Stacking up the final day

As far as the division goes, the Yankees cannot lose tonight. In the event that they lose and Baltimore beats Tampa Bay, they’ll merely force a 163rd game in Baltimore for the division tomorrow night, which the Yankees would have Andy Pettitte lined up to pitch. The top seed situation is a bit murkier n that, if the Yankees lose, the top seed will be determined by the outcome of the Texas-Oakland finale this afternoon, as well as the finish of the A.L. East race. If Texas wins, the Yankees would own the tie-breaker wit them, provided they win the East, on the basis of besting them in their season series. But because the Yankees split 5-5 with Oakland, and have a worse winning percentage against their own division, the A’s would top the Yankees in the event that they finished tied atop the junior circuit.

Finally, there’s one last bit of strategic intrigue looming in the divisional fight. The Orioles have their best pitcher, Chris Tillman, scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Rays, and as of last night they remained committed to that.…

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Who To Root For On Day 162

Bud Selig wanted this. He wanted everyone glued to their TV’s, he wanted stadiums filled with fans, but most of all, he wanted to increase revenue. When Bud Selig wants something, he gets it.

I can’t say I’m a fan of the new playoff system. I expect it to dilute the competition with teams unworthy. Then...

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Yanks Win, Maintain Lead In The East And Now Control Their Destiny

This game was so many different things: frustrating, annoying, nerve racking, exhilarating, deflating, frustrating again and finally, the best thing ever.

Let’s start with the frustrating aspects:

  • The Yankees scored four runs on 16 hits.
  • They were 4-11 with runners in scoring position
  • They left 14 men on base.

Those same things were annoying but so was their ineptitude against...

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Ibanez’s heroics cut magic number to one

The good:

  • Obviously Ibanez is the story of this game. He might not have continued the hot pace he was on early in the season, and indeed he might have really tailed off down the stretch, but Ibanez is always going to have his own chapter in True Yankee lore tonight. That ninth inning home run not only tied the game, it rejuvenated the spirits of everyone in Yankeedom after what had been an absolutely awful game to that point, and his 12th inning walkoff single to score Cervelli, of all people, seemed almost pre-ordained by the baseball gods.
  • How about David Phelps? A rookie who’s been in and out of the rotation all year long, called on to make a spot start during a pennant race with just a day’s notice, and he gives his team 5.1 innings of two run ball? He wasn’t dominant or anything, but he certainly kept the Yankees in the game for 5= innings, especially considering that both of the runs he allowed came in the first inning.
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Game 161: Win.

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Nick Swisher, RF
Daniel Nava, LF Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Cody Ross, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
James Loney, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Russell Martin, C
Ryan Lavarnway, DH Curtis Granderson, CF
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Eduardo Nunez, DH
Jose Iglesias, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Jon Lester, SP David Phelps, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling

As I am quite sure most everyone has heard by now, Manny Banuelos will find himself under the knife on Thursday, October 4th. What does this mean for the Yankees and the diminutive southpaw?

With respect to the Yankees, this raises quite a few questions that the vast majority of us – that is,...

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