I Can Now See October…

 

Okay, I feel better now…

 

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The Yankees cured my “momentary depression” by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays in a Labor Day Doubleheader.  They took Game 1 behind CC Sabathia, 4-1.  CC didn’t figure in the decision, but he certainly continued his post-All Star Break brilliance and a possible march toward the AL Cy Young.  Personally, I hope it’s a march to the World Series but who am I?…

 

 

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Courtesy Hunt Auctions 

 

The game had been knotted at 1 for most of the game.  A-Rod had put the Yanks up early, but the Rays tied it.  It stayed that way until after CC departed.  But given the Rays now had to face Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera, the stage was set for another late inning Yankees comeback.  They weren’t denied.  Robinson Cano broke the tie in the 8th inning with a sac fly.  The Yankees scored a couple of more runs in the inning to close the book on the scoring, but after that, it was Mariano Rivera, a/k/a game over…

 

Bill Kostroun/AP

 

Despite the no-decision, CC went 7 innings and gave up only 3 hits and one run while striking out 10 Rays batters.  He walked 4.  This is why the Yanks paid so heavily in the off-season…

 

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In the nightcap, an 8-run third inning ended any suspense or drama.  After that, it was evident that the Yankees would record their 89th victory of the season, matching last season’s win total.  It is very reassuring to know that the Yankees would have to go 0-23 to match last year’s record.  Of course, Julia is probably saying “It could happen!”…

 

 

The nightcap saw a return to dominance by A.J. Burnett, who had struggled in recent weeks.  In the 11-1 victory, A.J. went 6 innings and gave up 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks, with 8 K’s.  I am impressed with Yankees reliever Mike Dunn, who was called up last week.  I had heard comparisons to the Red Sox’ Daniel Bard, and I’d have to agree based on what I’ve seen so far.  Control is an issue, but he’ll overcome that with work and maturity.

 

 

 

A few notes regarding the Doubleheader…

Derek Jeter failed to get a hit in either game, so he remains 3 hits behind Lou Gehrig for the Yankees’ all-time career hits record.

 

Bill Kostroun/AP

 

Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is out for the season after breaking his finger in two places, thanks to a 95-mph CC Sabathia pitch.  It is a disappointing way to see the AL home run leader’s season come to an end, and I wish him the best for a successful offseason recovery and look forward to his return in 2010.  Pena ends the season with 39 HR’s and 100 RBI’s.  I hate to see injuries caused by Yankee pitching (the Toronto Blue Jays’ Randy Ruiz was hit in the face by Josh Towers on Sunday).  I do not feel that either pitch was intentional, but it is definitely the unfortunate part of the game.  No one wants to see anyone get hurt.  I have always heard that actor John Travolta is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, but the same can be said about Carlos Pena in Tampa (or anywhere for that matter).

 

 

 

The doubleheader sweep gives the Yankees their largest lead of the season, 9 games over the Boston Red Sox. The magic number stands at 16.  Julia, I’m sorry, but I think I hear the fat lady singing…

 

Courtesy David Otto

 

For the remaining two games against the Rays, the Yankees will pitch Chad Gaudin on Tuesday and Joba Chamberlain on Wednesday.  The Rays will counter with David Price and Jeff Niemann, respectively.

 

Courtesy Yankees Magazine

 

After a year lay-off, I am looking forward to watching October baseball again…

 

 

Go Yankees!

 

P.S.  I am glad that the Minnesota Vikings were able to retain QB John David Booty on the practice squad after he cleared waivers.  Of course, any team is free to sign him, so hopefully, the Vikings will clear space on the 53 man roster to restore what Booty lost when the Vikings signed ancient Brett Favre.  Booty will be throwing touchdowns while Favre is searching for retirement homes, so hopefully, Booty’s greatest Viking days are yet to come…

 

Quarterback John David Booty #4 of the Minnesota Vikings prepares to throw against the Dallas Cowboys on August 28, 2008 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The Cowboys won 16-10.

Brian Bahr/Getty Images North America

4 Comments

*After witnessing that double-header, I’m no longer stressing the regular season. We’d have to really flop to miss the playoffs, and the doesn’t seem to be the case as of late. A loss here and there is expected, but you know what we haven’t seen in a quite a while? Consecutive losses! I’m saving my emotions for the playoffs at this point, because it seems to be a done deal. I’m busting out my fake World Series ring as we speak… (When you’re a baseball washup, it’s all you have… but atleast it sparkles!)

http://jquist.mlblogs.com/

Of course anything can happen Scott!! But I think the path both our teams are on will see us meeting again come Sox-tober!!

I saw the replay of Carlos Pena getting hit – and I agree, while not intentional, it is a heartbreaking way for him end the season. Hopefully he will come back as strong as ever next season.

And good luck with Favre – and yes! The football season finally begins! Have the Vikes bought their tickets yet for the Super Bowl? I hear they go fast. ;-)

Have a great day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I’m glad you mentioned Mike Dunn. He had looked so nervous in his debut a few days ago. And when he came out last night, I’d thought we’d see more of the same: wildness. But he settled down and threw gas. Very impressive! Here’s hoping Chad Gaudin will go more than four innings tonight!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

You guys hit Pena (not that it was intended). Another reason to curse the Yankees. That and that whole SWEEP thing….ugh.

Kudos to the Captain! That was pretty cool. Hope that he keeps breaking more records. :0)

Good luck to your Vikings!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

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