A-Rod, Damon, Teixeira power Yanks’ sweep

DeLaRosa dominates again, but Trenton falls in extras
Fan Confidence Poll: August 10th, 2009

Four weeks ago, Yankee fans weren’t feeling too good about themselves. Despite heading into the All Star Break with a 2.5-game lead in Wild Card race, the Yanks had just suffered a humiliating three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to find a first-place tie melt into a three-game deficit. They were 0-8 against the Sox and seemingly couldn’t handle the playoff-caliber teams.

What a difference a month makes.

After a 5-2 comeback win over the Red Sox tonight — a victory that capped a four-game weekend sweep of the Sox — the Yankees find themselves atop the world of baseball. They are 69-42 and 18-5 since the All Star Break. They lead the Red Sox by a whopping 6.5 games and lead Joe Torre’s Dodgers by two games for the best record in baseball. That 0-8 start against Boston seems as though it came in a different season.

Tonight, the Yanks relied on that tried-and-true formula of pitching and home runs. Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff early on. He scuffled through the first four innings, needing 81 pitches to record the first 12 outs of the game. The Red Sox, though, scoreless since the 9th inning of Thursday’s game, could not break through. They left two on in the second and the bases loaded in the fourth.

Pettitte turned it on after a hard-hit line out by Jason Varitek with the bases juiced in the fourth. Over the next three innings, Pettitte needed just 31 pitches to record nine outs. On the other side of the ball, Jon Lester was matching Pettitte zero for zero. Lester stifled the Yanks for seven innings, giving up just a run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven.

The one run though was a big one. Leading off the seventh, Friday night’s hero lofted another home run deep into the night at Yankee Stadium. With one swing, Alex Rodriguez gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, and with the way the Sox had been going, it seemed as though it would be enough.

Yet, the plan needed a bit of an adjustment. Phil Hughes had thrown on back-to-back days and in four of the last five games. With Al Aceves out with a sore back, the job fell to Phil Coke. Victor Martinez, 1 for the series until the 8th inning tonight, lofted a deep fly ball to left field, and the Red Sox were up 2-1, their first lead since early on Thursday when I was still sitting in Ben Gurion Airport half a world away.

Out went the Yankees’ slim edge, in came the pitcher Bill Simmons had just anointed as the Red Sox’s closer of the future. Hideki Matsui went down; Derek Jeter went down. As Johnny Damon walked to the plate, the Yanks’ win expectancy dipped to 20.2. Down but not out, the Comeback Kids weren’t done yet.

Damon blasted the Daniel Bard offering into the Yanks’ bullpen, and Mark Teixeira hit a towering drive into the second deck in right field. It was the sixth time this year these Yanks had gone back-to-back, and the 3-2 lead was there to stay. The stadium erupted as the Red Sox’s faces fell. Three batters later, a Nick Swisher single gave the Bombers a 5-2 lead, and it would be more than enough as Mariano Rivera nailed down the ninth for his 32nd save.

No team in baseball has a lead as big as the Yanks’ 6.5 game margin. No team in baseball has a record as good as the Yanks’ 69-42 record. Game. Set. Match. Sweep.

DeLaRosa dominates again, but Trenton falls in extras
Fan Confidence Poll: August 10th, 2009
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    This game felt incredible.

    • Rey22

      This series felt incredible.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        I’m not wearing any pants.

        • http://www.twitter.com/shaked RichYF

          I hope he tells us to burn our pants. Man, these things are driving me crazy!

          DON’T YOU HATE PANTS?!!?

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed.

  • Mike Pop

    The Yankees are good at baseball, just saying.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      So, at baseball, the Yankees are the opposite of how you are at picking the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Got it.

      • Mike Pop

        Me picking a bracket is to you being funny.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          /half SAT’d

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Oh, and, your mother loves my humor.

          • Mike Pop

            Heh, always with the mom jokes.

            You going to Sacred Heart?

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Nah, I never heard from them, not sure why. But, I am going to U-Bridgeport starting in January rather than Sept. because of how late my acceptance came.

              • Joe R

                Are you living at UB? Because it’s not pleasant. Nor is the school either unless you go for Chiropractics. Did you try to go to UNH?

              • icedtea

                Bridgeport is a bit rough.

          • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

            Nobody wants to know your pet names for your genitalia! Thank you.

  • Salty Buggah

    They came, they saw,…WE CONQUERED!

    • thebusiness

      This lacks the proper parallel construction.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    If the Sox pick up a game a week for the rest of the season, they would be able to tie us by the last week of the season.

