Sep
29

ALDS Notes: Posada, Valdes, A-Rod, Dickerson

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The Yankees workout at Yankee Stadium was rained out this afternoon, or rather the workouts on the field were cut short. I’m sure they got their work  in under the stands indoors. They have not yet released their ALDS roster, but bits and pieces have trickled out this afternoon. Let’s recap…

  • Joe Girardi said that Jorge Posada, who has had a total of 38 plate appearances over the last 31 days, will be the DH against the Tigers right-handed starters. That’s all four of them. Posada has hit a respectable .269/.348/.466 against righties this year, but I really have a hard time seeing him catching up to the heat Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer will bring. (Mark Hale)
  • Despite rumors that he could earn a postseason job, Raul Valdes will not be on the  roster. There’s really no need for a second lefty because Detroit’s only significant lefty bat is Alex Avila, who has more than held his own against southpaws this season. Valdes will go to Tampa to stay sharp for a potential ALCS role. (David Waldstein)
  • Alex Rodriguez missed last night’s game because of some soreness in his surgically repaired knee, but Girardi said that his third baseman is healthy enough to play tomorrow and remain at third base throughout the postseason. (Chad Jennings)
  • Chris Dickerson will be on the playoff roster, presumably in that fifth outfielder/defensive specialist/pinch-runner role. (Jennings)
  • In case you missed it amidst the craziness last night, Girardi announced that Freddy Garcia will start Game Three behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Sabathia will start a potential Game Four on three days rest, Nova a potential Game Five on normal rest. A.J. Burnett will work out of the  bullpen.

And finally, MLB announced umpire assignments for the four LDS matchups. Gerry Davis will be the crew chief for the Yankees-Tigers  series, and will be joined by Tony Randazzo, Eric Cooper, Dan Iassogna, Ted Barrett, and Bill Welke.

Categories : Playoffs
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Didn’t Posada double off a Verlander 99 mph fastball this year?

    • MikeD

      Yes.

      I actually thought it was 100 mph pitch, but you might be right.

  • CountryClub

    Has TBS said who will be announcing the games?

    Not the worst umps in the world.

    • MannyGeee

      whoever it is, it’ll suck. without a doubt

      • Shuffle Cards for fun

        I personally dont think darling is too bad

        • MannyGeee

          Darling may be the only polish on that turd sandwich they’ll throw out there.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’m sure Ernie Johnson will be the play by play man. Fuck.

  • MannyGeee

    hmmm. Posada vs good fastballs = a whole SHIT TON of ugly swings.

    good thing the binder is gonna tell us that a 21 year old hitting machine shouldn’t be starting at DH in the ALDS.

  • BJ

    Out of curiosity, why does so much information need to be announced so far in advance? Why do teams announce who their playoff starters will be? I could see the argument that it aids in playoff roster construction, but I think it would be roughly the same whether we knew or not.

    • Pants Lendel-stros.

      It’s always been this way.

      • Jorge

        Even though it really shouldn’t, your tag still saddens me.

  • Dennis

    really, Posada for all 4. Does Joe know these games count now.

  • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

    How the hell are Joe West and Angel Hernandez umpiring LDS games??? Unreal. At least they aren’t on the same crew.

  • James

    Jorgie’s “playoff experience” and “veteran leadership” is too valuable to leave on the bench!

    • Dennis

      much more valuable than talent.

    • MannyGeee

      Hell, that landed Sweaty Freddy a game 3 start….

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    In the good old days the Yankees would bring in old veterans such as Johnny Mize,Enos Slaughter Robin Roberts and others to help at the end of the season and World Series.They would usually help a lot. I am saying this in defense of Jorge Posada who is a proven vet and these men are not scared in tough situations.

    • Jorge

      Enos Slaughter would help on the bench right now. Imagine the element of surprise and distraction when an actual dead person is brought out in the 8th. Valverde may just fist pump himself in the face.

    • nsalem

      When did Robin Roberts pitch for the Yankees? I must have missed this.

      • Greg

        According to baseball reference, he was acquired after the 1961 season from the Phillies, but never pitched a game for them. He went to Baltimore in May of 1962.

