Nov
01

Yanks outslug Phillies for 8-5 Game 3 win

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I watched tonight’s 8-5 from Blondie’s on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Surrounded by Yankee fans, we were dejected when the Yanks fell behind early, elated with the three-run 5th inning and generally clapped for every two-strike count and sang along with Frank Sinatra after Mariano Rivera induced a weak pop-up off the bat of Jimmy Rollins for out number 27. With that win tonight, the Yanks grabbed a 2-1 World Series win and become the first team to win two games against the Phillies in a playoff series since the 2007 NLDS.

For the Yanks, this one got off to a slow start. Cole Hamels seemed to have his fastball, change-up and control working. The Yanks went down in order in the first, and their only baserunners through three innings came through an A-Rod hit-by-pitch and a Jorge Posada fielder’s choice. Andy Pettitte meanwhile had his problems. He needed 51 pitches to get through three innings and found himself on the wrong end of a 3-0 game.

For Pettitte, the righties tonight were the problem. The lefties couldn’t touch him, but he had his fair share of problems getting the Phillies’ right-handed hitters out. Jayson Werth belted two no-doubters, and Pettitte walked Jimmy Rollins with the bases loaded to force in a run in that awful third. But Pettitte settled down, and the Yanks’ bat showed up.

The first sign of life from the Yanks’ offense came from A-Rod in the fourth. Suffering through an 0-for-8 World Series spell, A-Rod hit a screamer down the right field line. The ball stayed fair and hit off of a camera absurdly placed above the wall in fair territory. After an instant replay review, A-Rod’s shot was ruled a home run, and the Yanks had cut the Phils’ lead to just a run.

An inning later, after Pettitte pitched around an A-Rod error, the bats showed up. Nick Swisher, coming off of a mental vacation in Game 2, doubled to left, and although Melky Cabrera struck out on a nasty pitch, Andy Pettitte hit a looper to center. Swisher was running with the hit and scored the tying run. Derek Jeter singled, and then Johnny Damon lined a two-run double into right-center field. The Yanks had a lead, and they wouldn’t give it back. After a Mark Teixeira walk, Cole Hamels would exit the game. Afterward, he would say that he “can’t wait until [2009] is over. It’s been mentally draining.”

Over the next few innings, Andy persevered. He wasn’t at his best, but he made it work. He retired the Phillies in order in the 5th, and Nick Swisher homered in the 6th. Although Jayson Werth answered with his own home run in the 6th, Andy K’d Raul Ibañez and Pedro Felix. Eric Bruntlett, batting for the first time in nearly a month, flew out to end the inning.

Over the next few innings, the Yanks would add a pair. Jorge Posada blooped a single to drive home the Yanks’ 7th run. In the 7th, Joba Chamberlain looked great retiring the top third of the Phillies’ order, and Hideki Matsui launched a pinch hit home run to give the Yanks a four-run lead. In the 8th, the real Damaso Marte showed up. He fanned Howard on a 95-mph fastball, struck out Werth and retired Ibañez on a line out.

After a quick 9th, Phil Hughes came in with a four-run lead. Pedro Felix grounded out, but Hughes threw two high fastballs to Carlos Ruiz. Chooch is a high fastball hitter, and the second fastball ended up on the wrong side of the left field wall. The Phillies had cut the lead, but the Yanks brought in Mariano. It wasn’t a save, but five pitches later, the game was over. Matt Stairs grounded out, and Jimmy Rollins, the man who predicted the Phillies would win in five games, popped out to A-Rod.

With that out, the Yanks grabbed a 2-1 lead, and they guaranteed that, at worst, the World Series will return to the Bronx. CC Sabathia will face Joe Blanton tonight at 8:20 p.m., and the Yankees are feeling pretty good right now. On Halloween, I went as a Yankee fan watching Game 3 of the World Series, and I was not disappointed.

Categories : Game Stories
  • JSquared

    No disappointments, how I like it.

  • Salty Buggah

    2

    • Salty Buggah

      BTW, I’m not saying here that I was 2nd.

      • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

        magic number, eh

        • JGS

          wouldn’t that be 4 then?

