Two games equals two Yankees victories this weekend, as the bullpen held its own on Saturday, and the starting pitching holding its own last night. The offense came particularly alive over the weekend with big games A-rod and Swisher on Saturday and big games out of Damon, Jeter, and A-Rod on Sunday.
Sabathia pitched a solid 7 innings of 3 run ball on 3 days rest last night. You kind of with our bullpen wasn't so bad, but Marte held his own over the weekend, and it really allows us to appreciate Mariano Rivera who closed out both of these games.
The bullpen's been inconsistant at best, but they at least did better this weekend, so I can't be too mad.
A-Rod getting plunked 3 times over the weekend. Here's hoping Burnett finds an opportunity to plunk Chase Utley in the numbers.
World Series MVP Game 3
For Saturday, a big MVP vote goes to Alex Rodriguez whose homerun in the 4th inning sparked the Yankees offense, which had been stuck in a malaise of late.
Second vote goes to Nick Swisher who broke out of his funk for a 2-4 night in which he homered, and drove in 1 while scoring twice.
Third vote goes to Andy Pettitte, not so much for his pitching performance of 6 innings and 4 runs, but more for his RBI single.
World Series MVP Game 4
My first vote goes to Johnny Damon, whose 3-5 night made sure the offense would stay alive after a breakout game on Saturday. His biggest moment had to be a 2 out single in the 9th, after which he stole both 2nd and 3rd with a lumbering Pedro Feliz chasing him, and then scored with an A-Rod double.
I'm split on my second vote, because Jeter did a great job being a leadoff man all day, but A-Rod had the big hit and the go ahead run, and Posada put the game out of reach for the Phillies, though with Mariano coming in for the 9th any lead may have been out of reach. I still give it to Posada, just because he drove in 3 runs, and at the end of the game, that was the difference.
Jeter was great yesterday, but A-Rod's go ahead double was probably the final nail in the coffin of the Phillies yesterday. My vote goes to him.
With our patented RJG scoring system, a first place vote gets a player 3 pts, a second place vote will get 2 pts and a 3rd place vote gets 1 pt. Here is the World Series MVP breakdown:
A-Rod = 4 pts
CC Sabathia = 3pts
AJ Burnett = 3pts
Johnny Damon = 3pts
Nick Swisher = 2pts
Hideki Matsui = 2pts
Derek Jeter = 2pts
Jorge Posada = 2pts
Andy Pettitte = 1pt
Mariano Rivera = 1pt
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The RJG will continue to donate to Johnny Damon's homerun club throughout the post season. We believe that our $1.00 donations build just enough good will to push the Yankees into their next World Series title. We expect a ring Bronny Cash.
Yankees hit two homeruns last night, Matsui and Teixeira being the bash brothers from different mothers, and continents, and cultures.
Post Season Homeruns:
Derek Jeter 3hr = $3.00
Hideki Matsui 3hr = $3.00
Alex Rodriguez 6hr = $6.00
Mark Teixeira 2hr = $2.00
Jorge Posada 2hr = $2.00
Johnny Damon 2hr = $2.00
Nick Swisher 1hr = $1.00
Total = $19.00
Regular Season Total = $244.00
RJG Donation Total = $263.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page. Live it. Love it. RJG.