AJ Burnett was sensational as he kept the Phillies to one run in game 2 of the World Series last night in the Bronx. Pedro Martinez pitched well but was unable to hold the Yankees offense silent to a second night in a row. The Bombers took a while to score some runs but they got there eventually and came out with an important game 2 victory.
The “Who’s your daddy” chants throughout the stadium did not seem to take any effect on Pedro as he had the Yankees guessing early on. He and AJ Burnett seemed to match each other inning after inning. It was in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira finally got to Pedro and took one for a ride to left field. In the sixth inning, Hideki Matsui took another Martinez pitch out to right field with a gold-like swing. Jorge Posada also pitched in with an RBI in the seventh after pinch hitting for Jose Molina. Last night did not show much offense, but the way Burnett pitched last night, it was enough.
The commentators for Fox’s World Series coverage continue to say that AJ Burnett’s curveball is the best in the game… if it is right. That’s the whole key. We have seen Burnett struggle a lot this season when he had a tough time getting his curveball and other key pitches to work. But last night his curveball truly was the best in the game as he made Phillies batters look in awe of the movement. And when they decided to try and hit it… they missed. Simple as that. Burnett also provided a solid 95 mph fastball that kept hitters honest. His two seemer seemed to be getting the best of the Phillies batters as well. It proved this early in the game when he got Shane Victorino to strike out looking at a two seemer that came right back over the inside part of the plate. Burnett’s sensational performance last night has kept the Yankees in this series.
These next three games on the road will be crucial for both teams. The Phillies have a great home record but the Yankees can’t be counted out for anything. The Yankees NEED to win a game on the road and hope to bring the series back to New York. If they can get the series back to New York and keep the Phillies at bay, then the Yankees will take this World Series and add the trophy to the other 26.
Game 3’s starters are Andy Pettitte, who was huge in the ALDS and ALCS for the Yankees, and Cole Hamels, last years NLCS MVP. This matchup, to me, is the most intriguing of the three big pitching matchups for this series. Pettitte has been pitching in the postseason since he put on his pinstripes it seems and has had a lot of success. Cole Hamels has only seen on playoff and has succeeded in it as well. Both are excellent pitchers with good stuff that can be tricky for opposing hitters to get to. They both have great minds for the game and can really help their respective teams. This game will hopefully have some more offense in an even friendlier offensive park than Yankee STadium (Citizen’s Bank Park) but the pitchers will both still have solid performances.
Chase Utley hit two home runs. Big whoop! These two teams are the two most powerful offenses in the MLB and all that really happened was one guy hit a couple homers. Very disappointing.
The Phils took game one simply because of the lack of offensive production from the Yankees offense. The Phils got their two runs from Chase Utley who took CC Sabathia out of the park on a few bad pitches by CC. It is a tough game one loss for Yankees fans because who knows if we will be able to take a game in Philly. The home field advantage will be very important in this series and the fact that we already lost a game at home might come back to bite us in the butt.
Honestly, I was very disappointed at the lack of excitement in this series so far. CC really didn’t pitch all that badly but the couple mistakes he made hurt him. Other than that, he and Cliff Lee were phenominal and I’m not taking anything away from them. The offenses in this series are really what is making this series really exciting. Hopefully it gets a little more exciting.
Game two is going to be Pedro Martinez’s return to Yankee STadium. Will we here the “Who’s your daddy” chant or will we get a lot of boos in Pedro’s direction? who knows but it will be really interesting to see the fans’ reaction to his return. The Yankees will rely on AJ Burnett to go out there and pitch just as well as CC did last night, maybe without the homers though. The offense really needs to wake up too. I guess they thought they had already finished the season or something because there was no sign of it last night.
C’mon Jorge. It goes like this. Uno… dos… tres… so on. How can you not think this was hilarious. I mean, Yankee fans as well as everyone else around the MLB community should get a kick out of this. And I figured that after being away from this blog for a week or so I should start back up with something simple and funny. This is the perfect thing.
The Yankees are still rolling with the division lead over the Red Sox which is now up to 6.5 games if you were wondering. Last night, they played the second game of a three game series against the O’s at Camden Yards and there were plenty of exciting moments, and strange ones as well.
The Bombers are the Bombers. You have to expect them to hit a lot of homers. Not only while they are at homer friendly Yankee Stadium, but also while they are on the road. I mean, they are just a really talented and powerful team that hits a lot of homers. Get over it haters.
Robby Cano hit one in the second inning. Jorge Posada hit one in the third and then hit another one in the fifth. A two homer night wasn’t the only thing that got Posada recognized though. More on that in a second. Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske both went yard in the seventh. So there is your list of homers on the night and as always, a very impressive performance by the Bombers.
So, Posada had a great game offensively against the O’s yesterday. But I don’t think he remembered how to count. Twice, Posada got the counts messed up and the home plate umpire had to remind him of what was going on.
At one point, HP ump Angel Hernandez had to remind Posada that he had just looked at ball four and was awarded a walk. This was a few seconds after Posada looked at the pitch and as he was getting ready for another. The pitcher would’ve loved to get another chance but the umpire was alert and gave Posada the heads up. The second time he messed up the count. He thought he had struck out. When he started walking back to the dugout, Hernandez, as well as guys in the dugout were telling him it was only two strikes. It was great. Hysterical.
Both Derek Jeter and A-Rod were filmed by the camera men at the game laughing about the incident and Johnny Damon was also in there somewhere too. It was really funny and all his teammates were getting a kick out of it. What I really don’t get is how Posada, being a catcher, messed up two different counts in one game. It is really strange and it doesn’t happen often.
So remember Jorge. Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro.
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.