Some Thoughts On Last Night’s Game

As demoralizing as last night’s game was, the Yankees remain 2.5 games behind Tampa Bay for a wild card spot. No Yankee fan wanted to see such a a marvelous comeback squandered by a crushing loss, but the results of last night were not much more than a hit to the team’s morale. Perhaps it was a missed opportunity to get to 1.5 games behind the Rays, but none the less, the Yankees are in the same spot they were yesterday morning, they just have one less game to play.

On Ivan Nova, the guy has been so good that I think we have to give him a pass on yesterday’s start. The 47 pitches in the 3rd inning were ridiculous, but the Red Sox are arguably baseball’s best offense. They tediously worked the counts, and did a wonderful job laying off his curveball and fouling off his sinker. Granted, Nova gave up some hard hits, but the two base runners that scored in the 3rd inning came on a bloop single and a soft ground ball single.…

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Game 140: The first of four against the Red Sox

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

The Yankees are in control of their destiny right now and this weekend’s four-game series against the boys from Boston is about as big as it gets.

Tonight, Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88 ERA) faces Jake Peavy (8-4, 4.28 ERA).

Nova won the AL Pitcher of the Month for August and has been a different pitcher since returning from his stint in the Minors earlier this season. He goes deep into games, attacks the zone and he’s a big reason why the Yankees are in this race for a Wild Card spot right now.

Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA since joining the Sox and he’s 0-4 with a 3.96 in his career against the Yankees.

You can see the lineups here.

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Since The Plunk

Following a sweep of the White Sox and a manhandling of the Orioles, the Yankees will welcome the Red Sox to the Bronx tonight. This home stand has been nothing short of terrific, and the Yankees now stand 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. Obviously fans’ expectations were hardly this high a month ago, and even with a tough 11 games ahead of them, the talk surrounding the Yankees this weekend will be their amazing comeback.

Over the last month and a half, the Yankees have slowly gained Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Reynolds, and Derek Jeter, while Ivan Nova has emerged with an ace-like performance. The additional hitting and pitching has given the Yankees what they needs down the stretch, but during this Red Sox series, we’ll undoubtedly hear about how Ryan Dempster‘s plunking of Rodriguez lit a fire under this team. How purposefully hitting Rodriguez has woken up a beast to rally around their injured superstar.…

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Basking in the glow of Mo

The New York Yankees were leading the lowly Chicago White Sox, 6-1, heading into the top of the eighth inning. CC Sabathia had finally pitched a good game. But Paul Konerko hit a hard single to left to give the White Sox men on first and second with one out and Joe Girardi had seen enough. The manager was probably kicking himself for allowing Sabathia to start the inning since Sabathia began it over 100 pitches. David Robertson was brought in and all was well with the world. Robertson again this season has been one of the best relievers in baseball. But Robertson was not good on this night. Three singles and a walk later, the score was 6-5 and Robertson could not get the last out of the inning. Girardi brought in Mariano Rivera. And then all was right with the world. Once again, Yankee fans were basking in the glow of Mo.

Mariano RiveraThink back to March of this year.…

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Revenge Of The Thursday Morning Musings

I’m finally doing it, gang.  For those of who don’t know, I’ve never been to the new Stadium.  It opened the year after I moved out to Wisconsin and most of the time when I come home to Connecticut it’s for specific events or during the holidays after the baseball season is over, so my opportunities have been extremely limited.  With this being Mo’s last year, I made a promise that this was the year I had to go, to check out the Stadium and see Mo pitch one more time and that’s exactly what I’m doing this weekend with my 2 best friends.  We’ll miss tonight’s game, which hopefully doesn’t feature the A-Rod payback fireworks I’m dying to see, but I’ll be there for the other 3.  Now that this series and the rest of the season has some meaning, let’s talk about some stuff.

- First and foremost, who do you think gets assigned to carry out the plunking payback this weekend?  …

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EDCS Game 1: Binghamton 5, Trenton 6 (10 innings)

Now that the regular seasons have ended (okay, I’ll be honest, I’m ignoring Staten Island’s final game tonight – they won 5-2 in a rain shortened game for those interested), it’s time to follow the minor league playoffs! Unfortunately for the Yankees farm system, only the Thunder have earned a spot in the postseason. They kicked off the season with an exciting comeback and walk-off win on Wednesday evening, led by Tyler Austin and Ben Gamel. This is a team that clearly has some great fight in them, if you have a chance to watch them during the postseason – take it! Anyway, here is your extended Trenton recap, enjoy!

The Binghamton Mets drew first blood with a lead off double by Daniel Muno, who moved to third on a single by Josh Rodriguez. A double play ball by Rhyne Hughes allowed Muno to score and the Thunder trailed before they got a chance to touch their bats. They took the lead quickly, however, as Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela hit back-to-back singles and were doubled in by Tyler Austin for the 2-1 advantage.…

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