Yankee-Red Sox games are the best out there. That’s a no doubter. But last night’s 15 inning odyssey proved to be one of the greatest of all time not only between the two teams, but also of all time among all the teams in the MLB. AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett both pitched for the champion Florida Marlins in 2003, along with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell. Every time the Yanks and Sox face off it seems that the two former Marlins find their way to face each other. It seems that way anyway. They have been the marquee matchup of the series’ between the two teams pretty much every time this season, being Burnett’s first year with the Bombers. They both proved last night why they are the matchup to see. Neither threw a perfect game, neither had a phenominal number of strikeouts and neither started a fight by throwing at the other team. No, it was a 15 inning outing in which each guy went deep into the game, getting out of his fair share of jams, and keeping the intensity of the game at the high level that is expected of a Yankees-Red Sox game. It was truly a great game.
Now, ESPN Classics may already have many famous games from Yankees-Red Sox past airing over the channel. Well, this game will surely be airing over ESPN Classics in the future because this truly was a classic. I had a great time watching it and it was such a heart stopping game. That bomb that Josh Reddick almost hit late in the game had me on my toes, as well as my dad. If it was fair, the game could’ve been over, but the ball went foul and the game went on. That’s the kind of game it was.
The game went into extras, and of course, the game stayed scoreless or else the game would be over. Now, most games that go into extras will be over by the eleventh or twelfth innings, on average. But some games do go deeper and deeper than that. Neither the Yankees or Red Sox bullpens could put the other away and the offenses didn’t do their job in putting runs up on the board. That’s another reason this is an instant classics. It was a total pitcher’s duel. Not just the starting pitchers. But the bullpens got in on it too as they took over when the game went into extras. It was not until A-Rod hit a two run bomb off of Junichi Tazawa to put the game away. It was just that kind of game.
Now, Burnett did only give up one hit over his 7.2 innings of work. But he did walk six guys which I am not very pleased with. As many of you know, I despise it when guys give up many walks unintentionally. It is a free pass and there is no need for it. But anyway, the six walks and one hit pretty much matched up with Beckett’s four hits and two walks. So they were still pretty evenly matched as they left the game in the eighth inning. The bullpens did their job and kept the game going for a long time. I’m surprised neither of the managers pulled a position player and put him on the mound to pitch since each team went through so many pitchers. But it was a great game and a thrill to watch.
Classic Yankees-Red Sox action. It’s either going to be a blowout for each team, scoring runs every five seconds, a total pitcher’s duel that goes into extras (as it was last night), or an average game where each team scores a few runs and then a fight breaks out. It’s just how Yankees-Red Sox action goes. It’s like a story.
I’m going to introduce a new topic that I will try to do once a week. It is going to discuss two players from around the MLB and how they matchup. Who would I choose. Who would others choose. Upsides, downsides. Better success. All that jazz. It’s going to be here. So here we go. For the first post of this kind, I will be talking about two recently called up youngsters who have been STELLAR so far this season.
Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen
Chris Coghlan: So far this season, this kid has only played in 44 games, yet has been tearing it up for every minute of them. He has been STELLAR. He is batting .265, which is respectable, has 2 homers, which is a good start for a leadoff speedy kind of guy. He has scored 26 runs which is outstanding. He has 11 RBI and 4 SB whichare also very good stats for a guy who’s only played 44 games so far. I have been very impressed with how easily he has meshed with the Marlins team. He has fit perfectly into the leadoff spot batting in front of the likes of Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu who make up the powerful middle of the lineup. Coghlan has also showed impressive defensive skill. He has played a solid left field with only three errors. That’s not all that bad but it could be a little better. But that’s why they’re called professionals. They can improve and fix their problems to make them better. I’m sure Coghlan’s defense will improve over his career. Certainly by next season, he will be shut down in the outfield. He can also play second base which gives the Marlins some flexibility. He is an all around great young player who has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.
Andrew McCutchen: Ever since the McLouth trade to Atlanta, Pittsburgh has been amazed at how well McCutchen has replaced McLouth in center. He has filled in with the same skill, mindset, and positive attitude that McLouth had, and maybe a little extra. He has been a speedy sensation in Pittsburgh and has made many Pittsburgh fans and many MLB followers forget about the loss of McLouth to the Braves. McCutchen has been tearing it up and has proved he is ready to be a professional. Right now, I think he may be the fastest guy in the MLB. You could make an argument for Emilio Bonifacio (Coghlan’s teammate in Florida), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox) or maybe a few others. But McCutchen’s speed is so essential to his game, that every time he hits it to the outfield, the thoughts that go through many minds is this: “If it falls he’s got two and he’s gonna try for a triple.” Yeah… he’s that fast. His defense is pretty good too. Now he’s only played 21 games but has not made an error yet and has played a solid centerfield. On offense, as I said, his speed is a huge asset. He has already legged out 5 triples (maybe not legged out because he made a few of them standing up… I told you he’s really fast). He has 4 doubles, a homer, and has four stolen bases. He’s scored 16 runs and overall, he has been one of the biggest parts of the Pittsburgh offense. He is also in the leadoff spot and will stay there for many years as the center point of the Bucs’ offense.
