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Sunday, October 07, 2007
The playoffs just started, and already 3 of the 4 series are dunzo. After the crazy fashion in which the NL post-season teams were finally determined, with the Phillies not taking the NL east until the last day of the season and the wildcard not being decided until the 13th inning of a 1-game playoff between the Pads and the Rocks, the two NLDS series were decidedly anticlimactic. The D-Backs swept the Cubs with less effort than I expend cracking open a Dr. Pepper and reading a delightful book, and while the Phillies kept things a tad more respectable with the Rocks they too were swept. Also taking up residence in sweepsville are the Angels, who are clearly not the Kryptonite to the Sox that they are to the Yanks; Beckett, Dice-K, and Schizling made quick work of the Jesus-Crew.

The Yankees were thisclose to having to join the ranks of the Phils, Halos, and Cubbies after getting clobbered by the Indians on Thursday and by GNATS on Friday, but they prevailed at home tonight and will live to see another day. Unlike Thursday and Friday, the team seemed to be confident both at the plate and at the mound tonight. A-Rod had not one but two hits, as did Matsui, Jorgie Porgie hit one to break himself out of his own little post-season slump and Hughes looked absolutely brilliant in relief of the Rocket (who, by the way, I have to commend for pitching at all - - it seemed clear to me that he was not feeling up to it physically; I appreciate that he didn't want to let the team down but was also smart enough to step aside and let Hughes take over when it started to unravel). Damon, of course, was the true hero with his 3 hits and that 3-run smack (isn't it nice to see him hitting a homer FOR the Yanks rather than AGAINST them in October??), but Cano was a big contributer with his 3-run dub, too. In fact, the only starters that didn't join the hit party tonight were Jeter, Abreu and Giambi.

Now that the Yanks have avoided the humiliation of the sweep, we have to cross our fingers that the win tonight will prove to be enough of a boost to their morale to propel them through another 2 games. The Wangster will face off against Byrd tomorrow at 7:30pm EST, and I think that we can expect better results this time - Wang pitches much better at home than he does away, and unlike last week the rest of the team should be able to back him up with some runs. Also intriguing will be seeing Big Stein's reaction to the win and how Torre is treated by the boss man - more on that mess in the morning!!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, October 07, 2007  
5 Comments:
  • At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the Yankees do press on to the ACLCS I think it should be obvious to everyone that makes the calls that Hughes should get one of the starts. He has looked every bit the phenom he is supposed to be. He came in in a HUGE game and pitched masterfully.

    Wang and Petitte will do thier parts, WAKE THE FUCK UP BATS!!!!!

    James

     
  • At 6:21 AM, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said…

    The Yankees won last night, they'll win again tonight and in Game Five (Wednesday night?), before they win the AL with their annual beatdown of my Red Sox. Sigh.................

    BHG

     
  • At 7:11 AM, Blogger Adrian said…

    I'm feeling more confident. Wang pitches better at home and on short rest, and Pettitte is the starter for game 5. It could still happen. Bummed about Boss/Torre flareup, but I could live with Mattingly. Wouldn't be the same, though.

     
  • At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Old Goat said…

    Wang had been on too much rest before that last game. His sinkers weren't sinking like they normally do.

    The Yankee bats are coming around, Damon big time. A-Rod has gotten the post season demon off his back, and he will deliver some more hits tonight.

    Once the series is even, then it will be more likely that the Yankees win it.

    Pettitte gets the 5th game. The Yanks will be used to Sabathia from having faced him just a few days ago. They were working their mojo on him even in that game. Wang just couldn't keep the ball down.

     
  • At 9:24 PM, Blogger gregg segal said…

    Wang certainly did his part - in utterly burying the yanks twice. Yanks need more than old farts and Wang on the mound if they hold out hopes of another ring anytime soon.

     
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