        • Greg

          What makes it even more strange is that he goes on to have 3.5 great years with Baltimore.

          • nsalem

            If Roberts was pitching now he would have been getting killed on this site. Very few K’s and a lots of Home Runs. Still very successful though.

    • BK2ATL

      You know what? Posada is definitely a shadow of what he used to be at the plate. But if his performance this month and last, when he NEEDED to step up (after being benched, pinch-hitting HRs), have shown us anything, it should be that he is a man of pride. He still believes that he can contribute, and he certainly has done so, when embarrassed. I look for him to have a big hand in us winning #28.

      Montero, Jones, and Chavez will be right on the bench, if needed. I like this Posada decision.

      • MannyGeee

        Well, it’s because he’s old… And he has to warm up…

        \afewmonthsagosnarrative’d

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        I agree about Posada. Right up until they don’t re-sign him it’ll be shades of Damon and Matsui…

  • Kiersten

    I don’t know who any of those umpires are. That’s a good thing.

    But taking A.J. over Colon? Blahhh.

    • BJ

      Colon is tired. I don’t think he’d be much help.

    • Greg

      Colon’s out of gas. Aj has had a respectable September.

      • CMP

        Respectable compared to who?

        • Dave203

          Heck, for AJ, a 4.3 ERA is actually decent. K/BB was 3:1. He actually wasn’t terrible. Out of the pen if any of the starters were to go out early, I’d take him over Colon. Colon has been done since the 2nd week of Sept.

        • boogie down

          Me.

  • Jorge

    I can guarantee you that, if the Yankees lose this series, Jorge Posada’s being in the lineup (which, wait for it, HASN’T ACTUALLY HAPPENED YET) will not be in the top three reasons they lost.

    Even after the final game of the season, after watching the Red Sox do the most glorious of choke jobs, still finding things to complain about.

  • Charlie

    How about we leave it all up to the men who got us here.

  • Greg

    Everyone forgot Montero got hit with a ball yesterday. We dont kne the extent of the injury.

    • bobtaco

      My thoughts exactly. I wonder if we will hear the extent of the injury or if they keep it quiet.

    • Jorge

      Wasn’t there an update last night saying x-rays were negative? Still wouldn’t account for comfort while at the plate, though.

  • Tiny Tim

    CC should start game 4 on short rest. If we’re up 2-1 we want to win game 4 to avoid Verlander. If we’re down 2-1 we obviously want our best out there to force another ballgame. Good move.

    • BK2ATL

      I hope he goes on one of those CC runs, shades of 2008 in Milwaukee, where he just carries the team on his back.

  • 0407pesky

    Typical classless remark by a Yankee fan; but then again, I would not classify Yankee fans as the brightest bulbs on the earth. Yeah, let’s root for a wife beater while where at it! Where was that oh so venerated “Yankee Pride” last night? It’s a big fallacy-there is no pride (pure and simple). Girardi is just another egomaniac; he fits well with New York. What a bunch of losers! Baltimore dignified the game by playing like professionals. The Yankees disgraced baseball by laying dead.
    Do you actually think players like Dom DiMaggio (whom may I add was 100 percent more of a good man than his brother) , Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, and Lou Gehrig would have laid down and died for 3 games?

    I certainly would not be celebrating a sweep by the Tampa Bay Rays. You guys are the next to go.

    I’ll check in with you next week when Detroit bombs your Bronx bombers.

    No excuses for the Red Sox – they did not deserve to win. What’s your excuse for disgracing professional baseball?

    YANKEES ARE THE MOST CLASSLESS TEAM IN SPORTS.

    • bobtaco

      Wait, Manny was playing last night?

      • 0407pesky

        Excuse me, look at the post from the idiot who said it’s great that Manny will get some royalties from Tampa Bay winning what a bunch of losers

        • Brian S.

          It’s too bad the Yankees don’t have class like the 2011 Boston Red Sox, who hit Yankee batters >20 times this season, got into beanball fights with sub .500 teams, had a player divorce their wife with cancer, do bat flips when they hit a home run off a rookie, insult hispanic players, and have a racist fanbase.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            +1

        • 0407pesky

          Oh, I am sorry you did have a few truly class players/ men i.,e Gehrig and Maris.

