Is this September the swan song of Nick Swisher’s Yankee career? An...
The top of the third started meekly enough. The Yankees trailed at that point, 1-0, as Sabathia had allowed a single, a slow ground out and another single in the bottom of the second. Chris Stewart started it off with a weak ground out. Despite a lineup full of left-hand batters, Girardi decided not to make changes despite the left-handed Duensing. That allowed Chris Dickerson to bat and he singled to center. Ichiro Suzuki did the same thing to make it first and second with one out. Duensing then walked Derek Jeter to load the bases. Robinson Cano, who appears to be back in the groove again after three hits last night, hit a line drive over the head of Ben Revere in right to score Dickerson and Suzuki. Jeter stopped at third. Nick Swisher singled to score Jeter and send Cano to third. Curtis Granderson then hit a hot smash by the first baseman, Chris Parmelee, that rolled all the way to the corner.…
How’s this for a stat? Courtesy of Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk: “Counting the playoffs the Twins are now 23-67 against the Yankees under Ron Gardenhire, including 15-32 at home.”
So when people make jokes about the Yankees owning the Twins, they’re pretty much spot on.
That theme continued today behind strong pitching from
So sorry for the lack of Game Thread. These damn day games sneak up on ya!
Big thanks to the Lohud Yankees Blog for the lineups!
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Chris Stewart C
The problem is that, thanks to the schedule, all else isn’t exactly equal. In a normal year, the ALDS is a 2-2-1 series in which the Game 2 starter can also start Game 5 if the team is willing to allow their top starter to pitch Game 4 on three days rest. The Yankees are generally willing to let Sabathia do just that, so they’ve had the advantage of only needing to plan on using three starters for the first round. However, thanks to the need to shoehorn the new wildcard game into a pre-existing schedule, this year the ALDS has a 2-3 structure, with no off day between games four and five. That means that, to carry a three man rotation, both the Game 1 and Game 2 starters would have to come back on short rest, something I don’t think the Yankees would do with either Kuroda or Pettitte, if they would even allow Sabathia to do it this year.…
After a prolonged September slump, Nick Swisher is one of the hottest hitters on the team. From August 27th to September 16th, the right fielder hit just .127/.244/.211. After a scheduled day off and a rain suspended game, Swisher has since picked things up with a .385/.484/.731 tripleslash. He’s got 4 homeruns over...