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Postrain notes: “Very unlikely I’ll play guys two games”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

“How fitting.”

That’s what Joe Girardi said after tonight’s game was postponed by rain. It was the Yankees ninth postponement of the season, the most in baseball. Adding games that have been delayed, the Yankees have been affected by weather 22 times this season. That includes a delay when they were playing in a dome and lightning knocked out some of the lights.

“It makes sense,” Girardi said. “It’s going to rain all night. Get out of here and we’re going to have a split on Sunday… I’m not sure that we have a window, so they just decided to bang it early.”

The Yankees are familiar with the process. They’ll get out of here a little later on Sunday night, and they’ll have to push back a couple of starters, but otherwise the impact of a doubleheader on Sunday is minimal.

With all the extra guys on the roster, Girardi said he doesn’t expect anyone to play both games on Sunday.

“When you don’t have the extra guys, it’s a little tougher, which we’ve been through already a few times this year,” Girardi said. “Very unlikely I’ll play guys two games.”

As you might expect, there wasn’t much “postgame” audio worth posting, so here’s Joba Chamblerlain talking pregame about his Tommy John recovery. A highlight is A.J. Burnett’s background reaction when Chamberlain explained that he’s only able to make 30 throws from 30 feet.

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• Today, Oklahoma Christian University dedicated the Bobby Murcer Training Facility. “On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we are thrilled that Bobby Murcer and his family have been bestowed this great honor,” Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “This fitting tribute is a perfect example of Bobby’s everlasting spirit and zest for life, and serves as a testament to his deep sense of community. Bobby continues to make the New York Yankees proud.”

• Phil Hughes played catch today, and he’s scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow. The Yankees don’t have a game scheduled, but they still expect him to start one of those final three games in Tampa.

• CC Sabathia is still planning to throw a simulated game on Sunday. He’ll throw it before the first game of the doubleheader.

• Today’s pregame ceremony honoring Roger Maris has been pushed back to Saturday.

• YES Network will televise both games on Sunday. They’ll also have a post-game show after each game.

• What happens if the Yankees are rained out Saturday or Sunday? “You’d have to play Thursday (before the ALDS),” Girardi said. “That wouldn’t be what I would hope for, no.”

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113 Responses to “Postrain notes: “Very unlikely I’ll play guys two games””

  1. Crawdaddy September 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I hope the Yankees wrap up HFA by the second game on Sunday.

  2. Red Robin September 23rd, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    PeteAbe: Pop the champagne, 5-0 Jays, Sox in the playoffs.

  3. TheHansons September 23rd, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    In the interest of getting a 3-team playoff, I’m pulling for the Rays tonight.

  4. TheHansons September 23rd, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Where did everybody go? This Rays game and the Angels game are sort of relevant. A 3-team playoff would bode well for us in the AL part of the playoffs. I guess I’m going through withdrawal.

  5. Yogi Mantle September 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    The Rays are losing. The Angels lost last night. I don’t think either will be able to pull off catching up to Boston. Three back with so few to play just isn’t likely, especially with a DH where Girardi will put out two half AAA teams during the Sunday games.

    This was a nice story, but I don’t see it happening.

  6. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    To speak to something Randy mentioned earlier today……if the Red Sox do back their way into the playoffs then they should be penalized in the playoffs were are talking about what’s fair.

    That’s one reason I would actually like the additional wild card teams…..it would make winning the division mean something again and would penalize the teams that don’t.

  7. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    “if the Red Sox do back their way into the playoffs then they should be penalized in the playoffs”

    When you say “back their way into the playoffs”, do mean as opposed to the Rays or Angels surging their way into the playoffs?

    There’s not really any such thing as ‘backing into the playoffs’ in strict terms; it’s a subjective judgement.

    Eligibility for the postseason is based on a team’s 162-game record. How it arrives at that record doesn’t matter.

  8. Betsy September 23rd, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Then I assume you would have had no problems if the Yankees were the wild card?

    Baseball used to be distinct from all other sports in that there was one winner in each division and that was that……..now it’s just like every other sports (unfortunately).

  9. Giuseppe Franco September 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I’d smile just as wide if/when the Red Sox get smoked in the ALDS as I would have if they had missed the playoffs entirely.

    Right now, the other three teams are better than the Red Sox.