          But what did “Yankee Universe” (sorry your attempt at a copy cat phrase to Red Sox Nation has not caught on yet give it up)do- caused Roger Maris to have a medical breakdown because he beat a thug’s record.

          • Dave B

            I think you mean “while we’re at it” versus “while where at it” in your original post Mr Bright Bulb.

            • Jorge

              Typos happen. Let’s not get distracted by that. Focus more on this being someone trying to pass themselves as an “older” fan, with his references to classic players, but presenting the argument of someone who is still in grade school and just started watching baseball this year.

              • 0407pesky

                10-1 I am much older than you!

                • jay h

                  well then you’re doing a great job showing it

                • Jorge

                  Then I expect much better from you than what I’m reading.

                • MannyGeee

                  A lot older, yet trolling like a 12YO douche… So yeah….

                  Thought you woulda waited until tomorrow night to start throwing shit like a chimp in a cage, yet here we are. Thank you for that

          • Brian S.

            You mean Pink Hat Nation? Because that’s how the rest of the baseball world sees it. Your team just completed the largest collapse in MLB history, you trying to troll right now is as pathetic as your franchise.

          • Al

            AGon blamed God for the collapse. How classy!

            • FachoinaNYY

              See now the red sox players are blaming Mo, its always the Yankees fault.

            • The Humungus

              And ESPN, don’t forget that …

    • Al

      HAHA, yea, sure. Go watch the 2004 videos, Mr. Classy.

    • Brian S.

      The Yankees didn’t owe anything to anybody last night. They weren’t going to use any elite relievers two days before the playoffs. The only thing they needed to do was remain healthy, because the last series didn’t mean a damn thing to them. The Red Sox are the biggest chokers in MLB history, and no one to blame but themselves. Your team is the laughingstock of baseball.

      • 0407pesky

        No, your team will always be the laughing stock of baseball…

        Gee. 2004 ALDS Dave Roberts does that ring a bell???

        • Al

          What? Kiss the rings, beaaatch.

        • Jorge

          Bringing up 2004: A true sign of desperation. Move on, buddy. Both teams have won championships since, and this is honestly one chapter in a much longer history. Rest up, take your meds, and you’ll be in a better mood come pitchers and catchers reporting next season.

        • pat

          It was the ALCS. Thanks for playing.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Lol he doesn’t even know.what round it was.

        • Brian S.

          Uh, does yesterday ring a bell? What about 2009 when your team was swept and watched the Yankees win a chamionship? How about not winning a playoff game since 2008?

        • Dave B

          I wonder if Drew or even Crawford would have been better in the 5 hole than a rookie catcher who has played a handful of games in the biggest game of the year? Turn your bitterness to your manager, my brother.

    • Ed

      Red Sox fan logic

      Yankees lose last game of season, saving best players for playoff game in under 48 hours.

      Red Sox lose 20 of 27 games in September, blowing biggest September lead in baseball history.

      Ergo, Yankees have disgraced professional baseball.

      I get it! Makes total sense!

    • Jorge

      I’m still looking for where the class remark he’s referring to was.

      For all his references to Dom, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, this is still sounds like the response of a 10 year-old who just began watching baseball this season and doesn’t realize that teams that CLINCHED THEIR DIVISION ALREADY correctly focus on lining their team up for the postseason in those final games over playing their “A+” lineup or pitchers and that. If you’re going to need Mariano and DRob, potentially, for three days straight starting on Friday, hell no, they are not pitching on Wednesday.

      The only disgrace here was the $200 million payroll who only bothered to play the middle, and not the start or end, of the regular season. Stick your Pesky Pole in that.

      • 0407pesky

        Remark right here from “Tubby”

        Tubby says:
        September 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm
        My favorite part of the Sox collapse is that Manny Ramirez is now going to get a playoff share and possibly a ring.

        How many championships has your 200 million payroll brought you in the past decade?? Case closed.

