Alright, so I was talking to my friend Sal this morning and he asked about “the bule”. I had to reply to him with a slight feeling of shame because I have not done anything to this site as of late, let alone even think about posting anything. Sal’s questioning may have caused a resurgence as I will again attempt to keep myself dedicated to writing. So for all my friends in Colts Neck as well as up in South Orange, Let’s Go!
The biggest news of the weekend obviously starts with the Yankees going into their closet and grabbing their brooms. So much can be made of this series, but I will keep it to this. Both teams pitched great, (Smotlz not so much), but the Yanks pitched better. New York swung the bats significantly better than the Sox, as the boys from Beantown went 30+ innings without scoring a run at one point during the series.
A-rod finally came up big against Boston, hitting 2 home runs in the series, the first one ending a seemingly endless 15 inning game, and the other one coming last night to put his team up 1-0. Sabathia and Burnett earned their pinstripes and their incredibly large paychecks by pitching almost flawless baseball, while veteran Andy Pettitte gave arguably his best performance of the entire season. It’ s a real shame that the Yanks can’t get him a win, but no doubt, Pettitte has pitched extremely well this second half.
Granted Boston was a little banged up, no Wakefield, Dice-K, and Bay, the Bronx Bombers have certainly erased talks of how Boston defeated New York for the first 8 games against each other this season. The Yankees are now 6.5 gamed ahead of Boston with just about 50 games left in the season.
Okay, enough about those guys. In other baseball news, the acquisition of Cliff Lee by the Phillies led me to believe they were going to be the team to represent the NL in the World Series this year. Lee has done his job, compiling a 2-0 record and a 1.13 ERA in his first two starts in the National League. However, the rest of the Phillies are heading in a completely different direction after losing 7 out of their last 10. The most recent 3 losses come against division rival Florida who is now only 4 games back heading in to Monday.
The Rockies and Giants are certainly making the NL Wild Card an interesting story to keep an eye on. The two teams are in a dead tie for the Wild Card spot with both team’s records standing at 61-50. In my opinion, the Giants are my favorite to win the final playoff spot because of their pitching and recent acquisitions.
Well all know that Tim Lincecum is a pitching feign (leads baseball with 198 k’s and a 2.20 ERA) and that he will continue to deal. Matt Cain has been great this year, Barry Zito has contributed a bit, Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter to boost his confidence some, not to mention Randy Johnson, who is currently on the DL, has won 8 games for the club. Unsung relievers include Jeremy Affelt with 24 holds (2nd in NL) and closer Brian Wilson (tied for 1st in NL).
I’ve heard all year that the Giants have no hitting and I can attest to that statement. However, who needs amazing hitting when you have a one-two combination of Lincecum and Cain for the post-season? If the Giants can muster up enough bat strength with Pablo Sandoval, Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, Freddy Sanchez, and Ryan Garko, then they just might be the team you see winning that Wild Card spot.
Oh yeah, but don’t forget about the Cubs, Marlins, Braves, Astros, and Brewers though. They are all within 6 games of Colorado and San Fran.
More to come later in the night if I can concentrate and write some more news while watching the Yanks take on the Jays at 7.
Thanks to Sal for the unintentional encouragement and motivation to continue to write and also to Rob, Sal, Jerry, and Aimee for making last night’s Yanks/Sox game a great time. Be back soon!!