Oct
02

Yanks, Red Sox postponed due to rain

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

It rained all day in the Tri-State Area on Friday, and it did the same all night up in the Boston. After a three-and-a-half hour or so rain delay, the Yankees-Red Sox game was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game will be played as scheduled at 4pm ET (FOX broadcast), the second will start (ugh) five hours later at 9pm. Andy Pettitte will start the afternoon game with A.J. Burnett being pushed back to the night cap. A doubleheader on the second-to-last day of the season is less than ideal, but what can you do.

In other news, the Yanks took a half-game lead in the AL East when the Rays lost to Royals on Friday night. Bruce Chen, yes that Bruce Chen, tossed a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out seven. It’s the first complete game shutout of his career. The Bombers now control their own destiny; if they sweep the Sox this weekend they’ll win the division outright regardless of what Tampa does. If the Rays split their last two, the Yanks need to win just two of three, and if Tampa drops their last two games, the Yanks only need to win one of three. Suddenly, taking home the AL East crown doesn’t seem all that impossible.

Categories : Game Stories
  • SK

    i’m feeling good about these games tomorrow! Andy has pitched a lot better in day games, and i think tomorrow AJ will prove that he’s clutch and that he can perform when it counts the most.

    • Sunil

      Man, so much Cliff Lee talk today. I dont agree with many of the reports that its a sure thing hes coming to NY. The Rangers were just part of a huge TV deal which seems like it created some financial felxibility for Lee’s contract negotiations. I also feel like Cash might be put off by the long term commitment it would take to land Lee, especially considering the possibility of AJ’s 5 year contract bring a bust. That said, not getting Dan Haren hurts right now. How much clearer would the picture be with Haren. There was so pluses in taking on that contract. Shieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

      • Sunil

        this wasnt supposed to be a reply

  • Carlosologist

    I guess we can thank the Royals for playing spoiler. They’ve done their role well, now it’s all on us. I hope we win the division so we can celebrate on Boston’s turf.

    • ND Mike

      Royals must have a chip on their shoulder because they played the Twins hard too. That or the Twins aren’t as good as they think they are.

      • Carlosologist

        The Twins vs the rest of the AL: 38-31
        The Twins vs the AL Central: 47-25

        I smell an asswhooping.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          38-31 isn’t exactly embarrassing. Though they definitely benefited from weaker competition.

          • Carlosologist

            They’ve played like the Rangers against the rest of the AL, but against the Central they’ve played like the 98 Yankees (a bit of an overstatement)

  • Mattchu12

    Sat in the ran for six hours for this game. There was a huge window where we could have gotten at least six innings in without rain, they decided to play ball right as it began to rain again. Couldn’t believe it.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      There was a huge window where we could have gotten at least six innings in without rain,

      Impossible! They called the game at 11.

      • Mattchu12

        It had stopped raining at around eight, and didn’t start raining until almost ten.

        • Chris

          For Yankees-Red Sox, that’s enough time for 1 or 2 innings.

  • mustang

    Anyone know Andy Sonnanstine the Ray’s spot starter for tomorrow game?

    David Price is expected to be available out of the bullpen.

    • Carlosologist

      /2008’d

      • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook f/k/a Johan

        Destroyed the Red Sox mercilessly in 08, and has disappeared since, only to come back as a reliever/long man… how the mighty (well not at all in Sonnanstine’s case) have fallen.

    • mustang

      It would be sweet to see them take the division in front of the Boston faithful.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook f/k/a Johan

    Tomorrow is going to suck due to the nature of a Yankees/Red Sox Bonanza, so I should make a note next to the TV that says “Maybe, next year Boston” as a reminder.

  • YankeesJunkie

    There are worst things than a Yankees-Red Sox DP that won’t end til 130, like being a Red Sox play Yankees with no chance of making the playoffs.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    But someone told me the Yankees were the only team with problems?

    • Esteban

      seriously. My dad said he has a bad feeling about the Yankees this year because of their play in September. The only playoff team that played really well in Sept was the Twins at 17-10. Rangers were ok at 15-12, Rays 13-14, and Yankees 12-15. No team has been dominant this year.

  • ecks

    Anyone think we should sign Thome this offseason? He absolutely mashes against right handers, and if a lefty is on the mound we can use the DH spot to rest some of the other players… This does run the risk of the DH spot being clogged up, though.

    Still, it’d be pretty cool if 3 players hit their 600th homers in pinstripes.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Hopefully, the DH spot will be left open for Posada/Montero/A-Rod. And since Thome’s had a good year, curious about how much cash he’d be asking for.

      • ecks

        Yeah, and Jeter. He’s had a good year, true, but he’s pretty much limited to the DH spot, and there is his injury history, so he might not be as expensive as we think he will be.

        • jonathan

          can you imagine a thome/thames DH platoon? not saying we should since it would destroy any flexibility but i think they would be very productive.

          • ecks

            I was thinking the same thing… But it may be too much to ask to have both players continue hitting the way they did this season.