  10. TheHansons September 23rd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I hear you, Yogi. This mini wildcard race was fun while it lasted. I still think the Sox getting in is better than either of the other two contenders. We can sit back and enjoy the lame-duck Sox getting swept in in their first 3 playoff games.

  11. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    “Then I assume you would have had no problems if the Yankees were the wild card?”

    Was this addressed to me? If so, that would be a bad assumption.

  12. Betsy September 23rd, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    No, it was not addressed to you, Nick.

  13. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Nick,

    You know what I mean……they have played terrible for a month and nobody has seized the opportunity to overtake them…..I call that backing their way in……but the main point was that I don’t think a team that finishes sometimes 10 games worse in the same division should have equal footing when the playoffs start…….I would love for winning the division to.mean something again…..that’s mainly what im getting.

  14. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    “Then I assume you would have had no problems if the Yankees were the wild card?”

    If you’re talking to me…..then it would have no bearing on how I feel. If the Yanks were the WC I would feel the same…..maybe they would have pushed harder for the division last year if it meant something.

  15. Yogi Mantle September 23rd, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The wild card and playoffs makes the number of regular season games a bit absurd. Why do you need 162 games to come up with 4 teams in each league to play in the post season?

    I know it keeps some more team’s fans involved later in the season by having the WC, and Bud will work to add more WC teams.

    I think the WC should have a penalty associated with it, more than just HFA. WC teams facing a single game elimination would help a little, as it would have their rotation messed up a bit, and give them an extra game to play.

    I would be more in favor of that along with shortening the regular season for having each round of the playoffs be best of 7. Trouble is, teams that are out of it still want to play the regular season games for whatever money they can get from their fans.

  16. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Ah, well, sure, winning the division should include more of an advantage over wild-carding into the post-season, even when you get cases where a WC team might have a better record than some division winners.

    But the ‘backing into the posteason’ part shouldn’t factor into it. You win enough games, you get into the postseason. If you’re playing crappily when you get there, it might come back to bite you then.

  17. Betsy September 23rd, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Blake, I would be fine with no wild cards…….I wish the the division winner could get a bye, like in the NFL, but that really wouldn’t work in baseball.

    I agree with Nick, though…….if you earn your way in, so be it. Maybe had the Rays played better before this surge, they wouldn’t be in this position now. Either way, the Sox will be very dangerous – any team with Lester and Beckett and that offense is. The post-season is a brand new story.

  18. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Nick,

    When you play awful for a month and nobody catches you then I don’t know what else to call that…..sure if they make it they’ll do it fair and square but that’s not the point I was making.

  19. JM September 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    The Rays have great pitching, no doubt, but their offense is awful. Nice story but it was always unlikely they were going to catch Boston.

  20. Yazman September 23rd, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    “CC Sabathia is still planning to throw a simulated game on Sunday. He’ll throw it before the first game of the doubleheader.”

    Can anyone help me understand
    1) why CC wouldn’t pitch the innings he needs in the actual game?
    2) why they wouldn’t consider bringing him in for the 5th inning, with a chance to get a win?

  21. Yogi Mantle September 23rd, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Once the division races are over, we tend to look for having something else to keep the interest going till the post season begins. I would still enjoy seeing the Red Sox be swept by the Yanks, if, for nothing else, to help even it up with their head to head record, and to keep the pressure on the Red Sox to have to keep playing hard without much chance for resting.

    The Yankees could still sweep the RS, but it becomes less likely with the DH on Sunday. Heck, the RS could possibly take both of those games if Girardi only plays his players a single game each.

    The Rays close out the game in a loss. Price looked poor, the Rays were playing tight. They were playing well till they faced the Yankees.

  22. Betsy September 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I kind of like the idea that the Yankees slammed the door in the Rays’ faces ……..

  23. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    They aren’t going back to no wild cards though….it generates too many races and always fans to stick with their teams longer……adding more teams to that should only further it…..as long as they make the WC round quick….either a 1 game or 3 game series then I think it’d the best of both worlds…..it allows more teams in the race longer and it makes winning the division more important……it’s probably coming so we should look for the positives

  24. Yogi Mantle September 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Yazman, I don’t really get that move either. Why not start Noesi and bring in CC to relieve him in an actual game. He might not get the win, but facing real batting in a game situation would be better than a sim game. Even at a reduced pitch count.

  25. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    blake, I must have misread your original point, I thought you were saying their should be a penalty if a team backs its way into the postseason.