So who would I take for my team. Honestly, I would take either of them. They are both fantastic young players and could both fit into any offense at the leadoff spot. They are both good defensively (McCutchen is probably a little better) and they both are pretty fast. Overall, I think McCutchen may have the edge. He definitely has the edgo defensively because he has no errors and has played enough games to convince me he won’t be making too many over his career. His speed also pushes him over Coghlan because he can leg out triples to get an easy score. A hit with him on second would easily score but you never know. Third is safer than second. So in this debate of youngsters who are tearing it up so far, I take McCutchen with a slight edge. Coghlan, maybe next time. Work on your defense.
That’s all for this debate. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did leave a comment so I know I should continue this and not be wasting my time. Thanks.
I really don’t know what else to talk about anymore. The pitching was all right, the offense scored a little. And the bullpen wasn’t terrible. It all adds up but the Red Sox were just little better in every one of those stats than we were. It’s that simple.
CC took the bump and was really good through seven innings. He came back out for the eighth and wasn’t able to get a guy out. He left three possible runs on base that came back to bite him in the butt. He finished the game with four earned runs, including the three in the eighth inning. He must have ran out of juice. Brad Penny on the other side was also very good. He pitched well in a six inning effort giving up six hits, a walk, but no runs. Manny Delcarmen gave up three runs in the seventh inning after coming in for Penny. He was then relieved by Takashi Saito who finished up the inning and saved what was left of Delcarmen’s professionalism. The Yanks had the lead but CC would give it back up in the eighth.
So overall, the pitching wasn’t terrible. It was STELLAR through the seven innings. But in the eighth it crumbled to pieces. The Sox’ pitching was also very good. It was tough to lose one in which there was such good pitching.
The offense was able to score some runs, but it took until the seventh to get it going. We couldn’t get anything off Penny who only allowed six hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen was kinder to us and gave us three. That was all we’d get though and that is a little disappointing. Here are my top performers for the day.
- Alex Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI
- Francisco Cervelli: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
- Melky Cabrera: 2-4, 1 Run
- Hideki Matsui: 2-3
- Derek Jeter: 2-5
- CC Sabathia: 1 ER through seven. AFter that, he’s not on this list
IT was another tough loss to the Red Sox and I am very disappointed. Maybe we’ll get ’em next time. We’ve got interleague play coming up and maybe we can score some more and have good pitching against our opponents (Mets, Marlins, Nats, Braves).
The Yankees-Red Sox series is pretty much the only thing on my mind among everything else baseball. Obviously it is because I am a Yankee fan and we are in the middle of a season series with our rivals. It’s great. I’m sure every other Yankee fan blogger out there is talking about the same things I am. It’s just how things go. If your team is in a rivalry series, you are going to write about it. So here we go.
Chien Ming Wang did exactly what I assumed he would do when he took the bump last night. He sucked. He was the second Yankee pitcher in a row to be chased before the third inning. Tuesday night, it was AJ, and last night, Wang was chased as well. In Wang’s 2.2 innings pitched, he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks. He gave up one homer to Mike Lowell. Bottom line… he was aweful.
On the other side of things, the Red Sox sent Tim Wakefield to the mound, who has been having a very good season. At 7-3 before the game, he showed how good of a season he has been having. He went 6 innings only giving up 8 hits, three runs, and had two strikeouts. I wish those were the kind of stats we could have from the Yanks pitching. But yeah right. Wang was terrible.
As far as the offense goes, they were fine. They did score last night which made me happy. They only scored five runs so they didn’t do that great. They are definitely capable of more than that. The pitching is what ruined it for us. They were unable to hold the Red Sox offense to a few runs or fewer. They gave up too many early runs and we were out of it by the time we made our comeback. We only lost by one run but hey… you can’t always expect a comeback from the offense. It’s a two way road. The offense does their job and the pitching staff does their job. That’s how it rolls.
We had our big offensive performers last night as did the Red Sox. For us it was obviously Mark Teixeira… when has it not in the recent past. He went 4-5 with a homer and two runs. Johnny Damon hit a homer as his only hit on the night, but at least that’s something. Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui also had good nights at the plate. Matsui went 2-3 with a run scored and Posada went 2-5 with run scored and an RBI. Robby Cano also pitched in with a RBI despite going hitless for the game.
The pitching… well they were so bad I’m not going to talk about them any more. Except Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves. Kudos to you guys. But Wang and Hughes. You guys sucked. A thumbs down from Simon for you guys.
So I’m really disappointed about how we haven’t been able to get a win against the Red Sox yet this season. If we could get one win, that would STELLAR. So far, it hasn’t looked good so I am not expecting anything good from the Yanks in game three of the series. We do have CC going to the mound for us. He is going against Brad Penny who hasn’t been very consistent this season. He has been alright but maybe we can get something from him. But again, I’m not expecting anything good today.
So we start up interleague action again after the series with the Red Sox. We head back home to host our cross town National League rivals. The Mets. They are having a decent season so far and can’t be underestimated. Johan Santana has been lights out this season. Too bad he hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. But he’s great. We play him and the Mets for three. Then we have a day off before facing the Nats at home for three. We go right into a three game series with the Marlins after the Nats’ series. Then we have the Braves for three after a day off following the Marlins series. We finish everything off against the Mets again in Citi Field. So that’s the near future. Maybe we can get some wins against our interleague opponents because we obviously can’t get any against the stupid Red Sox.
Go Yanks. Maybe we’ll get a win. Possibly. Actually, probably not. I’m being really pessimistic right now aren’t I.