Well everyone, I don’t really have anything much to write about today. No, it’s not because of writer’s block, it’s not because I’m lazy, it’s just because I am gonna give you all an awesome wrap up of the Yankees-Red Sox series that took place this weekend… the final of the season series.
Now, the big “Touche” at the top of this post was definitely in need of being said. The Yanks beat down on Brad Penny and the Sox in game one finishing with a score of 20-11. It was very fun to watch. It was as if every time someone came up to bat, the Yankees would get something positive out of it. It was that kind of day.
Now, yesterday’s game… not so much. The Red Sox basically stole the Yankees’ thunder and scored 12 runs against the Yankees’ 1 which came on a solo shot from Nick Swisher. It was funny too because right as Swisher was come to bat I told my dad that I would be really mad if the Yanks got shut out. Then, as if they had microphones inside my house… another story for another day… Swisher hit a bomb to left that invaded the Monster seats. That satisfied me enough to deal with the blow of defeat.
So, the touche was definitely appropriate and you can’t say I’m a sore loser for not giving the Red Sox props for doing what they did. Next up is the premier matchup of the series and what a way to close out the season series than to have the aces of both teams square off to see who takes home the final victory of the season.
CC Sabathia will go for the Yankees and Josh Beckett for the BoSox. It will definitely be a matchup for the ages and if it’s anything like the matchup between Beckett and AJ Burnett, which wasn’t that long ago, we will surely be seeing replays of it for many years to come.
This phrase is one that most people know and understand, one that applies to every day life. It is a simple one. Meaning that you can’t always expect what is supposed to happen. Sometimes, unexpected occurrences happen and you don’t know what to do. Sometimes the unexpected isn’t anything hard to deal with but you just didn’t expect it to happen. It’s not that hard to understand which is why it is a critical saying to general every day life.
Now, think about this. If I asked you who would win the NL Wild Card, you would probably give me a breakdown of every division and who would come in first and second. Then you would probably figure out who has the best chance at having the best record among the second place teams. So, I did a little experiment with my pal Jay. He was unaware of my intentions to put this in my blog so he’ll figure out later.
Me: Jay, how do you think the NL playoffs will be shaped up at the end of the season.
Jay: The Dodgers, no doubt, are gonna win the West. That’s no question.
Me: I agree 100%. How could Manny and Ethier and Furcal and the O-Dog go without winning that division. They’re just too good and too consistent.
Jay. I think the Cards will pull it out in the Central because they have Holliday now to bat behind Albert. Too much power and good enough pitching to get along. Now the East is the toughy.
Me: It always is. That’s why I say the Phils are gonna repeat as NL East champs.
Jay: I think the Phils will as well. The Mets were my pre-season choice but now with all the injuries I can’t pick them and you’ve got to like what their doing down in Philly.
Me: That addition of Cliff Lee will probably end up being the biggest, most important trade of tbe year if the Phils get deep into the playoffs.
Jay: I think the Cubbies could make a run at the Wild Card. They have been playing better of late and I think they will continue winning and take themselves into the playoffs. I think that’s how it’ll all work out.
Me: That’s a very intersting look at things but it’s your decisions and I can’t make them for you. Thanks man.
Jay: No problem.
This conversation took place over the phone a day after the Cards aquired Matt Holliday from the Athletics.
Now, I agree with every one of those predictions except the one that the Cubs will win the wild card. How can you not think about the Rockies. They have been playing really well of late and they are at the top of the Wild Card standings. Jay said that he still thought the Cubs will streak right past both Colorado and San Fran but I don’t think that’s going to happen. The Cubs may be playing great of late but the Rox are too. I think they will pull away.
Now why would I go to all this trouble just top see who someone would pick to win the Wild Card? Because seriously, who would think the Rockies would be in the playoff picture at all. And how ’bout the Giants too. I don’t think I would meet anyone that thought they would have a chance at the playoffs. This is why you have to EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
The Rox have a real good chance at makign the playoffs as the Wild Card. They pulled away another game yesterday with a win and the Giants’ loss. The Rox are riding a four game win streak and I don’t think they will let anyone stop them from getting to the playoffs.
