Given the night to ponder Game 1, there’s little to really analyze and debate:
- Cliff Lee was flat-out awesome
- The Yanks bullpen has more cracks than the Yankee Stadium ramps
So if we can all agree that Points #1 and #2 above are indeed true, then we just have simply put Game 1 behind us and stop sweating it. The Yanks were beaten by a great team with a pitcher who couldn’t be any hotter if he were sitting in a chaise lounge on the surface of the sun. It happens.
I don’t know about you, but I woke up a heckuvalot less angry and bitter than I did following some of the losses to the Angels in the ALDS. In those games, the Yanks had a chance –more than one chance in most cases– to win and failed. The Yanks had no chance last night. Great pitching should beat great hitting. I’m trying to follow my own advice and simply wipe the slate clean.
So where do we go from here? I’ll tell ya one thing: Now’s not the time to panic.
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Yes, Yankees fans, tonight is the night that Public Enemy #1 returns to the Bronx as a shell of his former self. Let’s hear from the man himself: I don’t know if you realize this, but because of you guys in some ways, I might be at times the most influential player that ever stepped [...]
Are you ready to put Game 1 behind you? Good, me too. Moving on to tonight’s Game 2, we have a matchup between Pedro Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3Ks) and Allan James Burnett (0-0, 4.42 ERA, 13Ks). I feel good about the Yankee offense breaking out against Pedro tonight, unless the bats continue to pull [...]
Hard to find the words to adequately describe this game, from a Yanks fan’s perspective. However, this nonchalant catch by Cliff Lee on Damon’s pop-up (to the right*) might have been the most emblematic of the night for the Yanks:
It was too easy.
Let’s get to some of the points quickly, with a full game recap to follow:
- Cliff Lee was better than impressive. Flat out dominant. If I wasn’t rooting for the Yanks, I’d be giving him a standing ovation from my living room.
- Lee made seemingly every hitter look foolish.
- A virtual no-look basket catch and a behind-the-back stab. What’s next? Between the legs? Pitching right-handed?
- Sabathia wasn’t bad, but he served up two longballs to Utley. His control seemed “off” but he was able to keep it to just 2 runs through 6 innings.
- Good to see the umpiring crew huddle up to get that wacky double-play called right.
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For 8 innings tonight, Cliff Lee looked poised to throw the second straight World Series shutout at Yankee Stadium. As it was, the utterly dominant Lee (complete game, 1R, 0ER, 6H, 0BB, 10K) extended the Yankees’ World Series scoreless streak to 17 straight innings until the home nine broke through in the bottom of the [...]
To have beaten Cliff Lee tonight, the Yankees would have had to pitch perfectly. Sabathia didn’t even pitch poorly–he’s been so dominant lately that a little bit of rust looked akin to a collapse–but he wasn’t a match for Lee tonight. Lee’s performance tonight sparked memories of Koufax and Ford–that’s how good it was. Until [...]
Was there clause in a standard contract back-in-the-day that prohibited you from a) having fun while playing it or b) enjoying the game once you left it? Jim Bouton’s the latest crusty, cranky old former ballplayer who thinks players should just keep their head down and not have any fun or celebrate, unless it involves “real men” putting live reptiles in others underwear:
In my day, they had more creative ways to sort of celebrate,” said Mr. Bouton, 70. “Pieing would have been silly, kids’ stuff. We would put a live snake in a guy’s underwear. That is something that real men would do. This is silly stuff, you know what I mean? it’s kid stuff. The guys today, they’re inexperienced.
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If you were hoping to see Jay-Z perform today, that performance has been moved to Game 2 (rain). Lineups via LoHud: YANKEES Derek Jeter SS Johnny Damon LF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Jorge Posada C Hideki Matsui DH Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Melky Cabrera CF Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (3-0, 1.19 [...]
Due to practical time constraints, I’ve been unable to complete a thorough pitching analysis (those infield and outfield comparisons took longer than expected). Rather than offer a diluted version, I encourage you to check out Mike’s pitching breakdowns over at River Ave Blues. He’s done a very nice job evaluating the Phillies starting staff as [...]