  26. jacksquat September 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    It’s not over yet. In the next two days the Yanks could sweep the Red Sox and TB could take the next two and it’s all tied up. Unlikely but stranger things have happened.

  27. Betsy September 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    The division winner should have all games at home………but that will never happen. I despise Selig – he’ll find some way to screw it up.

  28. Yazman September 23rd, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Yogi, that’s exactly how I would have guessed Joe G would handle it. We’re still playing for home field (so CC helps), and Joe seemed genuinely concerned with getting CC the “W”.

    Oh well, not a huge deal.

  29. jacksquat September 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    The Yanks will have weakened lineups on Sunday, but don’t forget that the Red Sox starters in those two games are Wakefield and Lackey.

  30. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Nick,

    Yea I can see that it may have read like that but that wasn’t what I meant…..you can’t penalize a team for how they get to a certain record….but my point was that a team that tanks down the stretch and finishes 7 or 8 games behind a team in their own division shouldn’t be on equal ground with that team when the playoffs start.

  31. JM September 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The Rays were 12-9 this month before tonight, I believe. In actuality the only team they’ve been beating up on in September is the Sox.

  32. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Sellg isnt perfect…”but he’s not the devil he’s made out to be either…..baseball has made a lot of strides in some areas under his watch….Wild Cards, inter league play , revenue sharing, tons of new stadiums….etc etc….he makes the owners a ton of money and that trickles down to the product on the field

  33. Yogi Mantle September 23rd, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Blake, I agree there will be no going back to no WC teams. The WC teams should only have a one game playoff though, as that would have them needing to throw their best pitcher in that game, and then right to the playoff series.

    There has to be something to push teams to take the division especially when it comes to the last month of regular season games. Teams won’t like being a WC team with that set up, so it would mean no taking the foot off the gas for a team (like the Yankees did somewhat last year).

  34. DocTodd September 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    How come the Yankee games on FOX ever get rained out?? I hate listening to those jerks, if any games get rained out, those would be ideal.

  35. TheHansons September 23rd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Yeah, the Rays are 4-6 in there last 10 games. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10. Neither of these teams are putting up a fight.

  36. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I’d love to see a one game sudden death WC round…..but I doubt they’ll do that……hopefully they can settle on a 3 gamer with no off days between games……you have to start the divisional series fairly soon after the season ends or it starts to hurt the division winners as much as it helps them.

    Basically you’d have 10 playoff teams but you cut it to 8 very quickly…

  37. Vineyard Yankee September 23rd, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Price has failed to pitch up to his ‘ACE’ status down the stretch. This has hurt the Rays chances along with their inconsistent hitting.

  38. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    ” September 23rd, 2011 at 10:23 pm
    Yeah, the Rays are 4-6 in there last 10 games. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10. Neither of these teams are putting up a fight.”

    Thus my comment about Boston “backing in”….they have been fortunate that neither the Rays or Angels have taken advantage of their bad play this month. The Rays played great against Boston…..but the Yanks beat them 3 of 4….they lost a series to the Orioles….and they lost another big one tonight with Price on the mound…..

  39. Vineyard Yankee September 23rd, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    DocTodd September 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Do you secretly have the feeling that Buck and McCarver are Red Sux Fans ? I do, which is why I hate listening to them do Yankees – Red Sux games.

  40. Shame Spencer September 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Adding another WC doesn’t exactly mean every team makes the playoffs like in other sports (the NHL and NBA basically have half of the team from each league make it).. Adding another WC team would still leave 9 teams in the AL and 11 teams in the NL out of the playoffs. I think it does actually encourage better competition in a sport thats created a lot of parody.

  41. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I dont think Mcarver is anti anyone….he’s pretty fair….he’s just really old and isn’t a great broadcaster in the first place……Buck is painful to listen to…..

  42. DocTodd September 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I just hate the FOX and ESPN broadcasts,especially when we play Boston…I just dread them, like going to work Monday morning…..

  43. blake September 23rd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Fox and Espn broadcasts are horrible…no question about that.

  44. NJ Taiwan September 23rd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Almost on a par with the NESN Ortiz article:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sp…..ight_here/

  45. Spudz September 23rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    ESPN is so bad that Joe Morgan sounds like a great replacement option :|

  46. JM September 23rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I just get the idea that Buck doesn’t like baseball much. If he’s a fan of any baseball team it’s probably the Cards because of his dad but I always get the impression he’d rather be at a football game.

