Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mariano Saves 600

The Good

For starters, all the credit in the world to AJ Burnett who pitched 6 innings with 2 runs with 11 strikeouts. That was more the AJ Burnett we hoped to have all season, but even against this weak Mariners team it was a welcome sight. Montero went 2-4 and continues to show that he can hit at this level. Soriano-Robertson-Rivera locked down the last three innings including a perfect inning out of Soriano and 5 strikeouts between Robertson and Rivera. Rivera locked his 600th save of his career.

The Bad

The coaching staff came to visit AJ in the 3rd thinking that he was injured, but in reality he was just uncomfortable. "My shirt was tucked in a wierd way. It just didn't feel right. When I conferred with Rothschild and Girardi, they were like 'Why don't you untuck it and then retuck it?' So I did, and when I untucked I realized that my shirt had folded over when I tucked it causing the discomfort. Once it was tucked correctly I could throw strikes, and strikes win ballgames, unless they're players strikes in which case there are no ballgames."

Truly words to live by.

The Ugly

While Mariano was locking his 600th save, the Red Sox were trying to upstage him with Wakefields 200th win. The attempt fell short however because 200 wins is like graduating from college. Everyone in your home will congratulate you, but no one else will care.

But in all seriousness, 200 wins with a knuckleball is an impressive feat. Not 600 saves impressive, but impressive in the way fireflies on a summer's night are impressive.

He Can Hit

I'm talking about Cano, who hit a homerun last night and made sure the kids would not go home empty handed. That's 2 more dollars for the Children's Health Fund.

Mark Teixeira 37hr = $74
Curtis Granderson 39hr = $78
Russell Martin 17hr = $34
Alex Rodriguez 15hr = $30
Jorge Posada 12hr = $24
Robinson Cano 26hr = $52
Andruw Jones 11hr = $22
Brett Gardner 6hr = $12
Nick Swisher 22hr = $44
Derek Jeter 5hr = $10
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Eduardo Nunez 4hr = $8
Ramiro Pena 1hr = $2
Eric Chavez 1hr = $2
Jesus Montero 3hr = $6
Chris Dickerson 1hr = $2
Total = $412


Rich Mahogany said...

I hope this game does not revive the possibility of Burnett making playoffs starts. Even in one of his better performances, Burnett still threw two wild pitches and hit two batters. If he had not been facing a AAA team he might have gotten shelled.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Yeah, and that's the thing, unless Burnett really dominates over his last few starts, I don't think he'll be considered. You have to go with Garcia.