14 Oct 2003
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Ok, deep breaths out there, Yankee Fans. Today was a good step, a big step, but not a final step. Before you go out and buy your World Series tickets, let’s look at a couple of facts/myths
1- The Red Sox won three straight elimination games in their last series
2- While John Burkett may not be Cy Young, I seem to remember a complete game victory he pitched against the Yankees in the 1996 playoffs.
3- Last time Andy Pettite had a chance to clinch a series, he pitched one of the worst games in post season history (Game 6 2001 WS)
4- While Game 6 is obviously a must win for the Sox, if they do win, wouldn’t they have momentum going into game 7?
5- No matter who wins this ALCS, they will most likely run into a Wood/Prior combo for at least 4 and maybe 5 of the World Series games. (Remind anyone of Johnson/Schilling?)
Ok, enough of the negative, some notes and observations from tonight’s game….
Fox Sucks. Glad they got us to Manny’s Home Run after he had rounded first (with the length of Manny’s Home Run trot, we should assume we missed at least two minutes of the game) but now the start time of tomorrow’s game is up in the air. Are you kidding me?? Fox decided to milk as much revenue as they could last week by simulcasting Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the ALCS, thus putting both of them in Prime Time. Now, they want two separate TV audiences. While Boston to NY is not an arduous trip, shouldn’t the Yankees and Red Sox get some accommodation for losing their travel day to rain? Now, they may have to play a game less than 21 hours after the end of their last game and with a trip in the middle to boot.
Joe Torre bringing in Mariano Rivera for the 8th and 9th inning drives me nuts. First, what does it say to everyone in the bullpen when you won’t bring them in for the 8th inning with a 3 run lead? Second, Rivera doesn’t always pitch as well in inning 2 as he did in inning 1. Third, Rivera threw 28 pitches, what if they need him tomorrow for a closer game?? I know that Torre was proved right tonight, but I still think a Contreras/White combo would have been the way to start the 8th tonight.
Also, why is Garcia in Right Field in the 8th inning? We know that Juan Rivera is the best OF on the roster and Mo had been brought in to close the game, so why didn’t Torre go with a defensive sub? I don’t think Rivera would have caught Walker’s Triple, but it may have only been a Double with him out there.
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but why did Grady leave Lowe in for the 8th inning? The only conclusion I can draw is that he has less confidence in his bullpen than Torre does in his (excluding Mo)
Soriano’s flip from his glove to get a crucial out shows why he shouldn’t be moved from 2b. Sure, he makes bad errors, but he is improving (if you don’t believe me, look at a tape of the 2001 Yankees) and his offense at Second makes him one of the most valuable players in the game. Yes, he may not walk enough, but his combo of speed and power makes him dangerous in every at bat. He may never win a gold glove, but he should stay at second. Put him in Right Field and you reduce his value. That’s it for tonight, see you tomorrow!