Game 161: Yankees at Rays

September 27, 2011 – Tropicana Field – 7:10 p.m. ET (MY9, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (97-63)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02)

RAYS (89-71)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac SS

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90)

6 Comments

Well, so far the mix and match of rookie bull pen pitchers has worked well, better than I would have thought. I thought this game tonight looked like a sure loss but Tex is having a great night offensively and the rookie bull pen has been keeping the Rays hitters off balance, probably because they’ve never seen them before. The Sox are holding on tenuously to a one run lead. We can only hope the injury to Arod is more preventative. They had him working hard in the batting cage this pm turning on the ball to left field which might have aggravated the injury. Overdone maybe? Seems like it..

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The Yankees have squandered a few games here. They have the best record in the American league so will have home advantage in the ALDS. I guess they don’t get home advantage with the Phillies because the NL won the all star game regardless of the season record. Is that how it works? But regardless of having home field advantage I’m still not sure that coasting into the playoffs on a losing streak having played your rookies is the best way to go. I guess we’ll know at the end of the first round of the playoffs if the strategy was a good one.

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I can’t say I’m happy about being swept by the Rays going into the playoffs. There’s a lot to say about momentum and a hungry team like the Sox or the Rays if they win the wild card will be charged up and ready to go, tired or not, while the Yankees sitting around resting and playing their back up players and rookies will coast into the playoffs and get knocked out. I’m fearing the worst here. I don’t like the way we’ve played this series and now tonight we have a rookie on the mound who obviously had the jitters in his last game and couldn’t find the strike zone.

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Kudos for turning the triple play i guess!

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1000 throws a day – you givin the kid Tommy John for christmas or something? I do agree that he needs a lot of work during the offseason to improve his fielding ability though.

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In the offseason Eduardo Nunez NEEDS to field 1000 balls a day and throw people out over a 1000 times a day. 19 errors for a part-time player at this level is UNACCEPTABLE, period.

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