Monday, September 27, 2010

The Walk-Off Walk

The Good

Phil Hughes pitched an excellent game going 6 strong innings allowing just 1 run. He was a bit shaky in the 7th, but Robertson was able to handle the inning. In fact, the bullpen was generally strong with one exception.

Also good, A-Rod blasted a 2-run homerun to temporarily put the Yankees ahead, until the 9th.

Juan Miranda, the most unlikely of hero's, came through in the 10th with a bases-loaded walk, to win the game.

Lastly, I am not going to bother to write a review of Saturday's game and make you relive that experience. This definitely fits under the "good" category.

The Bad

Lets go with Matsuzaka's 8 innings of 2 run ball. Never mind that his ERA was pushing 5 on the season, and that he hasn't given up less than 4 runs in a start since August 5, the Yankees made the man look like he belongs in the major leagues. Jeter especially with his 2 strikeouts on pitches nearly in the same spot.

The Ugly

Have to give this to Mo's blown save. It normally wouldn't matter that they stole 4 bases on him, since he normally would just get a couple weak groundballs and some strikeouts. Instead it cost him. That's 3 consecutive appearances that Mo has given up a run. Concerning? Not really, but worth mentioning.

Flexing in the Bronx

Though we won't review Saturday's futile effort, we will include Granderson's homerun as well as A-Rod's jack from last night to our tally of homeruns and donations to the Children's Health Fund. Speaking of Granderson, he has really fought his way back to have a respectable season. The last few weeks have been really impressive. A-Rod is now 1 homerun shy of hitting 30 on the season.

Posada 18hr = $36
Granderson 23hr = $46
Cano 28hr = $56
Swisher 28hr = $56
Jeter 10hr = $20
Johnson 2hr = $4
Rodriguez 29hr = $58
Teixeira 32hr = $64
Thames 12hr = $24
Gardner 5hr = $10
Winn 1hr = $2
Miranda 3hr = $6
Curtis 1hr = $2
Kearns 2hr = $4
Nunez 1hr = $2
Berkman 1hr = $2
Total = $392


Steve said...

I'm not giving up on Mo just yet. This has been a very odd year for him. He has appeared in only 59 games ( lowest number in the past 10 years 64) and his appearences are sometimes sporattic. I think he has pitched more times this year in non save situations then in the past. When the Yanks go on a winning streak it's never one run games and Mo seems to have to wait and wait for his chance. Now they are at playoff time. Who else would you want out there?

Fernando Alejandro said...

That's true, I'm not really concerned about him. I think the last few outings were an anomaly, and he'll be right back to form come playoffs.

Anonymous said...

I am a bit concerned about Mo, but that's what I do. I was asked the same question last night, and laughed at the idea of having Papelbon as the closer. Shortly afterward, watching him pitched, I was laughing even louder:)