        The laugh is on all of you…..just checking your blog for the afternoon has reassured me that Red Sox fans are the most intelligent in baseball. What a pathetic blog site.

        I WILL ENJOY WATCHING DETROIT TROUNCE YOU

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          I WILL ENJOY WATCHING DETROIT TROUNCE YOU

          Well, you’ll have to watch our team, since your team will be playing golf instead of play-off baseball.

          Oh, and blaming God for not making the post season? Now that’s classy!!!

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          You’re a pretty sad person, venting your frustrations on a Yankees blog after the Red Sox just completed one of the worst choke jobs in history. Get help.

    • nsalem

      The Yankees may very well be the next to go however the Yankees did not lay down in any of these games. They have an obligation to be competitive but Girardi’s greater obligation is to have his players well rested for the playoffs. They did not use their best pitchers last night and they didn’t do it against the Red Sox on Sunday night either. Stupid comments on this board do happen but they are not the general rule. Yankee fans do tend to root against the ReeSox but the same can be said for most Sox fans. I understand you being angry but it wasn’t the Yankees that cost your team a shot at the playoffs.

      • 0407pesky

        Check my post – Red Sox fans admit when we do not deserve to be in the playoffs.

        What nonsense his players have to be “well rested”. They get paid enough to play in EVERY GAME. I would think the most overrated player of all time (geri jeter-yes that is what my brother calls him – get it) and his sidekick A-Rod should be very well rested. How many games has A-Rod played in the last month?? Did Jeter enjoy his All Star break holiday…DISGRACEFUL

        • Jorge

          You’re able to speak as much for all Red Sox fans as I am able to speak for Yankee fans, meaning that neither one of us are able to.

          The one tangible example I can give of where you’re wrong is your friend Shaunessy last night assuming victory in the 8th inning. Call them what you want, but you’d never hear that kind of crap from Sterling, Waldman, or Kay. YCPB, Susyn.

          With A-Rod’s injury, Jeter’s All-Star controversy, etc., you’re just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.

          Your team choked and missed the playoffs. The good news is that they’ll be undefeated on Opening Day next year. Rest up.

          • 0407pesky

            Oh no, Suzy Waldman has a breakdown over Roger Clemens and Joe Torre. Francesa can’t even stand Sterling and Waldman

            • Jorge

              Nothing to do with my point but, please, feel free.

              • 0407pesky

                Nothing to do with your point…did you not just post the following;

                “The one tangible example I can give of where you’re wrong is your friend Shaunessy last night assuming victory in the 8th inning. Call them what you want, but you’d never hear that kind of crap from Sterling, Waldman, or Kay. YCPB, Susyn.”

                OMG….there could be a library of faux pas that Sterling and Waldman have made in their careers. You can bet they won’t be in the Baseball Hall of Fame like Curt Gowdly.

                • 0407pesky

                  Oh sorry typo error – Gowdy

                  • Jorge

                    Your attention to detail is duly noted.

                    I was speaking as to the specific incident of Shaunnessy counting his chickens before they hatched on national TV. For all their antics, no, I don’t think you’d ever catch Waldman or Sterling doing that. Too superstitious. Too against the YCPB edict. You generalized my statement. I never said they were beacons of consistency.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              Francesa can’t even stand Sterling and Waldman

              ———————

              But yet he always has them on his show.

        • nsalem

          No they get paid to play as their manager sees fit. I guess this is as good a place as any to express your disappointment.

        • Alberto

          Disgraceful was Carl Crawford attempting to catch the Andino liner. Disgraceful was Papplebon throwing meatballs to 8 and 9 hitters last night. Disgraceful was Adrian Gonzalez’ post -season interviews.
          I know you want to hate on Jeter and Arod right now, but the fact is that the Yankees will line up against Detroit at the YS tomorrow and I will be watching along with my Yankee buddies, you will be hating like a jelous girlfriend, bitter, lonely, angry with a long long winter ahead….
          (And whats with geri-jeter joke, is it some sort of racist thing, mr.class?)

          • 0407pesky

            Here we go with the racist card – are you kidding me? No, not racist at all-get over it.

