Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

BOS v.s NYY 9/23/11 – Postponed

BOS v.s NYY 9/23/11 – Postponed

Tonight’s Red Sox v.s Yankees game at Yankees Stadium has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Sunday, September 25 at 6:30pm as a day-night double header. Yankees fans with tickets to today’s game may use their tickets for the 6:30pm game ONLY.

Thank you and have a good night.

Game 157 | Yankees vs. Red Sox

The tarp is still on (5:38pm).

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C

Pitchers:

Freddy Garcia (11-8, 3.77) vs. Jon Lester (15-8, 3.15)

Pregame Notes:

— Joe Girardi said that C.C. and Nova are “good bets” to start in the ALDS. Good bets? Nothing less than locks.

— Jack Curry opinionates that a 3-man rotation makes the most sense for the Yankees in the ALDS.

— The weather doesn’t look good for a game. If it is postponed, then a doubleheader on Sunday is possible. The tarp is reportedly still on the field (5:38pm).

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview: G157-159 | Yankees vs. Red Sox

Fri., 9/23/11, 7:05PM EST

Freddy Garcia (11-8, 3.77) vs. Jon Lester (15-8, 3.15)
Garcia’s Last 3 Starts: 0-1, 10.95, 8 K in 12.1 IP
Lester’s Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 4.00, 18 K in 18.0 IP

Sat., 9/24/11, 4:05PM EST

A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.28) vs. Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08)
Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 5.63, 26 K in 16.0 IP
Wakefield’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 6.19, 14 K in 16.0 IP

Sun., 9/25/11, 1:05PM EST

Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.62) vs. TBA
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 1.77, 10 K in 20.1 IP

Not the most important series of the year for the Yanks against Boston but the starts of Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett are absolutely huge. With Colon’s miserable start yesterday, the identity of the Yanks’ postseason 3 starter is largely in question. Colon seems to have lost his grasp on that spot, Garcia needs to reprove himself after some struggles, and Burnett…well who knows if he’s even in the mix. Before that, we don’t even know if he will make the postseason roster.

Anyway, Ricky has spent quite a lot of time on this series’ podcast. Like always, it is extraordinarily well done, so be sure that if you do one thing before tonight’s game, give it a listen! Here it is: Yankees-Red Sox Preview Podcast.

3 Way Tie For AL Wildcard Worry-some

The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays & Los Angeles Angels could be stuck for a 3 way tie

As the 2011 baseball season winds down, fans know a couple of things. Fans know teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees & Detroit Tigers won their respective divisions. Fans know that teams such as the Houston Astros, New York Mets & Baltimore Orioles (who are playing well towards the end I might add) are going home after Wednesday. But one thing fans don’t know yet is who will win the AL Wildcard.

Right now it’s a very tight race between the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays & the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Boston Red Sox hold a 2  game lead over the Rays & Angels, but what is worry-some is if they all end with the same record after the season is over. The options on what to do to determine the winner aren’t good.

The 3 teams could be looking at a three way play-off games in 2 days, but the issue with that is that is the ALDS starts on September 30, which means they would have to push back their start time for the ALDS to October 1. If that were to happen, baseball would eliminate an off-day between Game 2 & 3 to keep the series back on track.

Here would be the scenario for each team with the Wildcard:

  • ANGELS:  If the Angels had happened to win the Wildcard they could play in California on Wednesday: September 29 in Boston, September 30 in California, October 1-2 in New York v.s the Yankees and October 3-4 back iN California, all with no rest.
  • RAYS: The Rays would have the upper-hand in such match-ups due to them being 16-10 v.s both the Red Sox & Angels. The Rays could have two options: One would be to let the Red Sox & Angels face each other in a one game play-off on September 29, then the Rays would face the winner on September 30 on the road. The second scenario would be to chose to play 2 elimination games. The first on September 29 at home and if they win then on September 30.
  • RED SOX: The Red Sox would have the choice of playing both elimination games at home or they could play one on the road or one at home and Boston would CLEARLY go for the 2 games at home.
The issue now though is that there is also a very close 3 game Wildcard race in the NL as well with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals & the San Francisco Giants. If it was the same issue in the NL then the Cardinals would get first choice and the Braves would get the second choice. In the scenario that there is 3 way ties in BOTH ends of the league, the AL and NL would play a 1 day play-off game the day after the season ends. Here is how it would work if it was the case:
  • Rays would play either the Red Sox or Angels
  • Angels would play the Red Sox
  • Giants would play the Braves
  • Braves would play the Cardinals
  • Cardinals would play the Giants
If this is confusing, I don’t blame you. This would turn into a royal mess if this ever happens. Since 1969 baseball has held only 8 one-game play-offs, so this is why it would be confusing. Hopefully someone could clinch something and we can avoid this disaster, but if we can’t avoid it, prepare for your head to hurt and your brain to almost explode.

Morning Bits: Killer B’s, Cashman, Cano

Well lets just pretend last nights game didn’t even happen.  New series tonight against the Red Sox.  The Tigers and Angels both lost last night.

Yankees Magic number to clinch the best record in the American League remains at 3.

and here are your links….Enjoy!

* Two of the three killer B’s made their debut last night.

* Cashman trumps Theo this year.

* Cano said he would vote for himself for AL MVP.

AL EAST BEST RECORD

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
x-NY Yankees 95 61 .609 50-28 45-33 836 629 +207 Lost 1 6-4 100.0
x-Detroit 90 66 .577 5 45-30 45-36 740 686 +54 Lost 1 6-4 100.0
Texas 90 66 .577 5 49-29 41-37 814 659 +155 Lost 1 8-2 99.5
Boston 88 68 .564 7 45-36 43-32 851 701 +150 Lost 2 3-7 88.9
Tampa Bay 86 70 .551 9 42-33 44-37 677 593 +84 Won 1 4-6 8.0
LA Angels 85 71 .545 10 44-31 41-40 650 605 +45 Lost 1 5-5 3.7

Meaningless game goes horribly wrong for Yanks

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB
3 2 2 5 1 0 0 2 0 15 17 1
NYY
0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 8 14 4
W: Moore (1-0)
L: Colon (8-10)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .297
Dickerson, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .302
Nunez, E, 2B 4 2 2 0 1 1 1 .266
Teixeira, DH 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .245
b-Romine, PH-DH 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 .182
Swisher, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .262
a-Pena, R, PH-SS 4 2 2 2 0 0 1 .118
Jones, An, LF 5 2 2 3 0 2 3 .244
Montero, C 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 .313
Posada, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 4 7 .238
Laird, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 2 5 .154
Golson, CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .143
Totals 42 8 14 7 4 15 22 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon(L, 8-10) 3.0 7 7 5 1 1 1 4.02
Proctor 1.0 4 5 3 2 0 2 6.81
Laffey 1.2 4 1 1 0 1 0 4.14
Brackman 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Betances 0.2 0 2 2 4 0 0 27.00
Kontos 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.45
Totals 9.0 17 15 11 8 3 3 3.71

And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Aaron Taube:

NEW YORK — On the 22nd day of September, the New York Yankees rested. After clinching the American League East title in their 21st game in as many days, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano were given the night off Thursday, and the Yankees who did take the field weren’t much more useful.

But while New York’s 15-8 loss to Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium wasn’t cause for concern in and of itself, starter Bartolo Colon’s second consecutive poor outing might give manager Joe Girardi pause before using him as a starter during the playoffs. Colon gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits in just three innings of work.

Since the All-Star break, Colon is now 2-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 13 starts. Of equal concern, Colon has lost noticeable velocity on his fastball, perhaps the result of throwing more Major League innings in 2011 than he had from 2008-2010 combined.

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