Game 158: Seriously, just win

Quick minor league hits
Yanks clinch a playoff spot

We’ll all feel a whole lot better when the Yanks win a game. Tonight could be the night. Chien-Ming Wang is facing J.P. Howell, and Brian Bruney and Edwar Ramirez are unavailable.

There’s a long, on-going discussion in last night’s game thread about the Devil Rays and the fact that they are not a very good team. Some folks feel we’re too harsh on the Devil Rays. Supposedly, we aren’t willing to give this young and very flawed team enough credit when they beat the Yankees, and we’re too harsh on them when they blow 8-1 leads against the Red Sox.

The truth is, as always, somewhere in between. The Devil Rays, perennially bad, perennially rewarded with early-round draft choices, have shown an uncanny inability to put together anything resembling a decent bullpen. The Yankees, perennially great and very rich, have shown an uncanny inability to rise to the occasion and win.

Maybe the Devil Rays do deserve some more credit. For some reason, whatever that is, they play harder and better against the Yanks. Maybe it’s a question of motivating the youngster to play hard all the time. Maybe the Yanks think they can sleepwalk through these games. Who knows?

Whatever the case may be, the Yankees are 15-16 against the fourth and fifth place teams in the AL East this year. Look no further than that record when you try to figure out why the Yanks aren’t winning the division. Going 20-11, hardly a tall order against two teams destined for more than 90 losses this season is fairly inexcusable.

For the Yanks, the same truth remains from last night: Win, and they’re in. That’s much more satisfying than the likely Detroit loss tonight at the hands of Johan Santana. Let’s get in on a good note.

Damon LF – Ending the year strong. That could be huge for October.
Jeter SS – 19 for his last 47 but with just 1 BB in ten games.
Abreu RF – Stuck on 98 RBI since Sept. 17
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C – The New York Observer thinks Posada deserves more respect this year.
Cano 2B
Duncan DH – Finally, Hit-less-deki got the night off.
Mientkiewicz 1B
Cabrera CF

Wang P – Going for second straight 19-win season

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for your fix of Minor League news, Mike threw up a post about to get buried by this one featuring some quick Minor League hits. Check it out.

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Quick minor league hits
Yanks clinch a playoff spot
  • cjc

    hmm yankees vs a well below avg lefty on the road I’ve sen this movie before

    btw who ever has the bells and shit in the stands should die

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Yeah. The prescription for tonight is not more cowbell.

  • Batty

    Man, this is not starting off well. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the the D-Rays threw a no-hitter and Detroit loses?

  • Batty

    Great walk by Duncan.

  • cjc

    seriously the cow bell wtf I actually have turned off the game because I can’t listen to it anymore

    • Batty

      John Sterling loves it.

  • Batty

    Woot – go Jeter!

  • cjc

    talk about a tea cup strikezone

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I just got home from the gym and am finally watching this game with the sound on. If I were at the Trop, I would go attack the guy with the cowbell. Talk about annoying.

  • cjc

    I would say throw strikes but I don’t think they would get called this is a joke

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I hope this outburst helps Michael Kay understand why JP Howell has an ERA floating around 7.00.

  • cjc

    very nice now keep the bb twins away from the mound

  • NYFan50

    That should do it. And it looks like it’s going to be Cleveland.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    So, uh, yeah. Two bad strike outs for Melky this inning. No good.

  • KW

    Pena is having one of those adrian beltre years, but that was a bomb

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Michael Kay is reaching never before seen highs of idiocy tonight. Talk about a guy who likes to hear himself talk.

  • kris

    How hard is it to get 3 outs before giving up a run? Pena’d better not hit a home run here or our bullpen could blow a ten-run lead this time.

  • Gibb

    I know we’ve pretty much been guaranteed a playoff spot for a while, esp. since our magic number is one, but I am so fucking pumped to clinch tonight. The first half of this season was fucking miserable. LET’S GO YANKEES. FUCK YEAH.

    • kris

      There is no guarantee in baseball. It doesn’t happen until it has happened. I will be worried until they get 3 more outs.

      • Gibb

        true, true. but i’m still pretty pumped.

      • Steve T

        Is this by chance Kris Zocco ?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Man, Torre is waaaaaasted.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Postgames of clinchers never get old.

    • http://www.pinstripealley.com John

      Good times!