Sorry for the late thread, here’s your line up.
On the mound is Hiroki Kuroda. Enjoy.
The Yankees may or may not make the postseason. The answer is probably not. Right now, I’m much more concerned with my favorite late-season possibility: the three-way tie.
We all remember some of the classic playoff tiebreaker games. But we’ve never had a three-way tiebreaker. That scenario used to be pretty amazing, but the new wildcard system has made it even crazier.
If three teams finish with the same record for the two wild card spots, the following happens:
In a situation where there is a three way tie between non division winners and there is no other non division winner with a better record claiming wild card 1; a tiebreaker eliminating 1 of the 3 teams will follow. Based on a group head to head record. Teams A, B and C will be created. Team B will travel to team A. The winner wins wild card one. The loser will go to team C. The winner of that game wins wild card two.
You know how baseball players sometimes hit the proverbial wall?
if you hit the wall when you are trying to achieve something, you reach a situation where you cannot make any more progress
Usually, it’s prevalent in pitchers – both starters and relievers- and in fact, our own Hiroki Kuroda seems to have hit that wall and has kept on hitting it repeatedly for over a month now.
Well, sometimes bloggers and writers hit the wall as well. I, unfortunately, crashed into it about two weeks and I’m still recovering.
So instead of writing nonsense about baseball because it seems like all I ever write about lately is nonsense, I’m going to post a couple of pictures of me with some former Yankees I had the pleasure of meeting this past weekend at a cancer fundraiser.
And here I am with David Cone:
I was able to talk to Coney for a few minutes and I was surprisingly calm and I didn’t make an ass out of myself.…
I’ve convinced myself that A) the Yankees don’t deserve to make the playoffs, and B) they won’t make the playoffs. Yes, it’s possible, and I was fairly optimistic as recently as last week, but the series against the Red Sox and the two games against the Blue Jays have hinted at an offense which isn’t that much different from the beginning of the season. So many fans (and the Yankee players) believe they have the team has the capability of making a strong run over the next 10 games. There’s an improved lineup, a beneficial schedule, and they’re only 2.5 games out. But there are so many teams to jump over, it’s hard to imagine everything going their way. On top of that, the lineup has shown their true colors. After putting up a .267/.337/.417 line in August, they’ve now hit .234/.304/.384 in September. The pitching performed equally as bad.
So is it possible? Sure. You can’t predict baseball, but the odds are terrible.…
In case you hadn’t heard, Mariano Rivera is retiring after the end of this season. When he does, he’ll leave the Yankees with a decision to make that they haven’t had to consider for the last 17 years- who takes over for him and assumes the closer role in 2014? The smart money all season has been on David Robertson, Mo’s long time setup man, one of the best late-game relievers in baseball, and magna cum laude graduate of the Mariano Rivera School of Relief Pitching. But last night something happened that brought that potential passing of the torch into question.
With 2 outs and a runner on second in the 8th, Joe came out to remove D-Rob and go to Mo. Not only that, he came out in the middle of an at-bat after D-Rob had already thrown a pitch to yank him. While it might not seem like much, it’s another instance of Robertson not being shown a lot of faith as the heir apparent and it raises the question of whether the Yankees really do view him as Mo’s successor.…
Let’s just focus on the eighth inning, shall we?
I don’t really want to talk about Phil Hughes and David Huff both giving up home runs in the fourth to give the Jays a 3-0 lead. Nor do I want to discuss the fact that the Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything against J.A. Happ.
Oh wait, I just did.
Anyway, let’s flash forward to the eighth when John Gibbons did us all a favor by removing Happ from the game after he surrendered a ground-rule double to Brendan Ryan. Dude, Brendan Ryan? Really? I would have given you the hook as well.
Next, Gibbons called upon Steve Delabar to keep the Yankees off the board. He started off well enough by striking out Alex Rodriguez but then he gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano which cut the score to 3-1. Granderson advanced to second.…
Here’s your game thread.
Let’s hope tonight’s game is better than the previous four games have been.
What’s the over/under on how many Yankees J.A. Happ hits tonight? 2? 3?
Let’s hope it’s none.
Also, what’s the over/under for how many home runs Phil Hughes surrenders?
Again, let’s hope it’s none.