Now that we’re down to the final six games of the season, it’s all about keeping pace for the Yankees and they did that tonight with an 11-4 victory over the Blue Jays. With tonight’s victory they maintain their one-game lead over Baltimore in the...
|New York Yankees||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Brett Lawrie, 3B|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||Colby Rasmus, CF|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||J.P. Arencibia, C|
|Nick Swisher, 1B||Adam Lind, 1B|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Yunel Escobar, SS|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||Kelly Johnson, 2B|
|Russell Martin, C||Rajai Davis, RF|
|Eric Chavez, DH||Anthony Gose, LF|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Chad Jenkins, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for...
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
I was really looking forward to this post. I was fully prepared to write a Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous”-style, “it’s all happening” post about the recent turnaround and positive momentum the Yankees were building at the right time as they...
The easy answer is that, no, they obviously can’t send someone who has been as bad as Nova has been this year and can’t even be counted on to so much as keep the Yankees’ in the game for 5 or 6 innings out to start a pivotal late season game. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. As Sherman notes, the Yankees don’t have any obviously better alternatives to Nova. David Phelps wouldn’t have started in three weeks by the time next Tuesday rolls around, and may be needed out of the bullpen between then and now anyway. Starting Hiroki Kuroda on three days rest isn’t guaranteed to succeed either, and would potentially force the Yankees to choose between starting Nova and Andy Pettitte on short rest in the event that Game 162 was a must win.
These are very reasonable concerns but, depending on context, I don’t think they outweigh the concern involved in calling Nova’s number. If the magic number entering that game is one, meaning that there would be three other games (counting possible Baltimore losses) in which the Yankees could clinch the division, I’d probably go ahead and take my chances with Nova, but short of that I think you have to roll the dice with Kuroda, and maybe Pettitte too.…
Hiroki Kuroda goes for the Yankees and the Blue Jays will start Chad Jenkins. Kuroda, of course, has had a successful season for the Yankees and has been a terrific pickup for the team this season. And yet, Yankee Universe still tends to hold its breath whenever he starts. That is probably because after watching him all seasons, he has games where he will simply handcuff a team for seven or eight innings, and in others, he will be rather ordinary and prone to the long ball. Thus, Yankee fans are never sure which Kuroda will show up on a particular night. But let’s put it this way: A lot of the Yankees’ post season (if they get there) hopes are pinned to Kuroda being successful. If he cannot be counted on to win a game like this, can you really count on him for the playoffs?
Chad Jenkins is 24 years old and has pitched in a grand total of eleven major league games.…