    That will be awful tough to do running out Penny, Bucholtz and (Tazawa?) 3 out of every 5 games.

    • Klemy

      It’s not like you can wave a magic wand and 3 new arms are showing up.

      /FRANCESA’D!

  • Mike

    Bill Simmons twitter page is priceless! Right after annointing Bard the closer of the future:

    “OK, this is devastating. Bard was my favorite subplot of the season. I can’t even type.”

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      His background is also hilarious. Apparently Varitek with his fat kid windmill punching whilst having his gear on is the shining moment for the Red Sox.

  • Chili Davis

    Not sure I’ve enjoyed a win this much since Game 7 of the ’03 ALCS. I love this team; what a special group.

    • Mike Pop

      Thank you Hal and Cash.

      • pete

        and new york city in general. and money.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Better yet the Red Sox meet first place Tigers after. And unfortunately for them it’s Brad Penny vs…Edwin Jackson.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    My wife made an interesting comment. She said it seems as if the Yankees lately have been coming back all the time and they win every time they play. Since A-Rod has been back they have over a .667 winning %. That is just crazy.

    • Mike Pop

      All ya need to do all season.

      Take ya to a sweet 108-54.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Boston Sweep Party

    • Coach6423

      Sweep Caroline….

      • Klemy

        Woe woe woe…

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Three out of four isn’t…oh wait.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I’m watching the post game on YES. Classy Yankees.

  • Salty Buggah

    From EPSN:

    – A-Rod has 5 HR this season that have given his team the lead in the 7th inning or later. Most in MLB (1 more than Soriano and Mark Reynolds). Tex has 2 (which is a lot relatively).

    – Daniel Bard: 1 HR to first 138 hitters he faced in the big leagues. Then 2 in about a minute and a half.

    – The Red Sox have taken 3 leads in this series. The Yankees have scored the next half-inning after all 3

    -47 percent of the Yankees runs at home this season have come via the HR

    -Mo has faced 77 hitters since the last time he gave up a run. Exactly 14 of them have reached base.

    3 curtain calls!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      – The Red Sox have taken 3 leads in this series. The Yankees have scored the next half-inning after all 3

      Huge.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        In fucking sane/

    • Salty Buggah

      *ESPN

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    Incredible that ESPN brings up fact that Sox need 2 more wins of 6 remaining games to clinch season series. They can have every season series for the rest of time if the Yankees can be up 6.5 on the morning of August 10.

    • Chili Davis

      LOL, gotta love the Worldwide Leader grasping @ straws. Congrats on being 8-4 versus the Yankees while simultaneously enjoying a 6.5-game deficit, Boston.

    • Riddering

      That tidbit cracked me up but, hey, if it keeps Boston warm in October when there’s no more baseball…

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Mo has not allowed a run since June 12th. SICK.

    • whozat

      Well, he let Hughes’ two runners score the other day…

  • Mr.Jigginz

    I have a feeling that in this week’s confidence meter we’re going to see a bit of a spike.

    • Klemy

      You bet your ass we will. lol

  • Drew

    It’s so funny how volatile the relationship between Girardi and some fans is.
    General Fan: Why didn’t he pitch Philly!!!??
    Rational Thought: He’s never pitched 3 days in a row, maybe he’s not available.
    General Fan: AHHHH!! Fire this bum!!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      We should always fire the manager with the best record in baseball. It’s all downhill from there. Preemptive strike.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      General Fan = Peter Abraham

    • ARX

      To be fair, his last two appearances barely qualify as ‘work’, so I’m not sure “pitching 3 days in a row” is that big a deal….but meh, not like it matters.

      • steve (different one)

        sure, but this argument assumes we know more about how Hughes is feeling than Girardi does.

        it’s beyond obnoxious (not what you wrote, just in general).

        we have no idea what Phil told the staff before the game.

        • Mike Pop

          The argument I was telling my brother and my dad. They were bitching, I was like come on guys.

          • Drew

            COME ON!!!!
            /Mccarver’d

            • DreDog

              We don’t know how many pitches he threw in the BP to get into the last two games. I am so excited, I can’t remember if he was warming up for long, but you get my point. He could have had more warm-up pitches than normal too.

      • Drew

        I know what you mean, he only threw 5ish pitches yesterday. But, you also have to account for the fact that he got up, warmed up and threw a bunch of pitches before he came in, then, threw some pressure packed fastballs. Could he have been used today with no ill-effects? Most likely. Is it smart to make a recently moved from the rotation to the pen guy, pitch 3 days in a row? No.

