My neighbor in Brooklyn and fellow blogger Emma Span has
sold out signed up to write a blog for Newsday during the playoffs. It’s amusingly titled Spanning the Playoffs because Mrs. Splitty was too obscure. Check it out.
Anyone else really excited for this afternoon? I sure am. Watching three other games yesterday was fairly torturous. And as a side note, to everyone praising Josh Beckett, we Yankee fans can attest to the fact that Beckett’s done that before on a bigger stage. It’s not a surprise, and great baseball is a pleasure to watch no matter who’s playing.
But enough about Them up in Boston. Let’s get on to the preview. Yesterday, I looked pessimistically at why the Yankees won’t beat the Indians. Today, we get the opposite: Why the Yankees will beat the Indians. The preview and my series prediction after the jump.
HWB Honolulu (2-1 win over North Shore)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – 4 games in, and he’s still looking for that ellusive first hit
No other Yankee prospects played. Dan Bard has already issued 3 walks in under 2 IP, this after walking 78 in 75 IP during the regular season.
Just a few months after the Yanks’ third baseman was spotted cavorting with an unknown woman in Toronto, A-Rod and C-Rod are having a
third second child.
“And there’s a shot of the mercurial Carlos Zambrano. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds smart.”
That just came out of the mouth of the no-talent assclown that’s in the TBS studio with Frank Thomas and Cal Ripken (who looks embarrassed beyond belief to be there, btw). Please, oh please tell me I don’t have another round-and-a-half of this ahead of me.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Time for the unveiling of the post-season roster.
As you may have guessed, Ron Villone is not on the roster. The gods are rejoicing. The Yanks, however, are going with no lefties in the pen. Filling the last spots are Jose Veras and, more impressively, Ross Ohlendorf. Torre really liked what he saw from Ohlendorf down the stretch. I did too. I see big things for this kid next year.
Here’s your Game 1 roster and line up courtesy of Peter Abraham. All of you Melky lovers will be happy to see he’s playing. Shelley Duncan, however, is on the bench and not in the lineup against a tough left. I wish Torre had gone with Duncan:
Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B – MVP! MVP!
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B
Chien-Ming Wang P
Jason Giambi – Most expensive bench player ever.
Shelley Duncan – He’s gotta come up big at some point this October, right?
Jose Molina – .318/.333/.439 in 71 Bronx PAs. Remember Wil Nieves?
Andy Pettitte – Only lefty on the ALDS roster
Phil Hughes – Should be starting game 4. No word on that yet.
You know how the Yankees are supposedly paying for their own stadium. Not quite, says Neil deMause in one of the few articles worth reading in the Village Voice these days. According to tax documents, among those items the Yanks asked for reimbursement from the city were crystal baseballs and bar tabs. And that’s just scratching the surface. Read the article. If you care about this obviously ridiculous situation, it’s pretty outrageous.