schedule. Someone is going to have to be odd man out and I think Joe knows he needs to make that decision now.

  74. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    on one hand girardi says he wants to rest the starters , on the other he says he would have hit grandy for pena if 2 were on…..uh, make up your mind?

    Mo 602 at home.

  75. JM September 18th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I agree that the 6-man may be at the room of some of these problems. But the offense has been spotty ever since that 2:15 a.m. rain game at the stadium. I think guys are just tired. I also think they’ll bounce back over the next week.

    Good signs from both Granderson and Teix on Saturday; I think they both could get hot over the next week.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    “The Yanks just had a horrendous road trip and not bc they went 4-6.
    The rain delayed game then the trip to Balt then to LA and back was brutal.
    They will be fine now with 8 home games.
    Boston isn’t an issue, they are done as is their pitching.
    TB has a great staff and could be trouble in the playoffs.”

    Totally agree (but do believe that the Sux will play over their heads if at all possible, bringing their A++++++ game because they want the playoffs). TB has a great staff and could be trouble right now. That is the reason Joe needed to get the regulars rest right now. They had the horrendous road trip and they’ve been on fumes. Rest now and get up for the big games coming up.

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    “on one hand girardi says he wants to rest the starters , on the other he says he would have hit grandy for pena if 2 were on…..uh, make up your mind?”

    I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. One AB for Grandy wasn’t going to undo the rest of the day without fielding or hitting.

  78. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    the cheerleader mentality won’t cut it as Boston’s staff is shot.
    this isn’t football.

  79. pkyankfan69 September 18th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 18th, 2011 at 8:31 pm
    My thoughts are Girardi will do this:

    ALDS

    Game 1 Sabathia

    Game 2 Nova

    Game 3 Colon

    Game 4 Sabathia

    Hughes in the pen

    ALCS and WS if necessary

    Game 1 Sabathia

    Game 2 Nova

    Game 3 Colon

    Game 4 Burnett

    Game 5 Sabathia

    Game 6 Nova

    Game 7 Colon

    Hughes + Garcia in the pen
    —————————————
    I think that is spot on.

    The O’s better play the Sox as hard down the stretch as they did the Yanks last time we saw them. Hopefully the O’s take game 1 cuz with the way Matusz has been pitching even Lackey is a huge advantage over him in game 2.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    “the cheerleader mentality won’t cut it as Boston’s staff is shot.
    this isn’t football.”

    Well as shot as it is, they came back in the last two games. They were one out away from tying last night’s game in the 9th.

    If you think they are going to go into the night lightly, I think you’re going to see it’s not going to happen. They still lead Tampa at this point. They have no intention of throwing up a white flag. Six or seven of their remaining games are against the O’s (whom I love dearly but I know they aren’t as tough a competitor as the Rays or Yankees.)

  81. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    this was not a big game in the mind of girardi and he had mo on his mind, rather at home than on the road

  82. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    i thought the O’s had a lot of pitching surprises in store for all of us

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    “But the offense has been spotty ever since that 2:15 a.m. rain game at the stadium. I think guys are just tired. I also think they’ll bounce back over the next week.”

    You’re right JM it has been. I agree they are tired and also that they’ll bounce back.

    That’s why Girardi resting them today was so important.

    Some people just don’t get it – or want to.

  84. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “this was not a big game in the mind of girardi and he had mo on his mind, rather at home than on the road”

    You may be right. All the more reason to rest the regulars today. He knows what he has ahead of him.

  85. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    boston might have hit their way back into a few games but have lost 8 of 10 and hitting alone won’t cut it.

  86. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    with the double header they’ll have to go 6 man again this time through the rotation. Garcia will have to pitch Friday vs Boston, then AJ, and probably CC on short rest.

    Right now….Colon is lined up to start Game 2 of the ALDS….that’s his day on regular rest.

    Nova’s day to start would be next Sunday vs Boston….but they’ll probably bump him from that start and start CC to line him up for Game 1….then throw either Colon or Nova the following day depending on who they want to start Game 2

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    “i thought the O’s had a lot of pitching surprises in store for all of us”

    They O’s have been playing quite well lately.

    The Sux are still not going to roll over and play dead.

  88. mick September 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    nobody is arguing the resting of the regulars, it is the non pinch hit for pena that is in question but some like to harp on things

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    blake – what am I missing? We have another double header coming up???

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “it is the non pinch hit for pena that is in question but some like to harp on things”

    Okay

  91. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Trishia,

    yes, Wednesday

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    “nobody is arguing the resting of the regulars, it is the non pinch hit for pena that is in question but some like to harp on things”

    Actuallly bruceb was talking about it.

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Holy chitski! Thank God he rested the guys today! We have some brutal schedule coming up. The Rays have tomorrow off.

    ‘Twill be an interesting week!

    I know the Ys will take the division. The only question is when. And I’m hoping that it happens with enough time for the Rays to still overtake the Sux. But that’s a sidenote on my wish list. What really matters is the Yanks clinching. The rested Yanks.

    Thank God.

  94. blake September 18th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    11 games in 10 days to finish….luckily 8 of them are at home.

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Our final games are in Tampa. I’d say we’ll easily have our business tied up by then. The craziness this week of course will be the battle for the wild card! Nice to be in the position we’re in.

  96. JM September 18th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    New post ——>>

  97. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 18th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    If I am calculating this correctly, the number of games for the Yanks to clinch is 5 and the number of games for them to win the division is 7. Is that correct?

  98. Wang IS Taiwan September 18th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    No one can possibly say that Girardi didn’t phone this one in. You rest AFTER you’ve clinched. He just doesn’t get it.

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