        • johnnybk

          About to break commenting rules in three…two…one

          you’re an idiot. go away.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Is that famous Bostonian syphilis infecting your mind, too?

      • Jorge

        He’s fucking Matt Damon, I guess.

        • nsalem

          Is he fucking Matt Damon or is he Matt fucking Damon?

      • 0407pesky

        It is so easy to get to Yankee fans!!!! You have no “skin” like your team.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Trolllololol

          Seriously, everyone needs to stop feeding this troll or he’s just going to keep coming back.

          • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

            We’ll do it until it stops being fun. For now it’s like throwing fish at a dying whale.

            • Jorge

              Why’d you have to bring Varitek into this?

              • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

                I thought it was Ortiz?

            • Al

              I agree, this is all this poor schmo has left to do today… its pretty fun while waiting on the game 1 tomorrow.

              • Jorge

                Oh, he should stop by every day. I can tolerate this so much more than I can tolerate some of our very own trolls.

        • Dave B

          I’ll repeat what I posted above — point your frustration at your management. If Girardi had managed like Tito down the stretch we would be crucifying him.

          • Jorge

            Nah. He should be blaming the team who thought the season began in May and ended in August. Francona’s who I’d blame the least. Will probably be scapegoated for a team that was massively overrated from the start.

        • Jorge

          I’m as calm as can be right now. I’m actually enjoying your posts. You can always tell the crazed nature of a trolling post by the number of exclamation points used.

          Continue throwing shit at that wall, though. Nothing’s really sticking.

    • Pat D

      Hey, sour grapes, where’s the “classless remark?”

      • 0407pesky

        Right here from Tubby

        Tubby says:
        September 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm
        My favorite part of the Sox collapse is that Manny Ramirez is now going to get a playoff share and possibly a ring.

        • Pat D

          Wow. We seem to have different definitions of “classless.”

          • 0407pesky

            Guess so…..being happy for a wife beater is really classy

            • 0407pesky

              Didn’t Joe Torre start a foundation for domestic abuse victims? Oh, maybe he thinks the comment is classy too? Doubt it

              • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                Nobody feels happy for Ramirez. The situation is just very ironic.

                You, 0407pesky, are the epitome of Red Sox fans. You’re gritty, you’re gutty, you’re an underdog, and you post comments on blogs the right way. Peter Gammons would be proud.

                • MannyGeee

                  He jumps before he posts his comments… That’s how he stays alert and on his toes… Truly gritty!

                  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                    He wears his heart on his shoulder and has a thick, full, neck beard. Just like that gritty little manchild who plays second base for the Sawx.

                • 0407pesky

                  Well, let’s just say my father might be proud (or maybe not) I am not a guy. I am a wife, mother, and daughter to one of the greatest Red Sox fans who ever lived – my father. I was blessed to have the most humble, selfless, family-oriented father one could ever hope for. He also loved the game of baseball. He did not live to see the Sox win a World Series as he died from a stroke in Jan 04 at the age of 76. He was drafted by the Phillies after playing college baseball in Texas. He did not make the cut but he played with heart and intensity. My father had a tough life but he never complained.

                  During summers, beginning at the age of 6, he would take a train from eastern CT to NY to visit his aunt who lived in the Bronx. He would walk to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play. He was a Red Sox fan but he was also a baseball fan. He saw all the great players from the 30’s, 40’s, etc. You’ll be pleased to know that he thought Mickey Mantle had more raw baseball talent than anyone he ever saw play. My sister and I sat behind the Red’s dugout for the first game of the 1975 World Series. My father should have been in one of those seats with a friend but he decided to give the seats to his daughters. How many father’s would do that? I love baseball and the history of baseball because of my father. I am a diehard Red Sox fan and; yes, I absolutely detest the Yankees. In my opinion, Joe Giradi showed no respect for the game last night. No surprise to Red Sox fans. Sorry, I am not the only one who feels this way. He was OK with Proctor throwing out his arm until the Ray’s won?? Not a good reflection on him. Well, it’s been fun but I really don’t appreciate the vulgar language of some bloggers. You should try to clean it up.