          • EasyNow

            nah, it is 2.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’d like to say I called A-Rod’s, Andy’s and Damon’s hits. In the game threads, I asked A-Rod to go go deep, Andy to get a RBI hit, and Damon to get a XBH. Each of these things happened. Unfortunately, it didn’t work after these 3.

    • JSquared

      LoL, you had better luck than John Kruk though… doesn’t say much.

    • Salty Buggah

      And Swish totally predicted he’d break out tonight during the rain delay.

      http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....id=7106427

    • AdamParker

      No way. You can’t predict baseball.

      /John Sterling’d

      • D M

        Yea. Take a bow n pat yourself on the back

  • Salty Buggah

    Actually, Rollins said that they would sweep and if they were generous, maybe will win in 5. Well, I’m liking his generosity so far. More please.

    It was very fitting that Andy got the win and Mo got Rollins out to end the game as Rollins’ and Manuel’s crazy statements were proven wrong.

    • JSquared

      Agreed. Did you see how pumped Rollins was for “working” that walk with bases loaded… oh yeah J-Roll, you’re good man, what does he have? 2 walks and an infield single in this series, CHILD PLEASE!!

      /Ochocinco’d

    • Salty Buggah

      No, never mind. He did say Phils in 5 and then maybe 6.

      Now, when asked if he had any new predictions.

      “Well, Phillies in six.”

      • JSquared

        yeah, it was 5 and 6, but he was dreaming… he’s lucky if it’s yanks in 6.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          Monday Night: Phillies in 8…

      • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

        What if it were Jeter or one of those other “arrogant, entitled” Yankees making these predictions? We wouldn’t hear the end of it.

  • Accent Shallow

    What a great game. Sure feels like it’s about to be 3-1.

  • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

    Mo enters the game and says to himself mockingly in his most sarcastic voice:

    Oh, shit!
    They figured me out.
    They definitely figured me out.

    They’re going to metaphorically kill me and defile my corpse on national television!

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

    5 pitches later:

    I piss Dos Equis.

    • AdamParker

      Stay classy my friends.

      /Mo’d

  • Hey Philly, Yankees ain’t the Rays

    How rediculously sick is it that not only is CC vs. Blanton, to put it VERY charitably, a pitching mismatch on paper, but CC also EXTENDS the Yankees lineup advantage?

    Career ERA+
    Sabathia: 122
    Blanton: 102

    Career OPS+
    Sabathia: 72
    Blanton: -27 (wait: -27? does that even make sense?)

    • Salty Buggah

      Blanton did HR in last years WS though we’re better than that.

    • EB

      If im not mistaken, CC took Johan deep last year at shea.
      Love to see the big man jack one

      • EB

        Actually, just checked. I was mistaken. Nonetheless, let him swing

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          27? Prophetic?

  • Rob H.

    Hey Ben, small correction for ya. You have Marte striking out Marte in the write-up.

    • dkidd

      and it was game 3

  • ShuutoHeat

    I dunno about you guys, but I’m going to call it tonight… CC hits a HR in that bandbox, yepppp he hits a HR tomorrow night to help his own cause!

    • Salty Buggah

      CC “crushes” righties to a .423 SLG. (compared to .286 vs lefties).

      I’ll say he contributes positively tomorrow too.

      • JGS

        Jimmy Rollins, 2009–.423 SLG

        • Salty Buggah

          Whoa

          • Joe D.

            Fun With Hitting Stats:

            CAREER OPS+
            ———————–
            CC Sabathia: 72

            Pedro Feliz: 83
            Carlos Ruiz: 84
            Eric Bruntlett: 64

            Small Sample Size Alert: CC has only 96 career plate appearances.
            Still funny, though, methinks.

  • BklynJT

    Is there a link regarding the Hamels quote?

  • YankeeScribe

    John Kruk is having a temper-tantrum on sportscenter. Priceless lol

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      I’m pretty sure we’re going to see Kruk break down and cry on air this week.

  • Ellis

    why wasn’t it a save situation for Mo?

    • JGS

      tying run was never on deck

      to get a save in a three-run game, you have to pitch at least one full inning

      • JGS

        I didn’t know that until tonight either

        • Mike Nitabach

          I didn’t, either. Given Mo’s substantial workload so far in the playoffs, I wonder about Girardi’s decision to pull Hughes with a three-run lead, one out, and no one on base. It is highly likely that Mo is going to be needed in much dicier situations in the next few games.