    • steve (different one)

      it really is amazing.

      it’s as if the implication is that Joe Girardi doesn’t KNOW that Hughes is the better option than Coke there. as if he just forgot after using him in that role for 2 months. as if he WANTED to use Coke against Martinez with a 1 run lead.

      • Chris

        This is my biggest problem with people complaining about the 8th inning. Is there any person that actually believes Coke would be better than Hughes there (other than pitching to Ellsbury maybe)? Sometimes you have to take a risk in one game to save your pitchers for the future.

        • http://AOL Sgt Krunch

          Anyone who complains after tonight probably hasn’t a clue about how a team should be managed. Giradi has coaches that let him know who is available and who isn’t. The first guy out of the pen is usually known before the game starts and only changes if the situation calls for it.

          Robertson and Hughes were not available. This wasn’t the 7th game of the WS. It’s only August 10th and we have 51 left to play. We’re in good shape so let’s stay that way

  • LiveFromNewYork

    It’s kicking the crap out of Boston big.

    • NYY626

      Ahahahaa awesome

    • KG Sturnz0r – Camilo Gerardo

      na, it’s rooting for New York (Yankees) big!

    • Salty Buggah

      IETC

    • Klemy

      IETC too!

  • Drew

    total domination.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      fuggedabotit

      • Klemy

        You guyz ready to rent some cahs?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Forget abouh it.

      • Drew

        heh,
        livefromnewyork= 1
        jobawockeez= 0

  • Ivan

    This was truly beautiful. The yankees are the best team in baseball period.

    Tex must have the flu, cuz the guy is just SICK.

    • http://www.twitter.com/shaked RichYF

      Stop trivializing the flu virus like that.

  • Mike Pop

    New York Yankees – best team in baseball.

    That feels good to say. Stay healthy boys!

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      But…TeH TorReE!

  • Ivan

    Oh by the way, cuz I am a very good person and I care for others, somebody, please call suicide watch for Peter Gammons. PLEASE!!!

    • Drew

      lmao!

      Ortiz,
      now this!!

      • Klemy

        BUt, but, Ortiz didn’t take steroids!!!!11

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          It’s a good thing he came out like he did to ‘get the focus off the team’.

          (snicker)

  • ARX

    Best series of the season. Not just because it was the Sox, or a sweep, or getting rid of that fucking 0-8….but because, from clutch hitting to awesome pitching and everything in between, it was the type of series that erases alot, if not all the doubts you have about this team. Tomorrow, my vote in the fan confidence poll goes up to a 9 for the first time, and nothing short of a 15 game losing streak is going to bring it down to an 8 for the rest of the season.

    • Drew

      Plus, it was against the sox… heh

      • Mike Pop

        Only thing that would bring my confidence down is an injury to the starting rotation.

        /knocks on wood

        • ARX

          Bite your tongue…or your typing hand. Whatever.

        • Greg G.

          DUDE!!!! Take that back!

          • Mike Pop

            I TAKE IT BACK!!!

            • Greg G.

              Thank you. :-)

        • ShuutoHeat

          You know if someone goes down, we’re going to hunt you down :P

    • pete

      best series of the season because for the first time all season there was some fucking noise in the stadium. loved it!

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    More good news: No Halladay for the series with the Jays.

    Time to pad the lead some more

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Woo! I’l be there tomorrow. Anyone else?

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        Meat-tray vs. Rzep…something something

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          Oh, and I think manimal said he was going.

  • OwlJolson

    WHEN IT IS OVER, THEY SHALL LOOK UPON THE CARNAGE IN THE FIELD, AND A NATION SHALL LAMENT:
    “DEATH WAS HERE”.

    GO YANKS!!!!!

    • Bob Stone

      Great quote. Where is it from?

  • No Halladay

    It’s almost as big as my package big, good night.

  • Jeffrey

    1.71 ERA against Boston in 42 innings is insane. The Yankees outscored them 25-8. This team is so much fun to watch! I hope Mitre doesn’t burst the bubble tomorrow.

  • Little Bill

    I guess there will be a lot more people joining me in voting 10 in the confidence poll this week. What a great series. All 3 of the big offseason pickups played a huge role and those 3 are really what makes this team a cut above of what they’ve had in the past 5 years. Swish had a big hit tonight too. Cashman was bashed at the trade deadline, but he’s done a phenomenal job. I was against moving Hughes to the pen, but it has worked out better than anyone would have thought.

