Yanks plate 19 in Boston drubbing

Game 160: A rainy weekend
The Gardner revival

The game lasted three hours and thirty eight minutes. The rain delays totaled two hours and eight minutes, and when it all ended, Michael Kay couldn’t help but remind us of a game we all wanted to forget. In a score reminiscent of the Yanks’ last good playoff game in the 2004 ALCS, some of the Yankees beat some of the Red Sox 19-8.

Anyone watching this game instead of the Presidential Debates — or, for that matter, anything else — did so out of love. The game featured two long rain delays, no regulars and a bunch of sloppy play. Six Yankees — Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Xavier Nady, Bobby Abreu, Cody Ransom and Wilson Betemit — had a multi-hit game, and everyone clicked as the Yanks clinched a better record than the NL Champion Dodgers.

In the milestone department, Bobby Abreu reached 100 RBIs yet again. While it’s impressive that he is just one of three active players to accomplish this feat six years in a row, that also speaks volumes about the players hitting in front of him. If you had Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter or Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley hitting ahead of you, you too would drive in 100 runs every year. Abreu, by dint of that magic 100 number, will land another big contract. Whether he’s worth it, at age 35, is a question best left to, well, next week.

On the other side of the ball, anyone already inking Al Aceves into the rotation last year probably paused after this game. Pitching in conditions far from ideal, Aceves allowed nine baserunners in four innings, and the Sox plated four against him. Phil Coke, David Robertson and an ineffective Chris Brittain closed it out after the rains came.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Majors, the games proved more compelling. The Brewers defeated the Cubs, the Phillies topped the Nationals and the Mets lost to the Marlins. Were the season to end today, the Mets would not be in the playoffs. They’ll now turn to Johan Santana pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his regular season career.

In the AL, the White Sox lost, and the Twins lost. Apparently, no one wants to win the AL Central. So with these compelling pennant races, tomorrow’s meaningless Yankees-Red Sox game between the AL East’s third place team and the Wild Card winner, between Sidney Ponson and Daisuke Matsuzaka, will be broadcast nationall on FOX at 3:55 p.m. That makes so little sense, and yet again, FOX shows why they shouldn’t hold an exclusive baseball contract.

Game 160: A rainy weekend
The Gardner revival
  • TheLastClown

    Haha.

    Haha hahaha haha ha.

    Worst. Season. Ever.

    You know its bad when I’m angry that the Yanks beat Boston so soundly.

    Such a shame…oh well, I’ll take my semi-drunken anger into next year.

    And for the record, I want Aceves in the rotation next year. Of course make him prove himself in ST again, but I love the guy. Though I didn’t see the game today, who cares? Pitchers aren’t going to win every game, and he’s shown plenty of stuff physically, and makeup mentally. I want to see CC, Wang, Joba, Hughes, & Aceves. Don’t know if Andy &/or Moose is coming back, but if they both don’t, then there’s the rotation I want.

    Good evening/wee hours o’ta’mornin’.

  • IvanS

    Aceves struggled but i’ll give him a pass because of the conditions and some iffy plate calling in the first inning. I felt he was hitting his spots low in the zone and did not get any calls, especially against Youkilis. If it wasn’t for the second rain delay he would have lasted at least another couple of innings.

    I’d like to give credit to Coke (who’s going to be the first to show up to a game as a “Cokehead”?) and Robertson for pitching well while they were in the game. Yes, it was SWB against Pawtucket, but it shows that the farm system is developing them.

    • Hitman

      Precisely. Aceves could very likely have pitched two more innings. His ability to recover is what is more impressive about him. This skillset is simply not there with either Hughes or Kennedy.

      • Jack

        Are you fucking kidding me?

  • pat

    speaking of minnesota one can only imagine the stranglehold on the al central they would have should they have a certain left handed badass of a pitcher

    • A.D.

      How about if they just had Garza….but Garza, Santana, and Liriano would be FILTHY at the top of that rotation, would be real scary in the playoffs

  • JeffG

    I have many times wondered how Pirate fans keep on. I guess watching this game and just enjoying the play is what really makes you a fan of baseball and not just a fan of winning. Just like when you catch yourself sitting on the couch for spring training. Something is haywire but its not like you are going to stop anything any time soon.
    Tonight’s game was probably as far away from exciting as it could be, but with every swing you watch you have a better idea of what you’re watching. I guess you just want to know your team and can imagine how it will be better.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Were you not a Yankees fan pre-1995?

      • JeffG

        Nah – I was too young in the 80’s and with my Dad not really a sports fan I had to learn to appreciate the game on my own and little later in life. As a kid I’d just watch the game for a HR and that in no way to enjoy nine innings. I came around when I started understanding the art of pitching.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    They’ll now turn to Johan Santana pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his regular season career.

    And after hurling 125-pitches last time out…

    • Steve H

      Desperation is stinky cologne.

  • DCR

    Aceves is just another Rasner. Why are people so excited about him?

    • A.D.

      Well he’s 25, and hasn’t already bounced around a bunch of major league teams, plus he gives a chance for a solid back of the rotation guy.

      I think a lot of the excitement comes from the “find” no one really expected anything from this guy in the minors this year, and now he’s giving some solid starts in the majors.

  • A.D.

    Regardless of the standings its nice to hand it to Boston, and prevent them from winning the division

  • kenthadley

    can one of you give me a comparison of Aceves and Kennedy….stuff, command, etc?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I don’t know enough about Aceves, but it looks like the only the thing he has on Kennedy is a few mph on the fb, plus more experience. If I was a GM working on a trade with the Yanks, and was offered one or the other, I’d take Kennedy.

      • DaveM

        Yes your right. I think they are very similar pitchers aside from the mph and experience. That’s why Aceves is a better pitcher (right now) then Kennedy. If Kennedy had a few more MPH on his fastball, or more movement, they wouldn’t be hitting it all over the park. And he wouldn’t be afraid to throw strikes.

  • Marty Puccio

    Why not keep Ransom as the utility infielder and trade Betemit? I’m sure we could probably get a mid-level prospect (hopefully) for Urkel. Ransom is better defensively anyway. Your thoughts?

    • Steve H

      In the Minor leagues, he’s a career .242/.322/.426 hitter. There’s a reason why at 32 years old, he has less than 200 career at bats. Let’s not overlook what he is based on a few games.

    • DaveM

      I’m all for that. I think that Ransom is a little better defensively, and cheaper.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Be very wary of September numbers.