Even though the Rox were in the playoffs in 2007 in which the Red Sox beat them in four games, they were unexpected to be there that year too. They just weren’t considered a good enough team to get that far into the playoffs. Somehow they did and then they got swpet by a really good Red Sox team. But still, the point is that they were unexpected to be there. Same with this year but they may just do it.
Watch out MLB, here come the Rox. And maybe even the Giants.
Hey everyone. I’m back from my unexpected leave of absence. Now, when someone takes a leave of absence from whatever, there are usually some pretty good reasons for taking a break. Sometimes work or other activities get in the way and their schedules are too cramped up for whatever they are taking a break from. Now, my excuse… a fried computer. My computer basically exploded and we had to get a new one. My parents took like a week to get it too so I was unable to keep up with anything I did daily on the internet. I couldn’t keep up with this blog. Now with my fantasy teams. Nothing. But now I’m back and I’m ready to discuss what was probably the craziest moment from this week. And we all know I’m all about the crazy.
The Red Sox and Tigers opened up a four game series on Monday night, the day that my computer fried. So, it was set to be a good one. The Sox had just been swept by the Yankees, much to my liking, and the Tigers are still in the race for the top spot in the AL Central. You wouldn’t really expect fireworks in an out of division game like this. But of course, it’s the Red Sox and they have had their fair share of fights, in division and out.
Now, this was the most recent brawl that the Red Sox were involved in. This one was between the Sox and Rays, or should I say, Coco Crisp and James Shields. Shields threw a fastball that clunked Coco in the right thigh. After the pitch, it seemed as though Coco was just going to go down to first but then all of a sudden he charged the mound, ready to get it on. Shields threw a punch and wiffed as Coco dodged it and caught Shields in the back of the head as other Rays’ players came over to defend Shields and take Coco off him. Then the benches cleared and you know the rest. This is the memorable pic from that fight.
Now, how can you forget the Red Sox Yankees brawls from the past. Here’s the most famous one in which A-Rod and Varitek went at it after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. A-Rod and Varitek exchanged words as Rodriguez was walking down to first. Then, with a gesture of his hands, A-Rod taunted Varitek who then threw his glove into Rodriguez’s face and it was on. Here’s that famous pic.
Then there was the other famous fight in which Pedro Martinez threw Don Zimmer to the ground. That was really a crazy one. I remember watching it with my dad and I was like, whoa, I can’t believe Pedro did that to an old man like Zimmer. Here’s that pic.
Just face it world. The Red Sox are fight prone. They have been involved in some of the most memorable fights in recent history. They have all been caused by pitchers throwing at batters. They have all been between in division rivalries. And they have all been crazy adventures to watch. Just get over it Red Sox Nation. Your team is a fighting team. Now, that’s not totally a bad thing. I mean if you get thrown at then you should be angry. But charging the mound and throwing punches shouldn’t be how it ends.
When Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Rick Porcello, Youk was fired up. He had reason to be. Only one batter earlier had Porcello thrown at Victor Martinez. But the pitch missed Martinez inside and Martinez himself was a little fired up. He didn’t charge the mound though. When the next batter Youkilis got hit, he knew he had been thrown at. He charged the mound and him and Porcello tumbled to the ground as the rest of the two teams charged out from the dugouts and their positions in the field. It was crazy. Here’s that memorable pic.
Youkilis was FRIED with a five game suspension. Porcello, a five gamer as well. It was indeed a crazy fight and the sparks were once again started by a pitcher throwing at a batter.
Now, here’s a fun fact. The four brawls that I mentioned in this post all took place at Fenway Park. Intersting. Maybe the Red Sox just like getting the fans behind them by getting in a brawl. I don’t know but it’s a thought.
Until next time…
C’mon. You can’t not be thinking sweep right now. The Yankees have totally dominated this series, giving the Red Sox nothing. Nothing at all. The pitching has been STELLAR, the offense has been great, the bullpen (probably the biggest reason we lost so many games to the Sox earlier in the season) has been good as well, and the momentum of the Yankees has left the Red Sox in the dirt. As I said a few days ago, I don’t think the Yankees know how to lose.