    McCarver is not a Yankee fan by any means but his biggest problem is he seems to be senile. ;)

  47. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I don’t disagree that the Sox are backing in, as that phrase is used, just as are the Braves, formerly a Boston team. But it’s not the backing in part that should be penalized; it’s being a WC team in the first place.

  48. m September 23rd, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Oh, boy. The Rays are fading. Their only hope is the Sox losing their last 6, and even then it might be a struggle for them.

    I agree with the person who said that their offense, or lack of, is a huge problem for them.

    David Price is a great young pitcher, but he has to win that game today.

    The Angels aren’t exactly helping themselves either.

    It’s there for the taking, but no one’s really stepping up.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 23rd, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    “I’d smile just as wide if/when the Red Sox get smoked in the ALDS as I would have if they had missed the playoffs entirely.

    Right now, the other three teams are better than the Red Sox.”

    Absolutely, unequivocally, without a question in the world. Which is why I took exception to any suggestion of the Sux being dangerous. As I said before, they are only a danger to themselves! :)

    Though it ain’t over til it’s over, I adjust well no matter the situation. I would prefer to knock the Sux right out of wild card contention but if that ends up not being in the cards, I will enjoy every minute of them being dinner for either the Tigers or the Rangers.

    “Can anyone help me understand
    1) why CC wouldn’t pitch the innings he needs in the actual game?
    2) why they wouldn’t consider bringing him in for the 5th inning, with a chance to get a win?”

    I can think of a few possible reasons. One is that in a simulated game he is getting his work in but he isn’t really using up a lot of meaningful bullets. When you look at the numbers of pitches he has thrown in the last three games, to save him real stress on his arm – the kind he would have were it a real game – is only good because it basically gives him a lot of rest for the postseasob while at the same time giving him mound time to continue with mechanics and motion.

    The other thing (about his 20th win) is this. Girardi has already said that he is not going to be using his regulars in both games Sunday. It would be a sin to use CC in a real game situation just to get his 20th with a chance that if the Yanks don’t put forward a full squad and the competition does and is fighting for its life, CC could end up but totally spent and without his 20th win. I guess there’s just no need for it at this point. Joe did everything he could the other night to work out CC’s 20th but it just wasn’t in the cards. At this point it’s rest up and set up the rotation.

    Once the Yanks have secured HFA then the rest is basically playing it out and getting the regulars their rest.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 23rd, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I see the Showalters lost tonight, but it was in 11. Boy that’s some show the Walters have been putting on. You couldn’t make this up!

    I don’t get why people are writing the Rays off. They are 2.5 behind with 6 to play. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if the Rays win 3 games that the Sux lose on the same day, doesn’t that kind of put the Rays ahead? Maybe the Rays are spent. If so, we will see it in the coming days. But if they can continue to tread water, the last three games of the season could really be the difference maker. If both teams lose and win the same for the next 3 games (I know iit’s a big IF) then it could come down to the last 3. Granted the Rays would HAVE to win all three games while the Sux would have to lose all three. It’s naturally going to be tougher for the Rays because they are behind the 8 ball. The best thing that could happen would be for the Yanks to sweep the Suxers and for the Rays to pick up the next two games. Then they’d almost be neck in neck, making the last three extremely meaning.

    No matter what, with both continuing to play for their postseason life, they are both blowing it all out. Neither team is going to be refreshed by the time the postseason rolls around.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 23rd, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Okay the Rays have 5 left and the Sux 6. It will be an uphill fight for the Rays. But stranger things have happened.

  52. TheHansons September 23rd, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    trishia, personally, I’d be at peace with the Sox limping into the playoffs. There’s so much indignity in how they’re backing in. Plus, you just know they’ll get swept by who’s ever lucky enough to play them. I’d rather have this shell of a sox team in the mix than either of the other 2 wildcard contenders.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Wow, Gio Gonzalez still pitching in the Angels game. He’s at 84 pitches at the bottom of the 8th, leading the Angels 2-1. Weaver is at over 100 pitches. Hope Gio gets the job done. He’s on my fantasy team. When Gonzalez is on, his stuff is filthy.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    TheHansons, at this point I have a lot of ambivalence. I want to see the Yanks pummel the crap out of the Sux for auld lang syne, and if the Sux end up in the postseason everyone will know they were gifted in and they will have to deal with the embarrassment of going one and out – this from the best team ever assembled. So they are going to end up being a punchline no matter how and when it happens.