    With CC and AJ at the top of the rotation, Hughes and Mo locking down the last couple innings, and the best offense in baseball, this team will be a very tough out in the playoffs. If Andy is on like he has been in his past few starts and they find a way for Joba to start in the playoffs, just ship the championship.

    • acb

      i dont think anyone would have complained if cashman got another reliever though

    • Drew

      I was at 8 all year, then moved to 9 after the break. I’m sticking with 9.

      Even though we’re the best team in the bigs, there is ALWAYS room for improvement.
      /Highschool teacher’d

  • M18

    out of curiosity, what was the win expectancy after the damon homer?

  • Ivan

    By the way, I can’t really call this a “Boston Masacre”.

    My definition of a Boston Masacre is that it has to be slaughtering of the Sox in at least 4 games in Boston.

    This sweep had all the ingrediants except it wasn’t in boston. If it was in Boston, I would call it a Masacre, but it’s in NY, so it’s not. Great sweep nevertheless.

    • Chili Davis

      ‘Twas a Bronx Beatdown.

      • Tom Zig

        beat me to it.

  • Joel

    Johnny Damon–21 HR, including the game-changer tonight. I mean, how do you not re-sign the guy?

    • Mike Pop

      If Carl Crawford’s option gets declined. ;)

      I love Johnny D but I got to be realistic here.

      • DreDog

        The Rays would rather pick up the option and then trade him than decline his option. I am sure the Braves and some other teams would get in on that action.

        • Mike Pop

          Yanks will have to pay double for this kind of action, DreDog.

          • DreDog

            Exactly, which is why I am not holding my breath for Carl Crawford. One can dream though.

          • Slugger27

            its a bold strategy, but lets see if it works out for them

            /dodgeball’d

            • Klemy

              IETC

              • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

                I’m late to the party – IETC means what?

                • Klemy

                  IETC = I enjoyed that comment

    • Charlie

      i don’t know, damon’s a great player, but his defense has really deteriorated this year, he’s getting slower, and he might start declining pretty soon. a lot of his HR’s have been cheapies, too, but i guess a homer is a homer. on a 1 year deal with a team option with a reasonable amount of money then they can resign him.

    • Chili Davis

      I’d love Damon back on a one-year deal if Crawford doesn’t come available, and would rather have Johnny on a short-term contract than the other LF options in this fall’s free agent class.

    • George H

      The dude is a defensive black hole. He can still do it with the stick, though.

    • Jeffrey

      Seems like this park is a perfect fit for Damon. He is on pace to hit at least 30 HR, most in his career. Damon happens to be one of the best all around hitters on the team this year. Gotta see how the season plays out but I’d resign him. I think you have to consider how not bringing him back affects the team’s chemistry and personality.

  • Rey22

    Can anyone really question the loudness of the New Yankee Stadium after this series?

    • Charlie

      its still not quite like the old stadium. we’ll see if that changes in october, though

      • Slugger27

        /buzzkill’d

      • Klemy

        You sure though? Because some players said after the game that it’s just as loud…I wasn’t there, but if the players hear/feel it, I won’t worry about the noise level.

        • pete

          the design would make it not quite as loud from the stands, but its also more acoustic, so you can hear a no-doubter from the stands. pretty cool

    • Bo

      Helps when its actually at capacity

  • Dela G

    Man that game was awesome to watch! I am on a family roadtrip from houston tx to toronto(this is my second time in toronto this week, I saw the yanks beat halladay :))

    I totally had my dad stop at a bar in louisville, ky so I could watch the 6th through 9th innings. I tell you, today is the proudest I’ve been of the yankees as a team since the day they were up 3-0 on the sox in the 04 alcs.

    This team is fucking on fire. I cannot wait to see how they handle boston massacre II and go crush the other teams

    Hey, at least we don’t have to face halladay again! :)

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees next 10 games before going into Fenway next weekend: 3 vs Toronto (no Halladay), 4 at Seattle (no King Felix) and 3 at Oakland.

    • Joey

      Yankees next 10 games before going into Fenway next weekend: 3 vs Toronto (no Halladay), 4 at Seattle (no King Felix) and 3 at Oakland (No… well nobody).

      Okay… harsh

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        Gio Gonzalez!

        Although I don’t know if he’s pitching or not.

    • Charlie

      sounds like 9-1 to me

    • ARX

      Looks like a good chance for 7-3 to me.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        I demand nothing less than 10-0 with a 16 game winning streak.

