About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

13 thoughts on “Sabathia carries Yankees to ALCS

  1. I agreed with the decision to not have A-Rod in the starting lineup. However, I thought it might have been a good idea to let him pinch-hit for Chavez in the 7th.

    The Orioles run differential for the series was minus 6. So, we also put that anomaly to bed.

    • ehhh, baltimore goes to a righty, arod makes an out… awkward silence/mild booing… changes the feel of the game just a touch

      he'll be in the lineup tomorrow… and sunday… they will re evaluate before Verlander because thats when they really start facing the guys that Arod cant hit

      • Not only that, but the Yankees feel that Chavez is the better defender at third. To pinch hit for him with the lead meant weakening the defense.

  2. Just an awesome job by Sabathia and Ibanez carrying this team to victory….

    This is incredible… but out of any of the players on any of the 4 AL teams that started all 5 games… i believe Jeter led everyone in BA and OPS at .364 and .891…

    thats right, .891 (which is only about 50 points above his CAREER postseason OPS)… was good enough to lead an absolutely pathetic hitting group of regulars for four teams good enough to get here

    as they say, it's harder this time of year… but this team has what it takes to grind out three series wins

  3. Incredible outing by the beast. Good to see Granderson get off the deck and actually contribute on the offense. Looking forward to Detroit.

  4. Sabathia might not have had his finest artistic outing (although it wasn't far off), but this was far and away his gutsiest performance as a Yankee. And Girardi made a decision reminiscent of Johnny Keane in 1964 with Bob Gibson when he was allowed to finish Game 7 despite obvious fatigue. It's becoming more and more apparent that he is not strictly attached to his binder, despite the nonsense spewed by the naysayers in the media.

    Granderson's performance tonight was encouraging. It will be interesting to see if he builds on that, especially against his former team. A return to form by him would make this team very hard to beat.

  5. Anybody besides me real proud of Girardi here? His fingerprints were all over this series (in a good way, for a change) and he did what needed to be done in games 3-5 re A-Rod. I know most fans didn't think he had it in him. We all know what the right moves were but you gotta admit it took a lot of stones. Absolutely the defining moment so far in his managerial tenure with the Yanks. If they can go on to win it all we'll definitely look back and pat binder Joe on the back for that series, especially considering his family's recent loss. Oh, and CC wasn't bad either.

  6. So, I will admit: when the offense was struggling, I was nervous. When Girardi left CC in during the rally in the 8th, I assumed it was over. But when CC went out there for the 9th, I KNEW it was over (in the good way this time). You know how teams need some luck? I think the non-foul pole non-HR was that for the Yanks — and we're in it for good now.

    But can we get an analysis tomorrow of the starting pitching for the Yankees in this series? Holy moly…

    CC (Game 1): 8.2 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7K
    Pettitte: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 5 K
    Kuroda: 8.1 H, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 K
    Hughes: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 K

    And then tonight. My G-d… they averaged almost 8 IP for the starting pitching… with insanely low ERA and WHIP…

  7. I didn't agree with the decision to bench A-Rod tonight. A-Rod shouldn't be taking the brunt of the criticism for the entire offense struggling in the O's series when Granderson and Swisher were just as bad if not worse than he was. Girardi should be managing instead of listening to the fans like that. That said, Girardi did a really good job in game three and throughout this whole series.

    I think what we can take from this series is that despite the question marks going in, the Yankees starting pitching is clearly good enough. The offense is going to have to pick it up, though.

  8. Great series by BOTH teams. But CC's pitching these 2 playoff games and the last 3 games of the regular season were just incredible. Going at least 8 innings in all 5 games with an ERA over the five games of 1.30 that's just incredible and at "crunch" time nonetheless.
    And let's not forget Raul's heroics in game 3 if not for him there would not have been a game 5. Great clutch hitting.
    Now bring on the Tigers.