CC started the game going the first half of the game without giving up a hit. Obviously everyone was thinking about the possibility of a no-no and, well… who couldn’t? CC ended up only giving up two hits, and two walks in his 7.2 innings of work. He racked up nine K’s, excellent work. He had a nasty slider that got a few guys out and made them look really foolish. The bullpen kept up the consistency that was far from anywhere near New York at the beginning of the season and Phil Hughes and Nate Robertson combined to go the rest of the game only giving up two hits and no walks (both hits credited to Robertson).
Such a sight to see. The Yankees beating up on the Red Sox. Just like it ought to be. Well, to all you Red Sox fans out there. Here’s something positive that you can take out of all this. You’re only 5.5 games out of first. At least you can say that you are in better position than the Orioles to make a run. The O’s are 22.5 games back. That’s a pretty good thing, right?
The offense last night was clearly good enough to get past the Red Sox, considering CC pitched his heart out. Well, in pretty much any other game, five runs is a good afternoon for a team that has their pitchers pitch relatively well. Derek Jeter helped out that cause late in the game with a two run homer to right. Of course it would be to right. Where else does anyone hit a home run to in Yankee Stadium. Mark Teixeira went 1-3 with an RBI and two walks. Robby Cano went 3-4 and scored a run. Jose Molina, filling in for Jorge Posada, went 1-2 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk. The offense was definitely there yesterday and it was great to see another butt-kicking of the Red Sox handed out by the Yankees.
Tonight, the final game in the series has everyone thinking sweep. Right now, the way the series has gone so far, it looks like a no brainer. The Yankees have everything going right. The pitching, the offense, the defense. Everything is running smoothly. Tonight, Andy Pettitte and Jon Lester go at it and it’s a pretty good matchup. Both guys are second of the rotation guys. Both have good stuff and could easily be the top man in any rotation. They have their ups and downs. They will definitely put on a show but I still have my money on the Yankees sweeping the Sox. I said earlier before this series started that I thought the Yankees would win three out of four. But now I am totally thinking sweep.
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.
If we can finally beat the Red Sox, then I say the Yankees can’t lose right now. 0-8 against the Sox on the season was enough for the Bombers who burst out last night for a 13-6 win in Yankee Stadium. Melky’s bomb in the fourth off the struggling John Smoltz was just the beginning of an explosive offensive outbreak that put the game out of reach for the Red Sox. An eight run fourth inning was enough for the Yankees but they added on another four to make sure.
The game was definitely homer friendly as six bombs left the yard. Teixeira hit his 28th on the year to put up the Yankees 13-4. Now, that’s all that would be for the Yankees but as I predicted, the Red Sox didn’t go out quietly.
In the ninth, Anthony Claggett came in to the game to try and hold down the Sox for another inning and secure the Yankees their first victory of the season over the Sox. Well, Claggett gave up two runs and the pressure started to build for the Yankees. But fortunately, the Yanks got out of it and came out with the win. A huge win for us. I was ecstatic.
So, now we’re 1-8 eight against the Red Sox on the season. Now, I am totally fine with having a losing record against them for the season. As long as we win some of them and we come out on top at the end of the season. This is a sign to me that the Yankees are still on a roll and they are not going to be stopped. I honestly think the Yankees don’t know how to lose right now. They are just tearing it up.
So how did Victor Martinez do in his first Red Sox-Yankees game. Well, he went 0-3 with three walks. He did score a run but other than that, he was invaluable in the Red Sox offensive attack. Casey Kotchman, another new arrival for the Sox had a pretty good game as he went 1-4 with a two run homer. He also walked once and scored two runs. Not bad for his first dose of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.
Mo didn’t appear at the end of the game because we were up by so much. No need to bring him in right. We’re winning by so much that we definitely won’t need him. Well, when Clagget started getting into trouble, I thought we might need him after all if they couldn’t get out of this trouble. Well, fortunately enough Mo didn’t have to waste a day of rest and was able to stay out in the bullpen.
Jed Lowrie, a recently called back up after rehabbing from his stint on the DL. He has played pretty well of late but yesterday he re-injured himself. Well, he may have. He came out of the game early because of numbness in his hand and forearm soreness. Hopefully he’s alright so he doesn’t have to back on the DL. That would really stink. He’s a good kid with a lot of potential.
