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How else would this end?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 12, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On my way home from the game last night, I happened to catch my friend Erik Boland talking on WFAN. He made the one point that truly got us to this point: We were all a little slow to realize that the Orioles could be dangerous. I can’t point to that Baltimore roster and explain why they’re even with the Yankees right now, but these two teams have played 22 games against one another, and they’re each 11-11. In this division series, every game has been close, and except for one inning in Game 1, neither team has done a single thing to truly pull away.

Those last few weeks of the regular season, when the Yankees were fending off the Orioles to maintain first place in the American League East, were a sign of things to come.

“You don’t play 162 games and have the kind of success that they had unless you have a good team,” Derek Jeter said. “We’re well aware of that. If everyone else wasn’t, I think they are now.”

Here’s another thing to remember about those final weeks of the regular season: The Orioles pulled even, but they never pulled ahead. The Yankees always found a way to stay in control, and tonight they have to do it one more time. That’s what the season has come down to.

With CC Sabathia on the mound, the Yankees have to feel good about their pitching situation — they should have felt good about that all series — but as Joe Girardi tries to figure out a lineup for tonight, he can’t feel very good about his options.

These are the Yankees offensive numbers this series.

Derek Jeter: .421/.421/.579 — 2 RBI — 0 BB — 6 K
Ichiro Suzuki: .200/.200/.250 — 2 RBI — 0 BB — 3 K
Alex Rodriugez: .125/.222/.125 — 0 RBI — 2 BB — 9 K
Robinson Cano: .111/.158/.222 — 4 RBI — 1 BB — 1 K
Nick Swisher: .133/.222/.133 — 1 RBI — 2 BB — 3 K
Mark Teixeira: .333/.474/.333 — 1 RBI — 4 BB — 2 K
Curtis Granderson: .063/.118/.063 — 0 RBI — 1 BB — 9 K
Russell Martin: .214/.353/.500 — 1 RBI — 3 BB — 2 K
Raul Ibanez: .500/.571/1.500 — 2 RBI — 1 BB — 1 K
Eric Chavez: .000/.000/.000 — 0 RBI — 0 BB — 2 K
Jayson Nix: .500/.500/.750 — 0 RBI — 0 BB — 0 K
Eduarodo Nunez: .200/.200/.400 — 0 RBI — 0 BB — 0 K

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