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Yankees take control with two games to play

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have regained control of the American League East. One big inning was enough to do the trick tonight, as the Yankees grabbed a big lead then hopped on CC Sabathia’s back for a 10-2 win against the rival Red Sox. Down in Tampa Bay, the Orioles couldn’t quite complete a comeback and lost to the Rays, leaving the Yankees with a one-game division lead with two games to play. It’s possible they could clinch the division tomorrow. Tonight the Yankees scored nine runs in the second inning, their highest-scoring inning of the year. Robinson Cano started the scoring with a home run, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back, and Mark Teixeira homered in his second at-bat back from a strained calf. It was the third time in Yankees history that they hit four home runs in an inning. Sabathia, meanwhile, made short work of the Red Sox unfamliar lineup. Daniel Nava homered in the fourth inning, but Sabathia allowed just three other hits and struck out sevent through eight innings. The late surprise of the night: Brett Gardner was allowed to hit in the eighth, suggesting he could be a full player for the Yankees in the playoffs. The late feel-good moment of the night: Melky Mesa had an RBI single in his first Major League at-bat. He then grinned and laughed like he’d just had an RBI single in his first Major League at-bat.

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70 Responses to “Yankees take control with two games to play”

  1. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Blake-

    No… We need the Rangers to win tonight and then lose the final two games!

    Then… the rays still are alive tomorrow, and then we can still have the best record in the AL.

  2. Don October 1st, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    A very satisfying evening.

  3. j9d October 1st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Phew!!

  4. blake October 1st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    “Trout would be leading Cabrera in the REAL triple crown categories, OBP, HR, Stolen Bases”

    except for Cabera having 13 more homers.

  5. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:08 pm
    Blake-

    No… We need the Rangers to win tonight and then lose the final two games!

    Then… the rays still are alive tomorrow, and then we can still have the best record in the AL.

    That’s the optimal secenario. But maybe it’s more prudent to take a Rangers loss any time we can.

  6. LGY October 1st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    If the Angels and Tigers had traded Trout for Cabrera the Angels would have won less games and the Tigers more games

    That’s why Trout is the MVP.

  7. JobaTipsHisCap October 1st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    thanks, Rays!

  8. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    except for Cabera having 13 more homers.

    He’d be leading 2 out of 3 i meant!

  9. blake October 1st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    “Then… the rays still are alive tomorrow, and then we can still have the best record in the AL.”

    only if we sweep….which can happen….but I’d rather the Rangers just lose tonight and then we sweep anyway….I do agree keeping the Rays alive is helpful though….

  10. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Jacksquat- That is true.

    But.. We only trail the rangers by a game and hold the tie breaker. So.. Even if they lost won and we won 2 in our series… we would be the 1 seed in the AL.

  11. blake October 1st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    “If the Angels and Tigers had traded Trout for Cabrera the Angels would have won less games and the Tigers more games”

    maybe the Angels win a few games in April had they had Cabrera and they make the playoffs…..we don’t know either that either of those are true.

  12. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Yanks only need to sweep if the Rangers win 2 of 3.

  13. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Actually… nvm. I need to retake math.

    We would need to sweep. You are right blake.

  14. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Now that the game is over I invite all of you to view this montage of every Yu Darvish strike out this season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAjWOWoH6gg

    Look at the stuff and the swings these guys are taking and tell me you wouldn’t want this guy.

  15. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Alrght.. I am out of here. Going to go watch that Rangers vs A’s game. Its will be a good one.

  16. MG October 1st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    It’s no longer a matter what the other teams do, the Yankees win 2 games and they are AL East champs.

    If they can’t beat a ragtag Sox team playing with no heart in their own ballpark then it’s on them. My guess, though, is that the O’s lose another game in Tampa, they have to be down after losing tonight and pretty much know the best they can get is a playoff for the AL East because the Yankees won’t lose two in a row to the Sox AA team.

    If the Rangers lose a couple of games and the Yankees get the best record, that’s great but not necessary for them to go to the WS.

  17. igotid88 October 1st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    CC got his 200 innings

  18. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    The A’s and Orioles are both scary teams… no doubt. BUT… how awesome would if be if the Rangers and Tigers had to play in the ALDS? Avoiding both of those teams in the first round? That would be HUGE.

  19. blake October 1st, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I’m out guys….great win….Offense stepped up big and nice tune up for CC for the playoffs. Lets clinch tomorrow.

  20. j9d October 1st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Yanks need to win the division first and foremost. Prognosticating about home field advantage or who Yanks will play in ALDS is pointless if Yanks don’t win division. It isn’t over yet. Don’t be smug #US Ryder Cup Collapse.

