Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

Game 155 | Yankees vs. Rays

With the Yankees magic number to win the division at 2, C.C. Sabathia looks to decrease that to 1 tonight.

Lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson RF
Eduardo Nunez SS

Pitchers:

C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.01) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91)

Pregame Notes:

— Girardi said that Phil Hughes was going to get an MRI for his back.

— As you know, the Yankees have clinched the playoffs. As of now, the Yanks are 6.5 games ahead of Boston. The Rays are 2.5 games back from the Sox. It goes without saying, this is a must-win for the Rays if they intend to make the wildcard. A Yankees & Red Sox win tonight would mean the Rays would have just 7 games to swallow up a 3.5 game deficit.

—- New Poll on the right hand side toward the bottom of the page.  Please vote.

Enjoy the game.

BREAKING: Yankees Clinch A Play-Off Spot

BREAKING: Yankees Clinch A Play-Off Spot

The 2011 New York Yankees have clinched a play-off spot in the 2011 Post Season following a dramatic 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Yankees scored 3 in the 8th with an Eduardo Nunez HR, single & SB by Brett Gardner, a 4 pitch walk to Derek Jeter and a two run double from Robinson Cano to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

This will be the Yankees 16th postseason appearance in the last 17 seasons. The Yankees can clinch the AL East tonight if they win in the nightcap of the DH & if the Boston Red Sox lose.

Congratulations on your appearance in the 2011 Postseason Yankees!

Game 154 | Yankees vs. Rays

 

Hector Noesi is making his 1st Major League Start today

Lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C

 

Pitchers:

James Shields (15-11, 2.78 ERA) v.s Hector Noesi (2-1, 4.01 ERA)

– Noesi’s record is from his relief apperances

Pre-game Notes:

– Phil Hughes was scratched from his start today after still complaning of back spasms. Noesi replaced him for Game 1 and CC Sabathia will pitch Game 2. No timeable as to when Hughes will return

– Yankees can clinch the division today IF they sweep the DH & the Red Sox lose to the Orioles.

Enjoy the game.

Yankees Hold Key To AL East Wildcard

New York Yankees

The final week of the 2011 baseball season is coming very quickly. While teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies & Detroit Tigers clinched a play-off spot, there is still some drama far east; the AL East that is.

The New York Yankees have a 6 game lead over the Boston Red Sox & a 8 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees lead is somewhat comfortable seeing that the Yankees magic # is 3 to clinch a play-off spot & 4 to clinch the AL East, but for the Red Sox & Rays, it looks as if one of these teams are going home on September 28th, and it won’t be easy to determine who goes home, and who stays.

The Red Sox currently have a 2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays (they had an 11 game lead in the beginning of September) but the Red Sox aren’t playing good baseball. After yesterday’s DH they are 5-16 in September, with September easily being the worse month for the Red Sox this year. While the Red Sox have been horrendously slumping, the Tampa Bay Rays are surging. The Rays swept the Red Sox while they were at home in Tropicana Field & took 3 out of 4 in Fenway Park. Even though the Rays are 2 games back, there is something that is in both of the ways of the Red Sox & Rays; The New York Yankees.

The Yankees have a 4 game set in 3 days with the Rays, playing a double header Wednesday while the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles, but in order for the Rays to take the lead in the Wildcard, they would have to beat the Yankees & the Red Sox would have to lose. The Yankees technically hold the key to who wins the AL Wildcard, since they play both the Red Sox & Rays. While the Yankees even play both of the teams, they can clinch a play-off spot in the process, but the main question would be “Who gets the Wildcard?”

That answer won’t be revealed until the end of the season next week, but one thing is for sure…there will be A LOT of Red Sox fans cheering for the Yankees and only because they depend on the Yankees to widen the gap between the Rays & Red Sox for the American League Wildcard.

Morning Bits: Girardi, Granderson, Nova, Hughes

Yankees win with a shutout & Boston lost to B’more.  A couple more of that formula and the division will be locked up very soon.

Yankees Magic Number is now 3.

Enjoy the double header today if you are fortunate to watch both games.

and here are your morning links….

* Girardi won’t guarantee anything to annoyed A.J.

* Granderson had an MVP night last night.

* Nova proved last night that he is the number two starter for the playoffs.

* Hughes may miss start with back spasms

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 93 60 .608 48-27 45-33 820 610 +210 Won 2 6-4 99.9
Boston 88 67 .568 6 45-35 43-32 847 695 +152 Lost 1 3-7 89.0
Tampa Bay 85 68 .556 8 42-33 43-35 658 577 +81 Lost 1 6-4 8.5
Toronto 78 76 .506 15.5 41-38 37-38 721 731 -10 Lost 1 6-4 0.0
Baltimore 64 90 .416 29.5 37-41 27-49 664 818 -154 Won 1 6-4 0.0

Nova’s terrific start puts Yanks in strong position for postseason entry

Spot in postseason rotation: check.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
NYY
0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 5 14 0
W: Nova (16-4)
L: Davis (10-10)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 0 2 0 1 2 6 .296
Granderson, CF 5 0 3 4 1 1 3 .271
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 0 1 1 3 .247
Rodriguez, Al, DH 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 .281
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 1 1 5 .305
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 0 1 1 5 .261
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Chavez, Er, 3B 5 1 2 1 0 2 2 .270
Martin, C 4 1 2 0 1 0 2 .238
Gardner, LF 5 2 2 0 0 0 6 .262
Totals 38 5 14 5 8 8 37 .266
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova(W, 16-4) 7.2 6 0 0 3 3 0 3.62
Logan 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.97
Ayala 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.71
Totals 9.0 6 0 0 4 3 0 3.69
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Aaron Taube:

NEW YORK — A standing ovation greeted Ivan Nova when he walked off the mound Tuesday after 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rays, but the cheers at Yankee Stadium might have been meant as much for manager Joe Girardi’s ears.

A night after A.J. Burnett further diminished his case for a spot in a Yankees postseason rotation, Nova emboldened the groundswell of public support for his candidacy in a 5-0 win that will allow the Yankees to clinch a playoff berth with a win in either half of their split doubleheader Wednesday. If they win both games and Boston loses to Baltimore, the Yankees will be American League East champs.

Nova scattered six hits on the evening, only one of them for extra bases, to notch his fifth quality start in his past six outings and his 16th win of the season.

“He was outstanding,” Girardi said. “His slider was good, his curveball was good, he used his changeup a little bit, he pitched inside. He did a lot of things right.”

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