Monday, November 2, 2009

27 for 27

One more win is all the Yankees need to make #27 a reality. 27 more outs for Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Mo to win one for the thumb and for Arod, C.C. and co. to win their first.
Tonight, Burnett goes for the clincher against this seasons best postseason pitcher in Cliff Lee. Burnett will be going on 3 days rest while Lee is going on his usual 4, but facing a 3-1 deficit and the burden of lengthening the season squarely on his shoulders.
It seems interesting that just a few short days ago, Girardi was getting run out of town for his "over managing" and for his curious decisions (including here). Now? Well, Girardi has done a masterful job this World Series. His bullpen managing, his lineup maneuvers (although letting CC to hit in the top of the 7th was a very curious decision), even his critically acclaimed pinch running moves have worked out. He has out managed Manuel and now has a chance to change his number to 28 next season.
Can a player who has only 2 hits through 4 games be considered an MVP candidate? Yes, when your first hit is a 2 run HR in Game 3 with the series tied at 1, down 3-0 when your team is looking listless at the plate and when your second hit is a 2 out top of the 9th run scoring double that breaks a 4-4 tie and gives your team a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. Arod has done the unthinkable. It used to be he was a collector of stats and only failed when it counted. This Series he has only done something when it counts MOST. Amazing turnaround from Arod.

Damon would also be in consideration with his clutch hitting and great baserunning, except if he played even average in Left Field, C.C. would have given up only 1 run through 7 and not have to labor nearly as much. He misjudged and misplayed Victorino's bloop which led to the first Philly run and should have caught Feliz RBI single in the 4th or at least thrown out Howard at the plate. I love Damon's stick especially in bug games, but they can only re-sign him as a DH next season. With that being said his taking 3rd on that steal made Lidge throw the fastball that hot Tex inside instead of going to his slider, which was nasty last night. Ledge didn't want to bounce one and it allowed Tex to reach base and allowed Arod to drill one down the line.
Posada's catching abilities, both calling the game and throwing out runners has severely declined over the last two years (yesterday's game really proving this out) but he is as clutch as they come. Not sure where he will play next season, but looks like he might be a part time catcher- more time DH.
2nd game in a row CC didn't have his good stuff and 2nd game in a row he went 6+ and gave the Yankees a chance to win. It's why he's the Horse and the Ace and why the Yankees are in this position.
All MVP talk will be put to bed tonight if AJ throws anything similar to the way he pitched in Game 2 and the Yankees wrap it up in 5.
It's really nice having Mariano to close things out. Showed again yesterday. Lidge dominated Matsui and Jeter, 2 outs two strikes to Damon and he couldn't close the door. It's why the Sandman is arguably the most important player on the Yankees for the last 15 years.
Maybe you didn't notice but Jeter is hitting .412 for the Series. True greatness.
Pettitte pitched a really gutsy game in Game 3. Early on, we were seeing shades of Game 6 vs, Arizona in 2001 (Yanks led 3 games to 2 when Pettitte gave up 6 runs in two innings losing Game 6 and eventually the Series). Somehow Andy got it together and pitched 4 solid innings after that and delivered a huge hit to tie the game. Amazingly, the Yankees almost didn't sign this guy this past offseason. Needless to say, he earned everything they gave him.
I thought the home plate umpire was horrible last night, incredibly inconsistent with his strike zone and is also why CC struggled early and Blanton didn't. Seemed to me Blanton was getting the calls that CC wasn't.
That Ryan Howard is really scary huh? Scary as Arod circa 2006 postseason that is.

Marte has been huge for the Yanks this postseason and has finally made that trade from last seasons trade deadline pay off. Remember, Marte was supposed to be the bridge to Mariano but injuries and then ineffectiveness stopped that. He is now showing why he was once considered the toughest pitcher in the league against lefthanded batters.


Anonymous said...

The whooas said Giradi was a great manager.
The Whooa's blame Torre for A-Rods woes as he kept him as an outsider.
The Whooa's claimed before the season that Burnett would be the gem.

The interesting about Arod is how now he is putting up crap stats but as clutch as they come. Total reversal.

ThePeoplesChamp said...

Girardi was awful the first two Series. He totally over managed and wisely corrected those mistakes in this Series.
Torre was not to blame for Arod. Arod had his best regular seasons of his career under Torre. Arod pressed in the postseason. He tried to hard. You can see the different approach he has now at the plate.
And Arod's stats are not horrible. He just tied Yankee postseason records for HR's and RBI's, just the World series his stats have been off.

Anonymous said...

Please do not put the Whooas in a aleague with Joshua or samuel but only as a minor prophet.
Also, Just as Pennington was the next Montana, Farve was a great move, Mangini was mangenius, Herm Edwards was exactly what the Jets needed.
It seems Week 1-3 is not a season and as predicted, Rex Ryan appears the fool.

Anonymous said...

"Girardi was awful the first two Series."


"Torre was not to blame for Arod. Arod pressed in the postseason. He tried to hard."

That is BIG part of a managers/coaches job. Having a manager in your corner as opposed to treating you like an outsider is partt of the reason.

"And Arod's stats are not horrible. He just tied Yankee postseason records for HR's and RBI's, just the World series his stats have been off."

I was talking about the W.S., although he has a high OBP, and no one looked good vs Lee.

Lastly, Burnett Vs the Ace is a great move. (We did it aginst Burnett too) It basically gives CC a high percentage matchup and Burnett wins if he is on and losses if he is off. Which is the case if plays the ace or the #4 guy.

The Whooas
Burnett MVP