                  To put it all in perspective, my hero is not David Ortiz, Pabelbon, Pedroia, or Beckett,etc. My dad is my hero.

                  The good news is my grandfather was a Detroit fan. GO TIGERS.

                  • 0407pesky

                    One last parting shot…..

                    Knute Rockne had it all wrong you don’t go out there to win win win. Go out there to lose lose lose just ask Joe Girardi and Company.

                    It is what it is.

                    • Adam Parker

                      I don’t recall you coming here to complain when Proctor was in against the Sox and Jacoby homered off him.

            • Pat D

              You know what? I can see your point. I forgot about that already.

              Trust me, I have no love for Manny whatsoever. I have to think that the person who posted that meant it in a more ironic fashion based upon how Manny just up and quit and that he used to be with the Sox and all that. I don’t think he really feels good for Manny.

              But, again, I will say you have a point.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Disgracing baseball by starting their regulars?

    • Jorge

      I’m so sad he’s gone. Just like his favorite lice-infected team.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      You’re actually a disgrace to Red Sox fans, many (ok, a few) of whom I know to be sane and intelligent people.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Sucks that DET has no LH starters. Our lineup is mush better vs. southpaws.

  • Jorge

    Hopefully, what I’m hearing from Bill Simmons on Kay right now is just straight satire.

    • bobtaco

      What did he say?

      • Jorge

        He’s pushing his “grand conspiracy” theory from his column today in which the Yankees lulled the Sox into a false sense of security, then unleashed Proctor on the Rays. There’s signs that Simmons both does and doesn’t take it seriously. The sad part is that Don LeGreca completely does take it seriously.

        • Dave B

          Here’s the article, and I think it’s 100% satire and extremely funny:

          http://www.grantland.com/story.....y-game-162

          • Jorge

            Someone needs to tell LaGreca, though.

            I’ve always liked Simmons. The fanboyism drives me a bit crazy, but he’s a funny guy with a voice for print media.

        • bobtaco

          I thought he might be saying that the Red Sox were unlikeable this year and he had already given up on them… I think he sort of says that in the article…

          • Jorge

            There’s actually another article on Grantland by another writer completely giving up on the Sox altogether. Funny stuff.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Simmons always looks for an out when one of Boston’s teams is doing poorly and an in when they’re not. The guy’s a front-running dickhead.

            Oh, and Grantland sucks. It’s pretentious bullshit.

        • MannyGeee

          Simmons job is to make people laugh, and it’s extremely hit or miss… This is entirely satirical… Dont shit on him too hard for it.

    • Tiny Tim

      It wasn’t satire. Simmons is a hack.

      • Sayid J.

        Even as a Yankee fan, i can disagree with that.

      • MannyGeee

        Hack or not, it’s satire

  • Johnny O

    Does anyone have a link for the full post season roster?

    • Heisenberg

      “They have not yet released their ALDS roster”

      -Mike Axisa

      My guess is they don’t need to be released until sometime before game time tomorrow.

  • Pat D

    So long as Chad Fairchild, Doug Eddings, Dana DeMuth and Kerwin Danley don’t umpire any postseason games.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Can someone explain why Freddie Garcia is pitching game three?

    • nsalem

      Who would you have pitch Game 3?

    • Jorge

      Because he’d be as good a choice as any of the other options?

      • Rainbow Connection

        What do you think of this? By ‘you’ I mean ‘all of you’.
        Obviously, ignore the comments section.
        http://nomaas.org/2011/09/garc.....n-bartolo/

        • Jorge

          I think it’s one way of looking at things. I’m honestly very indifferent as to whether Garcia, Colon, or AJ is the #3. I figured Hughes was out of the running at this point.

        • Heisenberg

          Alright Kermit, admit it. You are Ben Kabak of Nomass commenting fame.

          • Rainbow Connection

            I wish. I LOVE your name, though. I hope he’s ok down in Mexico!!!

            • radnom

              Fantastic. Ugh, I Assume this a Breaking Bad spoiler?

