On too-many-homers and the postseason

Last night it was Michael Kay posing the question of whether you can homer your way to victory in the postseason to Paul O’Neill, and Paulie repeating the new found wisdom that, no, you can’t. Pay no mind to all of those hugely important and highly memorable postseason home runs the Yankees hit from 1996-2001, I guess, this is a formula that just doesn’t work in October because, you see, there’s Too Many Good Pitchers once you get to the postseason (the members of the 1996 Braves and 2000 A’s just collectively admired their super-awesome World Series rings as I write that, I’m sure).

There are two obvious rejoinders to this great playoff pitching myth that I see. First and foremost, the Yankees have actually been quite good against the league’s best pitchers this season. In fact, they’ve scored at least five runs in games started by Justin Verlander (twice), Felix Hernandez, Gio Gonzalez, Johan Santana, R.A.

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The Farm Report: 6/25/12

Branyan went 2-3 with a run scored, a homer, two walks and three RBIs.  Dickerson went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Mustelier went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs.  Dellin Betances got slapped around again, throwing just three innings and allowing seven runs on only five hits.  He walked four and struck out four.  

Trenton beat Portland 7-1:
The game was scoreless through four innings, but the Thunder came through in the bottom of the fifth.  Jose Gil singled to center, scoring on a double by Addison Maruszak.  Trenton put together a nice rally in the sixth, to give them some distance from the Sea Dogs.  Zoilo Almonte singled and Luke Murton homered.  Damon Sublett drew a walk, as did Gil and Maruszak, loading the bases.  An error by the Portland shortstop plated two more runs and the Thunder held a 5-0 lead.  Sac flies by Murton and Sublett added a pair of runs in the seventh and all Portland could manage was a solo homer by Bryce Brentz in the ninth as Trenton took the 7-1 victory.  …

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No Nation for Old Stars; Youkilis Is Latest to Bid An Early Fenway Farewell

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Branch Rickey once stated that he would rather trade a player one year too early than keep him one year too late. Rightly or wrongly, that philosophy has been the Boston Red Sox modus operandi for the last...

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