Game 156: Red Sox 2, Yankees 4

Bronx Cheers:
it’s hard to say anything bad about a game as exciting as this one, but here goes:

Gardner: With Damon sitting the game out, Gardner was in the number two spot. He went 0-3, leaving one runner on. He did make a great catch to start the game, however, which probably saved a run or two in the end.

RISP: The Bombers were 1-5 with runners in scoring position.

Curtain Calls:
Pettitte: Andy got into a couple jams early, but was able to limit the damage. He went six innings, giving up seven hits for two runs while striking out four and walking three. He seemed to get better as the game went on and picked up his 14th win of the season.

Bruney: It looks like perhaps Bruney has started to pull everything together just in time for the post-season. He has had a couple good outings and on Sunday he entered the game in a key situation and delivered.…

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Joe Mauer: Dream or Reality?

From Charley Walters (TwinCities):

Joe Mauer, despite catching regularly for the Minnesota Twins and missing the first 22 games with a sore back, still has 179 hits this season — without steroids. That’s just two fewer hits than Barry Bonds had in one season during his 22-year major league career. The most hits Bonds had...

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Let the clutch debate begin…

From R.J. Anderson (FanGraphs):

With that in mind let’s address the topic before the headlines do.Alex Rodriguez does not hit well in the playoffs

His career wOBA in the regular season is .412. His career post-season wOBA is .368. Relative to his standards he doesn’t hit well in the playoffs.

He’s been the invisible man with...

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Kansas City Royals Series Preview 9/28-9/30

Hitting:

Team wOBA: .318. 24th in MLB, 13th in the AL.

Aside from being pretty bad, the Royals aren’t particularly interesting offensively. They feature a collection of decent batting averages, low OBP’s, and little power. Billy Butler looks like he will develop into a pretty good hitter. He’s only twenty-three years old, and he is second in the league in doubles with an even fifty. He’s also popped twenty-one home runs. There is a lot of reason for Royal fans to expect a further breakout next year. Beyond Butler, catcher Miguel Olivo has somehow hit twenty-three homers and only fourteen doubles, while walking seventeen times. Unusual to say the least. Alberto Callaspo provides good pop for a second basemen, with a .351 wOBA. David Dejesus is about a league average hitter with a .334 mark.

Fielding:

Team UZR: -40.1. 28th in MLB, 13th in the AL.

Dejesus is having a good year defensively in left. He’s posted a UZR/150 of 16.4, far and away the highest figure on the team.…

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Joba Will Rise to the Occasion

Do I know for sure what the heck is going on with Joba Chamberlain?  No.  Let’s get that out of the way before I pretend that I can actually predict with any strong degree of certainty, what the young man is going to throw from start to start.  That being said, however, I just happen...

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Bring on October!

The Yankees swept the Boston Red Sox this weekend, and in doing so clinched the AL East title for the first time since 2006. After settling for the Wild Card in 2007 and missing out entirely in 2008, the Yankees are back where many believe they rightfully belong.

It was not an easy win–Andy Pettitte...

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Game 156: Red Sox @ Yankees

Here are the lineups, courtesy of PA (LoHud):

YANKEES (99-56)
Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-7, 4.15).

RED SOX (91-63)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Bay LF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: RHP Paul...

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