    • Al

      I will take a stab and say that Girardi views him as a better option that the following starters: AJ, Colon, Phil.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Veteran presents

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Because he’s had a pretty good season and is the team’s thrid best starting pitcher right now seems to be the correct answer.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Not saying this is the only reason, but the Tigers have been the worst team in MLB against splitters (Garcias’s bread and butter) and one of the best against fastballs (Colon’s)…

      http://fangraphs.com/teams.asp.....ason1=2011

      I’m sure he’ll be on a short leash. First sign of trouble and he might be out of there, especially with the pen rested because of the off day before Game Three.Not saying this is the only reason, but the Tigers have been the worst team in MLB against splitters (Garcias’s bread and butter) and one of the best against fastballs (Colon’s)…

      http://fangraphs.com/teams.asp.....ason1=2011

      I’m sure he’ll be on a short leash. First sign of trouble and he might be out of there, especially with the pen rested because of the off day before Game Three.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    Sorry about the Robin Roberts gaffe. My memory is not what it used to be. But how about Bob Kuzava and Bobby Shantz. Although we lost the 60WS it was no fault of Shantz who pitched well in relief and we should have won if Stengel had pitched Ford or Shantz in the first game. And Kuzava helped win a series against the Dodgers in 52 or 53 Icannot recall which. The thing is that these vets produce unde stressful conditions.

    • nsalem

      Kuzava Game 7 1952 came up big time

  • Heisenberg

    Ok, let’s play:

    CC
    Nova
    Garcia
    Burnett
    Mo
    Drob
    Soriano
    Wade
    Logan

    Martin
    Tex
    Cano
    Jeter
    Arod
    Gardner
    Grandy
    Swish
    Posada
    Jones
    Nunez
    Dickerson

    Ok 4 more from
    Montero
    Chavez
    Hughes
    Romine
    Ayala
    Colon
    Noesi

    Anyone else?

    • Jorge

      Montero, Chavez, Hughes, Colon

      • Dave203

        I would can Colon and pick up Ayala. Colon warming up for 1 inning out of the pen may take 2 innings. With Hughes/AJ as long men, no need for Colon.

        • MannyGeee

          Colon is a notoriously quick warmer…. (avoiding obvious fat or insulated joke)

    • Mrs. Peterson-Kekich

      Since we only need three starters, I would be inclined to go with ten pitchers overall.

      Montero and Chavez are obvious, but I’d think about Romine too and then one of Colon, Ayala or Hughes.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Man, I thought the Red Sox trolls come out when the playoff games are being played, not a day before they start. But, I’m not surprised they are out to be honest since they completed the greatest choke in MLB History, they just wanna ruin the fun. Fuck them.

    • nsalem

      You said they were a “lock” to win 6 out of 7 from the Orioles. What Happened?

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Robert Andino. That’s what happened.

        • nsalem

          He’s very good. He stole a game from us with his glove. I think it was a Sunday afternoon game in NY. He made a couple of plays I don’t think Hardy would have gotten to. He seems very happy also.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Yep. I made a wrong prediction. I’m sure you’ve NEVER done that in your life. Everything that comes out of your mouth is right every time. Get over it dude.

    • Dave203

      I still think the Mets blowing it in 2007 was worse than this Sox collapse. With 17 games left, the Mets led the division by 7 games! The Sox were only up 3 at the same point and already 4 games out of the division. Surprisingly, they both had the same record for their final 17 games — 5-12 (.294). Both ugly, but I think the Mets blowing their lead was worse.

      • Jorge

        Mets were worse. Blew the division and WC in one fell swoop. That was painful, though. The Sox? More fun than a barrel of Dustin Pedroia’s beard lice.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Nah, this one is greater. This team was supposed to unseat the ’27 Yankees as greatest team ever. The Mets are the Mets. Not surprised.

  • http://none Favrest

    I appreciate everything Jorge has accomplished as a Yankee but giving him the nod over a player that has been a difference maker is the same kind of shit that Torre pulled when he started Sheffield at 1B in 06. Go w the better player, or the rest of the team will suffer.

  • David N

    Who the hell thought it was a good idea to give Joe West a crew chief position in a playoff series? Poor Milwaukee and Arizona – you just know someone’s going to get screwed in that one.