Moseley tabbed for Game 162

Game 161 Spillover Thread
Yanks sloppy in nightcap, lose to Red Sox

During the postgame interview, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi announced that Dustin Moseley will get the ball for the Yanks’ final game of the season. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.77 ERA in 15 games, eight of which were starts, and he will face John Lackey at 1:35 p.m. The Yankees are in a do-or-die situation for the American League East in that they have to win to stay in contention. They also need the Royals behind Sean O’Sullivan to beat Wade Davis and the Rays. Girardi said though that he won’t risk injury to his regulars to win the division, but for now, Dustin Moseley will get one more crack at it as the 2010 regular season draws to a close.

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Game 161 Spillover Thread
Yanks sloppy in nightcap, lose to Red Sox
  • FIPster Doofus

    Leaning on Moseley and O’Sullivan to win the AL East won’t end well. Luckily, it doesn’t really matter.

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

      And, in fact, it’s quite possible to make a cogent argument that the Yanks are better off with the Twins than with the Rangers. It’s tough to say really.

      • FIPster Doofus

        It’s definitely neck and neck between the two. I’d prefer to have HFA, thus drawing Texas in the ALDS, but such is life. The Yankees have owned the Twins for years and, regardless of having to open at Target Field, there’s no reason to believe things will change any time soon.

      • All Star Carl

        Yankees play better at home.

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

          They do, but they also have the second-best road record in the AL. It’s all good.

        • FIPster Doofus

          So did the 2004 Red Sox, 2003 Marlins, 2002 Angels and 1997 Marlins.

      • Carlosologist

        We’ve dominated the Twins for eight straight seasons. I honestly think we can sweep or take it in four. The only scary thing about the Twins’ rotation is Francisco Liriano. They don’t even have Morneau, so their lineup doesn’t scare me.

      • Big Stein

        And to be fair, neither the Rays or the Twins have been pulling out all stops to secure HFA.

        no one is acting like HFA is a big deal.

  • Big Stein

    Doncha think it was out of place that Girardi turned to Ring and Nova to close out the game instead of his favorite, Chad Gaudin?

    It’s like the Yanks want to go to Minnesota and let the Rays have to deal with CLee.

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

      Once Girardi used Hughes in game 1 instead of saving him to start tomorrow, that was pretty much a foregone conclusion. The Yanks are in the playoffs, and they’d rather be healthy and well rested. Risking injury for what is at most one extra home game per round isn’t the Yanks’ m.o. nor should it be.

      • Big Stein

        Doncha think it’s odd Girardi didn’t let Mitre close it out or at the very least bring Gaudin? Not that Gaudin is a world beater, but Girardi really trusts him, and has called on him in tighter situations than a 2 run lead in the 8th.

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

          He wanted Ring and Nova to audition for potential playoff spots. They both failed, but there’s a perfectly good reason for having them pitch tonight in those situations.

          • Big Stein

            which means securing HFA was a subordinate goal.

            • Evan3457

              If the Yanks really thought HFA was all-important, wouldn’t CC be starting today on 4 days’ rest?

              Now that’s silly; of course they’d rather have CC open the playoffs. But all these lesser decisions have the same basic two choices, just with less benefit at the moment, and less cost down the road.

          • smurfy

            I think you’re right, Ben. Ring got JD Drew out, the first lefty, so we may see him on the roster. But Nova was twitching, talking to himself furiously to maintain confidence, and those walks were big failures.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Any particular reason this needed to be a secret?

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

      I think Girardi just wanted to make sure he didn’t need Moseley to clean up Burnett’s mess this evening. They probably would have gone to Nova instead. It wasn’t a secret as much as it was just to be determined based on the two games today.

  • Big Stein

    Well, the 1978 Yankees won the playoffs and World Series with out HFA. So there’s that.

  • mustang

    “Leaning on Moseley and O’Sullivan to win the AL East”

    Oh! Yeah this playoff system is great.

  • rek4gehrig

    I actually think the Yanks are playing (or not) for wild card.

  • smurfy

    The Yanks should definitely try hard for HFA, constrained only by the needs to rest injuries (Teix, Swish?, Gardner?) and to conserve pitching arms.

    In the 5 game ALDS, it’s the first 2 and the last game that is held in friendly confines, so confidence, familiarity, last bats are there for the most crucial games. Shorter series, bigger advantage. AND one less travel transfer, less stress for the long haul.

    Same factors for the 7 game ALDS. HFA, which I think I learned from Ben, here, also goes to Division winners over Wild Cards. The only way to obviate the extra travel is to sweep. Go Yankees!

    So, Mr. Moseley, pitch your Texarkana heart out!