Daily Archives: October 2, 2011

Open Thread

That's what a win looks like. That is unfortunately not what today looked like.

Just a few minutes ago, the Yankees lost to the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS. To be honest, the offense looked pretty crappy. There were plenty of missed opportunities. Yankees hitters were taking first pitch fastballs right down the middle, all afternoon. They actually made Scherzer look like he did a better job than he did. I can’t count how many strikes were taken that were fastballs that started on the inside-middle and ended on the outside-middle of the plate. Sure that may be a lot of movement, but I’d rather see a hitter swing and miss and get beat on one of those pitches, than taking every single one.

Anyway, if you still feel like watching baseball after a pitiful Yankee game, then you can see the Brewers and the D-Backs (right now on TBS), and the Phillies and Cardinals (at 8:30 on TBS). That game will have one heck of a match-up, between Cliff Lee and Chris Carpenter. Both have had fantastic success in the postseason.

The Yanks will travel to Detroit overnight, and C.C. Sabathia will take the mound versus Justin Verlander tomorrow night at 8:37. That game is huge for the Yanks. If they lose tomorrow, they’ll have A.J. Burnett pitching to keep them in the playoffs on Tuesday in Game 4. Yikes.

Have a great night.

 

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2011 ALDS: Game 2 | Yankees vs. Tigers

Freddy's turn.

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00) vs. Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)

Pregame Notes:

— Joe Girardi made it official today that Sabathia will pitch tomorrow in Game 3, and Burnett will pitch in Game 4, if there is one.

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits: Sterling, Pettitte, Jeter, Nova

Great to see Nova’s performance last night.  It stinks he ran out of his stuff in the last inning though so Girardi had to use his bullpen most importantly Mariano.  I know he only through 3 pitchers but i still don’t think Mo in the game was needed.  Oh well they got the win and that is the most important part.

and here are your morning links….

* The voice of the Yankees John Sterling draws high rating but with many critics.

* Andy Pettitte is to throw the first pitch in today’s game.

* Jeter is always in the right place at the right time.

* Never nervous Nova reigns in Game 1.

Cano and Nova fuel Yankees’ 9-3 Game 1 win over Detroit

Oh yes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DET
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0
NYY
1 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 x 9 11 0
W: Nova (1-0)
L: Fister (0-1)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 3 2 0 0 2 2 .400
Granderson, CF 3 2 1 0 2 2 3 .333
Cano, 2B 5 1 3 6 0 0 2 .600
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 5 0 0 1 0 2 3 .000
Teixeira, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .333
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .250
Posada, DH 3 1 1 0 1 2 1 .333
Martin, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .250
Gardner, LF 4 1 1 2 0 0 2 .250
Totals 36 9 11 9 4 11 19 .306
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 2.0 1 1 1 0 4 1 4.50
Nova(W, 1-0) 6.1 4 2 2 4 5 0 2.84
Ayala 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Rivera, Ma 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 4 10 1 3.00

And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — There would be a place on Robinson Cano’s trophy shelf for an American League Most Valuable Player Award, should the votes pile up in his favor. But that can wait, because this much is certain today: There is no more dangerous hitter in the Yankees’ lineup.

Cano connected for his team’s first postseason grand slam in nearly 12 years, supporting Ivan Nova’s 6 1/3 sterling innings and leading the Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Saturday.

“It’s not about one player; it’s about the whole team,” Cano said. “But they put me in a spot that they had to pitch to me. It’s good the way that came through tonight. We’re not going to take it for granted.”

The Yankees made a late tweak last week to improve a lineup that scored 867 regular-season runs, bumping Cano to No. 3, and bestowing that badge of honor on the second baseman has already paid dividends.

Cano’s towering blast to right field off left-hander Al Alburquerque highlighted a six-run New York sixth inning, helping the Yankees pull away in a game that was suspended after 1 1/2 innings by rain on Friday.

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