The Yankees added some depth to their starting rotation. Since Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves have had such great success in the bullpen, the Yankees have opted to keep them there. But who is still there to start? That’s why they got Chad Gaudin. He’s been with the Padres most recently and had played with the Phillies recently as well. Gaudin should be a good fit to this Yankees team. He definitely adds the depth we needed in the pitching staff and I think this move makes us a lot lot lot lot lot better.
Well, I am extremely happy with the Yankees’ performance yesterday and I’m sure every other Yankee fan is too. They played great. Joba was great. The offense was obviously on fire. The pitching didn’t totally blow it. The defense was good. And everything was just flowing right. Just watch all you Red Sox fans. The Yankees aren’t done with you yet. The Yanks were just STELLAR.
Tonight we’ve got Burnett going against Beckett. The marquee matchup in this series that everyone always looks forward to. It’s going to be great. Burnett has not faired well agains the Sox recently so he’s looking for some revenge and he may get it if the Yankee offense can put up another great performance like last night.
Being a Yankee fan, or even for those Red Sox fans on this MLBlogosphere, these next four days should present nothing else but Red Sox-Yankees analysis on any Yankee fan’s or Red Sox fan’s blog. That’s so simple. The best rivalry in baseball is nothing short of what it is put up to be. It is the single best part of the MLB. It is my favorite part of the year when the Yankees and Red Sox face off and everyone else’s involved in this rivalry. And basically, it is the only thing that should be talked about by any Red Sox or Yankee fan during the 18 games they play each other every year. It is just STELLAR.
So, everyone knows that the Yankees have been unsuccessful against the Red Sox thus far this season. They have been unable to win at home or on the road; extremely disappointing to Yankee fans. Now, with first place in our posession (meaning the Yankees), the Bronx Bombers have a certain upside to things now, now that they have succeeded past the Sox without actually beating them. But these next few games they play against the Red Sox will be played with a bigger sense of importance. The Yankees can really pull away from the Red Sox, and push their already solid 2.5 game lead to maybe a 5 game lead or a 6 game lead at best. A sweep would be phenominal seeing that we haven’t beaten them once this season. Four straight wins would be STELLAR.
The Yankees and Red Sox play a total of ten games to finish off the season series. Three of those are in Boston and the rest of them are in New York. This is a huge advantage for the Yankees and they need to take advantage of it. I can’t think of any better way to say it than that. If you can’t win at home, you don’t have as good a chance to win on the road.
Victor Martinez… just aquired in a blockbuster deal from the Cleveland Indians. A catcher/first baseman that has helped the Red Sox immensely in their current infield situation. They have Mike Lowell who hasn’t been to the top of his health. Since this has been the case, he has not started at third in the recent past and has forced Kevin Youkilis to shift over to third, the position he came to the Red Sox to play. Victor Martinez has fit into the first base position and has let Jason Varitek remain behind the plate. Late in the games, Mike Lowell has appeared to pinch hit giving the Red Sox much needed depth. Martinez will get his first dose of the Yankees-Red Sox action and will be a huge part in it. Martinez is the offensive bat that has fit into an already loaded lineup for the Red Sox that has its fair share of power and just general good hitting. It will be interesting to watch how he performs.
Now, going sort of off topic. How about that Kung Fu Panda?
No not that one… this one.
Pablo Sandoval has been a huge part of bringing the San Francisco Giants back into the playoff race. They are currently first in the wild card race in the NL, only a half game ahead of their closest competitors in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies. The Giants aren’t going to get to the top of the division, with the Dodgers easily pulling away from day one, but with Sandoval leading the way offensively, the Giants could be the underdog that gets into the playoffs. They have the pitching; Lincecum and Cain. They have the defense; Rowand and Molina among them. They have the offense; Sandoval and Sanchez. What else is their that they need. Obviously they don’t have an overly great team, but they have what it takes to perform to a high standard and they could surely make it to the playoffs. Now, how far will they go in the playoffs? I’m not so sure. They do have to face off against the best of the best in the NL; the Dodgers, the Phils, most likely, and possibly the Cards, the Cubbies, or even the Brew Crew. All tough teams, but they should have enough to get into the playoffs in the first place. Sandoval leads the way offensively and all I can say to the Giants is this:
THE KUNG FU PANDA WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.