    I’d rather not see the Rays beat the tar out of themselves and have nothing to show for it. I like the Rays and have a ton of respect for them.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    And everyone knows that if the Sux end up in the postseason, it isn’t because they earned the spot, they would have been gifted in at the end.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Poor Gio pitches the game of his life and Balfour gets jobbed on a pitch to load the bases. If there is justice, nothing will come of it. It’s when you see a replay and it is so clearly in the strike zone and called ball four (or any ball for that matter) that it’s so damned aggravating!

  57. TheHansons September 24th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Hmmm. I kind of dislike all the other teams in our division just because they’re there. A friend of mine told me the MLB is mulling getting rid of all divisions. It’s an interesting thought. I have to say having the Rays as a “rival” seem pretty artificial. Now, the Sox are another matter, natch. ;)

  58. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Ledger_Yankees Marc Carig
    Joba has lost so much weight that his clothes don’t fit properly. Not saying his pants were too loose, but you’d think it was Hammertime.

  59. TheHansons September 24th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    It looks like the Sox are going to gain again by not playing. I think that’s their best strategy – just don’t play! ;)

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    “It looks like the Sox are going to gain again by not playing. I think that’s their best strategy – just don’t play! ;)

    :D

    The Angels are down to their last three outs. It appears that the Rangers are on the verge of clinching. I’m sure they are all in their dugout, waiting for this game to get over.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    “Hmmm. I kind of dislike all the other teams in our division just because they’re there.”

    Interesting. I really like all of the teams in our divisions except for the Sux. I kind of feel protective of them because they are part of us, you know the AL East. I know that must sound very weird but I do feel that way. I also feel bad for them, except for the Sux, because they do not have the financial strength we do and so have to be more creative in their approaches to winning.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Rangers have just clinched the AL West.

  63. TheHansons September 24th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    trisha, you have a good heart. (I don’t.)

  64. TheHansons September 24th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I take that back… The O’s and Blue Jays don’t bother me. The Rays are just good enough to be a bother.

  65. tucker September 24th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Congrats to Kevin Towers. Amazing job he did with the D-backs.

  66. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    trisha, I actually totally get what you are saying about the AL East. Sans Sux of course. I for one am particularly interested in their farm teams.

    IPK and bambino are being interviewed on mlb net…

    Everyone getting ready to face Verlander twice?

  67. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Can you say future starter:

    Ledger_Yankees Joba has lost so much weight that his clothes don’t fit properly. Not saying his pants were too loose, but you’d think it was Hammertime.
    41 minutes ago · reply ·

  68. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Pruf, you there? See what I just posted? Odds? luis? Bojo? anyone?

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Awww, just tuned in but IPK and bambino are gone. Hopefully it will be repeated. I just really like Harold Reynolds (“Come on now!”) I love when he says that!

    Detroit and Texas have the same record as of right now! So we could end up playing either!!

    I’m pretty sure that we have gotten to Verlander.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 1:15 am

    YF, they are kind of our little brothers right? We have a bond with them. The reason we kick dirt in the faces of the Sux is because we know for sure they are stepchildren and not our blood at all!

    :)

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Yay, getting to watch the Rangers celebrate! That’s what I was hoping to see.

    :)

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Someone on the MLB network (don’t know who the guy is) said that he thinks anyone having to go to the Bronx for the first two games is in trouble.

    Harold Reynolds, formerly my favorite person, on the other hand just called the Rangers the team to beat and he thinks they are dangerous.

    :evil:

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Well theHansons and YF, it appears that you may have given up the ghost and I think I will do the same thing. Actually I think I will take a ride to CVS (open 24 hrs). I am definitely a night owl and need some stuff so I’m gonna go for it.

    Talk to you all tomorrow (in actuality, today).

    :)

  74. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    But Texas has the disadvantage, having two more games against the mighty “spoiler” Orioles … ;)

    It was actually IPK and bambina…

    lol, Trisha, well said.

  75. igotid88 September 24th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I’m afraid a lot of the playoff games will be rained out or delayed by rain.

  76. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    It might even rain on our parade.

  77. TheHansons September 24th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Ha! Nite Trisha.

  78. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the rain?

