Strasburg is signed, the Yanks were kept scoreless by their former comrad, and the Cards continue to dominate the Dodgers, MLB’s best team. Here we go…
Yesterday I talked about the whole Strasburg situation. Well, he’s finally signed; it took until 11:58 Monday night to get it done. Another Scott Boras guy, Strasburg was drafted number one by the Nats and is expected to be the start of a reformation in the nation’s capital.
Here’s a comment I got on my post from yesterday by Julia from Julia’s Rants:
“Dillon- Jacoby Ellsbury has to be near the top of your list as well. Many a wall wear scares from him. And Strasburg? Sadly another case of his devil of an agent trying to extort money from teams.”
Julia put it right on the money. Boras has the reputation of extorting money from teams trying to sign his clients. He definitely gets his clients money but he is not like much by other players, teams, and fans because of how he does it. For the Nationals, they are probably ecstatic that they were able to sign Strasburg. Boras took it down to the last minute until Strasburg told him to get it done because of his wanting to play. It’s done now and you can expect to see Strasburg in the nation’s capital next spring.
Hey, Yankee fans! Remember this guy. Yeah. It’s Brett Tomko. He kind of played for us this year until we released him in July because he wasn’t performing to the level of success that we needed him to. Yeah, him. Well, he’s on the Athletics now and he just shut us out yesterday. What a shame.
The Yankees were held to seven hits and were walked twice. Tomko was definitely on his game for the first five innings of the game before he was taken out. And even after he was relieved, the Yankees were still baffled by the Athletics’ pitching. They just couldn’t get it done. After Tomko came out, they only got two more hits. That’s terrible. How could this happen against the A’s of all teams? Well, at least we can say AJ Burnett and Derek Jeter had really really good games.
Burnett went a complete game (8 innings) of STELLAR work. He only allowed six hits, one less than the Yankees had as a team. He struck out five and walked two. Not a bad performance. In fact, it’s a very good performance. This would be the kind of performance we would assume came in a Yankee victory. But unfortunately the Yankee bats were held quiet. But not Derek Jeter.
Jeter went 3-4 with three singles. He didn’t do much more than that but at least he was able to have some success agaisnt the Oakland pitching. Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher both hit doubles, their only hits of the game. Jorge Posada and Ramiro Pena both hit singles as well. The Yankees still have a seven game lead on the Red Sox in the AL East.
Chris Carpenter was dealing last night against the Dodgers. He went eight innings of work giving up only five hits and a walk. He struck out eight. He only gave up two runs on the game which is a good sign as for his run control goes. The offense also helped out. It took until the end of the game to pull ahead but it happened eventually and Carpenter was still on the mound to record the win. Pujols homered in the fourth to tie the game at one apiece. Then in the seventh, Rick Ankiel sent a bomb to deep right center to go ahead 3-2. The Cards kept the lead with Trevor Miller and Ryan Franklin who combined to pitch the ninth. The Dodgers seem to have no answer for the Cards this season. They could be a deadly foe for the Dodgers in the playoffs as the Cards may have the top of the Central division come the end of the season. Who knows, maybe the Cards will out play the MLB’s best team.
Well, the Yank and Sox just ended a rivalry series but they are still in the news together. Both teams are involved in the top two interleague series’ taking place this weekend. The Yankees are playing the Mets in the first Subway Series this season, and the Red Sox are taking on the defending champs Phillies. Both great matchups. Both headline matchups. So far, the Yanks have taken the first game of the series with the Mets on a walk off. The cause of the walk off- an error by Luis Castillo. More on this later. Now the Red Sox were in no need of a walk off. They beat the Phils 5-2. They shut out one of the best hitters in baseball, Chase Utley, and overall dominated the Phils. So here we go.
Joba took the bump for the Yanks against Livan Hernandez who has been pitching very well for the Mets lately. He pitched all right through four innings of work. But at least we can say he pitched through three innings. The funny thing is, he only gave up one hit. But he gave up two runs. The reason for this is five walks. And all of you know how much I hate walks. So he gave up the two runs, but nothing to drastic. He also struck out three. He had a pretty good night despite only pitching through four. And when a pitcher comes out early, I always get worried because we have to give it up to the bullpen. And that hasn’t exactly worked out that well for us most of the season.
Brett Tomko was the first to come out from the ‘pen and he caused the most damage of all. He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks. He gave up a homer to Gary Sheffield that drove in two of the runs he gave up. He only pitched .2 of an inning so it’s even worse that he gave up so much in such a little time.
Dave Robertson came in and pitched 1.1 innings. He gave up one hit, one walk, one run, and had three strikeouts. Not terrible but we needed him to hold them to no runs. That would have been better. Phil Coke came in to relieve Robertson and pitched 1.2 innings of perfect ball. He gave up nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You get the idea. Then he was relieved by Mariano Rivera who was in for the last out of the eighth. And things went pretty bad for him.
Rivera came in and gave up a hit and a walk that would lead to a run to tie the game for the Mets. This was not what I expected from Rivera at all. Well, I was wrong, obviously. He did strike out two so the one run was all they got. It was all up to the Yanks offense now. Rivera pitched a good ninth and the game was still tied.
The Yanks then came up to the plate to first face Pedro Feliciano. HE got one out and handed it over to Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod if you will. He is the one who had problems. Not often found from K-Rod. He gave up a hit and a walk and then, everything went wrong for the Mets. A-Rod came up to bat and popped it up to Luis Castillo. The Mets second baseman dropped the ball and two runs scored. The Yanks took the game on an improbable play. A walk off not often seen but it happened and the Yanks got the win. It was a great way to end and exciting and pant wetter of a game. Way to go Yanks. Luis Castillo- sorry it had to happen to you.
A win for the Yanks has been scarce over the last few games. They were swept by the Sox and that just made it even worse. But this win over another rival must boost their confidence. We need to get some more wins and hope the Phils can get it done against the Red Sox. We are currently 2 game back of the Sox who are in first. Hopefully we can get some more wins against the Mets to make up for the sweep from the Red Sox.