          • http://riveravenueblues.com marty l

            not if they feed thames only curve balls, has he made solid contact on any breaking pitches this yrear?

  • Jerome S

    Guys… you know what this means?
    A-Rod now has the chance to hit 8 homers today!! zomg!

    • Zooboy

      You are forgetting one thing: Five aces.

      • ecks

        Five? Try 7!

  • steve (different one)

    Thank god our assinine manager made an assinine decision to not save CC for last night and keep him on “regular” rest! We’d be in great shape this morning. Hope that assinine ass takes the assinine Cubs job. After all, CC has never pitched well on long rest, everyone remembers the turd he laid in game 1 of the ALCS last year. I mean he only went 8 innings, he needed Month to finish it off. Assinine.

    • ecks

      I laughed.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I thought this was serious and I was thinking about some response until I got to the part on last year’s ALCS.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Think of how bad this postponement could’ve been…

    the master plan all along was for C.C. to start last night, which would’ve lined him up to start on regular rest for the playoffs. It would’ve been his first start since the 23rd, over a week ago. Because the Yankees were struggling to finish clinching a playoff spot, they bumped C.C. to regular rest on Tuesday instead.

    Imagine if that hadn’t happened, and his scheduled start had remained last night. Talk about being fucked up shit creek.

    (I now see steve (different one) already beat me to this, but I’ve already typed this out, so it’s staying.)

    • steve (different one)

      Fortunately, the possibility of a rainout was thoroughly considered in everyone’s analysis of the decision. Especially because inclement weather in October in New England is practically unheard of.

      • BklynJT

        Lol but it was obviously a panic move by girardi’s right??? I mean, that’s what all the experts are saying

  • first time long time

    dear yankees,
    please, please, please, please win at least 1 today. I dont know if ill be able to handle 2 losses to the sox in 1 day.

    simcerely,
    first time long time

    • ecks

      You’ll be able to handle it by reminding yourself that hey, we’re in the playoffs, and the Red Sox aren’t. Haha.

      • first time long time

        haha thats true

  • mustang

    The Red Sox are starting Wakefield and Dice K while the Rays are starting Sonnanstine. Talk about things lining up right all the Yankees have to do is win baby win.

    • mustang

      Its so sad for baseball how little the division title means.

  • first time long time

    wait so if we sweep the DH oday and tampa loses today, do we win the division?

    • mustang

      Yes Sir.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Yes we do. Big ifs, but it’d be kinda cool.

      • first time long time

        yeah. who pitches on sunday? cus if we sweep the whole series we automatically win regardless of what tampa does right?

        • first time long time

          although were prob not gona sweep, cus, other than his first start of the year, aj has pitched miserably in Fenway since becoming a yankees.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Sunday’s starter is TBD, but I believe if we sweep at this point, yes we win the division.

          And hey, maybe Burnett will pull this out of his butt:
          http://www.baseball-reference......5010.shtml
          (Not likely, but maaaaaybe? Maybe???)

          • CBean

            Let’s go AJ. Clap Clap clap-clap-clap

          • ecks

            I love how that start has 5 walks. Classic AJ.

            • first time long time

              didnt his no hitter a while ago have like 8 or 10 walks in it? lol

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Nine walks and I think a hit batter too, haha

                • first time long time

                  lol classic aj

                  • ecks

                    That’s not just classic AJ, that performance captures, in a microcosm, who he is as pitcher.

          • first time long time

            honestly, im not asking for that much. i just want him to keep us in line for the win. and i dont know to much about wakefield other than the knuckle ball. do we stand a chance against him?

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              i dont know to much about wakefield other than the knuckle ball. do we stand a chance against him?

              No. Dooooooooooooooomed!

              • first time long time

                uhhh not sure if this is serious or not (the no part not the doomed). but honestly, should we be nervous about facing wakefield?

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  No. We crush Wakefield.

                  And we shouldn’t be worried about anything regarding today’s games.

                  • first time long time

                    i know. thats true. i just hate losing to the red sox and it would be nice to win the division.

        • CBean

          It should be Hughes but I think it’s going to depend on what happens today and whether it’s worth giving Hughes more innings since he’s already at his cap. It’ll probably be Nova or Moseley.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    In this week’s latest installment of “Don’t get worked up over prospect or system rankings” we bring you the case of Bruce Chen. In 1997 he was ranked the #83 prospect in baseball. In 1998 he was ranked the #27 prospect in baseball. In 1999 he was ranked the #4 prospect in baseball. In 2010, in his 294th career game, the threw his first shutout. When Casey Kelly gets ranked ahead of Banuelos, Brackman and Betances this offseason, do not freak out about it. The rankings themselves have no bearing on their futures.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      OT, but top 10 prospects in 1999:

      1. JD Drew
      2. Rick Ankiel (as a LHP)
      3. Eric Chavez
      4. Bruce Chen
      5. Brad Penny
      6. Michael Barrett
      7. Ryan Anderson
      8. Pablo Ozuna
      9. Ruben Mateo
      10. Matt Clement

      Halladay, Berkman, and Beltran were just outside the top 10.