I am still a little dumbfounded at how last night's Yankees/Mariners game ended. Had I known it would end that way, I wouldn't have stayed up 2 hours past my bed time to watch it. It was a good game with a terrible ending. The legendary Mariano Rivera blew a save. It happens, but it certainly doesn't happen often. That was his 1st blown save in his last 37 chances. The great thing about Mariano is that the bad outings don't stay with him. That's what makes him one of the best. I thought the game was over. I think the world thought the game was over. 2 pitches changed all of that. It was a rough way to end a long day. But like the great Mariano, it's forgotten, as of.....now.
It was nice to see a good performance from A.J. Burnett. A.J. has been like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde this season. You never really know if you'll get the good or the bad. He's in a pattern now where he's good one start and bad the next, then good, then bad, then, well, you get the picture. It's been that way for about 7 starts now. You be the judge:
- Aug 17: 8 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER = good
- Aug 22: 5 IP, 9 hits, 9 ER = bad
- Aug 27: 6 IP, 2 hits, 3 ER = good
- Sept 1: 5.1 IP, 11 hits, 6 ER = bad
- Sept 7: 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER = good
- Sept 12: 7 IP, 7 hits, 6 ER = bad (though good for 6 IP)
- Sept 18: 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 ER = good
See what I mean? Andy Pettitte was doing the same thing earlier in the season if I remember correctly. The Yanks need A.J. to be on come the playoffs. I'm not sure what to expect.
I was talking to some friends and fellow Yankees fans recently. The consensus seems to be that the Yankees are floundering a little bit right now. It might seem that way, but they're not. They're playing good baseball. The things that's mixing people up is that the Red Sox are playing better ball. The Yankees just wrapped up a 10 game homestand that saw them go 7-3, including winning 3 of the last 4. The Red Sox in that time-span rattled off 7 straight wins with only 1 loss. They shaved a few games off the Yankees lead but it's nothing to be concerned about. If you're really worried about the Sox catching the Yanks, you shouldn't be. If you need some added reassurance, check out this post that Steve over at Was Watching penned today. Also, if you're a worrier, keep in mind that the main objective is to make it to the postseason. The Yankees magic # to clinch a playoff spot is 3. There are 12 games left. There's no chance that the Yankees don't win at least 3 games and there's no chance that Texas only loses twice if the Yankees happen to totally fall apart. Losing the AL East wouldn't be the end of the world. Not by a long shot. There will be October baseball in the Bronx.
CC goes for win #18 tonight. Another 10pm start. Yippee, he says sarcastically.
Peace, love and Pinstripes,