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It's Do or Die Time
Monday, August 27, 2007
We're getting down to the wire, lovelies, and the Yanks appear to have reverted back to their old "we cannot win a game unless we totally obliterate the team by scoring like 234902 runs in the first 2 innings" ways at precisely the wrong time. It goes without saying (although clearly here I am saying it anyway, oh well) that there is simply no more margin for error at this point in the season. There are no more "we'll get 'em tomorrow" or "we've still got time to make up ground" excuses to assuage our worries. It is offically Do Or Die time. This team must win a huge majority of the remaining games - literally about 75% - and also hope for a slowdown from Seattle (honestly, have they replaced those dudes with some special baseball robots?! How the f*ck do they keep winning?!) and some kind of curse/failure/plaugue to be cast upon the Sox to remain competitive in the division or wildcard race.

The good news - hear me out on this one - is that we've still got 6 games to play against Boston. Perhaps that doesn't sound particularly promising, but consider this: if the Yankees are able to win 4, 5 or (please) 6 of those games, they not only gain ground (obviously) but simultaneously knock a chunk of confidence off Boston's inflated head (Balco B-sized, except metaphorically) and put some fire back into their own game, too. The games against Boston will be particularly mission-critical because the Yankees will have the unique opportunity to crush a bit of Boston's spirit if they can manage to humiliate them at all. Recall, if you will, the glorious 5-game sweep the Yanks executed last August, and the demoralization of the Sox that ensued. Of course that was last year and the lineups and injury situations were different, but at that point in the season the Red Sox were still considered contenders going into the series. After losing those games, the Sox's (Sox= an un-grammar-able word) season was essentially over. It's obviously very unlikely that even a sweep would rock the Sox so much so that they would break down and blow the whole season, but series wins would certainly give the Yanks a much-needed boost in self-confidence... hopefully enough to surge through their series in Seattle and into that wildcard spot.

Here are the expected pitching matchups for the Sawx series:
Tuesday 8/28 7:05pm: Dice K (13-9, 3.76) vs Andy Pettitte (11-9, 3.69)
Wednesday 8/29 7:05pm: Becket (16-5, 3.21) vs Rocket (5-5, 4.34)
Thursday 8/30* 1:05pm: Schilling (8-5, 4.11) vs Wangster (15-6, 3.95)

At least we've got our best boys out there - if I had to look at Moose pitch one more inning I think I would smash my skull into a brick wall.

*The Yankees Chick's birthday! A sweep by the Yanks would be an excellent present...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, August 27, 2007  
  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger MikeyBronx said…

    Last post:


    Farewell and thanks for the support.

  • At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Khoa said…

    Looks like its time to focus on the WC. What has become of Moose???

  • At 6:14 AM, Blogger Adam said…

    Happy Birthday Yankees Chick. Here's to hoping the bleak times turn around.

  • At 8:35 AM, Blogger xo said…

    what will happened to moose? if he's taken out of the rotation, who will replace him? i don't feel comfortable with anyone we could possibly call up.

  • At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Yes! The RS Bat Boy said…

    How quickly you forget Chickers,

    Your "Gloriuos 5 game sweep" last year came against a Red Sox team that had barely any starters in that line-up due to injuries.

    We're at FULL STRENGTH, with a nice day off yesterday and wonderful "confidence building" batting practice in Chicago for the last 4 games (6-1 on the BIG road trip so far). Breaking all kinds of records for the 4 game set.

    While your Yankees limp back home with no rest and a very demoralizing loss last night 16-0 a the hands of a team playing .324 ball their last 30 games. Breaking your own record: The worst shutout loss on the road in Yankees history. Hey nice going! If that doesn't get ya going tonight, nothing will!

    You're season ended last night.

    Better luck in 2012, when all of your AA pitchers are ready to pitch in the BIG leagues and compete against the BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL with the BEST RECORD IN MLB!

    Jack Webb said it best on Dragnet: "Just the facts Ma'am....just the facts"

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger xo said…

    dear RS bat boy:

    just because your team is having a good season doesn't make them the 'BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL.'

    not love,


  • At 12:40 PM, Anonymous A. PHIL said…

    yankees chick,
    mind me asking, but how old are you now?

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Mantlemurcer said…

    Great new layout!

  • At 4:14 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    I'm far from a red sox ass-kisser - yes, they're the team i follow, but i'm born, raised, adn still reside in Mass. Now, having said that, they ARE the best team in baseball. They've got the best record. They split a series with the 2nd best team, the Angels, just last week. What more do they need to do to be the best team? They're far from perfect, but as of this moment, they are the best team in baseball.

  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    phil... i'll be 24 on thursday :)

    mikeybronx... simmer down.

    khoa... i dont know. i am sickened,

    adam... thank you for the well-wishes :)

    xo: i dont think there's anyone to bring up. igawa? no thanks. kennedy is amazing, but they are (wisely) hesitant to rush him. i really don't know what the best move would be. too bad we couldnt get boomer ;)

    rs bat boy... simmer down

    mantlemurcer... thank you for noticing my new layout!! i spent many hours on it. pretty sad that it took many hours just to create some html, but hey i am no pro.

    matthew... i hate the angels AND the sox, but i feel like the angels have the edge. it pains me to say it, but those 2 are the best. for now!

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Keith R.A. DeCandido said…

    Like the new layout! It is peachy and keen!

    And it's official: Moose's next start is instead going to Ian Kennedy. This means that, as of whenever they call Kennedy up, the 25-man roster will include:

    Wilson Betemit
    Chris Britton
    Melky Cabrera
    Robinson Cano
    Joba Chamberlain
    Shelley Duncan
    Phil Hughes
    Ian Kennedy
    Andy Phillips
    Edwar Ramirez
    Chien-Ming Wang

    That's a lot of youngsters. Me likey. :)

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday Yankees Chick !

  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Mantlemurcer said…

    Keith, I wouldn't include Phillips in that list. He's neither young by baseball terms or a good enough hitter.

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