          • dalelama

            Jesus can you imagine if Girardi left Hughes in and we lost ? He would have been crucified.

          • steve (different one)

            amazing.

            you guys do realize this is the World Series, right?

            and that you only have to win 4 games and you WIN THE WORLD SERIES, right?

            there is nothing besides Hughes fanboyism and a need to criticize Girardi that argues for leaving Hughes in there. he’s been awful since the playoffs started. i don’t know what’s wrong with him, but he’s been objectively bad. A-Rod and Nick Punto bailed him out from really being the goat of the ALDS.

            Girardi gave him a shot to close it out, but he gave up a HR to the #8 hitter. not only that, but he was missing the target badly on the out he did get.

            you have a chance to put a game away, you don’t get cute. would Hughes have finished it out? probably. is “probably” worth it in this situation???

            • jackson

              you play to win the game

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

              +1

            • BklynJT

              Agreed, people who are criticizing the move are only doing so because they think its cool to second guess every decision Girardi makes. Cause even the Hughes fanboys have lost faith at this point.

      • Ellis

        ahh, interesting. Thanks.

  • The Iron Horse

    hey jimmy rollins – WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU FIGURE OUT ABOUT MO YOU COCKY SON OF A BITCH. YOU FUCKIN LOSE

    • bronxbrain

      Iron Horse–I share your sentiments but dislike your language. Shout it at home, but don’t post it here. Thanks.

    • Mark B

      The Iron Horse….with that language, this blog maybe better for you:

      http://yankees.lhblogs.com/

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Let’s be fair. LoHud bans all cursing, RAB does not.

        • BklynJT

          lol those folks at phillies are the cocky bunch arent they. They are like the kids who got bullied while as a child and grew up to become cops just so they can bully others. There’s a terminology for that syndrome

          • D M

            Cursing is a sign for lack of intelligence

  • dkidd

    put my computer down to recharge and moments later swisher hit his double. then the floodgates opened and i got superstitious and decided i couldn’t go back to game thread

    so i missed the opportunity to say:

    “glee” is a cynical piece of crapola
    that guy in the cialis ad is indeed a pedophile. worst bit of commercial casting in history
    bringing in mariano was 10000000% the right decision

    9 + 2 more = 27

  • EB

    Looking forward to some of this action

    http://cleveland.indians.mlb.c.....8;c_id=cle

    • ansky

      CC’s HR pose is priceless.

  • AdamParker

    Yo Jimmy, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Mo Rivera had one of the best bases loaded walks of all time! One of the best of all times!

    /Kanye’d

    • http://inthemasses.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/mad-max-poster-1.jpg gxpanos

      No love for this one?

      Comment of the thread, bravo, +27!

  • baravelli

    Uh… Yanks outslug Phillies for Game *3* win? Right?

  • Jay

    Marte was so good, he fanned himself on a 95 mph pitch!

    • Zack

      he gave a big F-U to physics.
      but i cant wait for everyone to come out and proclaim their love for Marte. when most were saying that he shouldnt even be on the postseason roster

      • ansky

        I must admit that I was one of those who was TOTALLY against taking Marte in the playoffs. I will never doubt this man again. He’s been straight filthy.

      • Chris

        I was very torn about having him on the post season roster. He’s a very good reliever who missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. It’s hard in that situation to know what you’re going to get out of him in the playoffs. I’m really glad that the old Marte decided to show up, and I’m excited about having him as an 8th inning bridge to Mo next year.

      • BklynJT

        Let’s just hope he keeps it up this playoffs.

  • mr yankee

    Thats what I am talking about-I love that shit womping their ass all over their home yard

    • YankeeScribe

      I thought they couldn’t lose at home?

  • Ace

    No need for Mo in the 9th. Why not let Hughes just finish it?

    • steve (different one)

      i think it was Hughes’ 10.80 ERA and 2.8 WHIP that made Girardi nervous after he gave up a HR. silly, i know.

      • Nady Nation

        This is unbelievable. How are people complaining about bringing in the greatest closer of all time for 2 outs to ensure a World Series win?

