The Yankees are going to the playoffs

The Yankees are heading to the postseason for the 14th time in 15 seasons, securing their berth Tuesday while still battling the Angels in Anaheim.

New York’s magic number to clinch clicked to zero with the Rangers’ 9-1 loss to the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum, with the final out recorded as Jorge Posada was batting in the top of the eighth inning.

The Yankees’ magic number for the American League East fell to seven games as the Red Sox lost, 5-1, to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Yankees manager Joe Girardi suggested that they could celebrate with water or Gatorade rather than Champagne. Derek Jeter said that he is “sure it will be acknowledged” in some form.

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Now we elevate to insults!!! Predictable!!! Trouble is there will be no conclusive proof. If one or more of the pitch count /innings limit prospects suffers injuries, who’s to say it wouldn’t have happened sooner!!!

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That West Coast server is 15 minutes fast!!!

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A’s + Giant’s = Losers

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And another example comes to mind. Boston’s number one pick, Casey Kelly. He’s both a pitcher and shortstop and was forced to play shortstop only when he reached his pitch count. Aren’t you constantly saying Boston represents the cutting edge of player developement? Calm down, Matt, you’re stuttering electronically!!!

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A slight groin pull prooves your point? Also the article infers this was a convenient way for the Red Sox to shut him down. Forget the numbers, Chamberlain’s performance lately is also ugly. The point is how to protect a prize pitching prospect? When those better prospects elsewhere start winning playoff series, then I’ll listen! It’ll also be interesting to see where the Rangers are in a few years!!!

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So, for now we have two examples of pitch counts being applied to extremely young pitchers who reach MLB in their first professional year.

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Tazawa’s first pro season at an end
Righty reaches innings limit as Red Sox place him on DL
http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090921&content_id=7079772&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos

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Also on a pitch count, Boston’s Junichi Tazawa.

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I read in an article that the Yankees are only carrying 10 pitchers on the play-off roster. Who else besides Girardi & Eiland thinks that’s a good idea?

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Congrats to the Yankees.Now, let’s secure home field advantage.

I really, really, believe the Yankees are not going to make it with this pieced together pitching. The fans and contributing players deserve better. Joba has been messed up. Maybe over-coaching? babying? He should be back in the pen where he did such a great job, assuming he hasn’t been messed up.

There is also no excuse for the poor outings of bruney and a myriad of other be-backers (Edwar?). Some of these guys do very well, at times, but cannot be counted on in the post season. This magnificent offense needs good pitching, too.

Who’s calling the pitching shots?? Is A.J. going to ear his keep? Shades of Pavano, Wright, etc., etc? Maybe we need to rethink the pitching coaches?

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Congrats to the Yankees.Now, let’s secure home field advantage.

I really, really, believe the Yankees are not going to make it with this pieced together pitching. The fans and contributing players deserve better. Joba has been messed up. Maybe over-coaching? babying? He should be back in the pen where he did such a great job, assuming he hasn’t been messed up.

There is also no excuse for the poor outings of bruney and a myriad of other be-backers (Edwar?). Some of these guys do very well, at times, but cannot be counted on in the post season. This magnificent offense needs good pitching, too.

Who’s calling the pitching shots?? Is A.J. going to ear his keep? Shades of Pavano, Wright, etc., etc? Maybe we need to rethink the pitching coaches?

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This was such an exciting win by a fantastic team. And to beat them in their home stadium was a plus. I like to say that it got the rally monkey off their back.

Playoffs for the Yankees. I love this team!

Hard to say who was the Player of the Game. It would be either ARod or Hughes. Great play by all.

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