Game 138: It’s like the 2003 ALCS all over again

And on the 119th pitch, Joe Torre awoke from his deep slumber
Andy Van Slyke will not pay that subway fare

Roger Clemens is starting with Mike Mussina ready in the bullpen. Sound familiar?

Meanwhile, to address a point that Rich raised in the comments to this post, at some point, Joe Torre simply has to go with someone else from the bullpen. Sure, these guys won’t be consistent, but they will get outs. Edwar Ramirez had one great inning yesterday, and he could have done that in the 7th with Joba in the 8th.

No one has a sure-fire bullpen anymore, but other managers trust their relievers enough to go to them in close games. If Torre is willing to use only two people when the Yanks are fighting for a game, the rest of Septembe — not to mention the playoffs — could be problematic too. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than watching Andy Pettitte, who has a history of elbow problems, throw 119 pitches in back-to-back starts.

The lineup that will face King Felix today:

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF

And on the 119th pitch, Joe Torre awoke from his deep slumber
Andy Van Slyke will not pay that subway fare
  • NYFan50

    PeteAbe reports in today’s game thread: “Andy Phillips told us that he has a fractured right wrist, the result of getting hit by a pitch yesterday. He is about to be examined by a specialist. He is likely to be out for the remainder of the season.”

    • Zack

      Well, I guess that means a lot more of Mink the Stink, which will probably make Torre real happy…

  • Jersey

    Oddly, that’s only the 4th meaningful RBI of the season for ARod.

    Of course, if that will change if the Yankees lose this game. Or win by more than a run.

    • dan

      ripping on a-rod is so 2006

      • Jersey

        A year later, it’s still funny

  • Stylez

    Only the 4th meaningful RBI this season???

  • Zack

    Well, Moose in the game. At least it should hold of Torre’s desire to start him again for 5 or so more days. Course, if he shows he is evolving, then its a win-win

  • cjc

    it would be nice if this team would start doing some of their own dirty work


  • Joseph P.

    I know the weather is sort of similar, but would someone please tell the Yanks that it’s not fucking May?

    Talk about the pitching all you want, but the hitters have been beyond pathetic.

  • Zack

    Well, not like this is an important series or anything. Typical 2007 Yanks eh?

  • steve

    4th important RBI this season !? i remember him hitting a walk of grand slam …. thats four right there and that was in may.

  • Jersey

    I assumed it was obvious I was being sarcastic people. Jebus.

    • mac

      speaking of sarcasm, Clemens and moose were Great today. Really. Love that combined 80 year old-ness.

  • Stuart

    man they are in a funk. they really need hughes Weds to pick it up.. I know he is 21 but I expected more from him..

    Wang needs to do his thing manana..

    I really am more concerned by detroit and believe it or not toronto then seattle..

    all the good feelings from 4 days ago are gone. WOW