        • The Three Amigos

          There not, at least I hope there not, but there is an argument to be made that Hughes gave up one bad pitch and we still have 2 more games in a row. Thankfully Mo finished it up in 5 pitches, so it is moot either way.

          Im just happy Hughes attacked the zone for the first time in two series, yea he got burned, but a solo HR with a 4 run lead is better then walking hitters.

          • ansky

            Personally, I think Girardi just hates towel-waving. Once he saw that shit start up again he was like screw this, I’m bringing in Mo.

            Mariano Rivera: killing stupid fan gimmicks since 1996.

            RIP: “Homer Hanky”, “Rally Monkey”, “Thunder Stix”, “Tomahawk Chop”, “Mr. Met”, etc.

  • count crapulent says BOO to you sir

    Phils fans think that MLB wants the Yankees to win (they have NO idea how much Selig hates the Yankees) and of course “Yankees buy their players…” accusations are in full force.

    Because everyone else plays for free.

  • Jimmy B

    …..awesome win for the Yanks!….
    What the hell is up with Robbie????…..seems totally out-of-it at the plate!!

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    I CALLED ANDY’S HIT/RBI!!!

    Nothing cheap about it either. W/Melky down 2 strikes, I mentioned casually that we didn’t need to worry, Andy would score Swisher. My buddy looked at me funny and said “yeah, right”. WELL LOOK WHO’S RIGHT NOW!!!!

    • Zack

      In fairness, i cant give any credit to a fan saying that a pitcher is going to come through with an RBI hit. He’s a .134 career hitter, its like saying someone will make a full-court shot to win the game, could it happen? Yea, but people just say it so they can get credit later on, but if it doesnt happen then people ignore it.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Don’t ruin my dream! I CALLED IT.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    After an instant replay review, A-Rod’s shot was ruled a home run

    And why was it ruled a home run?

    “It’s one of the specific ground rules,” crew chief Gerry Davis said. “If a ball hits one of the cameras: home run.”

    You’d think the asshats at FOX would know that, but instead, they insisted on calling it a “judgment call”.

    • Zack

      The fact that Joe and Tim were told it was in the ground rules and STILL call it a judgment call says it all.

      • toad

        Furthermore, they talked about it endlessly. What’s the big deal? It hit the camera, the umps looked at the replay and it took them two seconds to call it a HR. Why go on about the whole thing the rest of the game?

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Received this e-mail from my son in San Diego.

    My favorite Halloween costume of 2009?

    Jeffrey Maier at Citizens Bank Ballpark dressed as a TV camera!

    • steve (different one)

      that’s clever and all, but the situations aren’t even remotely close.

      for one, one of the issues with Jeffrey Maier was that Tarasco felt he may have caught that ball. so not only was it probably not a HR, it may have been an out.

      second, this most likely WAS a HR.

  • Pasqua

    I’m listening to caller after caller on sports talk radio bitch about Phil Hughes, and the hosts are adding to the fire. WHY? I know he hasn’t been great, but using last night as evidence of those struggles is just wrong. He had a 4-run lead, with one out in the 9th. He did what he should…put the ball over the plate. Ruiz caught up to it. Good for him. I’d have been more worried if Hughes starting dicking around and nibbling in that situation.

    • hjhjj

      His job last night was to finish the game without having to bring Mariano in. He failed. He has also failed in other high leverage situations during these playoffs.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I agree.

      • Chris

        That’s ridiculous. He gave up 1 run when the Yankees had a 4 run lead. There was no need to bring Mo in in that situation. It was probably the right move, but that doesn’t mean Hughes failed.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          A When a relief pitcher pitches one inning and gives up a run, and when his job is not do that, and when his WS ERA is a healthy 81, he failed.

          • Chris

            So any reliever that gives up a run fails? When Mo gave up a run in the ALCS game 6, did he fail there? No. He succeeded because they had a 2-run lead and he gave up 1 run. It was a similar situation here.

            And don’t bring up Hughes’ World Series ERA. If you ask about last game, then I’d agree he failed. This game? He didn’t fail.