  79. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I’ll bet Yankee players and fans can answer this question.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  80. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 4:47 am

    YankeeFem asks a very pertinent question.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  81. DSJ September 24th, 2011 at 5:48 am

    What kind of ace is Sabathia when he can’t win 20 games on a 95+ win team with this offense. The rotation is garbage. Colon is done, Burnett is a joke, Garcia throws junk and Nova’s basically a rookie the tesm now depends on. A dismal post-season most likely looms.

  82. JCPD September 24th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Yea, I can’t understand why they call Halladay and Lee aces either when the can only win 18 and 16 games on a 98+ win team. But thanks for playing along DSJ, nice try.

  83. pat September 24th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Sherman advocating Cano be moved up in the batting order……

    “In a bit of a playoff preview, Cano was intentionally walked five times in a three-day period earlier this week, which provided further evidence for data-driven manager Joe Girardi to concede he is strongly leaning toward making this change. ………..

    “It is something we have to consider,” Girardi told The Post. “It definitely is making us think about it. It does make you think about switching things around.” …………..

    Girardi insinuated that if he makes the move, he would be inclined to hit Cano third, which would mean Mark Teixeira likely would drop to fifth ….

    Girardi said he was much more motivated to make the move if the Yankees play the Tigers……”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1YrvZ3x7N

  84. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank September 24th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Jcpd, hah, good reply

  85. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Any team that is in the post season is potentially dangerous. Any team can find the wrong moment to have a slump, any team can find themselves playing hot.

    Boston, for as bad as they have been this month, might just find a way to turn it around in the post season. Lackey can throw a gem once in a while. Lester has struggled this month, but he was doing well prior to that.

    There isn’t a great disparity between the AL teams especially, in terms of pluses and minuses. They have their flaws and strengths. One positive for teams coming out of the East is the division they play in is much tougher than that of the Central and West. Not sure if it will make much of a difference in the post season, but it could help give a little edge.

  86. Nilsson September 24th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    If Joe makes the switch, swapping Robbie and Tex in the lineup, that would be pretty sweet.

    Tex is trying to make an adjustment right now, but it’s a work in progress for him. I don’t think he’ll completely erase the bad habits he’s accumulated in his left handed swing overnight.

    Cano is actually hitting southpaws very well and he’s their most dangerous hitter in the lineup right now.

  87. DocTodd September 24th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Does anyone know who we play if Texas and Detroit finish with the same record?????

  88. Triple Short of a Cycle September 24th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    What kind of ace is Sabathia when he can’t win 20 games on a 95+ win team with this offense. The rotation is garbage. Colon is done, Burnett is a joke, Garcia throws junk and Nova’s basically a rookie the tesm now depends on. A dismal post-season most likely looms

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    No need for you to watch then right?

  89. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Doc, I believe that if the Rangers and Detroit finish with the same record it gets determined by a coin flip, provided they are still behind the Yankees in terms of wins. I heard them talking about that scenario on MLB network radio.

    I’m not completely sold on that though, as it would impact which team gets HFA for that series. It might be determined by their head to head record against each other.

    It will be interesting to see what comes of it. Just so long as the Yankees win two more games, they will have HFA no matter what. (Detroit has a better head to head record against the Yankees, so if they finish tied to the Yankees record they would get HFA).

  90. Yankee Trader September 24th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Doc and Yogi-

    If the Yankees have HFA, do they play the team they hold the best record against?

  91. JM September 24th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Yep, any team can get hot in the playoffs. Remember how the 2000 Yankees stumbled into the postseason and everyone predicted their doom? How did that turn out?

    If Lester and Beckett pitch well in the ALDS, which they certainly are capable of, they can beat either Detroit or Texas. I do not fear the Sox, and actually wouldn’t mind playing them in the ALCS if both teams get there. Just saying that even as poorly as they’re playing, you can’t totally discount them once the playoffs start.

  92. upstate kate September 24th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    yes I agree JM. Cliche but true, everyone starts 0-0 in the post season.

    I loved watching the Brewers celebrate last night.

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    You can all quote all the cliches you want to. I’ll stay with Curt Schilling on this one – the first time I’ve probably ever agreed with anything out of Schilling’s mouth. He’s played the game and he watches the team – as do I, though not with anywhere near the same degree of critical knowlege and baseball expertise. Schilling said they wouldn’t even make the playoffs and he actually hoped they didn’t because they wouldn’t make it through the first round.

    I guess some of you believe that a team without a credible bullpen can win in the postseason. I guess we’ll depart there and agree to disagree. (And that isn’t even their biggest problem.)

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