  21. Tabbert October 1st, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I agree that we have not won anything yet.

    But rooting for certain teams and outcomes will have no effect on how the Yankees play. This is what makes the playoff race so much fun for the fans. A million things could happen from here to wednesday. But, i see nothing wrong with talking about it and figuring out all the different things that could happen for the yanks.

  22. igotid88 October 1st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Man how did the Dodgers get to 9 games back?

  23. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    MVP comment:

    While I totally appreciate WAR, and that all wins are created equal at the end of the day, Cabrera’s been much more of a force these past two months. Trout has slowed while Cabrera has picked up his game during the stretch.

    Seems pretty valuable to me.

  24. LGY October 1st, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    1-0 A’s!

  25. mick October 1st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Ted Williams hit .400 and didn’t win the MVP
    ============================
    a 56 game winning streak and winning the pennant by 17 games will do that.

  26. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    While I totally appreciate WAR, and that all wins are created equal at the end of the day, Cabrera’s been much more of a force these past two months. Trout has slowed while Cabrera has picked up his game during the stretch.

    Seems pretty valuable to me.

    This kind of spurious logic is how Vlad Guerrero & Justin Morneau stole an MVP

  27. Tar October 1st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    “JackCurryYES Girardi said he was worried about today, not Friday, so he didnt lift Sabathia early. Wants full bullpen for Phelps start on Tuesday.”

    DId I miss something? I thought Nova was starting

  28. mick October 1st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    a 56 game winning streak and winning the pennant by 17 games will do that.
    ================
    of course i meant hitting streak…

    …and a triple crown and division crown should count for something.

  29. LGY October 1st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    2-0 A’s after 1.

  30. mick October 1st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    DId I miss something? I thought Nova was starting
    ===============
    get with it tar…

  31. mick October 1st, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    A’s are so stoked and could sweep Texas.
    Young and hungry…better pitching.

  32. Nick in SF October 1st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Stars could be lining up for A’s-Yanks ALDS.

  33. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Jerkface,

    I don’t know. It seems to me that the push and pull of a pennant race does affect the way games are played. Look how the Orioles are chasing the Yankees. Have the Yankees been inspired by the race, or where they just a team always destined to win X amount of games?

    If a pennant race does have any measurable affect on how the game is played, Cabrera has stepped up where Trout hasn’t. I think athletes can step up when the pressure is on, and I think Cabrera is doing exactly that. That’s worth something.

  34. Against All Odds October 1st, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Nova is no longer scheduled to start Tar. It’s ok honest mistake

  35. mick October 1st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    If A’s sweep Texas, it could be Yanks-A’s ALCS.

  36. Benny Blanco October 1st, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Jerkface,

    Got to give you credit for darvish. In his first year in mlb 16-9 with 3.90 era and 221 K’s. Not bad at all.

    It’s too bad that he didnt fit the yankees agenda.

  37. Bronx Jeers October 1st, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Melky Mesa rockin the Beats by Dre in the postgame.

    Eventually his taste in high-end headphones will improve.

  38. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    RadioKev,

    Tigers Aug-Sept 31-23
    Angels Aug-Sept 31-24

    The Tigers had an easier time because they only had to beat 1 team to get into the playoffs… an overachieving terrible white sox club.

    The angels had to go against a very good rangers team and a surprisingly great Oakland team.

  39. Tar October 1st, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    AAO

    Thanks. Been out all day didn’t know. I do think it’s the right move.

  40. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Jerkface,

    Yeah, throw out the whole making the post season thing, I’m not making that argument. I think it is flawed to suggest your team HAS to make the playoffs in order for you to be the MVP.

    Past 28 Days:

    Cabrera .295/.349/.674

    Trout .261/.393/.489 + 5 SBs

  41. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Looks like 2 guys who are helping their team in different ways. Trout still showing power, but getting on base alot. Cabrera selling out for HRs to chase the triple crown.

    I don’t think a month makes the case for MVP, all the games count.

  42. Pat M. October 1st, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Once again and read this slowly Face…..Miggy wins the Triple Crown, he”s the AL MVP for 2012……As for Darvish, I rather have Cespedes at 1/3 the cost

  43. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Miggy wins the Triple Crown, he”s the AL MVP for 2012

    He might win because some out dated voters haven’t died yet, but he ain’t the MVP. How do you reconcile the difference in defense and base running? You not a fan of 2 way players? Seems strange given your defense of jeter, put downs on Napoli…

  44. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    All the games count, but maybe some count more.

    In all seriousness, should the MVP just be called the WAR? There’s aways been a personal interpretation to the title.