            • steve (different one)

              he might not have “failed” last night, but it’s really hard to argue that he hasn’t been bad all postseason. he has.

              and i am a HUGE Phil Hughes fan. maybe he’s just hitting the wall after so many appearances. maybe he’s only 23 and is struggling on the biggest stage.

              i don’t have any long term concern, and i would never rip him on the radio, but he’s been bad. period.

              let’s not use the fact that he only faced 2 hitters last night as a distraction from the fact that he’s been consistently unreliable since game 2 of the ALDS.

          • Pasqua

            Oh, and there was no decree that Phil had to be perfect to finish the game. Bringing in Mo was Joe’s call, not Phil’s. I’m sure he would have been happy to, and capable of, finishing the game.

      • Pasqua

        If that’s your criteria for failure, then yes he failed and I hope you never coach Little League. Why so many people are worked up about Mariano throwing 5 pitches in a World Series game is baffling to me, but hey, you’re entitled.

    • Jay

      The problem is, Ruiz is a career .246 hitter who hit all of 9 home runs all season. That wasn’t some cheapie down the line, but a blast and Hughes just cannot give up home runs like that.

      • larryf

        Tough situation for Phil. He did throw some nice curves in even count situations. Joe will go back to him I’m sure. At least his mechanics (strike zone) were not the issue. Sometimes credit goes to the hitter-even when he is not a Yankee!!!

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Tough situation? He had a 4 run lead in the 9th inning with a career 246 hitter at the plate and nobody on. If that’s a tough situation, what’s an easy one?

          • larryf

            The guy hit a homer on a fastball down the middle. It happens. Hughes stays in in a regular season game-just saying. We would have won with Phil too….

        • BklynJT

          He did not throw the ball where he wanted to for any of the pitches. Im not leaving in a pitcher with thta lack of control to finish off a WS game when i got Mo for 2 outs waiting and ready.

          • D M

            He’s been terrible. No defense.

      • dalelama

        Actually Ruiz is a much better post season hitter than Posada.

  • CJD

    I can’t wait to play against Blanton tonight. We should be into their bullpen early. His career against The Yanks goes as follows. 0-3, 22 innings pitched, 20 runs, 22 hits, 5 HR’s, 12 BB, 10 SO’s with a very respectable 8.18 ERA. Should be a good night.Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!!!!

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

      Those numbers are skewed by one horrendous start where he gave up 9 runs in 2.2 IP, in his rookie season, one week after having just faced the Yanks. Total outlier.

      http://www.theyankeeuniverse.c.....ment-26851

      That being said, even if you take out that one awful start, his ERA facing the Yanks is still around 5+. He’s an average pitcher facing an elite pitcher in CC.

  • Benny Blanco

    Must have been a sad night for you, Kabak. Nothing to rip Girardi about. There’s always tonight, huh?

    • Tom Zig

      Perhaps you’re mistaking Ben for PeteAbe?

    • pete

      wtf does this even mean? Ben’s always been pretty pro-joe, as he should be. Joe G’s generally been a good manager. Other than a love affair with the sac bunt, and the questionable molina stuff, there hasn’t been much to complain about w/ joe in either the regular or postseason. I’ve only ever seen Girardi challenged on RAB when he really deserved it.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        I agree. Normally RAB DEFENDS Joe.

    • Count Crapulent says boo to you sir

      What? RAB has given Joe the love this year except for a few notable instances. I think it was pretty fair and balanced Girardi coverage. Pretty positive except for a few blips. And even with the blips that didn’t work we don’t know if the anti-blip would have worked either and that was always discussed.

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

      That’s unfair. Ben has taken his shots at Girardi but I wouldn’t characterize him as being knee jerk anti-Joe.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Nasty. Nasty. Nothing better to do than bitch on a Sunday morning?

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

        He’s uneasy. Uneasy like a Sunday morning.

        • Hey Philly, Yankees ain’t the Rays

          Uneasy like a Phillies fan with their hopes and dreams resting on Joe Blanton.

  • Mike Pop

    Two more to go. My confidence could not be any higher.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Confidence level: 27

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

      I’ve been at 9 all season, even when they were going bad early. I don’t like going to 10, since anything can happen in a short series. But of we go up 3-1, even I would move to a 10. Pitching matchups are overwhelmingly in our favor and Hamels is their Game 7 starter.