        • Klemy

          Nobody cares how you’re doing it, just get it done!

          /FRANCESA’D

          • Chili Davis

            If he doesn’t say it, no one will.

          • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

            Just gotta say, this makes me laugh out loud *every* time.

    • Chili Davis

      Aim for seven, hope for all 10.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    The Yankees are the 2nd hottest team in baseball to… the Nationals.
    The Red Sox are the 2nd coldest team in baseball to… the Pirates.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I am so tweeting that.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        The Nationals are trying to play themselves out of the Harper sweepstakes. Though, the way things seem to be going with Strasburg, that may not be such a bad thing.

  • Charlie

    this really has been an awesome season, and a really special team we got here. hopefully we really start running away with this division, so the yanks will be able to be rested for october

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Just got back from the game. What an experience. The Stadium was so freaking loud from the 4th inning on (from the Varitek at-bat with the bases loaded on) that my ears hurt. Probably the best game I have ever been to. Wow. Just wow.

    • danny

      lucky!!!!

    • BigBlueAL

      I mentioned that tonight. It seemed to me like the Stadium was loud as hell. The entire 8th inning after Damon’s HR sounded insane til the game was over. Definite playoff atmosphere and it sounded great to hear the place loud like that.

    • Bo

      Moshe, you realize its an Aug game against a team down 6 games? Best game ever? I knwo you’re happy but this is a franchise that has 4 titles in the past 13 years and countless big game October wins.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Maybe he’s 12.

      • McGatman

        Dude, he said it was the best game HE had been to, not the best Yankee game ever.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Best game I have been to, not best game ever. I’ve been to over a hundred games, this is probably the best game in terms of drama that I have seen in person.

  • Salty Buggah
    • Jeffrey

      Nice! Now they have to continue to leave them in the dust.

  • EB

    love this

    — ”Listen, the Red Sox had our number,” Swisher said, ”but we changed cell-phone providers.”

  • John Duci

    Imagine Mitre pitches 7 quality innings tomorow. How sweet would that be!

    • Bo

      Now the hyperbole is at a fevered pitch. But after a Melky cycle and the Sox getting swept and getting 5 hits anything is possible.

    • Klemy

      I’m excited too, but let’s not turn optimism in to total lunacy! Kidding, I just hope he gives us 5 solid…

  • Salty Buggah

    I love how the SC guys say “now a True Yankee” when talking about Alex. 3 days in a row now.

  • Salty Buggah

    Yanks-Sox all-time:

    Yanks lead 1112-932-14

  • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

    Its too early to really go post season mode but a few observations on Joba.

    He’s at 115 innings and would normally go 10 more starts which could bring him to 175 regular season innings. He could see 3-4 starts in the post season and top 200!

    The next 13 games are against Toronto, Seattle and Boston. In those games Joba is set to start 3 times – if he goes 20 innings he’ll sit at 135 in total. If we after those games are 7 or 8 ahead of the Sux, we really need to beging to rest Joba and take out at least 3 of his remaining regular season starts.

    That is why it is extremelly important that we keep the momentum up for the next few games and don’t let the Sux back in the game, Joba’s ability to pitch in the post season could depend on it.

    • Chip

      True, we might be seeing Gaudin/Mitre for a lot of September. If we’re lucky, we might get an IPK sighting or two!

      I was wondering if anybody knew, can we go to arbitration with Gaudin after the season or will he be a free agent?

      • V

        Looks like he has one year of arbitration left (ditto Mitre).

      • Raf

        IPK just started throwing off a mound last week. hes not coming back until next year.

    • Bo

      Theres no way they let him get close to that point. They have a plan. trust the plan. A cushion in the standings will let them start Gaudin or someone a few times and skip Joba.

      • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

        Sorry i should have made it clear that he would see 200 innings unless they shut him down for a couple of starts now which is a lot easier to do when you are up 6.5 than when you’re trailing in the standings

  • Tampa Yankee

    31 scoreless innings by the Sox at one point.
    4 er in 27 1/3 innings by our starters
    4 er in 14 2/3 innings by our bullpen

    That’s f’n crazy.

  • dc1874

    I recorded these 4 games…taken them out in January/Feb…when its about 2 degrees outside..and 12 inches of snow..

    • Klemy

      Wish I ahd thought of that, though the 15 inning game would’ve likely filled what I have left on my DVR!

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Right after the Giants win the Super Bowl.