    I’d give the nod to Cabrera, his past couple of months and the history of it all counts for something (not that Trout isn’t making history).

    In either case, two well deserving MVP candidates. Some of the best in a long time.

  45. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    As for Darvish, I rather have Cespedes at 1/3 the cost

    I’d rather have both. Saw some cool strike outs of Cespedes in that video!

  46. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    In all seriousness, should the MVP just be called the WAR? There’s aways been a personal interpretation to the title.

    Well if that stat measures who is most valuable sure.

    As for the criteria… well WAR factors in everything except general character, disposition, etc.

    The rules of the voting remain the same as they were written on the first ballot in 1931: (1) actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense; (2) number of games played; (3) general character, disposition, loyalty and effort;

    Just going by the criteria, miggy fails half the first one, and all of the third one.

  47. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    The best case for Trout winning over Cabrera?

    Well…what if Cabrera is just a home run shy of the Triple Crown? Trout would be the huge favorite again, in fact I think I could safely say there’d be a 99% chance Trout wins it. Kind of arbitrary that a season’s worth of performance could rest on a single at bat?

    Ah well. That’s baseball. Legend, history, myth and stories versus advanced statistics. A wonderful combination.

  48. RadioKev October 1st, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Jerkface, didn’t you hear that all misdeeds are forgiven once you win the Triple Crown?

  49. BobbyJones October 1st, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Dont understand why ppl are rooting for OAK to win, if they win TB is eliminated then they have no reason to win anymore.

  50. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Because Tampa should play hard regardless & the Yankees need to win anyways to clinch best record.

  51. Pat M. October 1st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    And all the talk during the offseason was how a DH was a position and we were to look past defense…….Can’t have it both ways……..

  52. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    And all the talk during the offseason was how a DH was a position and we were to look past defense…….Can’t have it both ways……..

    Was I voting the DH for the MVP? Was I saying I’d take the DH over a player with a similar hitting ability but also great speed and defense? No. You’re the one trying to have it both ways.

  53. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    And news flash, the DH IS a position and its always best to have someone to fill it. Because the alternative is costlier and less likely to work out.

  54. BobbyJones October 1st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    you are going to play harder when u have something to play for then when u dont

  55. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    The Rays are still a good team and a good match for the Orioles regardless of effort. The Yankees need to go after best record & they currently have a 1 game advantage.

  56. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    We need Texas to lose atleast 1 just to tie for best record.

  57. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    @mikeaxisa

    Congrats to the Tigers for having the 7th best record in the league and being the first AL team to clinch a division.

  58. fantasygame101 October 1st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    if the yankees win the last 2 games, they will be the 1st seed bec. the rangers will not swept the a’s. They control their destiny and does not need anymore help from tampa so it is up to them to win the division and probably the top seed.

  59. fantasygame101 October 1st, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    if mesa had that hit instead of andruw striking out last saturday, this thing could have been wrapped by now.

  60. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Since the Yankees own the tiebreaker over Texas, due to a better head to head record… WHEN they trounce the BoSux again tomorrow and Texas AND the O’s both lose, they win the division AND clinch home field throughout the AL playoffs….right ? Anyone?

  61. Jerkface October 1st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Can’t fault the logic in that.

  62. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    ( My scenario assumes Texas loses tonight, of course )

  63. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Hold up,,,,Jerkface and I agreed ??? Holy Smokes ! LOL :-) Have a good night, All ! ;-)

  64. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 1st, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Aha, but we are tied in head to head against the A’s…so if we end up tied with them,,,,not sure if we win the 2nd tiebreaker….hmmmmmmm

  65. Jerkface October 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 am

    The Yankees are beating the A’s in 2nd tie breaker atm. The A’s broadcast discussed it. I don’t think its possible for them to win the division & tie the Yankees and have the Yankees intradivision record be worse than the A’s.

  66. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 2nd, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Sweet….you are right…so ALL we need… :-) is the Rangers to lose tonight and tamale…and the Yankees and Rays both win tamale…..then our game 162 means nothing….YAYS !!! ;-)

  67. Jerkface October 2nd, 2012 at 12:09 am

    We could use some more tamales.

  68. LGY October 2nd, 2012 at 12:10 am

    If the A’s sweep they’ll finish with a .579 intradivision WP.

    If the Yankees win the next two games they’ll finish with a .569 intradivision WP.

    Need Texas to win at least 1 game.

  69. fantasygame101 October 2nd, 2012 at 12:11 am

    if the yankees win the next 2 games, they have a better record than the a’s.

  70. LGY October 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Oh yeah, my bad.


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