  • Mike B.

    i’m shocked that lee isn’t going to demand the ball tonight. his agent should put it to him in dollar terms if he has to. no game 4 means no game 7. this series is over and phils fans don’t even realize it is their hero that is to blame.

    • Count Crapulent says boo to you sir

      If he threw a bullpen yesterday, he cannot pitch. It’s just that simple.

      • Mike B.

        well now that was foolish, wasn’t it?

        • gargoyle

          What’s foolish is the idea that just because CC can pitch well on 3 days rest (and we’ll see how effective he is tonight) that everyone else can (including Burnett and Pettitte).

          • Joe D.

            Except that’s not Girardi’s argument. Or anyone’s argument for that matter.
            Nobody is saying, “Hey, CC can do it! Everyone join in!”

            AJ has had a few short rest starts in his career, and has pitched very well in them.

            In Pettitte’s short rest starts he’s performed right in line with his career numbers.

            That’s the argument. That both pitchers have shown in their career that short rest doesn’t diminish their numbers/stuff. Also, this would be a one-and-done situation for both.

            Sorry to light your straw man on fire like that.

            • gargoyle

              When’s the last time AP started on 3 days rest? AJ didn’t start on 3 days all year. Pettitte struggled mightily on regular rest to give them 6 last night.

              The Yankees are in control of this series. The only thing that can f it up is pushing AJ and AP to start on 3 days rest.

              Sure, just throw thwm out there on 3 days rest, they’ll be fine…

              • BklynJT

                Um, actually what also fan F- it up is by giving away a win by pitchin Chad Gaudin, you know that other starter we have. You may have forgotten about him cause he hasnt pitched in what… a momnth?

              • Joe D.

                Ask and ye shall receive:

                Last time Andy started on 3 days rest in the postseason: 2003

                October 19th, World Series Game Two:
                8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB , 7K

                He followed up that start with this on regular rest in game six of the series:
                7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 BB , 7K

                Not terribly relevant, but good stuff nonetheless.

                Bottom line for me is that the need for pitchers to get four days rest between each and every start is vastly overrated. Even if it results in a diminished Pettitte/CC/Burnett, that’s far better than the alternative, which would be giving a start to Gaudin.

                And I say this as a fan of Gaudin! The Phils in a bandbox is an awful matchup for him.

    • Chris

      How do you know he didn’t demand the ball? Ultimately, it’s not his decision.

      • Chris

        Besides, the Phillies have to win at least one game started by not-Cliff-Lee if they want to win the series, whether or not Lee goes on short rest.

  • Mike B.

    yeah and now 2.

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

    Anyone going to the game tonight? I’ll most likely be there!

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

      I mean at YSIII, not Philly.

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

        Too late for me, I have to get up early.

        Weather should be nice, around 50 degrees.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      I’ll be there, Matt.

  • Joe D.

    Another reason the Yanks have smack Cliff Lee around:
    Career postseason ERA leaders (30+ Innings)
    That sonofabitch moved ahead of Mariano!
    Aside: Speaking of Mo, would like to remind everyone who the All-Time ERA+ Leader is. Sick.

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

      By a wide margin. Some like to quibble about relievers on that list, but you need over 1,000 IP to qualify. Hoffman and Quisenberry are in the top 10 as well. Mo is a 1st ballot HOFer, Hoffman will get in, and Quisenberry should as well. He pitched in KC so he doesn’t have a big/influential media supporting him, and he retired at a time when Closers were looked down upon. He’s not even on the ballot anymore, so he’d have to be a veterans committee selection.

    • Count Crapulent says boo to you sir

      Lee is a starter and Mo is a closer and even as a starter Lee will never reach the number of innings pitched in post season as Mo and if he did he would not have the ERA. It’s a complete absurdity to even compare the two.

  • byron

    whoever thought that this far into the playoffs, we’d be more confident in Marte and Joba out of the pen, as opposed to hughes, k-rob, and coke?

  • Count Crapulent says boo to you sir

    The Yankees have played this deep into the playoffs with 3 starting pitchers. I think that’s kinda amazing no matter what happens.

    • steve (different one)

      maybe every team should do this.

  • Hey Philly, Yankees ain’t the Rays

    It’s kinda odd how, wherever we kick ass, they always seem to close down old buildings immediately thereafter.