Game 161: Yankees vs. Red Sox

The tarp has been removed and we’re scheduled to begin on time at Yankee Stadium, which is good because absolutely no one wanted to deal with a day-night doubleheader to end the regular season.

For the Yankees, who begin today one game up on the Orioles in the American League East and holding a magic number of two to clinch the division, controlling their own destiny from here on out is the key.

“It means that you don’t have to worry about someone helping you out,” Joe Girardi said. “If you go out and win tonight, go out and win the next night, you know that you can win the division. We don’t have to rely on anyone else.”

Here are tonight’s lineups, as the Yankees send David Phelps to the mound expecting 75 to 95 pitches —

RED SOX (69-91)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava LF
Cody Ross RF
James Loney 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Lavarnway DH
Pedro Ciriaco 3B
Jose Iglesias SS

Jon Lester LHP (9-14, 4.94)

YANKEES (93-67)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF

David Phelps RHP (4-4, 3.34)

1 Comment

Great victory for the Yanks, but an interesting statistic popped up last night. Derek Jeter, if he scores one more run will have scored 100 or more runs for his 14th straight season. He currently has 99. But he has almost as many hits as he’s ever had. At this point of the season, he should have scored around 120 runs, but the problem is production in the 3,4 hole. Truly, the Yanks would be better off with Granderson in the four hole and Cano in the 3. Granderson hits the long ball and Cano can hit for average. Tex. should be in the five hole with Swisher in the 6 hole. AROD in the 7 hole—–he simply doesn’t hit enough homers or drive in enough runs to hit 3rd or 4th. It is a hard move to make with regard to the active HR leader, but it might mean another Series victory.
………..On another note, it looks like Miguel C. will win triple crown. I guess he’ll get MVP, but Jeter still deserves it. He wills his team to victory and no statistic measures that.


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